Digestion and indigestion are becoming hot topics of discussion in the medical community. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is causing intestinal problems for an increasingly large number of people. Here you can learn about your digestive system, how it relates to your immune system and what you can do to ensure that you keep your self in good digestive health.

FODMAPS causes Wheat Problems and IBS

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Here’s one of the quirkier acronyms I’ve seen—FODMAPS, for: Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides Polyols Also known as short-chain carbohydrates, FODMAPS are present in varying degrees in an astonishing variety of our everyday food. And they’re well-known troublemakers for many people, linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As the name suggests, IBS is a very unpleasant […]

Wheat Problems: Celiac, Gluten Sensitivity, and Roundup

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I’m sure you’ve noticed a growing number of products in the supermarket advertised as “gluten free.” Maybe you think the whole “gluten is bad” issue is silly for anyone who doesn’t have celiac disease. People have been eating wheat for centuries. How could gluten—a protein that’s always been part of wheat—suddenly be bad for us? […]

Cure Gallstones

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If you’re like most of my patients, you probably don’t think about your gallbladder very often. And that’s fine—there’s no need for you to fret over it. This small, pear-shaped organ stores bile produced in the liver, then releases it when you eat to help digest fatty foods. Unless your gallbladder isn’t functioning properly. And […]

Proton Pump Inhibitors Hurt Your Digestive System

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A patient I’ll call Al came to my clinic last year, and he was not doing well. Al had been diagnosed with gastro-esophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD. Al had been prone to digestive problems for most of his adult life. He’d tried self-medication with over the counter indigestion remedies. But when those stopped […]

Prevent Diverticulitis with Simple Diet Changes

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If you’ve had a colonoscopy, the doctor may have told you about “pockets” in your colon. These small pockets or pouches, known as diverticula, in the digestive tract are very common, especially after age 40. Straining to pass hard stools creates the little pouches. The pressure applied to the colon during a difficult bowel movement […]

Ulcers: Causes and Cures

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You may be familiar with the story of Dr. Robin Warren, the Australian physician who ingested H. pylori bacteria and followed up with antibiotics to prove that most ulcers are caused by infection. He won the Nobel Prize for this important work. But did you know that about one in six stomach ulcers are actually […]

Probiotics Keep You Healthy

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Probiotics are a kind of beneficial bacteria – living microorganisms that provide a health benefit when you ingest enough of them. The roots of the word “probiotic” mean “for life. Without beneficial bacteria, your digestive, immune, and emotional systems can suffer. These digestive helpers can… Improve your digestive function and comfort. Support good colon health. […]

10 Tips to Protect Your Kidneys

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Detoxification and acid/alkaline balance are two of my eight Pillars of Health (the eight principles that keep you and my patients in total health and wellness.) Every thirty minutes, your kidneys filter all of the blood in your body, removing toxins from the blood, excreting them in urine, and preventing damage to all of your […]

Leaky Gut Explainer

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Imagine living with a condition that most conventional doctors claim doesn’t exist. If you press them, they’ll insist it’s just “nerves,” or–to get you off their back–they’ll prescribe a drug that either does nothing or makes your symptoms worse. That’s the situation with leaky gut. Too many mainstream doctors are ignoring this condition, and calling […]

Increase Stomach Acid to Deal with Indigestion

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My patient Leo came to me because his over-the-counter antacids stopped working for him. He wanted me to prescribe more powerful versions to stop his stomach acid from giving him a bad time. I explained to him that he was asking for the wrong solution to the wrong problem. The pharmaceutical industry has repeated the […]

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