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Sucrose Intolerance

Gas, bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhea are often grouped under the general diagnosis of “IBS” (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). But IBS is a diagnosis that merely describes symptoms—it doesn’t identify the cause. There are many possible causes of IBS, including dysbiosis (overgrowth of bad gut flora), yeast overgrowth, SIBO, food sensitivities, parasites, [...]

By |2019-04-05T08:09:02-07:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Neglected Parasitic Infections (NPIs)

I wrote here on parasitic infections generally. But according to the CDC, there are five parasitic diseases on the “Neglected Parasitic Infection” list, worth paying attention to because they are both relatively common, and preventable—though some are more easily treated than others, once contracted. Toxoplasmosis Perhaps best known as a disease [...]

By |2019-03-29T14:20:55-07:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Tick-Borne Illnesses: How to Distinguish Them

Tick-borne illnesses are unfortunately becoming increasingly common (and sometimes it’s hard for people to know whether they’ve even been exposed, since ticks can be as tiny as a poppy seed!) Many tick-borne illnesses all get lumped together with Lyme Disease, and for good reason: most of them can also be [...]

By |2019-03-22T13:42:40-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health|0 Comments

Low Alkaline Phosphatase

Alkaline phosphatase, or alk phos, is part of a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) typically run at least once a year. While most of the time, the test is screening for elevation of alk phos (often due to liver disease or biliary obstruction), I’ve seen low alk phos relatively often. There [...]

By |2019-03-15T11:30:05-07:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Essential Fatty Acids, Neuroplasticity, and Brain Injury

Part of the brain’s normal process of development, as well as healthy maintenance throughout life, involves synaptic pruning. Think of it like reallocating resources: cells called microglia roam throughout the brain, cleaning up waste products and trimming connections that aren’t needed. This way the brain can maintain optimum efficiency. This [...]

By |2019-03-01T11:29:30-07:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and SIBO

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) involves overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. The small intestine should be relatively sterile in comparison to the far more populated large intestine. But in cases of slow bowel transit (which can occur for a variety of reasons, most commonly hypothyroidism or low vagal [...]

By |2019-02-22T07:03:00-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Fevers: Physiology and Function

Normally, the hypothalamus in the brain controls the body’s temperature, keeping it within a standard deviation around 98.6. Fluctuations lower or higher may depend on metabolism (it’s lowest when sleeping and upon first waking, before getting out of bed), and for a menstruating woman, her cycle (it’s highest during her [...]

By |2019-02-15T13:54:37-07:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Blood Type and Your Microbiome

Last week I wrote here on the association between blood type and gastric acid secretion. The conclusion was that Blood Type O produces the highest amount of gastric acid—especially secretors (people with the FUT2 gene that means they secrete their blood type into other types of bodily fluids besides just [...]

By |2019-02-08T13:01:09-07:00February 8th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Hydrochloric Acid and Your Blood Type

The Blood Type Diet, popularized by Dr Peter D’Adamo, was all the rage for awhile—and it seems to be enjoying a resurgence, thanks to Dr Gundry’s Low Lectin Diet, based on a similar idea. Both diets revolve around the concept of lectins, or proteins that protrude from a cell’s surface [...]

By |2019-02-02T08:17:55-07:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Articles, Nutrition|0 Comments

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