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Pyroluria (or Pyrrole Disorder, or the Mauve Factor)

When the body breaks down hemoglobin in red blood cells, it creates byproducts—kryptopyrroles (KPU), and hydroxyhemopyrrolin-2-one (HPL). Most people excrete these in the urine without a problem—but in some cases, they accumulate. This is a problem, because pyrroles and HPL bind to Vitamin B6, and to zinc, causing deficiencies. The [...]

By |2019-04-19T08:26:32-07:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

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

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

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

Secondary Porphyria

Porphyria is an accumulation in the body of the precursors to heme production, the part of the red blood cell that contains iron and binds oxygen. It occurs due to decreased activity of the enzymes that produce each step in the process (different enzyme deficiencies lead to different types of [...]

By |2019-01-04T15:26:05-07:00January 4th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules are collections of enlarged tissue in the thyroid. They are three times as common in women as in men, and among women, the chances correspond to age (50% risk over 50 years old, 60% over 60, 70% over 70, etc). But they’re benign (non-cancerous) 95% of the time. [...]

By |2018-10-19T14:05:34-07:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide) for Neuropathic Pain

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the medical use of marijuana, particularly for controlling intractable pain. THC and CBD, two marijuana extracts, both stimulate receptors belonging to our body’s endocannabinoid system. But there’s another compound called PEA (palmitoylethanolamide), unrelated to marijuana, which has similar effects. It has also [...]

By |2018-07-06T15:18:52-07:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

GERD and SIBO: The One Leads to The Other

SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) is when good bacteria are in the wrong place: specifically, bacteria that should be in the large intestine are instead in the small intestine, or when there are more bacteria in the small intestine than there should be. GERD, heartburn, or reflux involves hydrochloric acid in [...]

By |2018-06-15T08:01:47-07:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Chronic Illnesses, Conditions & Treatments|0 Comments

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