Tag Archives: gastrointestinal

Human gut study questions probiotic health benefits

Human gut study questions probiotic health benefits — ScienceDaily – Sept 2018

Probiotics are found in everything from chocolate and pickles to hand lotion and baby formula, and millions of people buy probiotic supplements to boost digestive health. But new research suggests they might not be as effective as we think.

Through a series of experiments looking inside the human gut, researchers show that many people’s digestive tracts prevent standard probiotics from successfully colonizing them.

Furthermore, taking probiotics to counterbalance antibiotics could delay the return of normal gut bacteria and gut gene expression to their naïve state.   Continue reading

Visceroptosis and the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Visceroptosis and the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – X-rays – free full-text /PMC5773269/ – 2017 Nov

This is a detailed story, abundantly illustrated with abdominal X-rays, showing how the lax tissues of EDS may not be strong enough and can allow our organs to sink to the bottom of the pelvis. 

Click on the link to see the full study – the X-rays of this man’s abdomen are spectacularly scary.

The case of a patient with visceroptosis and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type (RDS-HT) is reported here. The literature on this unusual but probably under-recognized complication is reviewed.   Continue reading

What patients should know about probiotics

Probiotics | American Gastroenterological Association  – retrieved June 2018

Probiotics are living, microscopic (very small) organisms that can help your gut health.

Most often, probiotics are bacteria, but they may also be other organisms, such as yeastsExperts are still studying and sorting out exactly how probiotics work.   Continue reading

What’s really behind gluten sensitivity?

What’s really behind ‘gluten sensitivity’? | Science | AAAS – By Kelly Servick – May. 23, 2018

This article explains the phenomena I’ve noticed: even people who do not have celiac disease often feel better when they stop eating gluten.

The patients weren’t crazy—Knut Lundin was sure of that. But their ailment was a mystery. They were convinced gluten was making them sick. Yet they didn’t have celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to that often-villainized tangle of proteins in wheat, barley, and rye. And they tested negative for a wheat allergy. They occupied a medical no man’s land.

About a decade ago, gastroenterologists like Lundin, based at the University of Oslo, came across more and more of those enigmatic cases. “I worked with celiac disease and gluten for so many years,” he says, “and then came this wave.”   Continue reading

New Wearable System to Monitor Gut Activity

Scientists Create a Wearable System to Monitor the Stomach’s Activity Throughout the Day – 27-Mar-2018 – Source Newsroom: University of California San Diego

Researchers have developed a wearable system to monitor stomach activity that performs as well as current state of the art methods but can be used outside of a clinical setting.

The system also comes with an app that allows patients to log their meals, sleep and other activities.

Folks like me with connective tissue disorders often have gastric problems due to the laxity of our innards. This often results in delayed gastric emptying and other malfunctions of the digestive system.   Continue reading

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life – The Atlantic – Ed Yong –  JUN 15, 2017

Most of the worms in Meng Wang’s lab die on schedule. They live their brief lives on Petri dishes, and after two to three weeks, they die of old age.

But some individuals beat the odds, surviving for several days longer than usual.These wormy Methuselahs were all genetically identical, so it wasn’t their genes that explained their decelerated aging. Instead, the secret to their longevity lay in the microbes within their gut.

This is part of a growing number of studies showing that an animal’s microbiome—the community of microbes that shares its body—can influence its lifespan.   Continue reading

A New Diet Quickly Alters Gut Bacteria

A New Diet Quickly Alters Gut Bacteria – By Rachael Rettner | December 2013

This shows that diet can impact our health more quickly than many pharmaceutical drugs and gives us some power over our bodies.

The types of bacteria in your gut today may be different tomorrow, depending on what kinds of food you eat, a new study suggests.

In the study, participants who switched from their normal diet to eating only animal products, including meat, cheese and eggs, saw their gut bacteria change rapidly — within one
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Management of Chronic Visceral Pain

Recommendations for the Management of Chronic Visceral Pain – Cindy Lampner –  July 05, 2016

The subjective experience of visceral pain and the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie it are substantially different from those of somatic pain, yet pain management strategies do not traditionally differ in their approaches.

As a result, the treatment of visceral pain frequently results in suboptimal outcomes and adverse effects on the GI tract.

Frequently diffuse, poorly localized and associated with autonomic and emotional reactions and alterations in visceral function, visceral pain is common across a range of clinical populations.  Continue reading

Food additives promote colon inflammation

Food additives promote inflammation, colon cancer in mice | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Our digestive tracts are home to trillions of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

This microbial community, collectively known as the gut microbiota, plays a role in illness and health. Changes in these microbes have been associated with several diseases

Dietary emulsifiers, which are chemically similar to detergents, are added to many processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life.   Continue reading

About Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis from http://www.aboutgimotility.org

Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the stomach empties very slowly.

Gastroparesis most often occurs when the nerves to the stomach are damaged or don’t work properly

Gastroparesis can also occur after stomach surgery for other conditions.

Other causes of gastroparesis include Parkinson’s disease and some medications, especially narcotic pain medications.   Continue reading