Tag Archives: gut-issues

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

Gut bacteria Indicate chronic fatigue syndrome

Indicator of chronic fatigue syndrome found in gut bacteria – June 24, 2016 – Cornell Univ – By Krishna Ramanujan

Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert.

Now, for the first time, Cornell researchers report they have identified biological markers of the disease in gut bacteria and inflammatory microbial agents in the blood.

In a study published June 23 in the journal Microbiome, the team describes how they correctly diagnosed myalgic encephalomyeletis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in 83 percent of patients through stool samples and blood work, offering a noninvasive diagnosis and a step toward understanding the cause of the disease.   Continue reading

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation

Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation | Science | The Guardian | Mo Costandi | Tuesday 5 April 2016

Far from being silent partners that merely help to digest food, the bacteria in your gut may also be exerting subtle influences on your thoughts, moods, and behaviour.

And according to a new study from researchers at University College Cork, your gut microbes might affect the structure and function of the brain in a more direct way, by regulating myelination, the process by which nerve fibres are insulated so that they can conduct impulses properly.   Continue reading