Posts Tagged Gut

Exposure to dogs may protect children from asthma

via: NaturalNews
Thursday, July 19, 2012
By: PF Louis

[NaturalNews] Recent studies demonstrating higher immunity and protection against asthma may threaten the lucrative vaccination duties of pediatrics and the vaccine production of Big Pharma.

Two studies concluded that infants in homes with furry dogs or cats had better protection from viral infections that normally lead to bronchial problems, including asthma, which has been increasing on the young over the past few decades of increased childhood vaccination schedules.

The studies concluded that non-vaccinated children’s immune systems were stronger among those whose homes were occupied by at least one furry animal than those who were vaccinated in homes without animals.

These studies expand the notion that immunity is developed naturally by being exposed to some microbes in the environment rather than bypassing the immune system with toxic vaccinations that overburden the immune system.

This notion has already been demonstrated statistically with increased autoimmune diseases, infectious disease from the vaccinations themselves, and deaths since the dramatically increased vaccination schedule for young children. (http://www.naturalnews.com/031469_vaccine_brain_seizures.html)

These recent studies may be kept from public awareness to give Big Pharma a chance to propagandize owning pets as unhealthy until children are fully grown.

The California study

Apparently, this study was funded in part to gather information for more vaccines. So adding more vaccinations and banning pets is not merely an expression of cynicism.

This study was conducted by a group of California biologists after they discovered the microbiome in homes with pets was different than the that of homes without pets. According to the National Library of Medicine, microbiomes are: “The full collection of microbes (bacteria, fungi, virus, etc.) that naturally exist within an organism as identified by their genomes…”

This definition includes probiotic gut bacteria, which accounts for well over half of our immune systems, 60 to 80 percent according to most expert estimates.

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The silent killer: Modern lifestyle promotes Leaky Gut and low-level chronic inflammation

via: NaturalNews
Monday, July 16, 2012
By: Eric Hunter

[NaturalNews] Chronic low-level inflammation is often considered the foundation of disease. The big debate is where this inflammation stems from and how we can reduce it. Research the last 10 years has increased our knowledge on leaky gut and how it affects our health. Today we find a growing number of experts who believe that increased intestinal permeability might be the most important source of inflammation in modern societies.

The world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets, Dr. Loren Cordain, has studied the subject in depth. When Dr. Cordain and his team published their seminal paper on Leaky Gut and autoimmunity a decade ago, there was little information on the subject available. Since then, the amount of research on Leaky Gut has skyrocketed thanks to people such as Cordain, Dr. Alessio Fasano, Dr. Leo Galland and other scientists around the world.

What’s happening with our digestive systems?

Most of our immune system is located in the gut, and the gut wall is the main interface between us and the external environment. When the intestinal lining is working correctly it only allows properly digested proteins, carbohydrates etc. to pass through.

Anti-nutrients and other components in common food staples increase intestinal permeability and damage the gut wall. Lectins, saponins, gliadin, certain hormones and bio-active peptides seem to cause the biggest problems. These nutrients can be found in milk, wheat and other grains, potatoes, hot spices, legumes and alcoholic beverages. Sugar and other refined carbohydrates can also increase intestinal permeability by changing the gut flora. Birth-control pills, anti-acids and other pharmaceuticals have also been linked to increased intestinal permeability.

A disrupted intestinal barrier allows increased passage of unwanted food components, bacteria and viruses. Certain bad bacteria contain a substance in their cell wall called Lipopolysaccharide (LPS). LPS binds to cells lining the gut and increases synthesis of pro-inflammatory substances. This interaction immediately causes the immune system to become inflamed.

Chronic low level inflammation drives heart disease, cancer, type 2-diabetes and autoimmunity. Leaky Gut has also been connected to a variety of skin conditions, gastrointestinal problems, mental disorders and other ailments.

Gut Flora is vital in development of both the suppressive and aggressive part of the immune system. It provides energy for out gut epithelial cells, and the bacterial layer supports a healthy intestinal lining. A diverse Gut Flora is also needed for proper digestion. Antibiotics, a western diet and other factors can damage Gut Flora and therefore, promote Leaky Gut.

Prevention and treatment

Avoiding foods introduced with the agricultural revolution will be your best prevention and treatment against Leaky Gut. Foods that have to be processed or heated in some way to be edible usually cause issues. Some people will be more sensitive to certain foods while others can eat them in moderation.

Avoiding pharmaceuticals will also be important in preventing Leaky Gut. Probiotics from fresh plants and plant products, fermented foods and supplements will promote healthy Gut Flora and intestinal lining. Prebiotics, soluble fiber that feeds beneficial flora, can be found in onions, leeks and apples. Changing your diet will, in most cases, cause rapid healing of the gut wall. More severe gut dysbiosis and Leaky Gut will often need more comprehensive methods.

Sources for this article include

The Paleo Diet Explained
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52A3ayfxfTs&feature=player_embedded

Cordain L, Toohey L, Smith MJ, Hickey MS. Modulation of immune function by dietary lectins in rheumatoid arthritis. The British journal of nutrition 2000;83(3):207-17.

Fasano A. Leaky gut and autoimmune diseases.
Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2012 Feb;42(1):71-8. doi: 10.1007/s12016-011-8291-x.

Fasano A, Shea-Donohue T. Mechanisms of disease: the role of intestinal barrier function in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal autoimmune diseases.
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Gut. 2003 Feb;52(2):218-23. Early effects of gliadin on enterocyte intracellular signalling involved in intestinal barrier function.Clemente MG, De Virgiliis S, Kang JS, et al.

Type 2 Diabetes and Endotoxemia
http://thepaleodiet.blogspot.no

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Fresh vegetable diet protects against pancreatitis and risk of pancreatic cancer

via: NaturalNews
Friday, July 13, 2012
by: John Phillip

[NaturalNews] Few people give much thought to their pancreas, the small digestive organ that is located behind the stomach and functions to release digestive enzymes to break down food. Acute pancreatitis is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease that occurs when those enzymes begin to eat the pancreas itself. Pancreatitis leads to pancreatic exhaustion and is associated with a significant increase in the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have published the result of a cohort of studies in the journal Gut (an International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology) that explains how a vegetable-rich diet is protective against non-gallstone related acute pancreatitis. The study was the first broad population-based research body to investigate how vegetables and fruits influence the risk of developing pancreatitis and indirectly, the future risk of pancreatic cancer.

Four daily servings of vegetables cuts risk of pancreatitis in half

Study researchers examined the dietary habits of 80,000 Swedes for a period of 11 years via a standard questionnaire to determine vegetable and fruit consumption patterns. The goal of the research was to gain a better understanding of a possible connection between antioxidant levels, which are affected by diet, and an increased risk of acute pancreatitis. Over the 11 years, 320 participants developed cases of acute pancreatitis that weren’t connected to gallstones, which are a common cause of the disease.

After adjusting their statistics for various factors, the researchers found that those who ate more than four servings of vegetables a day were 44 percent less likely to develop acute pancreatitis than those who ate less than one serving of vegetables a day. Lead researcher, Dr. Viktor Oskarsson commented “A significant inverse association between vegetable consumption and risk of non-gallstone-related acute pancreatitis was observed; the risk declined in a linear dose-response fashion for every additional serving per day.”

It is interesting to note that the researchers found no association with the amount of fruit consumed and the risk of acute pancreatitis. The researchers suspect antioxidants in vegetables helped prevent the condition, while fructose in fruits may weaken the protective effect. Also of note, overweight people and those who consumed more than one alcoholic drink per day appeared to get the most positive benefit from eating a lot of vegetables. Although this study found that four daily servings of vegetables lowered risk of pancreatitis by 44 percent, nutrition scientists regularly recommend consuming a minimum of five to nine servings each day to optimize protection from chronic disease.

Sources for this article include:
http://gut.bmj.com
http://www.nutraingredients.com
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Gastroenterology/PancreaticDiseases/33527

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Why this Single Organ Powerfully Dictates Whether You’re Healthy or Sick

Dr. Mercola
March 18 2012

Story at-a-glance

  • Your gut serves as your second brain, and even produces more serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does. It is also home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional.
  • Most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve
  • The GAPS protocol is designed to restore the integrity of your gut lining by providing your body with the necessary building blocks needed for healthy enterocyte reproduction, and restoring balance to your gut flora. Basic dietary details are included

By Dr. Mercola

The interview above features Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a Russian-trained neurologist with a full-time medical practice in the UK.

She treats children and adults with autism, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, immune disorders, and digestive problems, using her Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional Program.

Below, I also interview Caroline Barringer, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), who is an expert in the preparation of the foods prescribed in Dr. McBride’s GAPS program.

We first met at the November 2011 Weston Price Wise Traditions event, where we had the opportunity to enjoy some amazing fermented vegetables that her company prepared for our dinner.

I started incorporating them into my own diet and after a little over a month of daily use, was surprised to find that this minor change has dramatically decreased plaque formation on my teeth, which has been a chronic problem for me.

Caroline has been involved with nutrition for about 20 years, and is now one of Dr. McBride’s chief training partners, helping people understand the food preparation process.

The importance of your gut flora, and its influence on your health cannot be overstated. It’s truly profound.

Your gut literally serves as your second brain, and even produces more of the neurotransmitter serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does.

Your gut is also home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional.

The challenge is to identify strategies to optimize that bacterial population, so that you can live in a beneficial, symbiotic relationship where they nourish you, help you fight disease, and optimize your health. This is where the GAPS Nutritional Program comes in.

“Heal and Seal” Your Gut to Reverse DiseaseI have been a strong advocate of nutritional therapies for many decades. That certainly gets you to a level of health, but the introduction of fermented foods, and the “heal and seal” process that Dr. McBride has developed can help take your health to the next level. So I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be conducting a series of interviews and videos expounding on these principles.

I’m firmly convinced that if we can share this information with enough people and reeducate them about some of the most important basic processes that have been abandoned over the years, large amounts of people will start to recapture their health!

Here, we begin by discussing the basic principles for how to implement the GAPS program. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It also stands for Gut and Physiology Syndrome.

“In terms of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, we are talking about the functioning of the brain of the person,” Dr. McBride explains. “Any dysfunction of the brain is usually connected to what’s going on in the digestive system. In Gut and Physiology Syndrome, we’re talking about the functioning of the rest of the body. Hippocrates… made a statement that all diseases begin in the gut. The more we learn now with all our modern scientific tools, the more we realize just how correct he was.”

In terms of Gut and Physiology Syndrome, we’re talking about all forms of autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases and conditions, such as:

Multiple sclerosis Type 1 diabetes Rheumatoid arthritis Osteoarthritis
Lupus Crohn’s disease Ulcerative colitis Chronic skin conditions
Kidney problems Urinary conditions Allergic and atopic conditions Degenerative conditions
Chronic fatigue syndrome Fibromyalgia Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) Inflammatory bowel diseases

If you’re suffering from any of these conditions, or virtually any other health challenge, you’d be wise to implement the GAPS program. While Dr. McBride’s book is called Gut and Psychology Syndrome, the nutritional protocol for addressing physiological and psychological conditions is identical. She is working on a second book, which will be called Gut and Physiology Syndrome, but in the meantime; please refer to her original book, as the practical dietary information will be the same.

“Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and once you make your digestive system healthy and working properly again, you’ll be surprised how many various symptoms in your body originated from your digestive system. Most [symptoms] start disappearing, because the health and the disease are usually born inside your digestive system. That’s where they originate from,” she explains.

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