Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common disease. Some papers have cited a whopping 20% of the population has IBS (1). While we still don’t know the cause of IBS we are learning more and more about every year. Recently a paper was published looking into these different aspects, or underlying factors, that may be contributing […]
There has been a debate in the literature as to whether Blastocystis is pathogenic or not. Some consider it pathogenic and others list the huge amount of infected individuals that show no symptoms. The truth of the matter may be somewhere in the middle with the subtype or strain of bug and the host immunity.
I have been looking for the link between bacterial and parasite gut infections and damage to the liver for some time now. Along with the positive stool results showing that I had the parasites Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis and the bacterial infection Klebsiella I also ordered a liver function test (LFT) where the blood is analysed for certain liver enzymes that indicate damage.
I have come across L-glutamine a dozen or so times when looking for different methods to heal intestinal permeability or leaky gut and I’m sure if you are reading this you have as well. So when I sat down to write this article I thought it would be a simple dive into the literature to […]
Now that we have covered what intestinal permeability or ‘leaky gut’ actually is we can now move onto some possible health conditions associated with the condition. As previously covered the intestinal barrier forms a front line defence against anything we consume. There are numerous mechanisms that work tirelessly to monitor what is allowed passage from […]
If you’ve been following these articles for some time you’ll know that I write about Blastocystis infections quite frequently Blastocystis hominis – A Protozoan Gut Parasite Blastocystis homminis – Probiotic Treatment Blastocystis hominis – Skin Disorders and Gut Infections It isn’t a coincidence. I contracted this unpleasant bug a few years back and have tried […]
Intestinal permeability is a hot topic in the health field these days. Consistently there are new journal articles published exploring the correlation between a ‘leaky gut’ and a whole range of different conditions. This article will help unpack what intestinal permeability actually is. Following articles in this series will cover how it can contribute to different […]
For quite some time I’ve been stumped on one particular question. Why do so many of us have such little resistance to the environmental pathogens that surround us? Why are we so susceptible to infection, particularly gut infections? Reflecting on our evolutionary past I would assume that we have been experiencing constant exposure to a […]
Irritable bowel disorder, or IBS, is diagnosed as a disease of exclusion, meaning that all other pathologies (celiac disease, gut pathogens, fructose and lactose malabsorption, SIBO, etc) need to be ruled out first. A classic example would be a doctor diagnosing someone with irritable bowel syndrome when really a parasite infection was to blame for the symptoms. Does […]