SIBO: Why Yours Keeps Reoccurring

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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, describes a condition of increased counts of bacteria in the small intestine. This article will explore an underlying cause that allows bacteria to stagnate and multiply in the small intestine, thus causing SIBO. Treatments for SIBO vary. Some have experienced success with different antibiotics and some have helped to eliminate it […]

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IBS: Changes in the Gut Flora can be causing your symptoms

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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 […]

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Herbal Medicine: Garlic as an antimicrobial herb

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Many plants display antimicrobial properties and are used to treat different forms of infections found throughout the body. One area of research that definitely needs more attention is the effect that these antimicrobial herbs play on our resident microbiome.  It is not uncommon for a herbal antimicrobial treatment to run for 2-3 months, depending on […]

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Gut Health: Biofilms, N-acetylcysteine and H. Pylori

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Many infectious agents can form biofilms that lead to increased resistance to antimicrobial treatments. This article will discuss some recent research pointing to the anti-biofilm potentials of the supplement N-acetylcysteine, or NAC, including possible improvements in treatment for particularly recalcitrant infections like Helicobacter pylori. As I’ve previously written about, biofilms are formed by a range […]

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Immune System & The Microbiome connection

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Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are inflammatory, recurrent, bowel diseases. Ulcerative colitis is characterised by abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea and fluctuating inflammation of the mucosal lining found in the colon and the rectum (1, 2). Similar in many ways, Crohn’s disease is characterised by ulcerations found predominantly in the ileocolonic (90%) although the hallmark […]

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IBS: Bacterial Infection and Dysbiosis

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Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common gastrointestinal disorder. One paper cites anywhere between 3-20% of the population suffers from IBS. As the diagnosis irritable bowel syndrome is simply a description of the symptoms it’s clear that we haven’t quite nailed down what is actually causing the upset.   Definition and Symptoms of IBS […]

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