Mycotoxins Attacking the Gut Lining

In caring for those oppressed by mycotoxins, a functional MD like myself cannot ignore any body system. By definition, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome presents as a multi-symptom, multi-system disease. Mycotoxins enter our patients’ lives in multiple ways, through air, skin, and food. To enter their lives and restore their health, we are constantly trying to…

Crohn’s Disease Linked to Gut Bacteria

Fighting autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease requires a multi-modal approach including recognition that certain bacteria and certain foods worsen the condition.  Focusing on one bacteria called adherent-invasive Escherichia coli for the moment, researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian took prior knowledge which implicated this bacteria and searched for the reasons behind the connection. …

GI Mucous – A Sticky Situation for Autism and Other Neurologic Diseases

As our ability to identify and measure gut bacteria has progressed, the number of connections between our gut microbiome and various neurologic diseases constantly expands.  Autism, Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and others have been linked to various changes in the relative numbers of gut bacteria.  These researchers examined the interactions between the mucous…

We are Still Learning about the Gut Microbiome

Exactly what is a “healthy” gut microbiome?  Many would just say eat fiber.  Others would throw a probiotic into that mix.  As usual, the situation in our bodies is much more complicated than that.  Researchers from the integrative medicine program at George Washington University along with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reviewed…

Future Prebiotic Sleep Aid?

Insomnia plagues the lives of many, robbing their daytime of energy and focus, robbing nights of peace.  In functional medicine we offer many therapies to improve sleep such as supplements, lifestyle changes, and neurofeedback.  This research may lead to another option as scientists further unravel the connections between prebiotics and sleep. Coming in various forms…