Category: Gastroenterology – Healthy guts
The following article on chronic pain is a true testament to the importance of treating holistically. This neurosurgeon, Dr Hanscom, impressively came up with his own chronic pain treatment method after he was struck with the frustrating reality that spinal surgery has very poor outcomes for patients suffering with chronic pain.
I frequently see people in some degree of chronic pain or suffering from chronic diseases which can have detrimental effects on our mental health. Or is it possible that in reality it is our mental health that is affecting our physical health!
Stress has a major effect on every part of our body and has a dramatic impact on our physical health. With my own recent personal experiments, along with recent feed back from people using heart rate variability (HRV) monitors, this technology allows us to have a greater awareness of …
I am excited to announce the start of the SIBO Testing and Treatment Clinic in the greater Vancouver area. Please visit our new website, like us on facebook or follow us on twitter. Our mission, as always, is to provide “great health through good digestion” and my goal is to be the most comprehensive clinical source of information for testing and treatment of SIBO in North America.
Once again, SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and has clinical significance in a host of health conditions outlined below.
Westcoast Integrative Health was the first private clinic in Canada to offer client direct SIBO testing using Quintrons Microlyzer DP, which measures both methane and hydrogen breath samples. The concern with offering testing to large amounts of people was the practicality of the testing, which required an in-office collection procedure which took 3 to …
SIBO is short for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and recently considered to be the major cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and correlated to a host of other health conditions.
SIBO can wreck havoc on the gastrointestinal system, leading to localized symptoms of bloating, gas, burping, constipation or diarrhea, indigestion/heartburn, nausea, and cramping among many other uncomfortable stomach related concerns. The affects of SIBO can also impact our health in other ways, such as chronic fatigue, muscle aches, fibromyalgia, “brain fog”, breathing disturbances and bad breath, to name a few.
Healthy bacteria, when they overgrow, can affect our bodies by producing hydrogen (H+) and methane (CH4) gas. These gases lead to the localized stomach symptoms people experience with SIBO but also cause the systemic symptoms by creating toxicity for the liver, as well as hyperacidity in the body. And the biggest problem …
Have you ever noticed that some people have irritating habits that they may not even be aware of?
Although, I give everyone the benefit of the doubt and pride myself on intent listening and critical thinking skills, I cannot help but wonder about how some people may feel defined by their chronic health conditions. Is it possible that certain habits, such as addictions, lack of exercise, poor hygiene, specific dietary patterns or excessive caffeine use, may be contributing to certain chronic health condition and if only the person was willing to change their behaviour they may be able to overcome their dis-ease? Is it also possible though that other, more subtle habits, such as negative thinking, worry or anger, among other factors might be contributing to illness? On the opposite side of the coin, I am constantly amazed by the unrelenting dedication …
The following post may be disappointing to some, and reaffirming to others.
Yesterday in Laguna Beach California while lounging on the beach, my wife pointed out a small patch of ringworm on my right shoulder. Ringworm is actually not a worm at all, but a fungus that typically comes from pets licking or touching your skin. Ringworm presents as small raised rings on the body. It can be a single isolated spot or multiple patches over one or many areas of the skin. Ringworm is related to athletes foot and jock itch, and takes advantage of a weak and depleted sun-starved immune system. When my skin was exposed to the sun the fungus gets angry and the area turned red as the yeast start to die.
We have 2 house pets. Our dog, Enya, and our cat, Guido. What I recently realized as an inaccurate “wive’s tale” …
Over the last few years I have started to adapt a very different practice style, focused primarily on “food medicine” with the addition of nutritional and pharmaceutical support to supplement lifestyle changes. Although diet strategies have always been the central focus of my naturopathic practice, what has changed is that through experience I have seen way too often, that certain nutrients which should have a predictable health outcome, do not produce the expected clinical result. This has not only been observed by me, it is often found in vitamin and mineral research. Really good treatments having poor research outcomes, but the real problem was not with the studied nutrient, but with the population that was studied.
A good example of this observation, is with my favourite nutrient, magnesium. Magnesium, when administered intravenously, will always lower blood pressure. So why is it …
I’m fascinated by gut flora and the clear impact our flora can have on our overall health. Considered to be a new human organ by many reputable medical sources, and one of the most significant medical discoveries of all time, the microbiome is as unique to each person as is a finger print. More importantly though, the bacteria (and other microbes) in our gut can dictate our risk for many important health conditions, from heart disease to cancer.
All of this is very significant because through new technologies in stool testing our microbiome can be genetically determined, and according to this article referencing a clinical study published in the journal Nature, we have the ability to change our microflora simply by changing our diet. The implications of this are huge for people with chronic health conditions and when put into clinical …
Today, more young people than ever are suffering from a chronic illness — the cause of which has everything to do with eating a toxic diet — that used to occur primarily only among older adults with diabetes. Figures recently compiled as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reveal that roughly 10 percent of American teens are now afflicted with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a potentially deadly condition marked by chronic liver inflammation.
For their study, fatty liver disease expert Dr. Miriam Vos of Emory University‘s School of Medicine and her colleagues reviewed data on more than 10,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 that spanned from 1998 to 2008. What they found is that that rates of NAFLD among this age group nearly tripled during the 10-year period, outpacing even the simultaneous …
Cranberry juice beats bladder infections in children
40 children who had experienced two or more UTIs were randomly assigned to drink either a cranberry juice-rich in PACs (proanthocyanidin) or a non-cranberry juice. The testing occurred at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
The reoccurrence rate among the high PAC cranberry juicers was over 65% fewer than the placebo subjects. This type of testing has a cold side, doesn’t it? Imagine signing up for a trial hoping to get some positive health results and unknowingly getting the placebo instead.
The results of the Vancouver study were published in the Journal of Urology. It was enough to convince at least one formerly skeptical MD reviewer not involved with the study, Dr. Hiep Nguyen of Boston Children’s Hospital.
He has started prescribing cranberry extracts and juices for his pediatric patients.
FDA Approves EPA-Only Omega-3 PUFA Capsule for High TG
By Steve Stiles from medscape
Late today the FDA approved a patented synthetic ethyl eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), icosapent ethyl (Vascepa, formerly AMR101, Amarin) , for the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia. It should now become the market’s second omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) preparation available only by prescription.
Vascepa is a purified marine-oil preparation of consisting of “not less than 96%” EPA, Amarin notes in its literature. It doesn’t contain significant amounts of the other active omega-3 PUFA, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), that is a major component of nonprescription fish-oil capsules and Lovaza (GlaxoSmithKline), which the FDA approved years ago.
There is evidence that EPA-only Vascepa may not elevate low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), an undesirable effect long observed with the more familiar EPA/DHA omega-3 capsules, including Lovaza, as heartwire has reported. Clues to the possible mechanism behind that likely …