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Novel New Treatment for Leaky Gut Syndrome

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The treatment of Intestinal Hyperpermeability, known more commonly as Leaky Gut Syndrome, has changed little in the past twenty years--until now. Treatment has long consisted of avoiding foods and drugs known to damage the intestinal mucosal barrier as well as supplementation with L-glutamine and short chain fatty acids. Although many clinicians have used probiotics with the hope of a beneficial impact on the gut, until now it was a hit-or-miss endeavor with little supportive research data on the effects of specific bacterial populations.

The Gut and Autoimmune Disease

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Autoimmune disease has been an ever-increasing category of illness that includes thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, type-1 diabetes, lupus and multiple sclerosis. Since the 1970s the incidence of these disorders has more than tripled. And while conventional medicine has continued to claim that their origin is unknown, research is finding a strong correlation with diet and the health of our gut.

Probiotics: They’re Not Just for Your Gut!

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In 2008, the National Institutes of Health began the Human Microbiome Project, a 5-year international research initiative to identify the associations between bacteria and human health and disease. Bacteria inhabit every nook and cranny of every surface of our body—inside and out. Termed the “microbiome”, these thousands of bacterial species that are associated with the human body are responsible for a healthy immune response, protection against unhealthy or “pathogenic” bacterial and viral invasion, the production of vitamins, and the digestion and absorption of the food we eat.

Oh My GERD!

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Recently I saw a patient who has been taking Zantac, an acid-blocking drug prescribed for ulcers and reflux, for the last seven years! Zantac and other similar medications including Prilosec, Nexium, Tagamet, Pepcid and Prevacid, all belong to a group of drugs used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. All of these drugs are recommended by their respective manufacturers to take for four to eight weeks–not seven years!

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Food Allergy Diet Found Effective for IBS

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A recent study in The Journal of International Medical Research found that immunoglobulin G (IgG) food allergy testing was an effective means to treat patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IgG food allergy testing is a blood test whereby antibody levels to foods can be identified. Treatment subsequently consists of eliminating the offensive foods for 8-12 weeks. In my practice I test over 150 foods as well as other food additives and chemicals when indicated.

How Many Specialists Does it take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

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Recently I had a patient call to make an appointment who claimed to be suffering with GERD (acid reflux) and oral candida (yeast infection). She inquired whether I could perform some tests for her including food allergy testing, GI testing for candida, and blood histamine levels. Whether or not she made an appointment hinged upon my ability to perform these tests, which I do perform, and subsequently I saw her a few days later.

Treating the Cause of Acid Reflux Disease

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Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is an increasingly common complaint that affects up to 40% of the American population. It is caused by stomach secretions passing above the valve at the top of the stomach into the lower esophagus. These secretions are highly acidic and irritate the esophagus eliciting upper abdominal and/or chest pain. If left untreated, the chronically irritated esophagus (Barrett’s esophagitis) can become cancerous in some individuals.

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