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Tuesday, 10 July


The fecalization of America Dr. William Davis

Ive been lately discussing the issue of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, a situation in which bowel microorganisms (especially of the undesirable Enterobacteriaceae variety such as E. coli and Shigella) ascend up from the colon and colonize the ileum, jejunum, duodenum, and stomach. This has numerous health implications that are only beginning to be appreciated: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, psoriasis and other skin rashes, restless leg syndrome, diverticular disease, heightened body-wide inflammation, increased risk for colon cancerSIBO is either synonymous with these conditions or at least a major contributor.

I was discussing these issues with two radiologist friends recently who told me that, when they review CT scans, they have been witnessing a dramatic increase in a finding called fecalization. Feces retained in the colon has a characteristic appearance on CT scans (with oral contrast agent given) and it should only appear in the colon. But they have been seeing an increasing number of people with fecalization appearing in the small intestine where it should not be seen. Small intestinal fecalization has a limited number of causes, such as small bowel obstruction, which is an emergency, exquisitely painful, and life-threatening. But the majority of these people in which fecalization is being observed are young (twenties and thirties) and are not acutely ill, but have chronic abdominal complaints such as urgency, diarrhea, and bloating.

Fecalization of the small bowel is a sign that SIBO is present, i.e., fecal organisms have ascended up the small intestine. The observations of my two radiologist friends that the frequency of fecalization is on the rise is consistent with the explosion of SIBO nationwide. Because it is becoming clear, for instance, that the majority, perhaps all, the people with IBS also have SIBO, then that adds around 30 million people to the list with SIBO. Throw in fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions, psoriasis, etc. and the number of Americans with SIBO is like...


Why People Are Using the Bacopa Monnieri Herb as a Memory Aid Get Holistic Health

Ayurveda is, to put it simply, the use of different herbs as a source of holistic medicine. Herbs are routinely used in this practice to enhance the bodys functions and create an all around better functioning self. It is a principle that has been used thousands of years, and there are many different herbs that []

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What Causes Nerve Pain? How You Can Treat and Avoid It Get Holistic Health

If youve ever felt a tingling or burning sensation somewhere on or along your body, odds are youve been experiencing nerve pain. This can take various different forms and has a variety of causes. It can feel like anything from pinpricks to shocks of electricity. Either way, its an incredibly discomforting ailment for those who []

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Gentle Exercises to Soothe Aching Joints Get Holistic Health

Many studies have concluded that regular exercise can ease aching joints. Joint pain can run the gamut from swelling and stiffness to fatigue. This can lead some people to lie down, or avoid exercise altogether, but it turns out that that is the opposite of what will ease the pain. If you struggle with achy []

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Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare: Why Havent We Adopted This System Yet? Get Holistic Health

In recent months, the tech world has been buzzing with two words artificial intelligence. At this point, its no longer something thats new to consumers, thanks to Googles use of AI in their latest flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL. However, as Sigmund Freud would put it, its []

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All You Need to Know About Lactobacillus Reuteri Get Holistic Health

Lactobacillus Reuteri is a strain of lactic bacteria that reside in the human intestine and occasionally the stomach as well. The term bacteria is coined after the German scientist professor Gerhard Reuter who was a microbiologist and discovered the bacteria in samples of human intestine and waste in the 1960s. There are different strains of []

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What Everyone Must Know Before Choosing Clinical Pilates Get Holistic Health

Pilates is a combination of exercises that are meant to help a person improve on their body flexibility and endurance. Partaking in these exercises helps a person get better muscle control, improve on posture balance as well as movement coordination. Medical Pilates help people recover from various ailments that affect body functionality to regain their []

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The Warning Signs Of A Failed Knee Replacement Get Holistic Health

A failed knee replacement is not a common problem for the majority of those who have undergone either a total or partial knee replacement. Around 95 percent of those receiving a knee joint replacement see no issues for the planned lifespan of the joints of between 15 and 20 years. There is a range of []

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Cooking Stirs the Pot for Social Change Organic Consumers Association blogs

June 27, 2018
Yes! Magazine
Korsha Wilson

Preparing foodand letting others in our communities cook for usis how we become good citizens who engage with the communities around us.

My arms hurt as I walked through Brooklyn on a cold December night. I was carrying a 10-pound, party-size tray of macaroni and cheese with three cheeses, cooked to just a touch beyond al dente, with a breadcrumb topping. I was headed to a community potluck and had spent the better part of that morning making (read: babying) a mornay sauce, cooking the pasta, and baking the mixture in the oven. As I walked the six blocks from the subway station to the venue where the meeting was being held, my arms started to shake. I started to wonder why I didnt just pick up a bag of chips and a jar of dip and call it a day, but then I remembered the excited messages I received when I told my fellow event-goers that I would be bringing macaroni and cheese to our potluck. It was my way of making my friends and community members happy on a cold night and my way of providing comfort as we talked about the future of our community.

Why do we cook? First, we cook to sustain ourselves and our families. But in the current culture of food-as-art-form, we also cook to express ourselves. Cooking may seem like an act of self-preservation, an act that is both self-serving and necessary, but if you look beyond the immediate and beyond the narrow definition of what cooking is, you can see that...


Want to arm wrestle? Dr. William Davis

I have previously discussed (in my Undoctored Blog) how loss of muscle mass is a phenomenon of aging with up to 50% loss of muscle mass from age 25 to 75, especially bad if you yo-yo dieted over the years. Weve all seen it: Aging involves reduced ability to climb stairs, hike, wrestle with a shovel, hoist heavy grocery bags, eventually leading to need for a cane, walker, wheelchair, or Boy Scout to assist you in crossing the street. Severe muscle loss, sarcopenia, is a close cousin of frailty.

Muscle mass has therefore been labeled a biomarker for biological age. We need a gauge of biological age because, unlike trees in which we count rings or measure antler wingspan in elk, we need a quantifiable measure in humans that we can track and manipulate.

In particular, inflammationinflammagingis proving to be a major factor that influences muscle mass: Any factor that increases your bodys inflammatory state adds to muscle loss and potentially accelerates associated phenomena of aging. Among the factors that influence inflammation:

Grain consumptionA major contributor to higher C-reactive protein levels and other inflammatory markers via gliadin, gliadin-derived peptides, wheat germ agglutinin, insulin provocation, dysbiotic changes in bowel flora.

Sugar consumptionVia higher insulin levels, dysbiosis, and, with grains, cultivation of visceral fat that is a major source of inflammation.

Dysbiosis and small intestinal bacterial overgrowthConversely, increased Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species and prebiotic fibers reduce inflammation and increase muscle mass, including reduction in bacterial lipopolysaccharide, a potent inflammatory mediator produced by organisms that characterize dysbiosis and SIBO (Enterobacteriaeceae). Short-chain fatty acid metabolites of bowel microorganisms, such as butyrate, trigger an increase in systemic IGF-1 alpha levels that promote muscle growth.

ButyrateButyrate is a byproduct of microbial metabolism with production amped up by providing prebiotic fibers. Butyrate administration has been shown to protect...


7 Natural Ways to Imporve Brain Circulation Natural Remedies

Is your brain getting enough blood flow? Here are seven natural ways to improve brain circulation.

Its no secret that the brain does a lot of work. Since this little part of our body is responsible for ensuring that everything works just fine, its important to make sure that it gets an adequate amount of blood flow day in and out. Accomplishing this isnt even as complicated as it sounds and heres how you can do it: Read more

Monday, 09 July


What Is the Gut Microbiome? And Why Should We Care About It? The Paleo Mom

The gut is a biological niche, home to a diverse array of microbes that influence nearly all aspects of human biology through their interactions with our bodies.

The term gut microbiota refers to the massive collection of microorganisms that inhabit our gastrointestinal tract. And massive is far from hyperbole: an estimated 30-100 trillion bacteria (along with fungi, viruses, and archaea) comprise the microbiota, collectively weighing around 4.5 pounds and containing over 150 times more genes than our own human genome! These microbes include a mixture of commensal (neutrally existing), symbiotic (mutually beneficial), and pathogenic (harmful to us) organisms, and can consist of any of 35,000 species known to inhabit the human gut.  Every persons gut contains approximately 400 to 1,500 different species of the possible 35,000 different microorganisms that are well adapted to survive in the gastrointestinal tract, although about 99 percent of those microorganisms come from thirty to forty species of bacteria. Our guts are inhabited by other microorganisms besides bacteria, including archaea (similar to bacteria), viruses, and single-cell eukaryotes (like yeast).

The term gut microbiome is often used a catch-all term to describe the gut microbiota plus its metabolome (the collection of biologically active molecules within and produced by our gut microbes), but microbiome technically refers to the amazing collection of genes that our gut microbiota have. The contribute 3.3 million genes whereas humans only have  about 23,000 genes.  This is important because our gut microbiota regulate many aspect of human health via their genetic contribution.  While gut microbiome, microbiota and metabolome are often used interchangeab...


Chicken Shawarma Warps Closet Cooking

Chicken Shawarma Warps
Chicken shawarma wrapped in pitas along with plenty of tasty fillings!

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Registered Dietitian Christine McPhail Reviews The Picky Eater Project: 6 weeks to Happier, Healthier, Family Mealtimes Weighty Matters

Today's guest post, a review of The Picky Eater Project 6 weeks to Happier, Healthier, Family Mealtimes, was written by Christine McPhail MSc RD. Full disclosure: I was given a review copy of the book by Dr. Muth.
I work with parents, and picky eating is a common issue. Fortunately, there are some general recommendations that I can review such as following the division of responsibility in feeding, where parents are responsible for the what, when and where of feeding and children are responsible for whether they eat and how much they eat out of what parents offer. Within this, I ask parents to focus on neutrality when offering different foods, bridging from foods their family already enjoys, involving children in grocery shopping, growing food and cooking for buy-in and avoiding pressure in general to eat more or less of certain foods.

The most important part of addressing picky eating with my clients is working on practical steps collaboratively with them. Thats where I have found the resources within The Picky Eater Project: 6 weeks to Happier, Healthier, Family Mealtimes by Natalie Digate Muth MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP and Sally Sampson from CHOPCHOP MAGAZINE to be very insightful and useful.

Here is what I liked about this book:
  • It is a project. The book is very interactive and includes goal setting, action planning strategies, and ways to measure your progress at each stage of the project. Each section also uses to do/check lists.
  • Picky eating is defined and explained and the book follows examples from real life families as they progre...


Trauma Medicine: How to Use and Apply a Tourniquet Ready Nutrition

Tourniquets arent discussed often when it comes to prepping supplies; the focus seems to be on medical supplies such as antibiotics and a simple first aid kit.  But a tourniquet should be added to your gear, and there is one big life-saving reason why.Basic emergency medical skills are a must-have to survive the perils you encounter in a survival situation or possibly even in your own backyard.  A tourniquet could save a life or a limb in a dire situation.

First, the proper use of a tourniquet is to stop arterial bleeding on a limb when an artery is severed and simply applying pressure while waiting for a clot to form wont work. Proper use of a tourniquet could ensure the saving of a limb, but proper care needs to be taken as well, as misuse could result in the loss of a limb. And a helpful hint: you may need more than one, so add a few to your supply!

Primary Principles of Immediate Response

Wounds that can cause death are often located in the arms and legs, the torso junctional (located in the armpits, groin or neck), and the chest or abdomen which could be an indicator of internal bleeding.

There are a few primary principles to consider when you are controlling a life-threatening hemorrhage. The first of which is to ensure your own safety. Make sure you are out of danger and are in a safe location before you render aid. If you are out of danger, begin using the ABCs of Bleeding Control:

  • A-Alert 9-1-1
  • B-Locate the bleeding
  • C-Compress and apply pressure to wound

If there is life-threatening bleeding to an arm or leg, you want to apply a tourniquet.

Types of Tourniquets

The common tourniquet used by the army can be purchased on Amazon.  Its called the Combat Action Tourniquet (CAT tourniquet) and is made for a single-handed (meaning you could use this on yourself) application. The tourniquets run around $30 and arent practical for a civilian to carry around in his pocket every day, but could be a vital addition to a prepper supply. The Mgrowth Rescue Tourniquet is a less expensive option, or you could just add a complete trauma kit, such as the Ever Ready First Aid Trauma Pack, which contains other items such as...

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