Digestion

  1. Crohn’s disease linked to fungal infections

    Could a simple fungus be the cause of your tummy troubles?

    It's the belly-busting condition that brings misery and pain to an estimated 3 million Americans.

    Chronic inflammation in the intestines leads to pain, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and more.

    Because it's so badly undiagnosed -- and so poorly understood by the mainstream -- you could have it yourself without even realizing it!

    And because docs don't recognize it, can't diagnose it, and have no clue how to treat it, it often spirals out of control and gets even worse over the years.

    Now, the latest research shows WHY mainstream doctors fail so often when it comes to treating these conditions.

    They've completely MISSED one of the prime triggers of all that misery.

    Anyone who has come to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine knows that I often run fungal tests on patients with chronic inflammation conditions, especially in the gut.

    I've gotten some guff for it, too, from mainstream docs who claim there's no way all of this can be caused by a simple fungus.

    But the new study backs my approach in a big way, showing how these conditions can be worsened by a fungal infection.

    The key to the whole puzzle could be in a fungus called Candida tropicalis.

    Researchers collected samples from Crohn's patients and their healthy family members to see if they could spot any differences.

    Did they ever!

    Compared to the healthy folks, the patients with Crohn's had Candida tropicalis running wild. Not only that, but it teamed up with E. coli and Serratia marcescens bacteria to form a nasty "biofilm" in the intestine.

    That's pretty much what it sounds like. It's an icky layer that sticks to the intestine wall, which leads to the inflammation that triggers the pain, diarrhea, and other forms of misery.

    The researchers don't believe this film is actually the cause of Crohn's.

    But it's certainly responsible for bringing out the worst in the condition and triggering painful flare-ups.

    That's good news, because it means treating a fungal infection can lead to real and lasting relief, easing the condition so effectively you might even forget you have it!

    The researchers, of course, are suggesting anti-fungal drugs. In some cases, those meds might even be necessary.

    But other ways of wiping out these infections are often just as effective -- starting with a well-balanced probiotic supplement combined with other natural anti-fungal therapies.

    Together, these treatments can restore balance to the bacteria in your gut, wipe away that unhealthy biofilm, ease the inflammation, and end the misery.

    Speak with a holistic medical doctor experienced in testing for and treating fungal infections.

  2. Whole grains aren’t as healthy as advertised

    EXPOSED: Whole grains AREN'T healthy!

    Don't be a chicken!

    You don't act like a chicken. At least, you don't THINK you act like a chicken... but there's a good chance you share at least one habit with the old yardbird.

    Odds are, both of you are eating whole grains.

    Those are the backbone -- or maybe the wishbone -- of a chicken's diet, as they're what you'll find in any decent chickenfeed (at least if the chicken is being fed the "good" stuff).

    But if you've been eating whole grains under the assumption that they're good for you, I've got a new study you need to see.

    Researchers pecked through decades of data on grains and the effect they have on human health.

    They were stunned to find that the evidence backing whole grains for human health amounted to... well... chickenfeed.

    They found that the mainstream advice to eat whole grains is based on assumptions, not science.

    Few studies have looked at the health benefits of whole grains in any kind of carefully controlled way.

    The handful that made the attempt didn't last very long. None of them ran more than four months, which is nothing when it comes to looking at long-terms risks such as heart disease.

    Once they crunched through all the science, the researchers found that there may not be much of a difference in risk at all whether you have whole grains or any other kind of grain, including refined and processed grains.

    That doesn't mean you should give up and eat refined grains.

    It does mean that "whole grains" are vastly overrated. My strong suspicion is that any benefits linked to whole grains in some studies aren't even from the grains themselves.

    They're from fiber -- and, when it comes down to it, whole grains really aren't the best sources of that fiber.

    Besides, whole grains cause blood sugar spikes and even weight gain -- which is fine for a chicken. You want them plump, after all.

    But that's certainly not what you want for yourself.

    So, skip the breads and pass on the cereals. Whole grains or not, they're just not that good for you.

    If you want proven heart protection and a wide range of other health benefits, aim for between 40 and 50 grams of fiber a day, mostly from fresh produce such as broccoli, peas, apples, avocados, and pears.

    One of the best sources of fiber is beans -- and they're great this time of year in vegetarian stews and chili.

  3. GMO chemical could get banned in Europe

    The dangerous chemical hiding in your dinner I'd like to think that anything France can do, we can do better... but it might be about to speed ahead of us in one very important way. France could soon become the leading voice of sanity and reason when it comes to keeping DEADLY chemicals out of your food. Everyone should want...
  4. Diet changes can improve acid reflux

    Toss your 'heartburn' meds... and put THIS on the menu! Chronic acid reflux can turn every meal into a nightmare. You're hungry, so you have to eat. But you know what's coming next... so every bite is filled with fear. Today, I'm going to end the nightmare. You can go back to eating many of the foods you love with...
  5. Healthy gut bacteria fight the flu

    Turbo-charge your immune system for flu season Labor Day weekend is just a week away, and that means you can expect to see some really dumb ads for used cars and appliances. And the ridiculous marketing doesn't end when the holiday weekend's over. In some ways, it's just getting started -- because the END of Labor Day is the unofficial...
  6. Omega-3 fatty acids could replace ‘medical’ marijuana

    The hidden powers of omega-3 fatty acids... unlocked! Medical marijuana? It's time to take the politics out of this one and end the debate for good -- because new research reveals what could be one way to get nearly ALL of the same benefits of cannabis. But this one carries NONE of the risks! You don't need marijuana at all...
  7. Vegetarian foods could be dangerous

    Why vegetarian diets aren't always healthy Vegetarians are supposed to be healthier than the rest of us, right? Well, friend, new research reveals the truth about "vegetarian" foods, and it's going to leave a lot of folks sorely disappointed. If finds that while plant-based foods certainly CAN be very healthy, many of them AREN'T. And the most common of them...
  8. Food allergies on the rise

    Why you feel so darn crummy all the time It's one of the leading causes of so-called mystery illnesses, from life-ruining chronic ailments to the minor nagging issues that come and go. Your doc won't be able to figure them out. He doesn't know how! The REAL issue plaguing millions of Americans is food allergies -- but since mainstream docs...
  9. Probiotics ease irritable bowel syndrome

    Ease the misery of IBS naturally Irritable bowels? When you've got IBS, it's not just your bowels that are irritated. This disease brings with it so much misery that it can inevitably wreck your mood, leading to anxiety and depression. But the latest research reveals one easy action you can take that'll help ease the mood disorders that too often...
  10. Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to gut bacteria

    Ease chronic fatigue with this all-natural remedy Run around? Forget running around. When you have chronic fatigue, some days you can barely even stand up. But when you visit the doctor, that's what you'll get: the runaround. He doesn't have answers. How could he? Mainstream medicine hadn't even admitted the condition was real until recently. Even now, they don't know...
  11. Cinnamon can fight damage of fatty foods

    Boost your metabolism with this spicy secret Autumn might be four long and steamy months away, but there's one part of the season we should keep around all year long. Cinnamon isn't just for pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, and hot drinks on cool nights. It also packs a powerful punch when it comes to your health. Studies show it can...
  12. Probiotics help even healthy people

    Probiotics can help with digestion and ease stomach issues even in folks who are healthy.
  13. Diabetes control is getting worse

    Diabetes control has gotten worse in recent years despite the introduction of newer and more powerful medications. Looks like those drugs aren’t so good after all!
  14. Beat irritable bowel syndrome without drugs

    Irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t respond well to medications, but you don’t need the drugs anyway. A new study finds nondrug treatments can work wonders for IBS patients.
  15. Chronic constipation eased with electro-acupuncture

    Constipation is painful, debilitating and embarrassing – but new research reveals a drug-free therapy that can offer real and lasting relief.
  16. Probiotics can beat antibiotic diarrhea

    Probiotics help replace the good bacteria in your gut – especially when they’re wiped out by antibiotics, cutting your risk of facing the side effect of diarrhea.
  17. Irritable bowel syndrome patients need vitamin D

    Irritable bowel syndrome patients are low in vitamin D more than 80 percent of the time, but supplements can raise their levels, according to new research.
  18. Proton pump inhibitors increase infection risk

    Proton pump inhibitors increase the risk of infection by allowing bad bacteria to pass through the gut and into your digestive tract.
  19. Probiotic can help fight irritable bowel syndrome with constipation

    Irritable bowel syndrome can be brought under control with the help of probiotics, and new research finds brewer’s yeast can ease IBS with constipation.
  20. Most probiotics don't work

    Most "probiotics" are a rip-off

    If you've been relying on a supermarket supplement to get your probiotic fix, I've got some bad news for you: You've been cheated out of your hard-earned money.

    It's the biggest scam in the grocery store, and today I'm going to blow the little foil lid off of it -- because most of the stuff that screams "probiotic" on the label outside contains a whole lot of garbage on the inside.

    They're sugar-sweetened yogurt drinks, and they almost always contain the wrong amounts of the wrong strains. Continue reading

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