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Health and science writer Kristina Campbell, a.k.a. The Intestinal Gardener, follows exciting developments in the field of gut research.
Lately, I've been reading up on regimens that promise to deliver a healthy gut. To be honest, some of it makes me shudder. Is the path to a digestive wellness REALLY to be found with coffee enemas, L-glutamine supplements, and probiotic elixrs?What about simply changing what you eat? Can the right diet give you a flourishing garden of gut bacteria?Some Italian researchers went to great lengths to find out, in an intriguing cross-cultural study. The researchers travelled to a small village in Bur........ Read more »
De Filippo C, Cavalieri D, Di Paola M, Ramazzotti M, Poullet JB, Massart S, Collini S, Pieraccini G, & Lionetti P. (2010) Impact of diet in shaping gut microbiota revealed by a comparative study in children from Europe and rural Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(33), 14691-6. PMID: 20679230
Posts with the label "Flora Story" are personal accounts of gut-bacteria-related health.My name is Kristina and I am not a celiac. But... I can’t eat wheat. That's my flora story in a nutshell.Flickr photo by RaeA (Rae Allen)I feel that this tale is becoming more and more common - certainly within my immediate family, where at least four of us are treading the same murky, undiagnosed waters. And almost every week, I hear a non-celiac friend or acquaintance say that wheat seems to be giving the........ Read more »
Verdu, E., Armstrong, D., & Murray, J. (2009) Between Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The “No Man's Land” of Gluten Sensitivity. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 104(6), 1587-1594. DOI: 10.1038/ajg.2009.188
Newnham ED. (2011) Does gluten cause gastrointestinal symptoms in subjects without coeliac disease?. Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology, 132-4. PMID: 21443726
Biesiekierski JR, Newnham ED, Irving PM, Barrett JS, Haines M, Doecke JD, Shepherd SJ, Muir JG, & Gibson PR. (2011) Gluten causes gastrointestinal symptoms in subjects without celiac disease: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial. The American journal of gastroenterology, 106(3), 508-14. PMID: 21224837
In my previous post, I explored the relationship between ulcerative colitis (UC) and gut bacteria. Here, the theme of "treatment" continues.A UK microbiology team, led by Sandra Macfarlane at the University of Dundee, pored over the UC research and became convinced that UC has something to do with the body overreacting to its normal gut bacteria. Basically, it's a case of the gut is crying wolf, saying, "Hey, there's something wrong with this bacteria in here!" even when everything's fine.We alr........ Read more »
Furrie, E. (2005) Synbiotic therapy (Bifidobacterium longum/Synergy 1) initiates resolution of inflammation in patients with active ulcerative colitis: a randomised controlled pilot trial. Gut, 54(2), 242-249. DOI: 10.1136/gut.2004.044834
Fujimori S, Gudis K, Mitsui K, Seo T, Yonezawa M, Tanaka S, Tatsuguchi A, & Sakamoto C. (2009) A randomized controlled trial on the efficacy of synbiotic versus probiotic or prebiotic treatment to improve the quality of life in patients with ulcerative colitis. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 25(5), 520-5. PMID: 19201576
As anyone with ulcerative colitis will tell you, an unhappy colon is to be avoided at all costs.Ulcerative colitis is diagnosed when a person's colon gets intense - when inflammation breaks down the the protective lining inside the colon and rectum. It often makes for a very rocky relationship between a person and her colon. For example, if your colon doesn't like you to eat corn, you'd better not eat corn. Because if you do, it will fight back by inflicting you with intense pain and marching yo........ Read more »
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