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IBS & Diet News
A study conducted by Wahnschaffe and others investigating clinical response to gluten-free diet in patients diagnosed with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was published in Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2007;5:844-850. It indicates that in a high proportion of patients with diarrhea-predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gluten intolerance is the main etiological factor.
There were of 145 patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and normal small-bowel architecture which indicates that absence of celiac disease. 37% had elevated IgG antigliadin and/or tissue-transglutaminase antibodies, 39% were positive for HLA-DQ2 (which is strongly associated with celiac disease). Forty-one of the 145 patients followed a gluten-free diet for six months.
Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms resolved in 60% of the patients for HLA-DQ2 and celiac disease-associated serum antibodies.
The study also showed that certain laboratory tests that are used to diagnose celiac disease can also predict which patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are most likely to respond to a gluten-free diet.
Medicinal Mushrooms and Cancer
The therapeutic properties of mushrooms are recognized in many countries, but particularly in China and Japan, where they are an important part of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ganoderma (in particular Ganoderma lucidum) is the most highly prized and longest-used medicinal mushroom. Its use is said to date back more than 4000 years, and worldwide sales are reported to exceed $1.5 billion per year.
In China, Ganoderma is known as ling zhi or "mushroom of immortality," and this attests to a general property attributed to the medicinal mushrooms: they are life-prolonging.1 Read More...
Being Active Makes You Happy
New research shows that getting fit improves your psychological health. Endorphins, the natural morphine-like compound release when we exercise long enough. There is also serotonin, which keeps us from getting depressed, and dopamine, which keeps us motivated.
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