September 2009 Newsletter

Probiotics and Fermented Foods
Dr Dae explains that dysbiosis is an imbalance of the digestive flora that causes pain and discomfort in the digestive area. She recommendsd probiotics as one part of the solution.

She tells us that probiotic is a generic term used to describe the beneficial micro-organisms that live in our digestive tract. She clarifies that the term includes several different species that live and populate our colon. Traditionally these micro organisms, or beneficial flora, would continually be repopulated by the foods that we ate as part of our normal diet.

The beneficial flora is obtained readily through eating fermented foods. Interestingly enough, most cultures have daily foods that are fermented. e.g. Italians eat antipasto, Japanese eat miso or tempeh, eastern Europeans eat kiefer or yogurt, Koreans eat kymchee, Germans eat sauerkraut.
Eating these foods as part of a balanced diet helped to maintain the normal digestive process for these cultures for centuries. Unfortunately the Standard American Diet (SAD) does not have any elements of fermented foods as a staple part of it's foundation...Read more about Probiotics and Fermented Foods.
Cholesterol Linked to Osteoporosis

A greasy burger and fries may also be linked to osteoporosis, aside from raising your cholesterol level up.

Journal Clinical Immunology's new study published in the August 20th issue, has found that there could be a link between high cholesterol and the disease.

Although past researchers have recognized such a relationship between the two seemingly unrelated conditions, they were unable to uncover exactly how they were connected.

Rita Effros, a professor of pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, said she suspected the connection existed with the cell and tissue damage that came from exposure to fatty acids in cholesterol.

The study targeted low-density lipoprotein, which has been dubbed the "bad" cholesterol, and examined how high levels of oxidized LDL affected the bone and whether a T cell played a role in the process.

"..... both the resting and the activated T cells started churning out a chemical that stimulates cells whose sole purpose is to destroy bone," Effros said.


Gluten-Free Diet Helps IBS

Gluten-free diets have many benefits, not just for people with Celiac Disease, but also for people who suffer with stomach problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IBS affects the large intestine, and unlike other intestine diseases such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, it does not cause inflammation or colorectal cancer.

Instead some of the signs and symptoms of IBS include stomach cramping, diarrhea, constipation, etc. 

Studies have shown that 1 out of 5 American people, about 20 percent of the adult population, have signs or symptoms, making it one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors.

According to many doctors, IBS is treated through changes in one's diet or lifestyle, stress management or medication. 

In fact according to a recent article posted in Epoch Times online by Dr. John Briffa, any food could trigger IBS symptoms, but wheat, in his opinion is the number one culprit.  Dr. Briffa believes that this wheat sensitivity can sometimes trigger sensitivity to gluten. 

Dr. Briffa cites a case of a patient who tested negative for Celiac Disease, but was diagnosed with IBS.  Once he prescribed a gluten-free diet, the patient no longer had symptoms of IBS!

Did You Know???
  • Salmonella & Campylobacter Gastro-enteritis increase the risk of IBD

    Food borne infections are known to increase the risk of certain conditions, for instance, Guillain-Barre Syndrome may occur after campylobacter enteritis, and reactive arthritis after yersinia enteritis.

    Now, a recent study, published in an August issue of Gastroenterology, by Danish researchers has confirmed on an earlier finding, which reports that salmonella and campylobacter gastroenteritis increase the short-term and long-term risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study was published in the latest issue of Gastroenterology.

  • Eating at irregular times influences weight gain.

    A North Western University study has found that eating at irregular times -- the equivalent of the middle of the night for humans, when the body wants to sleep -- influences weight gain.

    The regulation of energy by the body's circadian rhythms may play an important role. The study is the first causal evidence linking meal timing and increased weight gain.  Researcher: Fred Turek, Professor of neurobiology and physiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology...Read more...

  • High fat diet shows a decline in physical & mental function in 9 days.

    Dr Andrew Murray, Oxford University UK, has found that rats, when switched to a high-fat diet from their standard low-fat feed, showed a surprisingly quick reduction in their physical performance in only nine days.  They were only able to run 50% as far on a treadmill as those that remained on the low-fat feed.

    High-fat diets, such as those that are prevalent in Western countries, are known to be harmful in the long term and can lead to problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart failure...Read more...

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Probiotics and Fermented Foods
Cholesterol Linked to Osteoporosis
Gluten-Free Diet Helps IBS
Did You Know??? 
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