Pamela Nathan
July 2012 Newsletter
Fungi Gone Awry in Gut May Contribute to Crohns Disease and Colitis

A study suggests that the intestinal tract, which is home to 100 trillion bacteria, also hosts a multitude of fungi that may contribute to inflammatory bowel disease such as  Crohn's disease & Colitis.

According to a report in the Journal Science, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found 200 different types of fungi in the guts of mice, half of which they couldn't name. They also uncovered a genetic variation in a protein called Dectin-1 that helps white blood cells recognize and kill fungi. Mice with the variation had more inflammation.

Dr. Quigley Talks about Probiotics

Eamonn Quigley M.D. is a Professor of Human Physiology at the University College in Cork Ireland. The interview is all about Probiotics.

It is known that probiotics are very important to our health & more & more research is coming out to prove that.

Dr Quigley's first question is "What is a probiotic?" and his answer is straightforward "It is a microbe which is alive and which when given to man transfers a health benefit." He then continues to point out that the microbe must "make it" through our gut to get to the large intestine where it is meant to work.

Mushrooms Contain Antioxidants & Boost the Immune System

Need a reason to shop for mushrooms?

Besides adding taste to salads, soups, casseroles, rice dishes, stir-fry, scrambled eggs & other dishes, mushrooms are flavor enhancers and are flat out nutritious.

They are excellent sources of protein, vitamins (A, B5, B6) vitamin C, vitamin D,minerals (potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, selenium, copper, zinc), amino acids, fiber & iron. These vitamins & minerals play an important role in boosting the immune system & keeping your body healthy.

Did You Know...

  • Prunes help prevent osteoporosis. As we age, our bones break down faster than they are built. Prunes suppress the rate at which peoples bones break down.
    Recent Findings:  Women who ate about 10 prunes per day for 12 months had higher bone mineral density than women who ate dried apples. These women also took 500 milligrams of calcium and 400 international units of Vitamin D daily.
  • Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, which generally makes people feel better and more energized. That may be why women who sipped 4 cups of regular coffee per day were 20 percent less likely to become depressed over a 10 year period than those who averaged 1 cup or less per week, according to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
  • Hydration stations are being installed at hundreds of colleges? These are designed to get students to fill water bottles instead of buying bottled water.
  • Family members of gastric bypass patients lose weight, too. They often improve their diets and exercise more frequently. Obese spouses and other obese adult family members of gastric bypass patients lost an average of nearly 10 pounds in the year following the patient's surgery. The gastric bypass patients lost an average of 100 pounds.
  • Burn more fat by working out before breakfast. People who exercised before eating breakfast did not gain weight despite a high fat, high calorie diet. Those on the same diet who exercised after eating breakfast did gain weight.
  • Children with Spina Bifida, a debilitating spinal abnormality, were more likely to walk and had fewer neurological problems if they were operated on before birth rather than after. Researchers hope that this will open the door for more fetal procedures to address such problems as heart defects and bladder blockages.