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16May, 2016

Biofilms and Autoimmunity

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Autoimmunity is a major interest of mine. I wrote my first published article on the topic nearly 10 years ago (http://ndnr.com/e-version/apr07/apr07.pdf.html), generally outlining what I still believe today is the major causes of autoimmunity. Now with more than 10 year of experience in the management, treatment and complete remission of many autoimmune diseases, including Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, eczema, asthma, allergies, Fibromyalgia and CFS, among many others, I feel that I have a fairly good handle on the process of autoimmunity. The major […]
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30Apr, 2016

Diabetes! – Is it SIBO?

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A recent pear reviewed article published in Nature done by researchers at the University of British Columbia has found a connection between dysbiosis of the microbiome and the onset of Type 1 diabetes. It has already been established that Type 2 diabetes has a microbiome connection and the blood sugar control is related to the bacteria in our intestines, so this news should not be a huge surprise. However, this unique article is the first research of its kind to really identify a connection between antibiotic use, the microbiome, and […]
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8Feb, 2016

Bacterial Introduction

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The human microbiome is pretty much the coolest discovery of the 21st century. It has been an amazing era for me, as a scientist, but also a student of functional and naturopathic medicine to finally see the science identifying the interactions between our immune system and the trillions of bacteria and yeast that make up our microbiome. The human microbiome project, launched in 2008, has set the stage for a whole new paradigm of medical knowledge. But when I started practising medicine in 2005 as a resident, I was already […]
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29Jan, 2016

Methanogens and Constipation

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This is a very good interview outlining the critical research of Dr Pimentel on Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, with specific attention to constipation and methane gas production in the intestine. Dr Pimentel associates 90% of people suffering with constipation to methane forming bacteria in the intestine! What this means is that constipation can be completely cured by methanogen bacterial eradication or re-balancing methane forming bacteria. The interview also outlines the critical importance of breath testing in the detection of methane, with constipation problems occurring with as little as 3 parts […]
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19Jan, 2016

What Does SIBO Cause? – Intro

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The primary “stomach” related symptoms can really depend on the individual and the location of the suspected bacterial overgrowth. For example; SIBO that is higher up in the small intestine (doudenum) may result more in upper digestive dysfunction, such as belching, nausea and heartburn. This is likely do to the bacteria impacting stomach emptying or gas production affecting the Vegus nerve, innervating the diaphragm. Although, it is thought that SIBO further down the intestines can also create similar symptoms by impacting the migratory motor complex of the small intestine and […]
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9Jan, 2016

What Does SIBO Cause? – Anatomy

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The first part of the small intestine is called the duodenum. This part of the intestine is only about 30 cm long and is differentiated visually by the narrow opening from the stomach which is known as the pyloric sphincter. A sphincter to the average person is the punch line to a bad joke, but in actual fact it is a critical bit of anatomy that acts as an electrical barrier as well as a anatomical barrier between structures. The electrical barrier is in place to isolate contractions to one […]
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4Jan, 2016

What Does SIBO Cause?

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Once the terrain is established to promote the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, as discussed in the “What Causes SIBO?” series, along with a diet that can promote the overgrowth of bacteria, SIBO can result in, or has an association with, many different health conditions. Some of the most common things to look out for are the obvious irritable bowel symptoms, such as bloating, burping, stomach cramps, constipation, heartburn, nausea, flatulence and stomach pain! This really starts to sound like a Peptobismol commercial, but unfortunately Pepto will not […]
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21Dec, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – High Fat and Protein

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Fat and Protein As with everything, there is always “to much of a good thing” and there is no exception with a diet rich in fats and animal protein. High fat diets, contrary to popular belief are also detrimental to the onset of SIBO. Numerous research studies have outlined that the standard American diet, (which can be very high in fats, animal proteins, along with refined starches) can result in alterations in the gut microbiome. In fact, it has been shown that a diet high in fat (60%) alters the […]
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3Dec, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Fiber

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Fiber Complex carbs, or vegetables, whole grains, nuts and whole fruits are often no better, when it comes to people battling SIBO. This is because complex carbs contain fiber, which is actually made of sugars that are NOT digestible by our bodies. The cellulose fibers that give plants structure are actually pure sugar, but the bonds that hold these sugars together cannot to broken down by our enzymes. This makes them insoluble fibers … which simply means that they are not very soluble in water. Insoluble fiber is crucial in […]
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26Nov, 2015

What Causes SIBO? – Carbohydrates

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The dietary connections to dysbiosis and SIBO could be a large topic all on its own. I have entire books on the subject which are fascinating but for the purpose of this work once again we want to keep things fairly simple. Sugar is the cause of SIBO! Done … Although this is partially true, there is a little more to it than that because sugar is actually a complex topic all on its own. You see not all sugars are created equal and when I mention sugar being the […]
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