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How Acid-Blocking Drugs May Prove Fatal

How Acid-Blocking Drugs May Prove Fatal

Diversity in our gut bacteria is important in essential for combating disease, and it turns out that taking the typical, over-the-counter acid blocking drugs that everyone seems to think they need dramatically changes the gut bacteria. This sets the stage for a potentially life-threatening illness due to bacterial overgrow.

This video focuses on the potential for acid-blocking drugs, called PPIs, to cause an infection known as C. difficile. It’s really troubling when you recognize that this infection is associated with more than 30,000 deaths in America every year! Take a look at the latest science, and enjoy today’s video.

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Mark Wolynn

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Mark Wolynn

It’s a given that our emotions, behaviors, and responses to our environment are shaped by our early life experiences. I think most of us can probably wrap our arms around the idea that the experiences of our parents may also play a role in how we see the world.

In an interesting new book, Mark Wolynn describes how the experiences of our grandparents actually leave an imprinted legacy on our DNA. He describes his clinical experiences in dealing with people with seemingly unsolvable issues by unraveling events that occurred in their ancestors.

I think you’ll find this interview interesting for sure.

Why Your Gut Bacteria Love Exercise!

Why Your Gut Bacteria Love Exercise!

I’ve spoken at length about the important, health-sustaining role of diversity as it relates to the various types of bacteria that live with our intestines. In short, diversity paves the way for resiliency.

There are many avoidable factors that work against bacterial diversity – reducing the varieties of bacteria. These include various medications, like antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, and even sugar! Decreased diversity is associated with a variety of conditions including diabetes, obesity, allergy, and any number of inflammatory conditions.

Now, new research shines a positive light on this whole issue by demonstrating a strong association between having a robust, healthy and diverse set of gut bacteria and a person’s level of cardiorespiratory fitness.

As you watch this video, keep in mind that we want to do everything we can to dial up the diversity of our gut bacteria, and it looks like exercise may well be an important way to achieve that goal.

Body Fat

Body Fat – A Powerful Brain Toxin

Research has long shown a strong relationship between increased body fat and degeneration of the brain. Basically, brain function declines as the size of the belly increases.

But have you every wondered why this relationship exists? What is it about body fat that so profoundly damages the brain? Continue reading

Top Tips for Better Sleep

Top Tips for Better Sleep

Getting a good night’s rest is fundamentally important. Poor sleep hygiene, and sleep interruption, has been found to correlate with risk for coronary artery disease, and even Alzheimer’s. What to do to protect your sleep? Try no coffee after noon, and putting your devices, like laptops, tablets and mobile phones, away earlier. For more tips, watch my latest video on sleep.

Prenatal Probiotics

Prenatal Probiotics – Paving the Way for a Healthy Baby

Eczema is becoming a fairly common problem in young children. This condition is characterized by frequent outbreaks of reddened, inflamed skin with significant itching. But beyond the discomfort, it is now recognized that when children are diagnosed with eczema, they have a much greater risk of other immune issues, like persistent inflammation of the nose and eyes, as well as full-blown asthma.

It’s now become clear that the level of inflammation in the human body is determined, to a significant degree, but the health and diversity of the bacteria living in the gut. In fact, an astounding 70% of the immune cells in our bodies are clustered around the intestines!

So it’s no surprise that researchers have begun looking at  ways to modify the gut bacteria in children in hopes of balancing inflammation and the immune system, specifically as this relates to eczema. Continue reading

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