Posts Tagged: constipation

Healthy Whole Grains?

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By Anthony Colpo The late Ernest G. Ross once wrote: “About almost any subject, there are the facts ‘everyone knows’ and then there are the real ones.” Ross was referring to those snippets of wisdom that have been repeated so often most people simply assume they’re true, but when one starts searching for actual evidence it quickly becomes apparent there is none. Here are a few such gems: Red meat is bad for you. Vegetarians live longer. Saturated fat and high cholesterol levels cause heart disease. Carbs and insulin make you fat. These are just some of the bromides, incessantly fed to us by the media and so-called ‘experts,’ that I’ve already dissected elsewhere and shown to be totally false. Today, I’m going to take another widely-held and cherished mainstream… Read more »

Manorexia – Eating Disorders in Men

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By Brendan Hannigan Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario: You are a typical American tourist visiting one of the major cities in Spain and/or Italy. You are middle-aged, wealthy, perhaps trying to escape from a stale marriage or reconnect with the dreams of your youth. You have been saving for this trip for months or years, and you’ve resolved to enjoy it to the fullest extent, so you stay in posh, comfortable hotels, take expensive tours, and eat gelato in cafes at every opportunity. You are surrounded, in these cities, by people of every conceivable shape, size, color, ethnicity, background, and socioeconomic status—beggars, buskers, backpackers, fellow tourists, swindlers, hobos, prostitutes, drug dealers, junkies, drunks—but you diligently ignore most of them, unless they happen to be quaint or entertaining. You’re… Read more »

Barbie… The Truth Behind the Beauty

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I was perusing the kid aisles at Target today with a 7-year old.  She loves Barbie.  We strolled down the aisle, just the two of us.  She mentioned her love of Barbie.  I asked her if she wanted to know a little secret about Barbie.  She said yes.  I told her Barbie makes herself throw up after everything she eats and that her teeth fell out from all the barf acid.  It went way over her head, like most things I say.  I didn’t really say it for her amusement anyway.  There was a decent looking girl within earshot.  But the experience reminded me of all the inside information that I have about Barbie that few others possess.  Today… I tell all. Yes it’s true.  Barbie’s teeth were worn down… Read more »

The GAPS Diet

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By Matt Stone I first wrote about Natasha Campbell-McBride and the GAPS diet many years ago, commenting on what an excellent public speaker Campbell-McBride is.  She speaks with a tremendous amount of confidence and fervor.  You are convinced, after hearing her speak, that she really knows something and is eager to bring it to those in need.  But these good intentions and good impressions aside, most find the GAPS diet to be woefully ineffective.  For some, like a young girl who recently contacted me after what seems to be some electrolyte-related heart troubles caused in part by her GAPS experience, it can do a lot of damage. So what, in my assessment, is the good, bad, and ugly of GAPS (with an emphasis on bad and ugly as everyone else… Read more »

About High-Fiber Diets. Do they help with IBS or Constipation?

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Fiber.  Gotta get that fiber.  Even the cartoon South Park is inundated with fiber propaganda, as one of the characters, Mr. Hanky, a talking turd overflowing with Christmas cheer, touts the benefits of “getting a lot of fiber” in your diet. Fiber is lauded as the holy substance that can help cause weight loss, relieve constipation, prevent colorectal disorders, stave off colon cancer, lower cholesterol levels, and just about everything else shy of reupholstering your furniture for you.  But fiber won’t help you fight disease any more than it will help the appearance of your old furniture. Most of the benefits attributed to fiber are the result of research done by a man named Denis Burkitt (of Burkitt’s lymphoma fame).  Burkitt, like many doctors, researchers, travelers, scholars, and anthropologists in… Read more »

Digestive System Problems, IBS Cures & High Fiber Diets

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Digestive system problems and disorders are the in thing.  You ain’t cool unless you’ve got some kind of digestive issue, be it Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or even just plain old chronic constipation.  You are certainly in the minority if you’re in your golden years and don’t suffer from Diverticulosis or at least have a few juicy hemorrhoids.Although high fiber diets may be touted as the be-all-and-end-all of IBS cures, it may actually be counterproductive in the fight against digestive issues. The vast majority of gastrointestinal disorders relate to the bacterial ecosystem that exists within the digestive tract.  A bit of a chicken or egg question, either the bacterial ecosystem becomes deranged, known as dsybiosis or dysbacteriosis, which prevents proper absorption, or sugars that aren’t absorbed… Read more »