Posts Tagged: IBS

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 »

Diverticulosis

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This week is evidently digestion week. It began with an email from a friend on helping out with a digestive condition called “diverticulosis,” which she referred to, unknown of the spelling, as “diver-tickle-o-sis.” Next, some friends came over for dinner and, naturally, we talked about IBS while eating. I’m a classy dinner host no doubt. For starters, diverticulosis is a condition, an extremely common one, where pockets form in the intestines and fill with fecal matter. They are basically small blowouts in the intestinal walls, where it balloons out and gets clogged. As this mass ferments and continues to stretch out the intestinal walls, inflammation can set in, causing the development of a condition called diverticulitis. As with IBS, these conditions are both caused and exacerbated by malabsorption, and more… Read more »

Hypothyroidism

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It’s amazing to me how some of the most important realizations that I’ve come to over the past year have come from fragments of information obtained from some really misguided people. One of the biggest discoveries was differentiating between how complex starches and simple sugars affect the human body, shown to me by Terry Shintani, the author of a book touting an extremely low fat vegan diet. Through his work, he was able to show that complex starches leave sugar in the blood to be used as fuel, unlike simple sugars from fruit, cookies, breakfast cereals and the like, which causes insulin to rise higher than the level of blood sugar and induce hypoglycemia. This idea was further reinforced by Francine Kauffman of the American Diabetes Association, who discovered that… Read more »

Robert McCarrison: Straight Nutrition Gangsta

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The integrity and insight of the old nutrition classics never ceases to amaze me when I manage to track them down. The work of Weston A. Price is groundbreaking. Francis Pottenger, Jr. had some legendary insights into human health and nutrition. Stefansson looked into human health from a much wiser and broader perspective than the authors on the shelves at your local, intellectually-crippling Barnes and Noble. However, after everything I’ve come across, I must say that Major-General Sir Robert McCarrison, C.I.E., M.A., M.D., D.Sc., LL.D., F.R.C.P., B.AO., born March 15th in 1878, is probably the greatest contributor to the understanding of human health that I have seen or can even imagine. The bulk of McCarrison’s studies were done on animals, the idea being to figure out exactly what was going… Read more »

WAPF 2008 Annual Conference

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The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Annual Conference was focused specifically on children’s health. It was enlightening in many regards and left me feeling like several more pieces of the health puzzle have come together. The whole seminar can best be summarized as “Natasha Campbell-McBride.” McBride, a Russian M.D. living and practicing in England, spoke for the first time on Saturday to the entire audience of nearly 1,000 health, food, and farming dorks. McBride presented her theory and patented syndrome which she labels “Gut and Psychology” or GAP Syndrome. GAP syndrome is an acute illness where one begins wearing inexplicably trendy clothing while looking upon the world with a distant stare. Also, the vision of the GAP sufferer clouds over with a dull brown tint, known by medical experts as KV… Read more »

Save the Tatas!

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Save your Tatas

This “chick I know” has a Breast Cancer awareness shirt that makes one simple plea, “Save the Tatas.” This legendary shirt is complete with the little Susan G. Komen “x” for the Cure pink ribbon. This shirt on its own, like Breast Cancer awareness groups and “research” funds, does little to change the current state of the disease. It is increasing at an alarming rate. If anything, increased awareness of the disease has paralleled increased incidence of the disease. Increased funds for research has paralleled increased incidence of the disease. More advanced techniques for treating the disease has paralleled increased incidence of the disease. More widespread information on “proper nutrition” has paralleled increased incidence of the disease (and of every other disease). Should I keep going, or do you get… Read more »