Fertilize the garden called “bowel flora”
I like to think of bowel flora, the thousand or so species of microorganisms that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract, as a garden. Probiotics, i.e., anything that provides microorganisms believed to be among the desired inhabitants such as the various Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria species, are like planting seeds for peppers and zucchini in your garden in spring time. But what if you planted your seeds, then neglected to water and fertilize your garden? If you’re lucky, you might have a few peppers and zucchini after a few weeks, but you’re more likely to have a few stunted vegetables or nothing except ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 2, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle butyrate microbiota prebiotic resistant starch Source Type: blogs

Glands and Grains
We live in a world in which endocrine disruption–the disruption of endocrine gland function–is a growing health threat. Endocrine disruption can take many forms. It can take the form of thyroid disease provoked by industrial chemicals, such as perchlorates, the residues of synthetic fertilizers in produce. Or it could be provoked by the polybrominated dipheyl ethers flame retardants in your carpeting. Or it could be the triclosan in your antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer. It can also take the form of causing young girls to experience menstrual cycles and breast growth prematurely due to exposure to estrogen...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 19, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: What is in wheat that's so bad? Endocrine Gliadin Thyroid Source Type: blogs

Deglutenize your brain
A recent study from Monash University in Australia has the media declaring that gluten is good for everybody, harmful only to those with celiac disease.   Is this true? Has gluten from wheat, rye, and barley been exonerated? Should we go back to the supermarket and resume buying bread, rolls, bagels, and pasta? In this small study, 37 people with presumed “non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” NCGS, or celiac disease-like symptoms in the absence of the intestinal destruction or antibody abnormalities (e.g., transglutaminase antibodies), demonstrated no unique response to purified gluten protein. The investigato...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 21, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Gluten sensitivity Gluten-free Source Type: blogs

Deglutenize Your Brain
A recent study from Monash University in Australia has the media declaring that gluten is good for everybody, harmful only to those with celiac disease. Is this true? Has gluten from wheat, rye, and barley been exonerated? Should we go back to the supermarket and resume buying bread, rolls, bagels, and pasta? In this small study, 37 people with presumed “non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” NCGS, or celiac disease-like symptoms in the absence of the intestinal destruction or antibody abnormalities (e.g., transglutaminase antibodies), demonstrated no unique response to purified gluten protein. The investigators, fol...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 21, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Gluten sensitivity Gluten-free Source Type: blogs

Management of hepatic encephalopathy in hospital
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Source: neurologyminutiae - May 16, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal recovery after the wheat battle is won
Josie posted this comment that addresses the issue of bowel health recovery post-grain removal. I have been wheat-free for almost a year now and I no longer fall asleep during the day, and my mental fog has disappeared. My wheat-free life is great! However, I am experiencing major digestion problems. I went to see a dietitian and explained to her I do not eat wheat and try not to eat grains. She emphasized that I need fiber in my diet and based on my current food intake I was not receiving an adequate amount, which was most likely the cause of my digestion problems. She respects that I do not eat wheat, but is encouraging...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 26, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Gastrointestinal effects of wheat Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal Recovery After The Wheat Battle Is Won
Josie posted this comment that addresses the issue of bowel health recovery post-grain removal. “I have been wheat-free for almost a year now and I no longer fall asleep during the day, and my mental fog has disappeared. My wheat-free life is great! However, I am experiencing major digestion problems. I went to see a dietitian and explained to her I do not eat wheat and try not to eat grains. She emphasized that I need fiber in my diet and based on my current food intake I was not receiving an adequate amount, which was most likely the cause of my digestion problems. She respects that I do not eat wheat, but is enco...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 26, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Gastrointestinal effects of wheat Source Type: blogs

Cases: "Am I really going to have to live like this?": The Role of Octreotide in Patients with Persistent Nausea and Vomiting after Venting Gastrostomy
Discussion:Malignant bowel obstruction can occur with any cancer but is most commonly associated with advanced ovarian cancer, where it occurs in up to 50% of patients. It generally indicates a poor prognosis and carries a heavy symptom burden predominated by nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Patients with carcinomatosis, like Ms BB, are generally not candidates for surgical correction of the obstruction or endoscopic stenting. Fortunately, medical management can be very effective. Abdominal pain is treated with opioids and nausea is treated with metoclopramide in partial obstructions and haloperidol in complete obstruc...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - April 10, 2014 Category: Palliative Carer Workers Authors: Christian Sinclair Source Type: blogs

Pain | VQR Online
My father was never one to complain. On the morning of the day he died, an ulcer he'd suffered from for years, and left untreated, ruptured and began to bleed. Two days later I met with the town coroner. He told me the end had been painless, that, as his life leached away, my father would only have felt increasingly weak and light-​headed. The coroner, trying to make me feel better, was lying. By any other account, when an ulcer perforates and blood, bile, bacteria, and partially digested food begin to spill into the abdominal cavity, you feel as if a knife has just been buried in your guts. You might faint. You migh...
Source: Psychology of Pain - February 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Abbott Labs settles with U.S. over kickback claims
(Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories has agreed to pay the United States $5.48 million to resolve allegations that it paid improper kickbacks to induce doctors to use some of its products, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.The settlement resolves allegations that Abbott paid well-known doctors for teaching assignments, speaking engagements and conferences, expecting that they would arrange for the hospitals with which they were affiliated to buy Abbott's carotid, biliary and peripheral vascular products.This activity violated the federal Anti-Kickback Act and led to the submission of false Medicare claims, the gover...
Source: PharmaGossip - December 28, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Don't Call My Liver Fat!
By Amy Campbell Isn't there enough to contend with having diabetes? You need to take care of your eyes, feet, heart… Now you have to worry about your liver? Well, yes. Fatty liver disease may be something you're not all that familiar with, but if you have Type 2 diabetes, it's a good idea to know about this. Hence this week's posting! Liver 101 Let's back up for a minute and talk about your liver. The liver is one of the largest organs in the body, weighing about three pounds. It's located in the right upper abdomen, below the diaphragm. It's pretty amazing what the liver does, if you stop and think about it. Here's ...
Source: Diabetes Self-Management - December 16, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Amy Campbell Source Type: blogs

Autoimmunity and wheat
Autoimmunity occurs when your own immune system is no longer able to distinguish friend from foe. It means that antibodies, lymphocytes, killer T cells, macrophages and inflammation-mediating proteins can’t tell the difference between, say, the protein of a fungal wall from proteins in your liver or joints. It’s as weird as a mother not recognizing her children, sometimes as tragic as friendly fire. Depending on which tissues in which organs are attacked, the misdirected immune attack of autoimmunity can express itself as autoimmune hepatitis (liver tissue), primary biliary cirrhosis (bile ducts), type 1 dia...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - December 13, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs