Kiwi: The Beauty Inside

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Kiwifruit turns up everywhere these days. Once considered an exotic fruit, this furry brown nugget with brilliant and juicy green flesh dresses many a fruit salad across the globe. No wonder its scientific name is Actinidia deliciosa. It is often called just kiwi but that more accurately describes a flightless bird of New Zealand as well as the self-chosen nickname … Read More

Probiotics May Soothe Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which immune and inflammatory response causes pain along with cartilage and bone degradation; it can lead to significant disability and compromises quality of life. People with RA often suffer from gastrointestinal disturbances: bloating, gastric pain, nausea and constipation and diarrhea. And interestingly, they have microbiota that differ from healthy patients. Fewer Bifidobacterium … Read More

Literary License for Probiotics

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Probiotics are trending. How do I know? New Yorker magazine assigned staff writer Michael Specter to the case. His Germs Are Us article paints a pretty picture of the future for probiotics. Specter begins with a well-known pathogen, Heliobacter pylori or H.pylori, most associated with stomach ulcers. He visits Martin J. Blaser, microbiologist at New York University School of Medicine … Read More

Bugs Do Make the Picnic

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  As summer winds down for many in the northern hemisphere, one last barbecue is a lovely way to kiss the season goodbye. Grab some hot dogs and hamburgers and fire up the grill? Maybe best not. Stop and think about what you are doing: the hot flames make these saturated fat, high cholesterol processed meats even more lethal: heterocyclic … Read More

Yogurt Mamas

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  HIV/AIDS infects nearly 1.3 million people in Tanzania and kills more there each year than cancer, heart disease or accidents. It is an epidemic replicated in many sub-Saharan countries. Probiotics benefit people living with HIV/AIDS. This happens in several ways: improving immunity, increasing CD4 cell counts, preventing diarrhea, constipation, and urinary tract infections, reducing bacterial vaginosis and possibly even … Read More

Kefir: Easy to Make, Hard to Pronounce

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 Maybe we’d buy it more often if we could pronounce it. Is it key-FEAR or KEY-fur or KEH-fur? The majority voted for KEY-fur in a lively discussion over at babycenter community. To be safe, know all three when bewilderment greets you at the store. Now, on to less pressing matters.   Kefir has been around for a long time, many thousands … Read More

Fecal Transplant Redux

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Health practitioners are just now getting in the act of transplanting stool to reseed unhealthy colons. But it seems there is a contingent of do-it-yourselfers (DIY) who are unafraid to give it a go. Michael Hurst suffered  with ulcerative colitis for over a decade and finally found relief with repeat DIY fecal transplants. He has prepared a digital book called Poop … Read More

Play in the Dirt

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Allergies are nothing to sneeze at.  Their epidemic growth  worldwide has public health officials scrambling for answers — not to mention  tissues. Simply put, allergies are immune system malfunctions: harmless allergens including food, pollen, mold or dust are seen by the body as threats. Symptoms are triggered. Some are merely annoying as in the itch that arises after reading a  … Read More

Honorable Discharge

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  Clostridium difficile is a killer. Tens of  thousands die each year worldwide from this stubborn infection. The bacteria set up shop after a course of antibiotics. Stronger antibiotics including vancomycin are given but sometimes people cannot permanently expel the tough spore-making bacteria. Extreme weight loss and death can follow. Now there is a cure. Nasty, some may say, but … Read More

Mind The Gap

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Probiotics are the future– with a hidden past. Despite their being essential to life for all of history, we are only now waking up to their major role in health. Much like vitamins were in the early 1900s when each new discovery flirted with a Nobel Prize, probiotics and their thousand shades of purpose will be unraveled before long. These … Read More