Kefir: Easy to Make, Hard to Pronounce

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

 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

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

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

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

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

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

  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

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

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