Shake the salt habit, get off the couch and don’t forget your meds. Long the trifecta for managing high blood pressure, those rules demand revision as more of the planet (as many as one-third of adults) struggle with numbers that can lead to early death. One novel approach may lie with the … [Read more...] about Can Microbes Lower Blood Pressure?
Just a few decades ago, a nip of baking soda was all you used for annoying stomach acids. Today, a multi-billion dollar industry hawks antacids, histamine (H2) blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) across vast shelves in drugstores, supermarkets and warehouse stores. Snake oil or wonder … [Read more...] about In Two-Thirds of Patients, Meds for Stomach Acids Overused
Why are rates of colon cancer (CRC) rising across the globe? Much blame goes to the “Western diet” with its red meat, processed foods and low fiber content, a deadly menu now exported into the remotest regions of the earth. Of course, our “Western medicine” via colonoscopy can find polyps and laser … [Read more...] about In Colon Cancer, Probiotics Pay It Forward
Much is made of the surviving numbers of live bacteria reaching our guts, whether through food or supplements. Yes, live probiotics taking seed and growing into vigorous colonies promise to be good neighbors across the spectrum of health for humans. But much like a life well-lived, good things … [Read more...] about WANTED: Probiotics, Dead or Alive
The founder of Microsoft knows a thing or two about computers. And while showering his billions on fighting malaria and tuberculosis in the developing world, Bill Gates learned about pathogens. Now in a philanthropic pivot, he has turned his largess onto the good microbes. The Gates Foundation … [Read more...] about Bill Gates Tackles the Microbiome
Most of us are familiar with lactose intolerance. In this common condition, the milk sugar is poorly absorbed and causes uncomfortable side effects in the bowel. Other short-chain carbohydrates which are naturally present in normal diets including fructose, sorbitol, fructans and … [Read more...] about In IBS, Low FODMAP Diet Triggers Metabolome Changes