Patient story: A 59-year-old woman has diabetes for 20 years with early kidney damage, presently on insulin injections. She had an angioplasty nine years ago because of chest pain from blocked heart arteries. Besides insulin, she was taking Plavix (Clopidogrel) and Nexium (PPI). Plavix works on blood cells called platelets to prevent them from sticking […]
Bloating Remedies: Is Your Food Causing A Problem?
Bloating is a sense of fullness or “gassiness” or a feeling of distension of your stomach. You may or may not have an actual increase in the size of your abdomen. The causes of bloating are many, ranging from food sensitivities to your medications to very serious conditions like ovarian cancer. Where do you start? […]
Should You Stop Eating Gluten-Containing Food?
(An earlier version was posted in April 2019. Updated November 2019) What Is Gluten? Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley. It consists of two main proteins, glutenin and gliadin. Gluten is the component of grains that helps them bind together, like when you roll out a […]
Mind-Body Interventions In Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of gut-brain interaction, which produces symptoms of abdominal pain and change in bowel habits in the absence of organic disease. What are the Mind-Body Interventions? The National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health, USA defines mind-body interventions as those practices that “employ a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the mind’s […]
Is “Leaky Gut” Affecting Your Health?
Many of you tell me that you have “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. What does this mean? Internet definitions of “Leaky Gut Syndrome” have described it as a condition where your gut lining works like a sieve and allows bacteria and other toxins to pass into the bloodstream and causes symptoms like bloating, fatigue, etcetera. However, a […]