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Chronic Diarrhea (IBS-D) and the Four R Program

Chronic diarrhea is also known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with a predominant symptom of diarrhea (IBS-D). IBS-D is characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. The pathogenesis may be linked to factors such as visceral hypersensitivity, brain-intestine axis disorders, intestinal flora alternations, and intestinal motility abnormalities.1(888) In the following sections, this author will…

ADHD, Gut Health, and Nutritional Support

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most prevalent behavioral disorder in children, which has been estimated to affect 4-5 million children within the United States.1 Pharmacological and behavioral interventions have been the primary means of medical management of ADHD. However, the former approach has induced side-effects amongst approximately 65-70% of patients, and as many…

Parkinson’s Disease, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Interventions

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder where neurons that make the neurotransmitter dopamine, responsible for human movement, are destroyed.1,2 Furthermore, such a condition has reached and affected approximately 4 million individuals, worldwide.1(120) Said condition is progressive in nature and characterized by a multisystem disorder affecting vulnerable populations, suspected to double in…

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Advanced Glycation End Products

The liver is the largest organ in the body providing vital functions such as energy production, detoxification, as well as storing copper, iron, triglycerides, lipid-soluble vitamins, and glycogen.1 Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is condition which threatens said functions and affects as much as 30% of the adult population; a disease now considered a predominant…

Heavy Metals and Water Filtration

Heavy metals are ubiquitous in the air, soil, and water. Such levels came into existence from extraction of metals, industrial sewages, agricultural fertilizers, batteries, and electronic industries.1 Since water and hydration are essential to maintaining human health, it is equally critical to ensure drinking water quality. The following will explore water filtration as a means…

Managing and Measuring Toxins

A toxin is a poisonous substance capable of causing death or serious debilitation.1 Westernized societies have levels of toxic agents dramatically higher than those of the pre-industrialized era, which now exists in food, air, water, pharmaceuticals, xenobiotics (man-made chemicals), and endotoxins (toxins from microbes and metabolic reactions).2 Such a ubiquitous distribution of compounds place individuals…

Crohn’s Disease, Leaky Gut, and Zinc Supplementation

Crohn’s disease (CD) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by chronic relapse and inflammation along the intestine.1CD is an autoimmune disease exhibiting an exaggerated immune response followed by a lowered tolerance towards food antigens and bacteria native to the gut.1(3899) Such processes eventually manifest as a chronic inflammatory response1(3899)Other factors also contribute to…

Small Intestinal Fungal Overgrowth (SIFO)

Small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO) is a condition defined by an excessive concentration of fungal microorganisms inhabiting the small intestine (SI). Such a condition is often found amongst immunocompromised individuals or those who use antibiotics with symptoms ranging from belching, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea (leading to nutrient deficiencies), nausea, and gas (Erdogan & Rao, 2015). However,…

Hypochlorhydria and Dysbiosis

In this author’s last post, low stomach acidity (high pH), micronutrient maldigestion/malabsorption, causes/symptoms of high pH, and solutions to mitigate such conditions were considered. However, low stomach acidity can induce systemic affects where other physiological disruptions occur along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, to include gut dysbiosis (Pizzorno & Katzinger, 2012). As such, the following will…

Inflammation, Coronary Artery Disease, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Sears (2017) stated that heart disease, among other maladies, is a condition driven by inflammation. Sources of inflammation are widespread to include environmental (i.e., heavy metal exposure), lifestyle (i.e., sleep deprivation and stress), and nutrition (omega-6 rich processed foods) factors (Ilich, Kelly, Kim, & Spicer, 2014; Irwin, Olmstead, & Carroll, 2016; Umamaheswaran, Dasari, Yang, Lutgendorf,…