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Constipation and Flaxseed Oil/Mucilage

Functional constipation (FC) is a condition in which a complete understanding of its pathophysiology remains equivical.1 Conventional thoughts behind FC involves slow transit time and/or pelvic floor impairment, however, Cirillo et al1(1489) stated that there are wide variations behind the precise identification of the dysfunction. Currently, most individuals with FC experience significant impairments to quality…

Liver Disease and Botanicals

The liver is an organ critical for the purposes of energy production as well as the storage of glycogen, lipid-soluble vitamins (i.e., vitamin A, D, E, K), copper, iron, triglycerides, and detoxification of the blood.1 As such, mild aberrations in liver function can induce illness, and in severe cases (i.e., liver cirrhosis), death.2 Considering the…

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Anise Oil

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a commonly diagnosed condition with a global presence of 15% and has accounted for over 2 million family physician visits circa 2002 in the United States.1,2 Furthermore, IBS is a complex disorder with multiple aetiologies often characterized by abdominal discomfort, pain, gas, bloating, and altered bowel habits.1(261) Left unmitigated, IBS can also…

Helicobacter Pylori, Oregano, and Savory

Helicobacter pylori (HP) is characterized as a gram-negative bacterium with a considerable reach, affecting more than 50% of the world’s population.1 The genesis of HP is associated with gastric B-cell lymphoma, gastric adenocarcinoma, peptic ulcers, non-atrophic gastritis, atrophic gastritis, and micronutrient deficiencies to include B12, iron, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E.1(12809,12811)…

Functional Dyspepsia, Perilla, and Ginger

Functional dyspepsia (FD) is a condition characterized by bloating, early satiety, belching, nausea, vomiting, and recurrent/chronic fullness of the upper abdomen.1 Furthermore, FD affects as much as 40% of the Eastern industrialized nations and has presented a socioeconomic burden to society while threatening human quality of life and overall health.1(1),2 Most relevantly, standard modes of…

Dyspepsia (Indigestion), Peppermint Oil, and Caraway Oil

Functional dyspepsia (FD) is a common condition diagnosed by clinicians, which is defined as recurrent/chronic epigastric discomfort in the absence of a disease.1 FD is not considered life-threatening, however, it does tend to negatively affect individuals’ productivity and overall quality of life.1(1) The the precise etiology and pathophysiology of FD remains largely unknown, with symptoms…

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Gut Function

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT) is a thyroid disease whereby antithyroid antibodies and T-lymphocytes (part of the adaptive immune response) infiltrate and destroy cell components of the thyroid gland.1 Eventually, the thyroid gland loses its capacity to produce sufficient amounts of hormones necessary for normal function; an inevitable process which leads to hypothyroidism.1(661-662) As a means of…

Bariatric Surgery, Biomarkers, and Nutritional Considerations

Obesity is one of the most prevalent healthcare challenges, worldwide.1 Currently, Handzlik-Orlik et al1(383) stated that bariatric surgery (BS) is considered one of the most effective methods of achieving long-term weight loss, particularly when all other medical interventions have failed. However, BS is associated with complications to include micronutrient deficiencies.1(383) As such, it is essential…

Vitamin D3 and Crohn’s Disease

As mentioned in this author’s previous posts, Crohn’s disease (CD) is a condition characterized by chronic and inflammatory episodes, which can affect any section of the digestive tract.1 Thus far, this author has outlined steps to reduce inflammation, improve digestion/absorption, reduce intestinal permeability, and improve repair of the gastrointestinal tract. In the following sections, vitamin…