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|09-30-2012 03:31 PM|
This is why I love MDC. If google don't know MDC does!
|04-02-2012 04:26 PM|
My 5 month old is EBF. She has recently started pooping only once every 4-5 days. I am very concerned by this. The mainstream webpages are telling me this is normal, but I am not so sure. Her stools look ok, like normal EBF baby poop. It looks like this could be a gut flora issue. Any thoughts? I'm thinking I need to alter my diet.
|01-12-2012 08:33 PM|
Originally Posted by leila1213
How about Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride? www.behealthy.org.uk/gaps.pdf
|07-05-2010 11:39 PM|
I have a CLO question. My local WAPF lady suggested this brand to me .... going to get it out of the fridge... ok, it is called "Quantum Cod Liver Oil"
I don't know anything about radiant life... can they be trusted. She said that it is tested for heavy metals and it has no synthetic vitamins. She sells it for $8 a bottle. Seems to good to be true! What makes green pastures so much better?
|08-02-2009 12:21 AM|
Most of the gut people hang out in the Allergies Forum right now.
|06-27-2009 11:36 PM|
Oh my goodness! I have never known this forum was here.
UC survivor here -- emergency total colectomy, j-pouch, resection 2003.
|06-02-2009 12:45 AM|
Food Chemical Intolerance
The cause of food chemical intolerance seems to be nutrient deficiency and the strength of the detox pathways in the body. It could also be mercury, overwhelming the detox pathways.
One researcher, Dr. Rosemary Waring, connected salicylate intolerance and sulfation: http://www.autismcanada.org/sulfate.htm
More discussion at the "Detox Pathway Guinea Pig" thread:
|06-02-2009 12:33 AM|
Here ya go!
|05-31-2009 07:12 PM|
|05-28-2008 03:44 PM|
|leila1213||How about Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride? www.behealthy.org.uk/gaps.pdf|
|01-19-2008 04:22 PM|
"The Probiotics Revolution"
by Dr. Gary Huffnagle, research immunologist and professor of internal medicine at U of Michigan Medical Center with 20 years of experience.
I have referred to him in the "How not to have an allergic child" thread I think with respect to his animal studies: showing that manipulating the gut flora can cause allergies to appear and disappear. He writes more about his research in this book and reiterates many of my very important key points about this issue. Which I'm thrilled to see coming from someone with impeccable credentials!!
functions like another organ in the body equal to the heart or kidneys in importance.
-the gut makes up 70% of our immune system.
-good bacteria line all mucus surfaces: nose, respiratory, gut. They are a key function of our immune system, and first line defense against allergies; their number is 10x the amount of cells in our entire body.
-babies are designed to get their intestinal flora from the mother (vaginal birth and bf'ing). Antibiotics greatly upset this inheritance as well as the mother's probiotic health. The "Antibiotics Revolution" post WWII have just resulted in a gradual increase in the amount of allergies and asthma reaching epidemic proportions. He clearly places much of the blame for allergies on antibiotics. He doesn't quote human studies except his own experiences with mold allergies and sinusitis in himself and peanut allergy in his daughter (both overcome with help of probiotics and prebiotics).
Huffnagle recommends a very intensive plan for probiotics, 30 billion per day in supplements if facing a health challenge, plus food sources. Most interesting to me was the role of dietary phenols in supporting probiotic growth but he also goes into other foods acting as prebiotics.
press release on Huffnagle's book: http://www.med.umich.edu/opm/newspag.../allergies.htm
article with Huffnagle and Kelly Karpa (author of my other favorite book explaining the interaction of the gut flora and immune system, Probiotics for Breakfast)
|11-03-2007 01:34 PM|
My latest research project is to continue looking at enzymes: both for digestive support and systemic therapy (taking therapeutic doses of enzymes on empty stomach to reach bloodstream for healing effects).
I finished Karen DeFelice’s most recent book “Enzymes: Go with Your Gut”, a good follow up to her previous edition “Enzymes for Autism/Digestive Health” (two diff. titles, actually same book).
She focused more on using systemic enzyme therapy for viruses (including the flu) as well as touched on using enzymes for autoimmune illnesses such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer. It certainly made me start thinking of the myriad uses for enzyme healing, such as my mom’s form of lymphoma that is caused by a build up of excess proteins in the blood… high doses of protease enzymes can clean up the “junk” that lead to many disease conditions. Proteases dissolve the protein coating of viruses and bacteria, disarming them completely or allowing other therapeutic agents to work more effectively.
For ex. DeFelice recommends 3-4 high protease capsules every 4 hours at onset of cold or flu.
I think enzymes are a very exciting and worthwhile tool to have in our natural health arsenal. Currently the two things I worry about not be able to deal with from a natural health perspective is cancer and Lyme disease, and there is credible evidence for the benefits of enzyme therapy in both. Cancer enzyme therapy has been studied for a century. The key seems to be finding the therapeutic dose, and that can be upwards of 20 capsules or more/day for serious conditions. And different enzymes are showing more targeted effects.
DeFelice articulates a concept I’ve never seen before regarding the gut mucosa and biofilms:
I also attended Dr. Devin Houston’s presentation last week, “Enzymes for Autism” sponsored by a local mom’s group that concentrates on biochemical healing for autism. As I’ve said before, I’ve learned the most from the autism community as they are very well versed in food intolerances and the behavioral and biochemical effects… these kids are the canaries in the mineshaft.
His presentation on DVD is available for free to groups if you are interested in ordering:
Houston also has a couple slides on the latest research on enzymes for celiac disease that I missed, exciting things happening there. Some new enzyme formulations are in the works from his company including one capsule with all three Zyme Prime/No Fenol/Peptizyde formulations combined, and a high dose “carb assist” only (no protease) capsule to mimic the SCD diet.
|07-09-2007 01:23 PM|
"Why Stomach Acid is Good for You" by Jonathan Wright, M.D.
Stomach acid is essential to the digestive process and proper absorption of nutrients. As I've posted before, GERD drugs are starving us of nutrients and creating a cascade of other problems.... we should be *increasing* stomach acid instead. Tests show that 90% of people with GERD are actually *deficient* in stomach acid, thus contributing to the problem with the valve between stomach and esophagus closing properly, causing the GERD in the first place.
Has a very interesting section on children and asthma and lack of stomach acid. Also lack of strong stomach acid can contribute to bacterial invasion, probably is a large factor in gut flora imbalance.
Makes me think that stomach acid is foundation of many many other issues than can be caused by mineral and esp. B12 deficiencies.
A review with more info:
|04-12-2007 11:43 AM|
"Digestive Wellness for Children" by Elizabeth Lipski, PhD in Clinical Nutrition. http://www.innovativehealing.com/shop/dwc_details.html
Good explanation of the many tiers of the immune system and the crucial role of IgA antibodies in protecting our mucus membranes from bacteria, food residues, fungus, parasites and viruses. (Which made me wonder just how much vitamin A deficiency has a role in development of allergies... because IgM, IgG and then finally IgE are mobilized when the first lines of the immune system, which includes IgA, are overwhelmed.)
She had a very succint explanation on the theory behind Rotation Diets:
|03-03-2007 04:41 PM|
This one is from our holistic dietician and tries to combine all families of foods by day.
Protein Sources: Bass, white perch, chicken, chicken and duck eggs, salmon, trout, duck
Grains: Quinoa, rye, triticale, bran, kamut, spelt, wheat, wheat germ
Vegetables: Artichoke, chicory, dandelion greens, escarole, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, beet greens, beets, chard, spinach, swiss chard, carrot, celery, fennel, parsnips
Fruits: Banana, mango, papaya, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine
Nuts/Seeds: Cashew, pistaschio, sesame seed, sunflower seed, filbert, hazelnut
Spices/Flavorings: Tarragon, cream of tartar, wintergreen, anise, caraway, celery seeds, coriander, cumin, dill, lovage, parsley
Fats/Oils: Cashew butter, safflower oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil
Beverages: Cashew nut milk, green tea
Misc: Agar agar, carrageenan
Protein Sources: Cod, haddock, crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp, herring, ham, pork, rabbit
Grains: Hominy, popcorn, millet, teff, rice (brown and white)
Vegetables: Bamboo Shoots, corn, cucumber, pumpkin, summer & winter squash, zucchini, asparagus, bermuda & spanish onion, scallions, shallot
Fruits: Apple, pear, watermelon, avocado, star fruit, pineapple, pomegrantes
Nuts/Seeds: Almond, pine/pignolia nut, poppy seed, water chestnut
Spices/Flavorings: Cardamom, ginger, saffron, bay leaf, cinnamon, chives, nutmeg
Fats/Oils: Almond butter, corn oil, olive oil, rice bran oil
Beverages: Almond nut milk, herbal tea, spring water
Protein Sources: Deer, flounder, halibut, sole, abalone, mussels, scallop, snail, squid, lamb, turkey
Grains: Amaranth, buckwheat, potato flour, garbanzo flour, soy flour
Vegetables: Eggplant, peppers, potato, tomato, alfalfa, fava bean, garbanzo bean, green beans, green peas, kidney bean, lentil, lima bean, mung bean, navy bean, pinto bean, snow peas (pea pods), soybean, split peas, tofu
Fruits: Kiwi, coconut
Nuts/Seeds: Peanut, soy nuts, pecan, walnuts
Spices/Flavorings: Cayenne pepper, paprika, Tabasco, vanilla, fenugreek, licorice, tamarind, white pepper
Fats/Oils: Peanut oil, soy margarine, soybean oil
Beverages: Soy milk
Misc: Peanut butter, tofu yogurt
Protein Sources: Beef, yogurt, swordfish, goat, goat cheese, mackerel, tuna
Grains: Barley, flax seeds, oats, wild rice
Vegetables: Okra, sweet potato, wild potato, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage-red, cauliflower, collard greens, garden cress, kale, kohlrabi, radish, turnip, yam
Fruits: Guava, apricot, nectarine, peach, plum
Nuts/Seeds: Chestnut, brazil nut, macadamia nut
Spices/Flavorings: Caper, balm, basil, horehound, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, thyme, mustard seeds, cocoa
Fats/Oils: Butter, flax seed oil, cocoa butter
Beverages: Cow milk, bergamot tea, goat milk, mint teas, raspberry leaf tea
Misc: Gelatin, tapioca
Another 4 Day Rotation Diet here:
|02-04-2007 07:43 PM|
Ohhh this thread is a sticky anyway. Good!
I need to read through it. Thanks!
|02-01-2007 12:46 PM|
Here's a link to water kefir recipes http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ht=water+kefir
There's recipes on post #9 and #12.
|12-15-2006 11:01 AM|
This is a link to a thread that discusses some of the good bacteria/yeasts in water kefirs, and some of the health benefits of kombucha.
Here's a quote from that link if it's not working (originally posted by xenabyte):
|11-11-2006 08:16 PM|
|11-11-2006 05:55 PM|
|Panserbjorne||oops. wrong section.|
|11-11-2006 05:49 PM|
|Panserbjorne||So many people ask about different brands of supplements here. Do you think it would be worth creating a sticky of accepetable brands? You know Sodium Ascorbate: brand X,Y,and Z. CLO: brand X,Y,Z. Probiotics etc... Have we done that already? I'm thinking no, as I'm getting alot of pm's asking this question. It would be alot easier if the info were readily available-wouldn't it?|
|11-03-2006 06:01 PM|
Great book on the role of gut flora in the development of allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, Crohn's, IBS, etc.
Bacteria for Breakfast
Has a cheesy title and cover, but this is a gem of a book with lots
of study references. Was written by a pharmacist whose young son
contracted a C. Difficile infection. He was put on many different
antibiotics with no success, probably making him worse. Finally
what worked was a new probiotic called VSL#3 with 450 billion count
of 8 strains.
Was most interesting for its detailed description of the role of gut flora in controlling the immune system in development of allergies for ex. And the fact that the way probiotics suppress bacteria and candida is because they produce metabolites that kill off the bad guys.
Also has the perspective that if you are facing any of these challenges, you are going to need very high counts of probiotics, in the trillions. And that several different strains of beneficial bacteria and/or yeasts may be needed. No one thing works for everyone. And since our gut flora numbers something like 500 different kinds, we will probably need many strains to make a difference.
|08-23-2006 09:43 PM|
Dealing with Die Off
I've been doing a lot of research into vitamin C lately:
(see post on Levy's book)
Vitamin C neutralizes both endotoxins from cell death, aka die off, and exotoxins, metabolites produces by yeast/bacteria.
The issue seems to be taking enough to see a result, not that it won't work. If anyone has a physician who does vitamin C IVs this might be an option for someone having a hard time. It will saturate your body's tissues better than any oral dosing can. (As toxins rapidly deplete your tissue stores of C.)
So the next best thing is determining your "optidose" ... the amount that you can take to bowel tolerance. Start taking 1-2 grams every hour or two until you get watery diarrhea. Then take just under that amount every single day, 4x/day is best. Healthy adults will be in the range of 6-12 grams/day. So it's possible you will need more during die off crisis.
Sodium ascorbate version is ph buffered so the body absorbs it better than ascorbic acid.
|08-13-2006 12:58 AM|
With respect to infants and gut flora:
Bifidobacteria comprises 91% of microflora of BF infants and 75% of FF infants. (Harmsen et al, 2000)
The bifidus dominance and exclusive BF'ing seals up the gut mucosal lining. This is extremely important for the immune system to start to develop the ability to recognize "self" vs. "non-self". The gut flora is 70% of the innate immune system primary defenses (basis of the GALT, MALT and BALT immune systems).
There is also a lot of evidence that colicky behavior, and sleeping and stool problems, with infants are a direct result of the imbalance of gut flora. So bifidus supplementation might be a good first step for correction or prevention of behavioral and immune system diseases.
Edit: B. Infantis is the correct human strain that is preferred. Natren Life Start or Solaray BabyLife. I have more confidence in the first one, but the second is dairy free if you know for sure your babe is allergic to dairy. Interestingly, Elizabeth Lipski PhD author of Digestive Wellness for Children recommends probiotics made from dairy if they are well tolerated by the child as helpful in aiding the body to digest dairy. She also states that she has seen B. Infantis correct colic in newborns within days and uses it in her clinical practice. Also indicated for cradle cap and eczema.
Intestinal flora in the neonate: impact on morbidity and therapeutic perspectives
Just One Bottle
The Case for the Virgin Gut
Developmental microbial ecology of the neonatal gastrointestinal tract
Beneficial Baby Bacteria: Their Key Benefits, Functions, & Selection
Your Baby's Best Advantage – Probiotics
Centre for Allergy Research and Department of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. email@example.com
Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. firstname.lastname@example.org
Two very common things given to babes or BF'ing mamas that greatly effect the infant's ability to lay down and keep proper gut flora balance:
Also note: If you have yeast/thrush you are passing this on to your babe's flora. There is indication that yeast does indeed change the immune systems reaction to foods:
Animal Studies Show Gut Flora/Antibiotics Effect Oral Tolerance
Antibiotic administration early in life impairs specific humoral responses to an oral antigen and increases intestinal mast cell numbers and mediator concentrations.
|07-30-2006 03:44 PM|
Concept of human bowel flora as a living organ
Concept of human bowel flora as a healthy or sick organ
|07-27-2006 10:22 AM|
Bristol Stool Scale
Unless you have a 3 or 4 rating, easily passed 1 - 3x/day, you have a problem:
The exception to this obviously is EBF babes. They should have curdy, yellowish soft stool smelling like yogurt (I think curried yogurt is how Dr. Sears describes it).
|07-26-2006 03:32 PM|
Research study cites:
Gut Flora 101 by MT
|05-26-2006 08:16 PM|
Should I see an ND or MD for this?
Can I do while breastfeeding?
What if I'm allergic/intolerant to certain foods?
|05-26-2006 04:37 PM|
The Essentials of Enzyme Nutrition Therapy
Food enzymes in raw food are vital for digesting that food, but their destruction during cooking is a key factor in today's rising levels of allergies and chronic degenerative diseases.
|05-21-2006 12:50 AM|
Also other non diary sources of probiotics:
GT's Kombucha is available in some Whole Foods stores in the refrigerated teas section.
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