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sept_2016_cover_277468_5_w360So, at what point do you seriously consider being a recipient of another person’s faecal material, surely one would have to be at deaths door to make that determination? Well, your first response may still be ‘Yuck’, even though we have been discussing the merits and potential benefits of triggering a restructuring of the microbiota for some years now. Well let’s say that the implications for beneficial outcome in a wide range of problems exists (subject to finding enough suitable donors) but that Clostrium Difficile resolution is the condition where most are currently preparing to confer credibility.

Leaky Gut Induces Visceral Obesity

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 by | Comments: 2
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From its dark days as a concept dismissed by most Drs and scientists as being suitable only for the more eccentric alternative medicine crowd, the idea that the gastrointestinal tract may have varying levels and quality of exclusionary capacity has slowly become mainstream-ish.

A paper out in the prestigious Nature Journal – Obesity, has raised the question that altered visceral adiposity – ‘fat around the middle’ may be initiated and promoted by altered barrier integrity.[1]

Metabolic Syndrome/Homeostasis Illustrated

Friday, 05 August 2011 by | Comments: 1
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Every now and again Nature, the eponymous journal of science and discovery – or one of its many offshoots delivers a real treat to their readers in the form of images and slides. This month (August 2011) Nature Medicine is offering a series of diagrams looking at metabolic homeostasis and metabolic syndrome.[1]

Thank you Nature – we appreciate your efforts – we really do!

Cheese Prevents Diabetes?

Tuesday, 08 February 2011 by
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Eating cheese and other full fat dairy foods appears to confer an advantage in risk for the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Risk of developing this common disease declined significantly as levels of a fatty acid found in whole-fat dairy products increased, data from a recent large cohort study showed.[1]

Those adults that were found to have the highest levels of trans-palmitoleic acid had a remarkable 60% lower diabetes incidence compared with individuals who had the lowest levels. Risks for metabolic syndrome were also reduced in those with the higher TPA levels – as one might expect.

Whilst statistical analysis of demographic, clinical, and lifestyle factors showed that whole-fat dairy consumption had the strongest association with levels of trans-palmitoleate there is still some uncertainty about the correlation.

Sparkling Water Saves Lives!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010 by | Comments: 3
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Michael Ash BSc(Hons) DO, ND, Dip ION explores the idea that drinking sparkling water has a direct health benefit for the drinker, if not for the environment.

In this case, fizzy drink consumers are directed towards a specific water drink rather than some of the more challenging sugar-laden carbonated offerings. So if compelled to drink carbonated water rather than tap water, it may be helpful to consider that fizzy mineralised water may help your gut, heart and reduce your risk of premature death related to cardiovascular illness and metabolic syndrome.[1] A healthy ‘dose’ of water per day is understood to be vital for optimal physiology, digestion and elimination.[2] A long historical interest in the taking of waters, popularised in the Victorian age, but initiated with Hippocrates appears to have some credibility traction.

Carbonated waters it has been hypothesised as well as thermal waters may aid functional bowel problems due to the gastric stimulation by the carbonisation of the digestive juices.1 Fizzy bi-carbonated (A soluble mineral salt or a mixture of salts that can neutralise acids) waters have also demonstrated some positive impact upon lipoprotein levels in humans.[3],[4] Plus there are indications that the bicarbonates improve bile acid flow and cholesterol metabolism.[5]