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Endomicroscopy Offers Insight on Leaky Gut Syndrome

By Isaac Eliaz, MD, Contributing Writer

Confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) enables direct visualization of cellular and subcellular changes in the intestinal lining of a living patient. This new imaging technique gives the ability to detect subtle inflammatory changes and epithelial gap formations in patients with intolerance to specific food group, providing objective evidence to support the controversial concept of "leaky gut syndrome."

Death and Toxins: Tackling the Main Driver of Chronic Disease

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

If Ben Franklin were alive today, his famous aphorism would likely read, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and toxins.” It’s no overstatement to say we are wallowing in new-to-nature toxic chemicals that have considerable power to disrupt our physiology. In his new book, The Toxin Solution, naturopathic pioneer Dr. Joe Pizzorno, outlines the daunting scope of the problem, and offers practical strategies for response.

Cherry-Bombing an Old Foe: Gout

By Sarah Arvelo, MS, Contributing Writer

With gout on the rise in the US and in most of the developed world, many patients are finding sweet relief from a favorite summertime fruit. In one study, daily consumption of cherries reduced the frequency of acute gout attacks by 35%.

Who Cares for the Au Pairs?

By Laura Henderson, Contributing Writer

The saga of Edna Valenzuela, a young Colombian woman who was diagnosed with lymphoma while working as an au pair for a DC-area family, and almost sent back to her home country in the midst of chemotherapy, throws much-needed light on the plight of a very vulnerable population.

What to Do About those "2 AM Wake-Up Calls"

By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Contributing Writer

Does it seem like every night at 2–4 AM your internal alarm clock goes off? Or perhaps you have patients who experience this disruptive nightly routine. It is one of the most common problems affecting people with fibromyalgia, and is increasingly common in the general population as well.

But what if it was optional?

Okra: An Unsung Super-Veggie

By Lucy Ruetiman, MS, Contributing Writer

Mention okra to someone you generally get one of two reactions – a passionate declaration of undying love, or a repulsed face followed by a dismissive reference to its sliminess. Strong reactions aside, there's no denying that okra is a very healthy vegetable with some interesting medicinal properties.

Probiotics Research Update: Glucose Control, Obesity Prevention & Ulcer Remedy

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

The recent explosion in human microbiome research and its increasing coverage in the media, has made "probiotics" a household word. While many people understand that beneficial bacteria are a crucial component of digestive health, scientists continue to uncover the myriad ways in which probiotics promote good health far beyond the GI tract.

Following are reviews of some of the latest probiotics studies highlighting the roles that gut flora play in regulating blood sugar levels, influencing obesity, and combating H. pylori infection.