Digestive Health

IBS & Osteoporosis – The BMP Connection

By Erik Goldman

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Osteoporosis are two of the most common conditions that integrative practitioners see among their patients. These disorders are actually related. The common factor? Bone Morphogenic Proteins (BMPs)—a group of cytokines that play important roles in bone and joint homeostasis as well as in GI mucosal integrity. In this free webinar, […]

For Disease Risk Reduction, Broc Rocks!

By Erik Goldman

Imagine if there were a drug that could reduce risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease by roughly 40%, without any adverse effects. Even better, people would only need to take it 2 or 3 times per week to obtain these preventive benefits. It turns out there is such a thing. It’s called broccoli. People who […]

Are Prescription Probiotics on the Horizon?

By August West, Contributing Writer

Last April, the Food and Drug Administration approved Seres Therapeutics’ Vowst, the nation’s first microbiome-based prescription product. In so doing, the agency quietly opened up an entirely new, potentially vast product category. Indicated for the prevention of recurrent Clostridioides difficile (aka “C diff”) infection in adults, Vowst contains live microbial spores derived from healthy human […]

Aspartame Lingers, Triggers Insulin Secretion

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Aspartame from artificially-sweetened soft drinks can linger in saliva, triggering insulin secretion long after the sweetener is swallowed. This, in turn, can cause blood glucose to drop resulting in appetite surges that nullify the alleged weight management benefits of the widely popular artificial sweetener. That’s the logical conclusion of a new study by Brasilian researchers […]

NAVIGATING THE COMPLEXITIES OF AUTOIMMUNITY: A Functional Medicine Approach to Autoimmune Disorders

By Erik Goldman

Autoimmunity and gastrointestinal disorders are inter-related and increasingly common problems. Because the different autoimmune diseases affect specific organ systems, patients are often shunted to specialists who approach these conditions through their relatively narrow specialty lenses.  Though they may manifest differently, most autoimmune diseases have the same common triggers. If we know what causes the immune […]

ARFID: When Food Trigger Avoidance Causes Trouble

By Erik Goldman

People living with chronic digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disease often figure out the hard way—by trial and error—which food groups trigger their symptom flares. And since many go for years without competent medical and nutritional guidance, they rely on their own experience, the advice of friends, or online information to create their own elimination […]

Digestion, Inflammation, and Immunity: An Ayurvedic Perspective

By Charles Elder, MD, MPH

In recent years conventional biomedicine has begun to recognize that disruptions in the composition of the microbiome and the integrity of the gut lining are key factors in the pathogenesis of certain chronic disorders.  For example, we know that in celiac disease, exposure to gluten induces an immune response which in turn triggers inflammation. This […]

Anti-Nutrients: Finding the Forest for the Trees

By Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, Contributing Writer

In recent years, a number of prominent health influencers have embraced the idea that there is a “plant paradox,” and that people should stop eating kale and other common vegetables because they’re allegedly full of toxic “anti-nutrients” such as lectins, oxalates, goitrogens, tannin, and phytates. In promoting this view, they are overturning decades of research—as […]

Eosinophilic Esophagitis on the Rise, Responsive to Diet Changes

By Erik Goldman

Prevalence of eosinic esophagitis is rising the US. Though seldom life-threatening, this condition is highly burdensome for those affected. Over the long term, it can have detrimental impact on nutritional status and overall health. Fortunately, EoE is often responsive to dietary interventions if carefully implemented, said Bethany Doerfler, MS, RD, at the 2023 Integrative Healthcare […]

Probiotics in Clinical Practice: Simple Stories, Complex Realities

By Erik Goldman

Twenty years ago, “the microbiome” was an obscure little domain within microbiology, and the term probiotic, to the extent anyone had heard it at all, usually meant eating yogurt and fermented vegetables in the vague hope it would promote longevity.  Today, the microbiome is one of the most widely known and fastest growing healthcare phenomena […]