Digestive Health

Minty Fresh & Symptom-Free

By Erik Goldman

Peppermint can help take some of the “irritable” out of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, according to a recent metanalysis of 9 randomized trials.

Cannabis: A Remedy for Crohn’s?

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Medical cannabis, while certainly not a “cure” for Crohn’s disease, produced marked symptom  reductions in  a small but compelling study of patients who did not obtain relief from steroids and other conventional drugs.

Three GI Ecosystems

By Leo Galland, MD - Vol. 13, No. 2. , 2012

The GI microbial world is comprised of 3 very different compartments: Gastric, Small Intestinal & Colonic. Each has a distinct biochemical and physiologic “climate.” Digestive heatlh–and by extension, overall health–depends on the relationships between these diverse microbial worlds.

Must We Always Eradicate H. Pylori?

By Leo Galland, MD - Vol. 13, No. 2. , 2012

Helicobacter pylori, one of the most common microorganisms found in the human GI tract, can definitely be pathogenic, but in many people it is not. In some, it may even be helpful: gastric colonization with H. pylori inhibits ghrelin, an appetite stimulating molecule. Some researchers argue that eradicating H. pylori actually promotes obesity. Dr. Leo Galland, a pioneer in functional medicine, opts to take the middle ground between total eradication and total tolerance of this bug.