Digestive Health

Cutting the CRAP: Natural Therapies Improve Abdominal Pain in Children

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. , 2005

Chronic recurrent abdominal pain is very common in children. Fortunately, the majority of kids with this problem will respond well to combinations of herbal therapies, dietary changes, and biofeedback, reports Joy Weidert, MD. This is a far safer approach than wanton use of antispasmodics, anti-depressants or other drugs that have little evidence to support their use for abdominal pain in kids.

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Chronic Fatigue, Cardiomyopathy & Oxidative Stress: New Thinking Opens New Approaches

By Allison Templet | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. , 2008

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), one of the most vexing conditions for patients and doctors alike, reflects a state of oxygen toxicity, and management of oxidative stress appears to be a key to reversing the fatigue, pain, and neuropsychological complaints associated with this disorder, says Paul R. Cheney, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the clinical research of CFS.

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New Guidelines Give a Nod to Probiotics for Irritable Bowel

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. , 2009

In it’s new position paper on treatment of IBS, the American College of Gastroenterology has formally recognized the value of certain probiotics. Natural medicine has much else to offer patients struggling with this difficult chronic condition.

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Zinc Carnosine: A New Option for Peptic Ulcers

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. , 2004

A special report on zinc carnosine, a new natural product that promotes wound healing and strengthens the stomach. s natural defenses against Helicobacter pylori and other factors causing peptic ulcers. Marketed in the US as ZinLori 75, zinc carnosine has a strong scientific pedigree and offers major advances over conventional acid-inhibiting therapies.

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Saccharomyces boulardii Proves to Be a Powerful GI Pathogen-Buster

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. , 2004

Saccharomyces boulardii is a tropical yeast that grows on the skins of tropical fruits like lychees and mangosteens. People in Indochina have been using it to treat digestive problems for centuries. Thanks to Dr. Henri Boulard, who brought this strain to France nearly a century ago, and Biocodex, a French natural medicine company, S. boulardii is now among the most widely used probiotics in the world.

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Probiotics Research Roundup

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. , 2004

Medical researchers have been paying a lot of attention lately to probiotics for the management of many digestive problems including ulcerative colitis, Crohn. s disease, diarrhea, and liver diseases. A review of some of the most compelling recent scientific papers on probiotics.

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Innovative Products for Inflammatory Bowel, GI Ulcer Conditions

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. , 2004

Glutamine is an amino acid with major benefits for patients with ulcers, and ulcerative colitis. Biotics Research has made glutamine a cornerstone of its digestive health line. Proper Nutrition. s SeaCure, a hydrolyzed fish protein originally developed to helped malnourished children, is proving highly beneficial for many patients with chronic lower GI disorders.

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In Chronic Digestive Disease, Every Symptom Tells a Story

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 2. , 2004

Long term management of chronic digestive diseases like gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers, Crohn. s disease and ulcerative colitis, require far more than prescription drugs. John Mizenko, DO, a holistic gastroenterologist, believes it is essential to understand a patient. s eating habits, psychosocial stresses, and the subjective meaning of the symptoms. He offers his strategies, learned over 40 years in practice, for treating a range of common digestive diseases.

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Helpful Tools for Spring Cleaning

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. , 2003

There are many herbal cleansing and detoxification kits now on the market. Holistic Primary Care provides a brief review of three widely available kits of varying degrees of intensity.

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A Seven-Day Diet Cleanse

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. , 2003

Herbal self-cleansing kits can be effective approaches to internal cleansing, but they are not the only method. Many of the same benefits can be obtained with special diets, including this seven-day elimination diet.

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