BIMUNO – PREbiotics for Anxiety, OCD, Depression & Overall Health

      I was looking for a non-pharmaceutical way to help my anxious and OCD patients so asked my supplements guru, David Miller, MD at LifeThyme (a health food store in NYC). He sent information about a new PREbiotic supplement that’s been demonstrated to be helpful for anxiety and OCD thinking – and the … Continue reading BIMUNO – PREbiotics for Anxiety, OCD, Depression & Overall Health

PREbiotics and PRObiotics

        A lot is being written these days about the importance of probiotics for maintaining or restoring good health. Probiotics are micro-organisms, mostly friendly bacteria and some yeasts, that we consume to create a healthy and balanced gut microbiome. Probiotics are essential to our health – an unbalanced gut microbiome produces chronic … Continue reading PREbiotics and PRObiotics

Prebiotics and Probiotics

Published 12/16/2013. Last updated 2/5/2014. PROBIOTICS are helpful, live bacteria and/or yeasts that stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gut. They are found in fermented foods such as kefir, live-culture yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and real pickles (not ones made with vinegar). If our gut flora has already become seriously out of balance, … Continue reading Prebiotics and Probiotics

The Gut’s Mucosal Lining & Leaky Gut

  10/21/2017 This is an excerpt from a longer article originally posted on 5/10/2015. For the full article, see INCREASED GUT PERMEABILITY – CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES.   Those of you who have been following this blog know I’m interested – for personal reasons and also just because it’s fascinating – in how the state of … Continue reading The Gut’s Mucosal Lining & Leaky Gut

Psychobiotics for Anxiety and Depression

      It may strain the imagination to hear that several pounds of organisms live inside your gastrointestinal tract and that they are in constant communication with your brain, but it’s true. Actually, the communication is two way – gut to brain and brain to gut – and operates via biochemical signaling. This process … Continue reading Psychobiotics for Anxiety and Depression

How Bacteria Talk To Each Other

Updated 1/29/2016 & 6/26/2016. Did you know bacteria ‘talk’ with one another? Although bacteria are primitive single-celled organisms, their ability to use chemical signals to communicate with each allows them to synchronize their behavior and act together much like large, multi-cellular organisms. This communication process allows pathogenic bacteria to know when they have amassed enough … Continue reading How Bacteria Talk To Each Other

Prediabetics Have Fewer Gut Bacteria

Updated 8/29/2014,  9/7/2015, and 4/15/2016.  NOTE added at end of post on 9/6/2015. Last updated 10/22/2016. In the global diabetes epidemic, rates of new cases are rising rapidly. I hope this post will help you avoid becoming one of them.   Number of People Diagnosed with Diabetes Millions, by region Source: IDF Diabetes Atlas, Sixth … Continue reading Prediabetics Have Fewer Gut Bacteria

Psychobiotics: Your Gut Bacteria – Your Mood

Updated 7/5/2015 & 7/9/2015.     Very good news! An exciting new field of medicine is on the horizon: PSYCHOBIOTICS. PROBIOTICS are micro-organisms that have beneficial effects on the body when consumed. Ted Dinan, Catherine Stanton, and John Cryan, pioneering researchers in the field, define a PSYCHOBIOTIC as “a live organism that, when ingested in … Continue reading Psychobiotics: Your Gut Bacteria – Your Mood

Good Gut Daily – Good News for Your Gut & Overall Health

Updated 5/24/2015. Last updated 5/25/2015.     Those of us living in developed countries where we have multiple food choices often focus on our calorie intake while neglecting the health of our gut microbiome – the vast numbers and variety of microorganisms inside our intestines. We’re talking about several pounds of tiny critters – 10’s … Continue reading Good Gut Daily – Good News for Your Gut & Overall Health

INCREASED GUT PERMEABILITY – CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES

    Those of you who have been following this blog know I’m interested – for personal reasons and also just because it’s fascinating – in how the state of the probiotics in our gut microbiomes affects our health in general. So this development is of great interest to me: A different kind of PREbiotic … Continue reading INCREASED GUT PERMEABILITY – CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES

How the Gut Microbiome Influences the Brain – and Vice Versa

      Maybe you’re used to thinking of the brain in your head as your only brain – but your body actually has TWO BRAINS: In fact, the ‘brain’ in your gut does a lot more than digest your food. While this brain doesn’t produce thoughts, it contains its own independent nervous system along … Continue reading How the Gut Microbiome Influences the Brain – and Vice Versa

Probiotics for Sinusitis and Sinus Infection

      If you’ve ever suffered through sinus congestion or, even worse, a sinus infection, you’ve probably wondered why these cavities are there in our heads.   It turns out our sinuses are necessary: They warm and moisturize the air on its way to our lungs. They allow us to balance our big-brained heads … Continue reading Probiotics for Sinusitis and Sinus Infection

Probiotics for Your Gut and Your Mood

      Need more evidence that what goes on in your gut greatly affects what happens in the rest of your body? Here’s information recently reported in the scientific journal Gastroenterology demonstrating that our gut bacteria play an important role in our emotional responses. Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, Associate Professor at the Oppenheimer Family Center … Continue reading Probiotics for Your Gut and Your Mood

Climate Change Impacts Allergies and Asthma

        Extreme weather events, from coastal flooding, intense heat, record amounts of rainfall in some areas and historic droughts in others, are becoming increasingly common as the Earth’s average temperature rises. The World Meteorological Organization has linked some of 2013’s most extreme weather events – think back to Typhoon Haiyan in the … Continue reading Climate Change Impacts Allergies and Asthma

No Bad Bruising After a Nasty Fall

Updated 7/6/2014, 7/25/2014 & 1/30/2015.     No, I didn’t fall down the stairs like the unfortunate man in the photo above – but I certainly did splat face down onto the floor in my own apartment a week ago. I was holding the phone in my left hand and running to answer the doorbell … Continue reading No Bad Bruising After a Nasty Fall

Umeboshi Plums – Tasty and Alkalinizing

  Having recently returned from Japan, I thought it fitting to write about a set of quintessential Japanese foods that packs huge health benefits: umeboshi vinegar (also called ume plum vinegar), umeboshi plums and umeboshi plum paste. Although labeled as vinegar, umeboshi plum vinegar is actually the liquid left after Japanese nanko plums (they’re called … Continue reading Umeboshi Plums – Tasty and Alkalinizing

Reducing Inflammation in the Body

The word inflammation comes from the Latin, īnflammō “I ignite, set alight”. Acute inflammation is the body’s attempt to remove harmful stimuli and begin a healing process. A cascade of biochemical events occurs: Increased blood plasma flows to the threatened area to promote healing. White blood cells fight off foreign bodies. The cut or broken … Continue reading Reducing Inflammation in the Body

Apple Cider Vinegar Cayenne Sinus/Cold Remedy

Posted 1/21/2014. I thank Kristin Prevallet for bringing this excellent zesty brew to my attention. She takes it at the first sign of a cold or flu. It’s also helpful for relieving sinus congestion from any cause. Kristin Prevallet is a poet, essayist, lecturer, performer, change worker, translator, and certified hypnotherapist (excellent, BTW) living in … Continue reading Apple Cider Vinegar Cayenne Sinus/Cold Remedy

Asthma

Published on 12/22/2013. Last updated 1/17/2014. Asthma is an obstructive lung disease caused by over reaction of the airways to various stimuli. It is classified as an autoimmune disease. In asthmatics, the air passages in the lungs become inflamed, affecting the sensitivity of the nerve endings there so they become easily irritated. During an attack, … Continue reading Asthma

Super Immunity

Published 12/16/2013. Last updated 1/1/2014. Catching whatever viral or bacterial thing is going around? Suffering from a skin condition, poor sleep, allergies, acid reflux, an autoimmune disease, chronic sinus congestion, frequent tooth decay, gum disease, constipation, diarrhea, frequent UTI’s, a mood disorder or nail fungus? Work on restoring the friendly bacteria in your gut flora … Continue reading Super Immunity