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Successful Aging Pt 8g: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects as many as 5%-20% of individuals worldwide and has a significant impact on quality of life. IBS symptoms range from diarrhea to constipation with abdominal pain or discomfort and gas or bloating, referred to as “abdominal distension”…

Successful Aging Part 8f: Intestinal Permeability

The lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is composed of small epithelial cells that lie side-by-side each other forming tight junctions. These tight junctions act as a barrier between the interior of the body (blood/circulatory system) and the exterior of the body (the lumen…

Successful Aging Part 8e: Adverse Effects of PPIs

The standard treatment for GERD continues to be the use of a powerful class of medications known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs are block-buster drugs that make the pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars annually. This class of medication represents the third-highest…

Successful Aging Part 8d: GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is an extremely prevalent condition in our society as evidenced by the constant television commercials bombarding us with ads for drugs that are supposed to solve all our heartburn problems and lead us to a better life. It has…

Successful Aging Part 8c: Hypochlorhydria

The focus of this segment is common disorders of the stomach. We start by examining a very common condition that often gets overlooked in conventional medicine but underlies various stomach conditions and results in a wide range of stomach symptoms including gas, bloating,…

Successful Aging Part 8b: The Gut and Connections to Other Organs

Recent research has discovered some very interesting connections between the gut and several other organs and organ systems of the body. In this segment, we review some of these connections between the gut and these organs, including the liver, immune system, brain…

Successful Aging Part 8a: Functions of the Gastrointestinal System

“Every living organism has to have two fundamental abilities: to bring in substances which provide energy and sustenance and to remove waste from the organism. We are exposed to innumerable substances in our environment simply by breathing, eating, drinking, working and…”

Successful Aging Part 7d: Nutritional Management of Chemical Sensitivity and its Role in Autoimmunity

What role does chemical sensitivity play in the development of autoimmunity? How do we evaluate for loss of chemical tolerance? What are other factors besides chemical exposure that impact chemical sensitivity? How do we manage loss of chemical tolerance?

Successful Aging Part 7c: When Does Chemical Exposure Become a Problem?

What is your chemical load? How do we defend ourselves against these constant threats? Why does ability to handle toxins vary from person to person? When does chemical exposure become a problem? What is “toxicant-induced loss of tolerance”? What are the consequences…

Autoimmune Summit Highlights

Wow! I hope all of you got a chance to listen to some of the speakers from this online event which took place Nov. 10-18. Dr. Amy Myers did an excellent job in gathering some of the leading experts, including researchers and clinicians from the fields of immunology, neurology,…