Vitamin A, Leaky Gut and The Immune System

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The interplay between intestinal permeability and different disease states is a major interest of mine. Naturopaths, Herbalists and wisdom traditions including, among others, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine have known that the different body systems influence and affect each other in intricate ways. Science is finally catching up to this thinking and many traditional healing concepts […]

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Immune System & The Microbiome

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Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are inflammatory, recurrent, bowel diseases. Ulcerative colitis is characterised by abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea and fluctuating inflammation of the mucosal lining found in the colon and the rectum (1, 2). Similar in many ways, Crohn’s disease is characterised by ulcerations found predominantly in the ileocolonic (90%) although the hallmark […]

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30 Day Elimination Challenge

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The elimination diet is one of the gold standards in functional medicine and is one of the most reliable ways to get down to the brass tax. What foods are helping me and what ones are hindering me. In the past I have experimented with different versions of the elimination diet (and will continue to […]

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Gluten Sensitivity – An Overview

It is interesting to see how quickly (or not so quickly as the case may be) we update our bias based on new information and scientific discovery. A prime example of this idea would be the acceptance that dreaded fat isn’t actually the toxic macronutrient that it was once described as being. It turns out […]

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