Gut Health – Biofilms, N-acetylcysteine and H. Pylori

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Many infectious agents can form biofilms that lead to increased resistance to antimicrobial treatments. This article will discuss some recent research pointing to the anti-biofilm potentials of the supplement N-acetylcysteine, or NAC, including possible improvements in treatment for particularly recalcitrant infections like Helicobacter pylori. As I’ve previously written about, biofilms are formed by a range […]

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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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IBS – Bacterial Infection and Dysbiosis

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Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common gastrointestinal disorder. One paper cites anywhere between 3-20% of the population suffers from IBS. As the diagnosis irritable bowel syndrome is simply a description of the symptoms it’s clear that we haven’t quite nailed down what is actually causing the upset.   Definition and Symptoms of IBS […]

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Biofilms – Resistant Infections and Possible Treatments

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Research on difficult to treat parasitic infections continues to point towards biofilms being the limiting factor. As with most thing relating to the host-parasite interaction it is a multifactorial issue. Still biofilms are worth considering, especially if you are struggling to eliminate an enteric infection. Biofilms can be thought of as little cities of microbes. […]

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