Archive for Gut

FDA Approval of MS Drug Puts Ampligen Back In Play

Deja Vu? "I just try and not think about it, because it gets me furious" multiple sclerosis patient The story sounds eerily similar. Citing questions regarding study quality and side effects, the FDA refuses to approve a drug for a condition for which few or no effective drugs exist. After hearing Read more [...]

Diet, Drugs, Herbs and SIBO: One ME/CFS/FM Patient Finds Relief with the Pimental Approach

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO is a chronic condition or infection of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Normally the small intestine has low numbers of bacteria and the large intestine has high numbers of bacteria; however, Read more [...]

Fermenting Health: How A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patient Reversed Decades of Gut Problems – From Home

Audrey's Story In 1984 I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus after sudden onset of symptoms and tested positive for herpes zoster and Coxsackie.  I suffered severe gut issues (candida from years of antibiotics, acid reflux, cramping, bloating) as well as severe brain fog that I have lived with Read more [...]

Cheaper, Safer, Better: the Herbal Approach To Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

My general conception of herbs is has been that they’re what you grow in your garden. Yes, they can be helpful with illness, but mostly around the edges. Pharmaceutical companies, on the other hand, spend hundreds of millions of dollars to produce a drug. If you’re really sick – you’re Read more [...]

Big Bellies: the Causes of and Treatments for Bloating

"Abdominal bloating is a frequent and bothersome but poorly understood clinical problem" It's not a subject for dinner table conversation but about 15-30 percent of the population experiences it,  it can be very painful, and it's just beginning to get the respect it deserves in the research arena. Read more [...]

Change Agents: Ken Lassesen on Prescription and Herbal Antibiotics to Alter the Gut Flora in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Part III: Changing the Gut Microflora in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My favorite conference paper is Faecal Microbial Growth Inhibition in Chronic Fatigue/Pain Patients because it identifies both undergrowth and overgrowth in a set of chronic fatigue syndrome patients.  I made a major assumption Read more [...]

Ken Lassesen on Changing the Gut Ecosystem With Probiotics

Changing the Gut Flora II (Recovered ME/CFS patient Ken Lassesen relates his understanding of probiotics and gut bacteria. He is not a doctor. Please consult with your doctor before making any changes in your diet or supplement regimen.) Changing your gut flora is actually not easy.  Think of Read more [...]

Changing Your Gut Flora Pt I: Food to Feed the Good Bacteria in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

(Ken's gut series explaining how he recovered from ME/CFS  continues with a focus on food and the gut.  A reminder - Ken is a layman, not a doctor; check with your doctor before altering your diet or your treatment regime.) This is the first in a series of posts of ways to address the stable Read more [...]