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Seven Million Years of Evolution: Greens and Human Beings Together

In the decision making that we as consumers make when we select foods, it is rare that we also consider the mutual needs of our bacteria found in the gut. Yet we have co-evolved with those bacteria over millennia. As scientists continue to study the intricate signalling that takes place between that which we ingest and that which we bacterially metabolize, they turn up new evidence of significant beneficial partnerships.

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Insights into the Early Epidemic Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone Provided by Viral Sequence Data

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be spiralling out of control. More than ever, local and global health authorities want to know how the epidemic will develop and, above all, how to prevent it from spreading further. Certain parameters help them to determine this, such as the reproductive number, which is the average number of infections caused by a single infected individual. The incubation and infectious periods are also highly relevant; i.e. the time from infection to the onset of symptoms and the time from onset of symptoms to the clearance of the pathogen.

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Dr Alex Vasquez Interview with Mike Mutzel

Our esteemed colleague Dr Alex Vasquez was interviewed this week by Mike Mutzel, a functional medicine practitioner and the result is an interesting and informative presentation that explores numerous interconnecting health disruptor’s and focuses on the health or otherwise of mitochondria.  We suggest that this is one of those presentations worth setting aside an hour or so to really explore some of the practical interventions we can use and why the interpretation of mitochondrial involvement in medicine is changing so rapidly.

October 2014 Pod cast and video from Dr Vasquez. To view visit Interview and Podcast 2014 Dr Alex Vasquez DC, ND, DO, FACN

Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret

No, this is not about the vagaries of drugs, nor the immense pressure brought to bear on governments by the pharmaceutical behemoths determined to medicate everyone. It is about something discussed a number of times in this educational web site – Faecal Transplant Therapy.

Numerous people have utilised this mechanism to resolve persistent and life threatening conditions, in effect re-seeding their colon with bacteria from a healthy and willing donor can have dramatic beneficial effects – even if the process is challenging.

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What You Eat And Not Just The Number Of Calories, Is A Significant Factor In Diabetes Risk

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that the postprandial levels of circulating metabolites in the blood of identical twins tends to be similar after a fast food meal, independent of weight difference.

If you think losing weight is enough to prevent Type 2 diabetes, don’t get your hopes up. A new research report in September 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal, suggests that you don’t have to be overweight to develop Type 2 diabetes. [1] This study compared genetically identical twins-one heavier and one leaner-and found that after eating a fast-food meal, the circulating metabolites, including those related to Type 2 diabetes, were found in both individuals at the same levels. These findings suggest that the onset of this type of diabetes is largely influenced by genetic factors and/or the composition of gut microbiota.

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Study Suggests Cinnamon May Be Used To Halt Progression Of Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson disease (PD) is a common age associated neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system[1]that was first described in an essay entitled “An essay of the Shaking Palsy” by James Parkinson in 1817. Clinically PD is characterised by resting tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity and postural instability. Causes for the disease are not well known however environmental, genetic, and immunological factors have been associated with the onset of this disease.

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Being Gluten-Free Linked to Less ‘Brain Fog’ in Coeliac Study

In a paper published in Aliment Pharmacol in Jul 2014, the symptom of ‘Brain Fog’ in effect a loss of cognitive clarity was resolved after going gluten free.[1]

Irene T. Lichtwark, PhD student, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues examined the connection among a gluten-free diet, celiac symptoms, and cognitive function among 11 newly diagnosed patients with celiac disease (8 women and 3 men) aged 22 to 39 years.

The researchers tested patients for information-processing efficacy, memory, visuospatial ability, motor function, and attention before starting them on a gluten-free diet. The researchers tested patients again 12 weeks into the diet, and again after 1 year of adherence to the diet. The researchers conducted blood testing, intestinal permeability tests, and small bowel biopsies via gastroscopy at baseline, week 12, and week 52.

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Selected Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG Research Abstracts

Symbiosis between the gastrointestinal microbiota and the host is the basis for these health

benefits. In exchange for a stable environment and adequate nutrients, the microbiota play a role in maturation of the gastrointestinal tract, provide the host with nutritional contributions and help safeguard the host from harmful microbes. When this symbiosis is disturbed, introduction of naturally occurring intestinal microflora, like Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, can assist in re-establishing homeostasis and optimal function.

 

To assist practitioners in the recovery of research papers that have utilised LGG as a primary organism for the determination of effects and outcomes, we hope this document will prove useful.

Once Broken; Difficult To Fix Microbiomes Have Long Term Consequences

The gut microbiomes of young children appear to fail to fully recover from the trauma of early-life malnourishment, even after they are treated with more-complete diets, according to a 2014 study published in Nature.[1]

In this paper the research team led by Jeffrey Gordon of the Washington University in St. Louis sampled the gut microbiomes of healthy and malnourished children in Bangladesh and discovered that the microbiomes of children who were underfed and whose diets lacked essential nutrients looked less like those of adults and more like those of younger, healthy children.

The findings present a possible explanation for the commonly observed complications that malnourished children suffer even after they are treated with a standardised food regimen, including stunted growth, cognitive delays, and immune system problems. The researchers have suggested that the immature gut microbiomes of malnourished children may be partially responsible for some of these long-term impairments.

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The Detox Summit

A group of health experts (very kindly including Michael Ash DO, ND, BSc, Dip ION) have been interviewed by Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS to provide a unique, considered set of opinions in the Detox Summit on the role that enhancing the safe and healthy biotransformation of endogenous and exogenous toxins and related cellular by products has on health promotion goes live on August 4th for one week. To support this series of interviews the proposals and recommendations will now be anchored into ACTION in the form of the newly-created, Detox Challenge, a 21-day Functional Medicine-based detoxification with an emphasis on nutrition, environment, behaviours, and mental-emotional patterns.

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