Antibiotics play an important role in our society. They treat bacterial infections, and ensure they don’t spread or cause further complications. Antibiotics like penicillin, amoxicillin, doxycycline and more are life saving, but can also cause more harm than good when not used correctly. What is Antibiotic Misuse? Antibiotic misuse refers to the incorrect use of antibiotics–whether that be overuse, unnecessary use, or use as a result of a misdiagnosis. Antibiotic misuse can cause antibiotic resistance, adverse side effects and it
The Difference Between Food Allergies and Sensitivities Current data suggests that nearly 10% of people experience food allergy symptoms, which has been trending upward in the last 2-3 decades. Like many chronic conditions, the expression of food allergies can be influenced by genetics, environment, and the genome-environment interactions, or epigenetic effects . Additionally, food-related symptoms may not be exclusively allergies, but they can also be defined by intolerances or sensitivities which typically elicit more mild symptoms and are non-immune reactions.
What are Biofilms? Biofilms are formed by different pathogens as a protective barrier against the host’s immune system, which also allows them to continue to colonize within the body. Bacteria, fungi, and protozoans can each create biofilms by generating an extracellular polymer and adhering to a wet surface, and this sticky matrix can allow for other pathogens to bind together and grow. They can also bind to other substances, such as metals, debris, and environmental chemicals. As a result, several
Constipation – Interventions to Consider In the last post, I defined constipation, described optimal bowel movement frequency, discussed the reason constipation is detrimental to health and provided gut health indicators. In this post, you will learn techniques to use, for you or your children, to minimize or prevent constipation. We are fans of taking a whole-person approach, and getting the gut in tip-top shape is often on the top of our “to-do” list with patients. Let’s talk diet… FIBER is
Constipation – What is Normal? Most people experience constipation at one time or another. Some even live with it daily. While you often hear doctors say that everyone’s “normal” is different, constipation is definitely NOT something to put up with. In this series, I’ll review what healthy bowel habits look like, why exactly you shouldn’t put up with constipation, and what you really want to know – what to do about it. Health, defined by many doctors, is the absence