I probably see more clients with IBS than anything else: approximately 10%-20% of people are affected. Despite having had a battery of tests, including colonoscopy, endoscopy, and blood assays for various diseases such as coeliac and Crohn’s, these people have rarely been offered a test for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Yet up to 80% of people with IBS are estimated to have SIBO. If you don’t look for it, you won’t find it. So what is it?Read more
You know when you’ve been triggered. Once you’ve had time to reflect, you also know that your anxiety or fear was probably an overreaction to a relatively trivial event. It’s easy enough to reason with yourself on a conscious level, but subconsciously it’s difficult to control your emotions.
That’s because you’ve been hijacked.
FMT is highly effective in the treatment of antibiotic-resistant gastrointestinal infection caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. C. diff frequently arises after a course of antibiotics and is often fatal. FMT works by altering the patient’s microbiome, the collection of living microorganisms in the gut. It all begins with research. Now, with what we know about the gut-brain connection, and the role that bacteria play in influencing the mind, FMT has sparked interest in the field of mental health research too.Read more
You may not always love the skin you’re in, but there are countless microorganisms that do and are happy to make it their home. Just as the gut houses its own microbiome — colonies of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and others — the skin has its own living microbiome. “Cumulative evidence” shows that there is bidirectional communication between gut and skin and that what happens in the gut often shows up on the skin.Read more
There are many dietary factors that can affect brain function. Here I focus on the five that I encountered most frequently in clinic. The clue to identifying the right one(s) often lies in the accompanying physical symptoms. If you suffer from depression and anxiety, you too might spot the clues. Here’s a guide to nutritional sleuthing for mental well-being.Read more
When you take antibiotics, you effectively destroy the good with the bad. The “friendly” bacteria that live in your gut are carpet-bombed, along with everything else.
You need good bacteria, not only to maintain your digestive and immune health but also your mental health. When you take antibiotics, you effectively destroy the good with the bad. The “friendly” bacteria that live in your gut are carpet-bombed, along with everything else.Read more