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How green veggies upset Deb’s digestion

How Deb ditched her greens for a happier gut Back in 2013 I worked with a young lady in Chicago, IL. At the time, Deb was an active, sporty person with a great career. The trouble was that she was experiencing quite a few symptoms that she felt were holding her back. One of these symptoms was diarrhea, and it’s this symptom I want to focus on in this short case study because the solution was quite counterintuitive. Are you sure all health foods are healthy? Plastered all over the Internet are assertions that certain foods are “good” and...

How one simple food transformed Joyce’s digestion...

How food sensitivity can ruin quality of life… Joyce’s case is one of the strangest I have seen over the last decade of clinical work. Yet the solution was surprisingly simple – her symptoms were being triggered by one simple and usually innocuous food. I worked with Joyce all the way back in 2008. She contacted me because she was struggling with a lot of digestive trouble. On most days, she would have a very nasty burning sensation in her abdomen, and then pass uncomfortable loose stools. Joyce’s symptoms were running her life – she thought about her digestive...

Gut transit time and how to assess it

Gut transit time can be tested at home very easily and it gives you a nice estimate of how well your digestive system is functioning. Disorders like IBS, chronic constipation and diarrhoea are very common so it’s wise to regularly gauge your digestive health. You don’t always need expensive lab tests or trips to the doctor to do this. If your gut transit time is too fast, you wont digest and absorb nutrients properly. On the other hand, if it is too slow, you will get backed up, constipated and actually reabsorb toxins that your body is trying to...

Assessing food sensitivity with the Coca Pulse Test...

What is the Coca Pulse Test? Although not 100% accurate, the Coca Pulse test can help identify foods that may be stressing your body without having to spend money on lab tests. In 1956, Dr. Arthur Coca, a medical doctor, wrote an entire book about this test, which is publicly available. I still feel it’s a good idea to run lab testing because, as I’ve said in other posts, a good food sensitivity test provides more information about your health than simply which foods you might be reacting to. It gives clues about whether you have a leaky gut...

How Candida causes heartburn, bloating and other nasty symptoms...

I’m shocked that the medical system doesn’t really consider Candida overgrowth when people have irritable bowels and other ongoing symptoms. Apart from H pylori infection, Candida overgrowth is probably the number one challenge I’ve helped people deal with over the years. It’s really common and causes a whole host of digestive symptoms – oral thrush, white coated tongue, bad breath, heartburn, bloating, constipation, IBS and diarrhoea. Candida can also cause fatigue, mood and memory problems, skin problems, athletes foot, jock itch and dandruff. Here’s a short video explaining Candida in a wee bit more detail: What causes Candida? Candida...

What is SIBO and how does it cause IBS?

What is SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and is it making you feel unwell? The food you eat, the way you eat it, and infections like H pylori, parasites and Candida can all cause digestive symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome. But there’s another common, yet frequently overlooked problem that isn’t very well known. SIBO – or ‘small intestinal bacterial’ overgrowth – is a relatively common condition among people with digestive symptoms. But what is SIBO, exactly? Well, it’s a condition in which large numbers of bacteria from your large intestine, or colon, end up in your small intestine...
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