Blog by Category: Digestion

Intestinal Bacteria Drive Obesity and Metabolic Disease in Immune-Altered Mice

The finding strengthens the case that intestinal bacteria can contribute to human obesity and metabolic disease, since previous research has shown that intestinal bacterial populations differ between obese and lean humans. “It has been assumed that the obesity epidemic in the developed world is driven by an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and the abundance of low-cost high-calorie foods,” says senior author Andrew Gewirtz, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. “However, our results suggest that excess caloric consumption is not only a result of undisciplined eating but that intestinal bacteria contribute to changes in appetite and metabolism.” The first author of the paper is Emory faculty member Matam Vijay-Kumar, PhD, who has been studying a mouse strain with an altered immune system. These mice were engineered to lack a gene, Toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5), which helps cells sense the presence of bacteria. TLR5 recognizes … Continue Reading

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Food Combining

The discomforts of indigestion are so common in today’s society that indigestion is almost considered normal. The fact that over 2 billion dollars are spent each year on antacids is proof of this. Rather than using drugs to suppress symptoms, wouldn’t it be wiser to remove the causes of indigestion? Food combining is based on the theory that different food groups require different digestion times.  Digestion is helped the most by using foods which have roughly the same digestion time. When you eat proteins like poultry, fish, meat, and eggs, your stomach secretes hydrochloric acid and the enzyme pepsin to break down the food in a highly acidic environment. When you eat starches like potatoes or bread, your stomach secretes the enzyme ptyalin (also known as salivary amylase) to create an alkaline condition. If you eat proteins and starches together, they tend to neutralize each other and inhibit digestion. The … Continue Reading

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Quick in home testing for food intolerances!

Quick in home testing to see if you have a food intolerance! Josh Rubin and Jeanne Rubin www.eastwesthealing.com

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Live with Mark Mincolla: Muscle Testing

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Hiatal Hernia: An Overlooked Cause of Disease

Great article! Hope you all enjoy! By: Steven H. Horne About three years ago Jack Ritchason, a naturopathic physician, corrected a health problem I must have carried since childhood–a hiatal hernia. The impact this simple maneuver has had on my health has amazed me. I immediately noticed a difference in my lung capacity and my digestion and in the months that followed I began to put some muscle on my skin and bones frame and gain newfound strength and stamina. Dr. Ritchason tells me that this is a common health problem and my own observations as well as those of others confirm this fact. But this is more than a personal observation as the American Digestive Disease Society has estimated that nearly half of all adults–some 60 million people–have a hiatal hernia. It occurs more often in women than in men. It affects people of all ages, but is most … Continue Reading

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Chronic Ear Infections and Glue Ear

Watch our latest YouTube clip on Chronic Ear Infections and Glue Ear! Learn the basics behind  why, the anatomy and what to do! Josh Rubin and Jeanne Rubin www.eastwesthealing.com Call now to set up you FREE consultation 760-597-9727!

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Fat is not bad: Finally some validation!

FAT IS NOT SO BAD: Finally…Some Validation!!! A recent article in The Scientific American offers up even more evidence that saturated fats may not be the culprit linked to heart disease, rather, refined carbohydrates. YES! (This is me fist pumping) I have been preaching this for years, and finally some reprieve. “Eat less saturated fat” has been the take home message from the US government for the last 30 years and we have listened. While Americans have dutifully reduced caloric intake from saturated fat since the 1970’s, the obesity rate has doubled, diabetes has tripled, and heart disease is still the country’s biggest killer. It seems that we have implicated the wrong macronutrient this whole time (or, there was too much money to be made on promoting grains as “heart healthy”). In March the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a meta-analysis—which combines data from several studies—that compared the reported … Continue Reading

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Why Is Chicken Broth and/or Bone Broth So Good For You?

I will begin by saying that the difference between “broth” and “stock,” is not much. These terms are often used interchangeably, but sometimes “broth” means from meat and vegetables, where “stock” always includes bones. Let’s begin with the basics by breaking down some of the things that most of us already know about the healing powers of “broths” and “stocks.” To keep it simple I am going to use the term “stock” as you will soon learn that it truly is the bones that provide the bigger part of the nutrients being offered. Some of these already understood benefits of “stock” include: Boosting the immune system Aids in digestion Improves the efficiency of protein digestion Provides easily digestible minerals, including calcium Improves symptoms of: joint pain, common cold, peptic ulcers, tuberculosis, diabetes, muscle diseases, infectious diseases, jaundice, cancer, food allergies, colic, maldigestion, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, pain and inflammation, cramps, … Continue Reading

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Do you need Essential Fatty Acids

Click here to watch my latest youtube and opinions on essential fatty acids. Some people say they are great and needed for us (Weston A Price Fondation) and others say they cause inflammation and are the reason for so much disease (Ray Peat). Listen to my thoughts! www.eastwesthealing.com

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Top 5 reasons SOY is not a health food!

There is a growing population throughout the world, specifically in the US, that is eating massive amounts of soy due to the belief that it is a healthy meat and dairy substitute. While there is a wealth of research suggesting that soy can be beneficial for human health, Kaayla T. Daniels, renowned nutritionist and PhD, suggests that the scientific evidence is contradictory and inconsistent at best. Dr. Daniels believes that with the majority of today’s highly processed and genetically modified soy products, people of all ages are experiencing a myriad of health problems. Here are five reasons why soy may not be as healthy as we’re told: Overconsumption: Soy is the No. 1 cash crop on the planet! Instead of throwing away the protein remnants from the manufacturing of vegetable (soy) oil, businesses have marketed it as fertilizers, animal feed, and finally, human food. The USDA has regulations on the … Continue Reading

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