Why I’m lactose intolerant

I’ve always thought it a little disgusting to drink a liquid that squirts out from another animal’s mammary gland, but research suggests my European ancestors have been doing so for centuries. The reason why so many of European heritage (like me) have lactose intolerance has to do with antibiotics. The guts of my ancestors (post-agriculture)Continue reading “Why I’m lactose intolerant”

Can fish oil replace drugs to treat Crohn’s?

It’s too bad anti-inflammation drugs, cortisone, steroids and immune system suppressors have to be used with this disease. Fish oil enjoys fame for helping to reduce inflammation in joints (1-2), which would suggest it might be helpful in Crohn’s disease. But the fish oil hope for this inflammatory disease was extinguished last month; as studyContinue reading “Can fish oil replace drugs to treat Crohn’s?”

Smoking improves ulcerative colitis?

You should quit smoking no matter what for all its ill effects, but according to a just-released report, smoking might actually help with symptoms of ulcerative colitis (1). In fact, patients that quit smoking might actually worsen ulcerative colitis (1). Don’t tell the tobacco companies! The study also evaluated smoking on Crohn’s and found thatContinue reading “Smoking improves ulcerative colitis?”

What is Kapidex?

Kapidex is good news. FDA just approved it to help heal esophagaeal damage related to GERD (1). The drug features what scientists are calling “new-generation” acid-pump antagonists, which bind to proton pumps of the parietal cells by producing disulphide bonds (2). These newer drugs (esomeprazole and rabeprazole) work faster than older ones, provide relief forContinue reading “What is Kapidex?”

Evolutionary Discordance

There is a surging interest in perspectives of evolution to shed light on solutions for health—not at all discounted by this year’s Charles Darwin’s 200th birth anniversary. Many health-care professionals have even called for a return to a more primitive pattern of diet, environment and exercise that first made our ancient genome thrive (1-8). CordainContinue reading “Evolutionary Discordance”

How to recognize diabetic ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when glucose rises in the blood and there’s too little insulin (1). The hyperglycemia is accompanied by breakdown of fats producing ketones (1). Diabetics can quickly recognize the problem due to excessive thirst and frequent urination (2). The increased urine production can potentially cause electrolyte disturbances (1-3). High ketone levels in theContinue reading “How to recognize diabetic ketoacidosis”

"Hitting the wall" with low-carb

Along with potassium depletion, low-carb diets can cause fatigue to set in due to used up glycogen stores. A low-carb diet, for example, might cause a high-mileage runner to “hit the wall” (1). Generally endurance athletes practice carb loading simply to fill up those glycogen stores to ensure lasting energy (1). Reference1. http://www.faqs.org/sports-science/Je-Mo/Low-Carbohydrate-Diets-and-Athletic-Performance.html

Low-Carb Quick Weight Loss Doesn’t Hold Water or Electrolytes

Alright, so you can lose weight fast with a low-carb diet. The lack of carbs will send the liver and muscles for their glycogen storage using up water and stimulating increased production of urine, or polyuria (1). Along with the osmotic diuresis, or increased urination, will be loss of sodium and potassium (1-2). Couple thatContinue reading “Low-Carb Quick Weight Loss Doesn’t Hold Water or Electrolytes”

Adrenal Cortex’s Aldosterone

No, aldosterone is not a new dietary supplement to pump you up the size of Arnold. It’s a hormone made up by your adrenal glands to help you hold onto sodium and rid off potassium whenever needed (1). How is aldosterone released? Particularly it begins with the electrolyte-fluctuation-sensitive kidneys (1). They stimulate aldosterone production byContinue reading “Adrenal Cortex’s Aldosterone”