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In his Happy Living post about chronic illness, Dr. Tom Sult (a functional medicine MD) mentions that many of his patients with chronic illness have some sort of digestive issue, and that a common cause of gastrointestinal problems is a leaky gut. Let that sink in a minute. If you (or someone you love) is […]


Previously I posted about the large number of people who are living with constipation; and the reality is that there are a whole lot of people living with chronic diarrhea. In some ways chronic diarrhea is worse because it impacts your daily life by interfering with your ability to get things done and causing anxiety […]


If you’ve read many of my blog posts, then you know that I don’t often talk about supplements. And because you are smart, I know that you know this is because food is usually the best way to get the nutrients our bodies need. After all, real food is wonderfully complex and each type comes […]


The other day I got a message from my sister saying that she had read something about how to determine a good probiotic. The post or article or whatever it was sounded logical, but some how didn’t seem exactly accurate to her, and she wanted my feedback on what she had read. I had a […]


In a previous blog post, I described what autoimmune diseases are and how they develop, including the necessity of a trigger and a leaky gut. What this means is that your genes are not your destiny, as it relates to acquiring an autoimmune disease. (Or lots of other conditions, for that matter, but this post […]


This is the last entry in this series about understanding gluten. We’ve covered what gluten is and where to find it, what gluten does to your digestive and immune systems, and how those changes can manifest throughout the body. Today we are covering the prevalence of gluten sensitivity and who should avoid gluten. How prevalent […]


As you’ve hopefully read in parts 1 and 2 of this “Understanding Gluten” series, gluten is a protein found in some grains. Consumption of gluten appears to affect everyone’s digestive tract at least somewhat, and in some people it can cause leaky gut and trigger the adaptive immune system to make antibodies. Now that we’ve […]


In part 1 of this video series, I explained what leaky gut is by showing you how a healthy intestine works and what happens with a “leaky” intestine. In this video, I get into the meat of the discussion by describing what happens in the body as a result of the increased intestinal permeability. Within […]


Much of the time when people are talking about gluten, the conversation seems to involve praising or denigrating someone who has declared themselves gluten-free even though they do not have celiac disease. (Perhaps you’ve even seen this video about how to be gluten intolerant?) Since there seems to be some misunderstanding about what gluten does […]

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