The Brain-Gut Connection Works Both Ways

If this were not so it would violate Physics as we know it, because all things flow both ways. This is a concept that has been questioned by those who correctly point out that most, if not all, physical problems stem from our belief systems, or mind-spirit issues. I have agreed with t
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The Purple Pill Gives Me Heartburn

Now we hear that it doubles the risk of stomach cancer. Why? It curtails the absorption of key nutrients, like antioxidants, B vitamins, and minerals, and it messes with your gut flora. The latter determines how anything we put in our mouth will work, including cancer drugs. We have t
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Is The Brain on Fire?

Early in my career I read an article with that title. About the same time, I discovered the Brain-Gut connection, and hundreds of articles on the importance of the gut flora, and nutrition. I also discovered that most of what I had been taught in medical school was obsolete. If you ar
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Birth Control Pills Controversy

I write with all due respect for those who will disagree with the conclusion. As you may know, there are those who do not wish to provide insurance coverage for The Pill. Fine, it is their right, particularly when they feel their moral, and religious beliefs back them up. But, followi
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Health and Literature

“Medicine, the arts and the humanities,” J. Lancet 2003;362:93 The Nobel Prize in Literature was recently awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro, one of my most favorite writers. I hope you read one, or more of his books. What does literature have to do with health? Read from the article cited abo
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Simple Answers

“Simplify, simplify, simplify.” Einstein “It is a mistake to imagine that complex disease may not be solved by simple approaches or that their causes are not simple. The grave danger that terms such as ‘multifactorial’ or ‘complex’ is that they may justify the belief that solutions wi
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Caffeine’s Temperature

Recently the LDS Church ended its long-standing ban on caffeinated drinks at Brigham Young University. The change triggered several editorials in Utah’s media; some were a bit condescending and judgmental. This blog presents a few references for you to consider on this issue. My only
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Uncertainty

I used to debate physicians, health care workers, and patients who did not believe in non-pharmaceutical medicine, or integrative concepts based on nutrition. Some of them called me a quack, decades ago when I showed them the nascent evidence on probiotics, omega oils, vitamin D, and
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