Gut Imbalance: The Modern Plague and Hidden Epidemic

Gut Bugs

Why is the gut and the 100 trillion microorganisms that live inside of it such a hot media and scientific research topic lately? The answer is simple: These microscopic microbes are not just passive hitchhikers–they actually provide vital metabolic functions that keep us healthy when they are balanced in type and number. We do not live in a glass bubble. We are constantly coated by…

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Whole Grains: Dietary Angel or Demon?

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As we are becoming more informed and perhaps more wary about the connection between gluten consumption and illness, the conversation has recently extended to suggest that all grains should be avoided.  This anti-grain consumption movement is predicated upon the diet of humans back in Paleolithic times, which consisted of wild game, fruits, vegetables and nuts. So what’s the truth about whole grains? Are they a…

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The Surprising Truth about Gluten

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Walk into just about any grocery store these days, and you’re going to find an entire section devoted to gluten-free (GF) foods. Eliminating gluten from your diet has become so popular that celebrities and authorities alike have jumped on the gluten bashing bandwagon. Our growing aversion to this protein has spawned a massive market for GF products. An estimated 100 million Americans go GF every…

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3 Steps to a Lean Metabolism: Lose the Weight for Good

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Living deep inside your gut are a host of tiny odd creatures that cause you to gain fat, and others that help you burn it off. And despite all the complexities of why people gain weight, there’s a wonderfully simple approach you can take to shedding pounds and rebalancing your health: eat and live in a way that makes these gut bugs happy. You need…

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How An Imbalanced Gut Can Lead to Stubborn Weight Gain

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We have all been there at one time or another. Notice how I open the blog with the word we. That’s because I was an overweight teen and was mocked, ridiculed and bullied because of my weight which motivated me to find a permanent fix. I tell this story in the introduction of The Gut Balance Revolution, Before I describe how I discovered my own…

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The Human Gut Microbiome: The Garden of Life and Key to Health

Human Gut Microbiome

We are not alone. Yes, we constantly have companionship with a mass of symbiotic organisms who communicate with our brains and control every aspect of our health. You think me mad or paranoid but it’s true. Deep within our intestinal tract lies over 100 trillion microbes collective known as the gut microbiome. Our understanding of the functions of the gut microbiome has truly revolutionized our…

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Can Exercise Negate a Bad Diet?

Exercise Counteract Bad Eating

We all see people running for an hour then eating ice cream thinking they still came out ahead of the game. But are they? In Gut Balance Revolution I talk about the calorie myth and how counting calories leads to frustration and failure for many. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least…

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Natural Solutions to the Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects an estimated 15 percent of Americans—can cause uncomfortable changes in bowel habits, including diarrhea, chronic constipation, or a combination of both. People with IBS may also experience bloating, gas, and intense abdominal pain. Living with IBS can be frustrating, especially if you rely on conventional measures to treat it. The condition can have a devastating impact on your happiness,…

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Science in the News. The Low Nickel Diet. I am Putting My Nickel Down Against This One!

Low Nickel Diet

Another new diet will likely hit the market soon after a press release this morning. A new study published in PLOS ONE by Lusi et.al concludes that nickel sensitivity may be contributing to obesity and that a low nickel diet may facilitate healthy weight loss. Is there a shred of truth to this daring hypothesis? Before I provide an analysis of this study I must…

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Ask Dr. Gerry: What Should I Eat at the Ballpark? Be Wary of Gut-busting Junk!

Eating Healthy At Baseball Games

What to Eat? Thousands of books have been written on this topic. What to eat at the ballpark? Well, that remains a mystery if you want to eat healthy. As a nation we are celebrating the opening of another season of America’s pastime. If you are planning on going to a ballpark to view a game, you are likely to participate in the festive atmosphere…

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Science in the News April 2015: Glutamine for Gut Healing and Weight Loss?

Glutamine for Gut Healing and Weight Loss

Glutamine is an amino acid which is used by the small bowel for energy, growth, and healing, but what about its use as a supplement for gut healing? As Rodney Dangerfield would say, “No respect”! The use of glutamine supplementation for gut repair by holistic and functional medicine doctors has been labeled as quackery. However, there is emerging evidence that intestinal hyperpermeability (aka leaky gut)…

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Botox for Obesity: Does it Work?

Botox Cure Obesity For Weight Loss

The fact is that intragastric injection of botulin A has been reported in the top endoscopy (GI Endoscopy) journal to be effective for weight loss in a meta-analysis of 8 studies which included 115 study subjects (http://bit.ly/1ynV6fc). Rationale Overweight individuals have been found to have problems with satiation that can trick the brain into overeating. One reason is that the stomach-derived, appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin is telling the brain,…

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which gives me an excellent opportunity to remind you about the importance of prevention, as well as of colonoscopy — a test that can literally save your life. Colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer or large bowel cancer) is the growth of cancerous cells in the colon, rectum, and the appendix. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of…

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March is National Nutrition Month: Why is That Important?

National Nutrition Month

It provides us an opportunity to reevaluate the importance of food in our health and well being and also honor those who continue to strive for a healthier America by providing dietary guidance. A guiding light continues to be the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics an organization that provides impactful policy recommendations and guidelines for their 80,000 plus members who are champions of healthy eating and a…

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Can a Poo Transplant Help You Lose Weight??

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Your gut flora is a highly diverse ecosystem whose composition is as unique as your fingerprint. The more diverse it is, the healthier you are. Your gut ecosystem is also delicately balanced between many friendly symbiotes and a limited number of potentially harmful pathogens that are prevented from gaining a foothold and triggering an aggressive immune response. There are times, however, when your gut’s garden…

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Your Good Gut Guide to a Healthy Holiday Season

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It’s that time of year when our days and nights seem to revolve around friends, family, parties—and of course, food! For many of us, the holiday season is the Superbowl of overeating. We stuff our stomachs with savory meals, snacks, and drinks as though we were Tom the Turkey.  But the holiday season may not seem so joyful when it aggravates preexisting digestive conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux…

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The Inside Track to a Healthy Summer

Inside Tract Healthy Summer

Summertime is fun time filled with picnics, barbeques, clambakes, camping and exercising in the heat and humidity.  Although summertime is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors and brings much needed fun and sun that are important for our physical and mental health, we should keep in mind some simple measures to stay healthy and avoid illness. 1. Be Mindful of the foods that…

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Grapes, Red Wine, and Better Health

Grapes Red Wine Better Health

Passover and Easter celebrations bring together friends, families and loved ones to celebrate. One of the healthiest libation options to consider is red grapes as whole fruit in juice or red wine.  Grape compounds have been shown to block the formation of fat cells. Grapes are rich in the antioxidant resveratrol which has evidence of attenuating inflammation and provides potential health benefits. Resveratrol, trans-3,5,4′-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene, is…

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Q&A with Dr. Mullin: Diet & Food Choices

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Recently I sat down with healthcare writer, Christine Ippolito, and answered some questions about my philosophy on Food As Medicine. Depending on what you eat — and what you don’t — you can pro-actively lower your risk for disease and maximize your chance for a long, healthy life. Christine Ippolito interviews Gerard Mullin MD Ippolito: Why are omega-3 fats recommended as part of a healthy…

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