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The Puzzle of H. pylori: The Environmental Illness Connection

Herbal Remedies for H. pylori Infection
So here we are folks with the third and final part of my 3-part blog series about my journey linking Helicobactor pylori (H. pylori) infection to my environmental illness. To get up to speed please take a look at Part I (The Science) and Part II (My Personal Pylori Project).   H. pylori and EI The general theme of bad bug overgrowth wasn't new to me – I'd already been dealing with Candida and SIBO issues. Obviously, it won't be new to most people with EI either. It seems that lurking infections of all kinds – Lyme, EBV, herpes, strep, pylori, candida and many others – can often be 'the elephant in the room' that we need to address to fully recover. Maybe sometimes when we work on resolving some of these other infections, we make progress with any lurking pylori issues too, as many herbs and probiotics are effective...
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Apr
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The Puzzle of H. pylori: My Personal Pylori Project

Mastic Gum
Hi again! In Part 1 (The Puzzle of H. pylori: The Science) I explained what Helicobacter pylori is, how it invades the body, the symptoms it causes - basically, all the science stuff. Here in Part 2 of my trilogy of posts on my H. pylori experience I'm going to talk about my own personal H. pylori project i.e. my experiments with various foods and herbal remedies in my efforts to come up with my own treatment and eradicate the little pest from my body!   My personal pylori project The core of my plan has been the rather fantastic mastic gum, a herbal remedy from a Greek pistachio tree with potent anti-pylori activity. A little goes a long way – my pot of 13g lasted me 3 weeks. I'd just like to run through some more of the details of my plan, to give you an idea of the...
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Mar
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The Puzzle of H. pylori: The Science

H. pylori Under a Microscope
Hi there! I'd like to share my recent experiences with a new healing venture – a plan for dealing with H. pylori. I started this little experiment in November and it's proved to be one of the best health improvement projects for me so far. Believe me, I have done a lot of different initiatives over the past 8 years and this one has produced improvements with quite remarkable speed. OK, don't let's get too carried away now, I'm not 'normal' yet, but when you've been pretty incapacitated, any improvement is cause for celebration! This is a fairly long story folks, but if you're not in the mood to sit through the full details, maybe flip through to The bottom line, where I've provided a summary (Part 3). So what's the problem with H. pylori? Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is an intriguing beast – of the large proportion of people who play host to this bacteria, only some notice any unpleasant...
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Mar
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Biomarker Discovery: Possible Testing, Diagnosis & Treatment

Test tubes in a medical lab
Anyone who suffers from myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) will have been delighted to see news last week that reliable biomarkers for the disease had finally been found. Essentially, researchers at Columbia University have pinpointed changes in immune function that go a long way to proving once and for all that the illness once dismissively dubbed 'Yuppie Flu' is most certainly a physical, biological illness rather than a psychological disorder. Something any sufferer knows to be the case all too well from the moment it cruelly turns their lives upside down. The key point that makes this study so important is that it was conducted on a large scale with 298 ME/CFS patients involved. In medical science this gives the findings a huge amount of credibility and reliability. It means the findings cannot be ignored and should lead to greater funding from both governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities for future research and education....
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Feb
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The Environmental Illness Resource Needs Your Help!

Donate to The Environmental Illness Resource
Dear Friends, Over the past 10 years I have grown used to writing for The Environmental Illness Resource with the aim of helping all of you out there, who like me, have had your lives turned upside down by environmental and invisible illnesses. Today I must take my turn and ask you for your help.  For those who might be unaware, I (Matthew "maff" Hogg) have designed, built, maintained and written the majority of the thousands of pages of content on the site entirely by myself. People often email me saying they thought the site was run by a group of volunteers or a company, but no, it's just me! With over 3000 people having registered on the site and a database of over 8000 pages you can imagine that it's a lot for one guy with ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and the rest!) to handle alone. I can "get by" with the technical side of the site but I...
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Jan
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Coca-Cola Life: Not The Healthy Choice It Appears To Be

Coca Cola Life
When I started to see the supermarket shelves stocked full with new green Coca-Cola bottles branded with the name 'Life' towards the end of last year, and moreover seeing that it used the natural plant-based sweetener stevia (steviol glycosides), I was all set to heap praise on The Coca-Cola Company. I even purchased a few of the products right there and then with this positive intent and planned try to this new "healthy" Coke for myself. Sadly when I got home and actually read the label, there was a nasty surprise. Admittedly, as a health conscious consumer I should have checked the label before making the purchase; perhaps I was in shock that a major producer of traditionally highly sugary drinks was even aware of stevia! In any case, my impulse buy led me to the discovery that rather than being a cola drink sweetened purely by natural means - the misleadingly named Coca-Cola...
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Jan
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Five New Year's Resolutions That May Do More Harm Than Good

Winter Sunrise
With us now a couple of weeks into another year I'm sure many of you have made New Year's resolutions and begun putting them into action. While some of you will no doubt have given up already, right? You won't be alone! But I digress. I thought today I'd draw your attention to the fact that while resolutions are always made with the best of intentions some may actually do more harm than good in terms of those relating to health. Since the most popular New Year's resolutions tend to focus on health and lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more and eating a more healthy diet (Time Magazine) - it's a good idea to make sure what you're doing (or planning on doing) is actually going to achieve your goals in a safe and healthy way. So let's look at five of the most common resolutions and how...
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Christmas & The Holidays: Reasons to be Cheerful Despite Chronic Illness

Christmas Tree at Night
As most people are looking forward to Christmas and the Holiday period with the promise of plenty of festive cheer with family and friends, the mere thought of it can send those of us affected by chronic illness into a panic. As a child and teenager suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) I still throughly enjoyed Christmas and New year's celebrations, after all what kid doesn't love opening gifts and gobbling down festive feasts? As an adult things are rather different and dealing with the fatigue, pain and other symptoms of chronic illness during the Holidays can cause a lot of stress and really get you down...if you let it. This year however, I am determined to find as many reasons as possible to be cheerful and to enjoy the next few weeks to the fullest! I know everyone has different health concerns and different circumstances but I hope you can all...
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Dec
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EiR Founder Announces Exciting Things To Come In 2015!

EiR Founder - Matthew Hogg BSc (Hons) DipBCNH
There's almost a month to go until 2015 but I'm so excited about what I have planned for next year, both here at The Environmental Illness Resource (EiR) and a major new project, that I couldn't wait to tell you all about it! Firstly, it's been a while since I've had the chance to write for EiR other than the odd forum post or comment here and there that I'm just happy to be back doing so. Other things have been occupying me over the past year, not least purchasing my first house with my partner and more recently getting engaged. Not that I am blaming my fiancee for keeping me away of course, that would just land me in trouble... I also spent a large part of 2014 being what I can only describe as "messed around" by various international media organisations - but I won't go into the details...
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Dec
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Vital Roles Of Vitamins In Our Body

Vitamins are very much essential for health. They help to prevent a variety of diseases like heart disease, high cholesterol, eye disorders, skin disorders and many more.  There are many types of vitamins, all of which are vital for the health of the body: Vitamin A or Retinol for avoiding Eye disorders, acne, skin disorders, infections. Vitamin B1 for avoiding Beriberi, heart diseases, indigestion, body metabolism, blood circulation. Vitamin B2 for avoiding Cataract, skin disorders, body metabolism, immunity, nervous system, anemia. Vitamin B3 for avoiding Weakness, digestion, nervous system, skin disorders, migraine, heart disorders, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, diarrhea. Vitamin B5 for avoiding Stress, arthritis, infections, skin disorders, graying of hair, high cholesterol. Vitamin B6 for avoiding Diabetes, piles, convulsions, excessive menstrual bleeding, stress, insomnia, morning sickness, travel sickness. Vitamin B7 for avoiding Skin disorders, body metabolism, hair care. Vitamin B9 for avoiding Anemia, digestion, sprue, pregnancy, brain growth, skin disorders, gout, red...
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Nov
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Significance and Reasons to Consider Blood Test

Blood is an important life-maintaining fluid and blood circulation takes place through your arteries, veins, heart and capillaries. As the blood performs several complex functions in your body, there are several disorders that are related to blood which require clinical care by certified healthcare professional or physician.   It is very important to undergo same day blood tests at regular intervals of time as ignoring it may simply lead to health risks, which you might be unaware of. Some of the common blood disorders include sepsis, iron deficiency anaemia, leukaemia, etc. Such tests are carried out on blood sample taken out from a vein in the arm with a fingerprick/needle. Let us refer to some of the examples of blood tests used to diagnose cancer that includes: 1.CBC (Complete blood count) – It is common test which is carried out to measure the amount of various types of blood cells...
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nystatin and probiotics

I am working on getting a doctor to prescribe Nystatin for a possible yeast overgrowth.  What is the best protocol for taking probiotics concurrently?  Timing?  I have tried natural antifungals with and without probiotics, but not getting much progress.  I am getting frustrated as I now have multiple food sensitivites.   I just want to get the prescription  for at least a 3 month trial,  but feel I should do the probiotics as well. Sheri...
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Aug
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Natural Home Remedies For Taking Care Of Your Skin

It's spring, finally--Goodbye icy mornings and hello sunshine! Spring though may not sound all that fun when your skin is dull, dry or, breaking out from the frost.  Skin problems in spring get worse because many of us falsely believe that exfoliation must be generally avoided during the winter months.  The result: a build up of rough, flaky skin.  Don't get into hydration immediately.  Go through the entire process of exfoliating, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Follow these simple steps to whip up your own homemade skin care potions and you'll be surprised soon enough to find out you're blooming in your own skin---and you need not withdraw money from your hard earned savings to get a lovely look that matches the perfect blooms of spring! Step 1: Exfoliate.  You can't  possibly grow soft, young-looking skin when old skin cells are still sticking out and holding on to your skin.  Slough...
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Aug
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Can You Reduce Wrinkles With Food?

Introduction Wrinkles are developments that occur in men and women as they age and they are inevitable. This is usually caused by a decrease in the production of collagen and this causes the skin to lose the firmness. Wrinkles may also be caused by lifestyle factors like stress and exposure to harmful rays of the sun. There are different foods that can be taken and they can help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines that appear on the skin. The Rumor: Certain foods can help you stay young There is a rumor that the foods that are ingested will help one to stay young. This should not be taken as a rumor because it is true. The truth is that the foods that are taken will determine the overall quality of the skin. Some foods really will help you turn back time. There are foods that will provide the body...
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Fecal-transplant startup Rebiotix closes on $25M for trials

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Biotech startup Rebiotix has raised $25 million in capital to fund clinical trials of its fecal-transplant technology. The Roseville-based company raised the funding from individual investors, CEO Lee Jones said. Rebiotix transplants bacteria from healthy stool into patients suffering from C. difficile, a bacterial infection that’s typically acquired during hospital stays. In addition to clinical trials, the recent round of funding will go toward research and development and working capital, Rebiotixsaid. The company will present results from an earlier clinical trial in October. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration accepted Rebiotix’s productinto its fast-track program, which could expedite the technology’s approval for sale. Rebiotix has now raised $30 million since launching in 2011.Katharine Grayson covers med tech, clean tech, technology, health care and venture capital.   Read More: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/in_private/2014/08/fecal-transplant-startup-rebiotix-clinical-trials.html?s=image_gallery      

 

Fecal-transplant startup Rebiotix closes on $25M for trialsDynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)

 

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Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison

Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison
Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison Jul 21, 2014   A captive desert woodrat, also known as a packrat, stands on a rock near branches from a toxic creosote bush. Credit: Kevin Kohl, University of Utah.                                                           ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found.   The new study confirms what biologists long have suspected: bacteria in the gut – and not just liver enzymes – are "crucial in allowing herbivores to feed on toxic plants," says biologist Kevin Kohl, a postdoctoral researcher and first author of the paper published...
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Jul
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Could taking a vitamin D pill help ease the pain of an irritable bowel?

Life-changing: Taking vitamin D3 cured Vicky of her IBS symptoms
(by the way....i'm not ordinarily a Daily Mail reader :-)))      Vicky Grant was in a work meeting when once again she was gripped by painful stomach cramps.       'I didn't know whether to make a dash to the bathroom or just sit it out and hope it would pass,' recalls Vicky, 43, a medical librarian, who is divorced and lives in Sheffield. 'I was coping with up to seven bouts of diarrhoea a day and it was really taking its toll on me. 'I decided to risk it and stay put, but I was concentrating so hard on staying in control that everything being said in the meeting passed over my head.   'I felt bloated, tired and fatigued. My weight was below 7st (I'm 5ft 3in). I'd lost so much weight and looked terrible - I'm sure people thought I had anorexia. It was also...
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Feb
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Vitamin D still making winter less SAD

I have posted on the benefits of high dose vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) with regard to reducing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) before. Those of us living at high northern latitudes as I do in the UK, or indeed in lower southern latitudes, are particularly susceptible to SAD. This is not simply do to a lack of natural light but also it seems as a result of insufficient vitamin D which plays a key role in many important metabolic pathways throughout the body, including regulating the production of serotonin, melatonin and many other neurotransmitters and hormones that are vital for positive and stable moods.

Anyway, to the point of this post! In previous years I have taken vitamin D3 (the form produced in the skin during sun exposure) in a single high weekly dose of 25,000IU. I found however that this produced peaks and troughs in my mood with an initial significant brightening followed by a noticeable tailing off after 3-4 days.

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Chemotherapy: When Intestinal Bacteria Provide Reinforcement

Nov. 22, 2013 — Research jointly conducted by investigators at Institut Gustave Roussy, Inserm, Institut Pasteur and INRA (French National Agronomic Research Institute) has led to a rather surprising discovery on the manner in which cancer chemotherapy treatments act more effectively with the help of the intestinal flora (also known as the intestinal microbiota). Indeed, the researchers have just shown that the efficacy of one of the molecules most often used in chemotherapy relies to an extent on its capacity to mobilize certain bacteria from the intestinal flora toward the bloodstream and lymph nodes. Once inside the lymph nodes, these bacteria stimulate fresh immune defenses which then enhance the body's ability to fight the malignant tumor.   Results of this work are published in the journal Science on 22 November 2013. The intestinal microbiota is made up of 100,000 billion bacteria. It is a genuine organ, since the bacterial species that comprise it...
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Intestinal bacteria influence food transit through the gut

21.11.2013 - (idw) University of Gothenburg Food transit through the small intestine affects the body's absorption of nutrients and, consequently, our health. The discovery that food transit time is regulated by a hormone indicates new ways to increase the intestinal absorption of nutrients, and thus potentially treat malnutrition. One of the tasks of the gut microbiota is to break down essential nutrients from our diet to provide a usable energy source in the colon. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have now shown that lack of energy in the colon leads to increased release of a hormone primarily associated with appetite control and insulin secretion, GLP-1. Importantly, they also showed that the released GLP-1 regulates how quickly food passes through the small intestine. These findings may open up new possibilities to treat malnutrition and malnutrition-related diseases. Food transit through the small intestine is a complex balancing act, in...
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How Wellness Initiatives Can Improve Your Corporate Environment

Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that 90% of employers offered some sort of wellness incentive. Though the actual pay-offs of these plans and programs remains somewhat disputed, there are still some considerable benefits when it comes to revamping the corporate environment. Here are some great ways to create a more positive company culture through a health and wellness program. 1. Make a Social Goal The most effective wellness initiatives happen when the leadership engages as well. This is a great way to support by example and encourage employees to get totally on board. It is perhaps more effective than simply throwing out incentives, although that is also a useful tool. Leading with the higher-ups demonstrates that the whole company is going to act as a social unit towards a goal of improved health and wellness. 2. Shoot for Happiness and Health It is not enough to focus on weight...
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Oct
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'Poop Pills' May Halt Gut Infections

Bacteria extracted from human poop are the main ingredients of a new pill that may help treat patients who have difficult-to-cure intestinal infections, according to a new study from Canada. The study involved 32 patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that causessevere diarrhea and can be life-threatening. The infection can occur after people take antibiotics, which often wipe out "good" bacteria and leave the door open for harmful bacteria like C. difficile to flourish in the gut. Some patients, like those in the study, become trapped in a cycle of antibiotic treatment and recurrent C. difficile infection,said study researcher Dr. Thomas Louie, professor of medicine at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Study participants had suffered at least four bouts of C. difficile prior to the study. But after taking the pills — which repopulate the gut with "good" bacteria — nearly all participants were free of C. difficile infection, and have not had another infection since then,...
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Crohns: RedHill Biopharma's RHB-104 Achieves 80% Remission in Independent Pediatric Crohn's Study

  TEL-AVIV, Israel, Oct 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- -- The retrospective study, presented at the 2013 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting, demonstrated strong results with a high remission rate of 80%   -- RedHill's RHB-104 is a new and improved proprietary single-pill formulation of the combination of active ingredients used in the retrospective pediatric study         -- The independent, single-site, retrospective pediatric study was conducted in Australia by Prof. Thomas Borody, MD, a member of RedHill's Advisory Board, a renowned researcher in gastrointestinal diseases and the developer of RHB-104   -- RedHill has recently initiated a Phase III study in the U.S. with RHB-104 for the treatment of Crohn's disease in adult patients and plans to initiate a second Phase III in Europe by mid-2014     RedHill Biopharma Ltd. RDHL +2.00% (tase:RDHL) (the "Company" or "RedHill"), an emerging Israeli biopharmaceutical company focused primarily...
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Fecal transplant pill may stop recurrent C. difficile infection

Taking pills containing a concentration of fecal bacteria may knock out recurrent bouts of Clostridium difficile infection by rebalancing gut bacteria, according to a study presented on Friday at IDWeek 2013. Fecal transplantation uses the feces from healthy donors to treat patients with an imbalance of bacteria in their gastrointestinal system, such as in patients infected with C. difficile. According to published reports, fecal transplantation is effective in nine out of 10 patients. The treatment is typically delivered by enema, colonoscopy or nose tube. The new research suggests a less-invasive pill approach could be an effective and viable delivery method. “Recurrent C. diff infection is such a miserable experience and patients are so distraught that many ask for fecal transplantation because they’ve heard of its success,” Thomas Louie, the lead author of the study, said. “Many people might find the idea of fecal transplantation off-putting, but those with recurrent infection are thankful to have a...
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Superfruits: Fighting Everything from Alzheimer's to Age Spots

Superfruits: Fighting Everything from Alzheimer's to Age Spots
  Since when did a strawberry become a superhero? Well fruit just might be the star of the next comic book and the backer of your health care plan as more and more people are beginning to realize the benefits of taking advantage of the super heroes in their own refrigerator.    Some of these Superfoods, including a number of so called Superfruits, are bursting with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And what do these do that make them so super? Nutritionists believe that these could be the keys to helping you live longer, look younger and avoid diseases.    Antioxidants Antioxidants, for all the hype, few people may actually know what they do. Antioxidants are molecules that stop the transfer of electrons or hydrogen. This helps to inhibit free radicals which are often to blame for chain reactions in cells that can cause damage or death to the cell,...
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Aug
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Articles linking Instestinal Bacterial Flora & Fauna to all sorts of illnesses..

The Xenex system at work. Because of risk to people, the camera was left inside.
I've been keep a note of articles I read relating to intestinal bacterial Flora & Fauna and thought i'd share some of the links with you all:    Clostridium Difficile- Treatment and Trials with FT: Duodenal Infusion of Donor Feces for Recurrent Clostridium difficile (January 2013)  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037    Hope floats: Fecal transplants cure >90% of recurrent C. difficile http://pulmccm.org/2013/randomized-controlled-trials/hope-floats-fecal-milkshakes-cure-recurrent-c-difficile-rct-nejm/  U.S. Company uses feces to treat infection (June 2013) http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/print-edition/2012/06/29/startup-fecal-matter-treat-infection.html?page=all  Medical team uses fecal transplants to cure tough GI infections (May 2013)  http://www.leadertelegram.com/features/health/article_a259ee58-cd99-571e-b08d-4fafda3b8432.html  FMT Clinical Study Results - New England Journal of Medicine (January 16, 2013) Duodenal Infusion of Donor Feces for Recurrent Clostridium difficile http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037    Fecal Transplant Beats Vancomycin For C. difficile (March 2013) http://www.idse.net/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Bacterial+Infections+/+MRSA&d_id=211&i=March+2013&i_id=941&a_id=22831    Colitis- Treatment and Trials with FT: Children with ulcerative colitis benefited from fecal transplants (May 2013)  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23272525/  Microscopic colitis and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth--diagnosis behind the irritable bowel syndrome? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23272525/   A Spectrum...
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    I'm just reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It's a real eye opener about the food industry in the States....it's very scary how much
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    All agreed. So how do we feel about GM foods which insert pesticides into the food..?
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Check out the poor cow!! (in this video explaining Fecal Transplants)

http://www.voanews.com/content/fecal-transplants-used-to-cure-intestinal-disorders/1723974.html
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Where Do You Turn With Spine Issues?

Where Do You Turn With Spine Issues?
  As anyone who has ever had spine problems can tell you, it is one of the least favorite medical problems to have. Issues with the back, neck and spine can be some of the most painful moments in one’s life. What may not be painful for one individual can be excruciatingly painful for another. The bottom line, not everyone handles pain the same way, hence it is important whenever you first begin suffering from any such areas of pain to seek medical assistance.  So just what can be the causes of some of the worst spinal pain that one can endure?  Although spinal diseases can certainly be the culprit, many people oftentimes end up with spinal discomfort due to their own actions. Being overweight, not sitting properly during the day or sleeping at night, even improperly exercising can be harbingers of bad things to come.  Whether you end up...
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Recovering From Teenage Acne

Recovering From Teenage Acne
  While most teenagers experience acne after reaching puberty, some acne cases are worse than over. There are a number of different types of teenage acne, and it can be caused by a variety of different factors. It can be difficult to successfully treat, and in the process, it can cause severe self-esteem and body image issues for the sufferer, as well as potentially leaving lasting scars. In order to recover from teenage acne, you need to treat the source as well as the effects. Acne Treatment First things first, consult with your doctor and get a referral to a skin specialist if your acne is still active. There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications and cleansers that can be used to treat the many different forms of acne. What works for one person many not work for someone else. Be diligent in your efforts, don’t give up...
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Healthy Reasons to Sleep Au Natural

Healthy Reasons to Sleep Au Natural
Did you know that sleeping naked is actually good for your health? That's right, it's time to take off those clothes and slip into your bed in your birthday suit! Here's why: Slows Aging -- At night, your body produces the hormone melatonin to help you sleep. As you are sleeping, the Human Growth Hormone responsible for cellular growth is produced. Both of these hormones are responsible for preventing aging, but are only produced as you sleep deeply. If you are too hot -thanks to those pajamas - you'll have a hard time sleeping, meaning less of the anti-aging hormones are produced.  Better Sleep -- Did you know that your insomnia may be caused by your body's inability to regulate your body temperature at night? Those with a lower skin temperature are able to sleep better, so take off those clothes and let your body cool off for a better...
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    You are clearly a bit more than obsessed with this topic. All of your so-called reasons rest on the argument that one will be "too
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Why You Shouldn't Wait to Have Children

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Have Children
  Recent studies and news indicate that women after age thirty five have more difficulty conceiving children. Once they start to grow older their eggs and overall fertility weakens. They are more likely to have a miscarriage.  A growing number of women won’t be able to conceive on their own. Woman will need help from other medical treatments and fertility assistance to increase the probability of pregnancy.   Women tend to wait until their mid to late thirties to have children. They want to establish their careers and financial stability. They leave little room for children until the time is attractive. Choosing the Right Time Women may want to focus on establishing their careers first before having children, but they shouldn’t wait too long. Male and females are having more trouble with fertility.  When is the right time to have a child? There is no right or wrong time for children....
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Bacterial molecules may prevent inflammatory bowel disease

  July 9, 2013 Common molecules made by bacteria in the gut may act as chill pills for the immune system. Molecules secreted by intestinal bacteria work to prevent misplaced immune attacks in inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis, a new study finds. “It is a huge advance,” says Sarkis Mazmanian of Caltech. “This opens up the notion that a very easy and potentially very safe therapy for inflammatory bowel disease could exist.” Decades of research have hinted that microbes play a role in immune-related diseases such as obesity, allergy, inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. But scientists have had difficulty pinpointing direct links between the bacteria in the gut and the army of immune cells that live there.   Some researchers have focused on individual microbial species among the gut’s teeming hordes to see how they affect the immune system. But Wendy Garrett’s team at Harvard University decided to look instead...
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Five Tips for Eating Healthy

Five Tips for Eating Healthy
No matter how far I run, fruit smoothies I drink, or fast food restaurants I avoid, the struggle to fight daily food cravings and splurge like an emotional eater haunts me. At least once a week I have to stop myself from sitting down to watch a movie with a gallon of chocolate chip cookie dough. Exercise is half the battle of staying healthy. When coupled with eating right, we have the chance to transform our lives. I'm not a crazy "cut everything bad out of my diet" person in my nutritional approach. I believe in the simple and balanced habits that promote a healthy life overall. Denying the strawberry cake craving will drive a person mad. Learn to indulge in a healthy way.  Here are five tips that helped me eat healthier. 1. Stay Hydrated Instead of feasting on carbs and questionable snacks, drink water! Water hydrates you, gives...
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FDA Fast Tracks Fecal Transplant Product Intended to Treat Clostridium Difficile Infections

  Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly announced it would be backing off a previous proposal to require fecal microbiota transplants to be conducted under either an approved biologics license application (BLA) or investigational new drug (IND) application. Now, however, it has announced the approval of fast track designation for an investigational product sponsored by Minnesota-based Rebiotix, potentially one of the first – if not the first – products to seek formal approval as an FMT product. Background An FMT is a transplant of carefully-selected bacteria found in ones' colon to another person to fight Clostridium Diffiicile (C. Diff), a notoriously hardy strain of bacteria that kills an estimated 14,000 people each year. Various published research has identified the FMT procedure as being one that can fight off C. diff infections by introducing so-called "good bacteria" back into a person's body. The idea is to overload the gastrointestinal tract...
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Regulatory Approach for Fecal Transplant Product Finalized in Abrupt Guidance Document

  Posted: 17 July 2013  After deciding in June 2013 to begin fast-tracking fecal transplant procedures by scrapping an earlier requirement that would have mandated an approved Investigational New Drug (IND) application, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had just released a new guidance document clarifying the enforcement approach it informally announced in June. Background Fecal transplants are a relatively new innovation involving the transfer of either fecal matter or the bacteria found within fecal matter from a healthy patient to a sick one. Various published research has identified the procedure as being one that can fight off Clostridium difficile infections by introducing so-called "good bacteria" back into a person's body. The idea is to overload the gastrointestinal tract with enough of the good bacteria to overwhelm the C. diff, thereby ending the infection. One device, known affectionately as either the "RoboGut" or the "RePoopulation Station," is essentially a small manufacturing facility...
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RePOOPulate: How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments

How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments     RePOOPulate: How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments Using something called a "robo-gut," scientists have made ersatz fecal matter to help fix stomach ailments. It’s not the most glamorous invention, but if it works…    Fake poop: It’s not just something that elementary school kids love to play with. It can also keep people healthy. Emma Allen-Vercoe, a microbiologist at the University of Guelph in Ontario, revealed in early January that her synthetic poop, dubbed rePOOPulate, can cure gastrointestinal infections caused by a bacterium called Clostridium difficile (CDI) that can trigger severe diarrhea. Usually antibiotics can wipe out CDI, but in particularly bad cases, they don’t work. Allen-Vercoe’s artificial stool study, published in a new peer-reviewed journal called Microbiome, comes after years of the microbiologist’s work on a “robo-gut," a glass and stainless steel system that mimics the large...
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Fecal microbial transplantation found to be possible treatment

  The phase I clinical trial of the procedure was conducted by members of the Pediatric Specialty Department of the Spectrum Health Medical Group at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, the first in the country to study FMT in children. FMT is a process that involves infusion of human stool from a healthy donor into the intestine of the patient in an attempt to restore healthy microbial flora in the intestines of the patient. When used to treat a disease, human stool constitutes a drug and a biologic. Therefore, an investigational new drug approval was obtained from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to utilize FMT for treating ulcerative colitis in this trial. The study results have been published online by the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition and will be featured in the June print edition. "FMT has been proposed as a promising new treatment option for recurrent...
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Poor Results Achieved With Fecal Transplantation for Ulcerative Colitis

  Only one of five patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) who were treated with fecal transplantation (FT) experienced clinical and endoscopic improvements following the procedure, according to an abstract presented at the 2012 United European Gastroenterology Week (abstract P374). Lead investigator Walter Reinisch, MD, associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, conducted the procedure in two women and three men with moderate to severe UC who were resistant to previous other treatments. All participants were undergoing immunosuppressant therapy before FT and discontinued treatment before transplantation. All patients received antibiotics and probiotics for five to 10 days before the procedure and underwent a single bowel lavage immediately before transplantation. Healthy adult fecal donors were screened for enteric pathogens and viral diseases. Dr. Reinisch simultaneously administered a saline-diluted fecal solution via a nasojejunal tube (median 23.8 g) and an enema...
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Why some people get spots and others don't: Scientists discover the 'bad' bacteria that gives us blemishes

Even celebrities cannot escape the acne-causing bacteria: Cameron Diaz succumbs to an outbreak of spots
  Everyone's skin carries acne-causing bacteria, of which there are 'good' and 'bad' strains Having too much 'bad' bacteria is what causes acne Findings could pave the way for new treatments     Even celebrities cannot escape the acne-causing bacteria: Cameron Diaz succumbs to an outbreak of spots     But the days of spots may now be numbered after scientists discovered why some people are more prone to them than others.    The researchers, from UCLA, have discovered more about the bacteria that live on the skin and cause acne.   They have found that this bacteria contains ‘bad’ strains which cause pimples and ‘good’ ones that may protect the skin.   Having too much 'bad' bacteria is what causes spots, they say.   This is rather like an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut causing digestive issues.  It is not yet clear why some people have...
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Nimodipine: Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Other Environmental Illnesses

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I first read about the drug nimodipine (Nimotop) being used in very small dosages to treat chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and related 'environmental', or 'invisible' illnesses (e.g. fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity) over a decade ago. Looking back I am not sure what prompted me to cast it aside so easily as a treatment option but this is what I did. I think perhaps I was more focused on resolving my gut dysbiosis issues which I saw (and still see) as the main driver of my ill-health. I also was more averse to opting for pharmaceutical interventions than I am now. Regardless, after reading of the recoveries of Dr. Mason-Brown MD and psychologist Dr. Kristina Downing-Orr in the latter's book Beating Chronic Fatigue using nimodopine as the basis, I have decided it is time to give it a shot. In the intervening period since reading about nimodipine use in ME/CFS I...
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    Dr Cheney recommends Nasal VIP.
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    Dr Cheney has found that the reason for toxin build up in the brain ("which will devasate you") is due to BLOOD FLOW REVERSAL and
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Bacteriotherapy Achieves 70% Success Rate in CFS Patients

  Editor’s Comment: This study builds on previous research demonstrating abnormal bacterial gut flora in ME/CFS patients. In addition to causing numerous gastrointestinal symptoms, prior studies have found that abnormal gut flora in ME/CFS patients is linked to cognitive dysfunction (Maes and De Meirleir). This is the first study to demonstrate a complete remission of symptoms in a significant percentage of ME/CFS patients after the normalization of gut flora. The GI microbiome and its role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:  A summary of bacteriotherapy By Thomas Borody et al ~Source: Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, December 2012 Abstract Introduction: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has a complex and multifactorial etiology making treatment and definitive diagnosis, currently made through exclusion, difficult. Current therapies, such as cognitive behavior therapy and graded exercises, are inadequate and targeted to address symptoms, rather than the underlying disease pathology. Increasing evidence implicates the microbiota of the...
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    Many thanks for sharing this abstract Bushi. As you know I'm very nterested in trying to recover from ME/CFS myself by correcting
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Good Bacteria May Expunge Vancomycin-Resistant Bacteria from Your Gut

  Too much antibiotic can decimate the normal intestinal microbiota, which may never recover its former diversity. That, in turn, renders the GI tract vulnerable to being colonized by pathogens. Now researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, and Centro Superior de Investigación en Salud Pública, Valencia, Spain, show that reintroducing normal microbial diversity largely eliminated vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) from the intestinal tracts of mice. The investigators showed further that the findings may apply to humans.   The research is published in the March 2013 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. The reduced diversity of microbiota wrought by antibiotics "allow[s] VRE to invade and thrive in the intestine, suggesting that bacterial species that are wiped out by antibiotics are key to preventing colonization by VRE," says first author Carles Ubeda of the Centro Superior de Investigacion en Salud Publica, Valencia, Spain. "We hypothesized that repopulating the mice'...
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Could An Antibiotic From Human Sweat Fight Hospital Superbugs And TB?

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An antibiotic created from human sweat might fight off hospital superbugs and deadly strains of tuberculosis, scientists reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers, from Scotland, Germany, France and Spain explained that a protein found on human skin - Dermcidin - is activated in sweat (slightly acidic and salty environments) and kills harmful microbes by perforating their cell membranes. Dermcidin is a natural protein, part of our natural defences, that is present on our skin when we sweat. The authors wrote thatunderstanding how these natural defences work could help researchers design effective alternatives to conventional antibiotic medications. Until now, the scientific community could not fully explain how proteins produced by animals and plants have been fending off harmful bacteria, viruses and funguses for millions of years. If we can eventually unravel how proteins such as dermcidin work, we may be better equipped to fight off infections which...
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Scientists find key to growth of 'bad' bacteria in inflammatory bowel disease

  Scientists have long puzzled over why "bad" bacteria such as E. coli can thrive in the guts of those with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), causing serious diarrhea. Now UC Davis researchers have discovered the answer—one that may be the first step toward finding new and better treatments for IBD. The researchers discovered a biological mechanism by which harmful bacteria grow, edge out beneficial bacteria and damage the gut in IBD. This new understanding, published in the Feb. 8 issue of Science, may help researchers develop new treatments for IBD with fewer side effects than current therapies. IBD begins when "good" bacteria are mistakenly killed by the immune system, while harmful bacteria multiply — resulting in inflammation and damage to the intestines, and chronic episodes of abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea and other changes in bowel habits. It's estimated that IBD, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, affects 1.4 million people in the...
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X-ray device traps airborne pathogens and neutralizes them

  Help may be on the way for people with compromised immune systems, severe allergies, or who otherwise have to be wary of airborne nasties. A team of scientists have created something known as a soft x-ray electrostatic precipitator, or an SXC ESP for short. It filters all manner of bacteria, allergens, viruses, and ultrafine particles from the air – plus, it kills everything it catches. Electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) already exist, and work by applying an electrical charge to airborne particles, which are subsequently drawn to an oppositely-charged metallic collection plate. According to the researchers, however, ESPs aren’t very efficient at trapping smaller particles – specifically in the submicrometer and nanometer size range. HEPA filters are also very commonly used, although they require relatively frequent cleaning, and become energy-inefficient if those cleanings are missed. To create the SXC ESP, the scientists added a shielded soft x-ray emitter to an ESP....
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SCIENTISTS HOME IN ON KILLER BUG

  UK scientists have discovered a secret ‘Sat Nav’ that enables them to identify and zap a potential killer bug in the body’s system. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) on the Norwich Research Park have uncovered how the food-borne bacterial pathogen Campylobacter jejuni can change its swimming behaviour to find a location with more food. Just as a rumbling tummy is a human body tells us it's time for lunch, so bacteria need to know when it's time to eat. Campylobacter is the most common cause of bacterial food-borne illness in the UK, with more than 371,000 cases annually. When people get infected, the bacteria need to find their way from the source of contamination, most often undercooked poultry, to the cells lining the gut, passing through thick layers of mucus. In these different locations, Campylobacter must find enough food to sustain itself as well as a...
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IBM says it has tool to kill deadly drug-resistant superbugs

IBM says it has tool to kill deadly drug-resistant superbugs
  Working with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Big Blue has come up with a "hydrogel" that can beat back the bacteria that cause many deadly infections.       A new antimicrobial hydrogel created by IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology is meant to attack and kill drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA. This is a look at MRSA 'biofilm' before and after being hit with the hydrogel.   (Credit: IBM Research)   Hospital-acquired infections have become a major killer in the United States, mainly because the drug-resistant "superbugs" that cause them have proven nearly impossible to stop. But now IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology say they have come up with what they're calling an antimicrobial hydrogel that can successfully fight the superbugs that are behind killers like MRSA. In an announcement today, IBM Research and its partner on the project said that their antimicrobial hydrogel was designed to...
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    A highly effective and non-toxic antimicrobial as described would be something truly special. Let's hope it turns out to be as goo
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World’s first probiotic coffee offers ten times the cultures of probiotic yogurt

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  It's probably rubbish.....but i thought i would let you all read this..........   If you lead a generally healthy lifestyle, or regularly experience less-than-ideal stomach issues, you’re probably well aware of probiotics. For the unaware, they are “good bacteria” — live microorganisms that reduce the amount of “bad bacteria” found inside the stomach. By reducing the amount of bad bacteria, they create a healthier stomach, and thus can reduce the frequency of general stomachaches, and can prevent acid reflux or digestive tract infections. As everyone who consumes probiotics knows, they’re usually found in yogurt, mainly because probiotics need to be kept cool to survive, and yogurt is a relatively hassle-free way to take them. If you don’t like yogurt though, you’ve generally had a tougher time taking probiotics. Thankfully, company Tipton Mills claims to have figured out a way to make probiotics survive in hotter temperatures, and has been able...
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How Military Research On Anthrax Could Lead To A Weapon Against Gluten

Students at the University of Washington used a protein-folding program initially funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to come up with a treatment for celiac disease.
  Why would the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the people who helped bring the world stealth fighters and GPS — fund research into man-made proteins that could make it easier for some Americans to eat pizza?   That's what we wondered when we read that the Pentagon's gee-whiz research arm provided support for work on a drug to treat celiac disease, a condition that interferes with the digestion of gluten in wheat and other foods. So we asked. Mil Donlon, a DARPA program manager, told Shots the agency has no interest in developing a treatment for celiac disease. But in a strange twist of scientific fate, student researchers tried to crack the celiac puzzle with tools developed with DARPA funding. How did it happen? Between 2005 and 2009, DARPA invested in computerized methods to find medical defenses for chemical and biological warfare threats likeSarin nerve gas and anthrax. Shots -...
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“Robogut” helps Guelph microbiologist hunts for links between the digestive tract and disease

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  The framework of glass, steel and plastic tubing doesn’t look much like a human gut. Its soft clicks and grinding noises don’t sound like one either. But there’s one thing this state-of-the art equipment and spotless laboratory cannot disguise: the unmistakable odour. It’s the first clue to what microbiologist Emma Allen-Vercoe is brewing in her “RePoopulation Station” at the University of Guelph. This is the home of the Robogut, a unique system of flasks, tubes and high-tech monitors that simulates the lower intestinal tract and, more importantly, cultivates the trillion microbes that inhabit it. That means the smell is a small price to pay. As the Robogut mimics the human distal gut by taking in food components and breaking them down, it also produces waste full of microbes never before grown in a lab. The end result is in demand around the world, from Harvard University to researchers in...
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Another Reason Why Pandas Rock: Their Blood May Save Your Life

  Pandas have made the leap—from purveyors of cuddly viral YouTube videos to potential life-saving creatures. Turns out the blood of these fuzzy, enigmatic bears may be the key to a potent new antibiotic for humans. As outlined in a recently published paper, Dr. Xiuwen Yan of the Life Science College of Nanjing Agricultural University found that panda blood contains a peptide with strong antimicrobial qualities—so much so that that plasman killed Gram-negative bacteria, which are notoriously difficult to exterminate.  The blood was also effective against drug resistant bacteria strains. Not only did it kill previously infallible bacterium, but it was very fast acting as well. Yan and his team of researchers reported that the panda peptide killed Staphylococcus bacteria in one hour—this is compared to the six hours it takes the standard staph antibiotic.  MORE: Climate Change Fallout: Genetically Inferior Hybrid Grizzly-Polar Bears Given that only 1,600 pandas are left in the wild, the notion of mining pandas for their blood...
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Changes in the gut bacteria protect against stroke

  Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, demonstrate that an altered gut microbiota in humans is associated with symptomatic atherosclerosis and stroke. These findings are presented in a study published in Nature Communications on December 4. The human body contains ten times more bacterial cells than human cells, most of which are found in the gut. These bacteria contain an enormous number of genes in addition to our host genome, and are collectively known as the gut metagenome. How does the metagenome affect our health? This question is currently being addressed by researchers in the rapidly expanding field of metagenomic research. Several diseases have been linked to variations in the metagenome. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, now also show that changes in the gut metagenome can be linked to atherosclerosis and stroke. The researchers compared a group...
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Is a Stomach Bacteria the Cause of Baby Colic?

  If you’ve ever taken care of a crying baby, you know how miserable it can be when you can’t seem to console this bundle of love and what’s-supposed-to-be joy. Now, imagine those moments amplified times ten, and prolonged for hours on end…every day…for weeks or months. This is what parents of babies with colic experience.  What’s even more frustrating is that doctors don’t really know the cause of colic. Is it a change in environment from the womb to a new world over-filled with stimulation? Is it a reaction to mother’s milk? Is it acid reflux? We don’t really know. We just know that about 20% of all babies get it and they eventually grow out of it. But recently, a study published in theArchives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine gained a bit of media attention. The study found a possible link between stomach bacteria and babies with colic. Let’s research this together and find out what this...
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Scientists develop probiotic to target tumours

  Scientists develop probiotic to target tumours By Claire O’Sullivan THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012   Scientists at University College Cork have developed an innovative way to target cancer treatment at tumours — by placing the drug in bacteria which attaches to the tumours.     Bacteria have a natural ability to grow inside tumours. When non-disease causing bacteria are injected intravenously, they attach to the tumours, but do not implant anywhere else in the body.  By putting the drugs into the bacteria, the drugs are then poised to go right to the centre of the cancerous growth.  But Mark Tangney’s team at UCC have gone a step further — they have found a way to make the bacteria produce luminescent light.  This means that, with the help of CT scans, the bacteria can help provide vital information about where exactly in the tumour, the drug therapy has gone.  Dr Tangney...
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Probiotic worm treatment may improve colitis by restoring gut bacteria to healthy state

  Probiotic worm treatment may improve symptoms of colitis by restoring gut bacteria to healthy state A new study on monkeys with chronic diarrhea that were treated by microscopic parasite worm (helminth) eggs has provided insights on how this form of therapy may heal the intestine. This condition in monkeys is similar to the inflammatory bowel diseases that affects up to 1.4 million Americans. The study, published today in the Open-Access journal PLOS Pathogens, shows that helminths can restore the balance of gut bacterial communities to the monkeys with chronic diarrhea. Inflammatory bowel diseases are driven by a misdirected immune response against gut bacteria (the microbiome) and are often associated with alterations in gut bacterial communities (known as dysbiosis). "The idea for treating colitis with worms is not new, but how this therapy might work remains unclear," says the study's senior corresponding author, P'ng Loke, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology at...
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Chimp and Human Gut Bacteria Nearly Identical

  Humans share about 99 percent of our genomes with chimpanzees. Now, research finds we share something else: gut bacteria. The bacterial colonies that populate the chimpanzee intestinal tract are mirror images of those found in the human gut, researchers report today (Nov. 13) in the journal Nature Communications. The findings suggest gut bacteria patterns evolved before chimps andhumans split and went their evolutionarily separate ways. Human gut bacteria are crucial to health, with infants relying on healthy microbe populations to influence the developing immune system. Problems with microbe populations may also contribute to obesity and inflammatory bowel diseases.  Three intestinal ecosystems In 2011, researchers learned that everyone's gut bacteria fall into one of three different types, almost analogous to blood types. In each type, certain bacteria dominate. These types weren't linked to any personal characteristics such as geographic area, age or gender. Researchers dubbed these distinct bacterial ecosystems "enterotypes." ("Entero" means gut or intestine.) "No one really knows why...
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Mucus Is Beneficial In The Fight Against Bacteria

A possible new protection against biofilm formation, polymers found in mucus, have been discovered by a team of researchers from MIT. Biofilms are slimy sheets of bacterial buildup that create a serious danger in medical and industrial environments. Once rooted, biofilms are extremely hard to get rid of, and much research has contributed to determining how to prevent and eliminate these harmful agents. Mucus is Helpful The team of biological engineers, whose work was published in Current Biology, discovered these polymers, called mucins, are able to catch bacteria and prevent them from sticking together on a surface, making them harmless. Katharina Ribbeck, the Eugene Bell Career Development Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering and senior author of the paper says:   "Mucus is a material that has developed over millions of years of evolution to manage our interactions with the microbial world. I'm sure we can find inspiration from it for new...
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Bacteria found in dairy products may help fight chronic inflammatory diseases

  Washington, November 7 (ANI): Using non-pathogenic bacteria found naturally in the intestine and dairy food, scientists fromInserm and Inra have designed modified bacteria to produce Elafin, ahuman protein which is known for its anti-inflammatory proprieties. Their breakthrough has provided new hope for individuals suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases, known as IBD, (specifically Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). They believe that administering this protein directly into the intestine could protect against inflammatory attacks and restore intestinal equilibrium and its functions. During inflammatory outbreaks, IBDs are chiefly characterised by abdominal pain, frequent diarrhoea (sometimes with bleeding) or even disorders in the anal area (fissure, abscesses). Different avenues are being explored to explain the origin of IBDs, including the role of genetic or environmental factors. The intestinal flora seems to play an important role in the outbreak of inflammation, although little is known about it. Identifying an effective treatment is also at the heart of the investigations. Although...
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Crohn's Disease in Children May Start From Bacteria

  WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Certain types of bacteria may cause and maintain Crohn's disease, according to a new study. Crohn's causes inflammation of the digestive system. Symptoms include abdominal pain,diarrhea, weight loss, joint pain, skin problems, fever and bleeding from the rectum. In this study, researchers found that 19 children newly diagnosed with Crohn's disease had different levels of a group of bacteria called proteobacteria, which include E. coli and Campylobacter concisus. The researchers also checked bacteria levels in 21 healthy children. Patients with mild Crohn's had higher levels of proteobacteria in their intestinal tracts than those with moderate to severe disease and children without Crohn's disease. This suggests that these types of bacteria may play a role in causing the disease, said study principal investigator Hazel Mitchell of the University of New South Wales, in Australia. The findings may help lead to new treatments that target intestinal bacteria. The study was published in the October issue of...
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GM Crops and Human Health: Both Sides of the Safety Debate

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Environmental Health Perspectives recently drew attention to a controversial statement released by the largest general scientific organization in the world - The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - which asserted that GM crops are completely safe and no labeling of GM foods and food products is required. In response to this the environmental and consumer health information group published both the AAAS statement and a counter argument written by Patricia Hunt, PhD, of Washington State University and co-signed by 20 prominent scientists from fields including environmental health sciences and medicine. This set up a very informative and enlightening yes/no debate on whether or not foods containing GM ingredients should be clearly labeled as such. I would urge every health and diet-conscious reader to take a look at the full texts of the statements over at the Environmental Health Perspectives website. Below are the opening statements from both...
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    If they're harmless they can add them to the labeling. END OF. The fact that they won't says they either think we're idiots who
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iPhones and iPads: Pros and cons for environmental illness sufferers

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There is no doubt that the Information Age has provided both society as a whole and those suffering from environmental illnesses with countless benefits. Over recent years however there has been a huge shift in the way we access the information available online, with cellular and wireless devices such as the iPhone and iPad (and smartphone and tablet alternatives) replacing the traditional desktop or laptop computer as the preferred means of getting online for many. The benefits of such devices are easy to see. For example, cell phones are generally always switched on and ready to use and tablet computers can be switched on in an instant; compare this to desktop and laptop computers which can take an age to start up! Then there is the portability of such small and light devices. Many people suffering from environmental illnesses from chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia to multiple chemical sensitivity...
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    Very good points indeed Sue! New electronics and their packaging off-gas like crazy for quite a while - my advice to MCS sufferers
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    This is an interesting discussion. I used to have MCS and have a keen smell. I wonder about the new electronic smells from the but
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Treatments to Protect and Heal the Blood-Brain Barrier

Blood-Brain Barrier
What is the Blood-Brain Barrier? The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a selectively permeable membrane that surrounds the brain and seperates this vital organ from the systemic circulation. The BBB serves the essential function of creating a "protective bubble" around the brain. It can be seen as acting as a gatekeeper - allowing only those molecules from the bloodstream that are required by the brain (e.g. oxygen, hormones) to enter into the brain extracellular fluid, while keeping out substances (neurotoxins) which may be damaging (e.g. metabolic & environmental toxins, bacteria). The BBB also actively transports certain metabolically essential molecules like glucose - that do not cross the barrier passively - into the brain extra cellular fluid via specific protein transporters. Structure of the Blood-Brain Barrier The BBB is composed of endothelial cells that are the structural building blocks of blood vessels throughout the body. The difference is that these cells are...
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    you people are completely 100% wrong and 'again' running down the wrong path of research, start looking at 'internal ionization ra
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Insulin Resistant with Hypoglycemia

Ok everyone ... I have always been the oddball for my doctors and it looks like I have to do more research on my own. Thanks to the fact that my memory has become awful I have forgotten where I have placed my medical file. I guess to start with I need to find out if there are others out there right now that have been gven this diagnosis. I am just starting treatment. I tried metformin 500 mg 2x a day for 6 days but the side effects were awful. The doctor placed me on a 150 carb a day diet. I am currently on the diet but am waiting for the metformin effects to wear off and be"normal" for 5 days and then I will start on glucosophate release tablets. 500mg 2x a day. At this point I am afraid that this has something more to do with pituitary...
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SIBO: Guar Gum alongside Rifaximin could increase success rate

  Clinical trial: the combination of rifaximin with partially hydrolysed guar gum is more effective than rifaximin alone in eradicating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. 2010 Oct; Abstract   BACKGROUND: Abnormal intestinal clearance is involved in the pathogenesis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). It is known that partially hydrolysed guar gum affects intestinal motility. Eradication therapy of SIBO is based on antibiotic treatment: no data are available on the role of fibre supplementation in eradicating SIBO. AIM: To assess whether the combination of partially hydrolysed guar gum and rifaximin is more effective than rifaximin alone in the treatment of SIBO. METHODS: A 50 g-glucose breath test was given to 500 consecutive patients. Patients with a positive glucose breath test and predisposing conditions to SIBO entered into the study, and were randomized to receive rifaximin 1200 mg/day or rifaximin 1200 mg/day plus partially hydrolysed guar gum 5 g/day for 10 days....
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Audio for Healing Trauma Underlying Allergies

Hi, I recently came across and purchased Brent Phillips audio for clearing trauma underlying allergies.  I wasn't sure if it would work but when you are desperate you will try anything. It seems to work -- and very quickly (and it is fairly cheap unlike a lot of products out there).  As a Ph.D.-level scientist, it sounds strange to say that -- but it is true -- at least for me.   (However, I must say that as with any technique or method you need to  have an open mind about it -- this also holds true for physical approaches like Western pharmaceuticals.) I recommend taking a closer look if you suffer from any trigger-induced  immune response that isn't serving you.  For example, although it works for me for pollen and dust, it even works for the immune over reaction to physical exercise and physical touch that arrived in my life after my hip reconstruction and replacement. ...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Clearly Linked to Gut Bacteria

This article should probably be taken with a pinch of salt as the study was carried out by Dr Pimental who has been pushing for the use of the drug Rifaximin for the treatment of IBS-D.  His company Salix pharmaceuticals own the use of Rifaximin so it's in his interest to use this specific drug.  Most people have found that Rifaximin isn't the silver bullet they initially thought it was going to be....   ScienceDaily (May 25, 2012) — An overgrowth of bacteria in the gut has been definitively linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the results of a new Cedars-Sinai study which used cultures from the small intestine. This is the first study to use this "gold standard" method of connecting bacteria to the cause of the disease that affects an estimated 30 million people in the United States.   Previous studies have indicated that bacteria play a role in...
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Obesity, GI Issues May Take Root in Gut Flora

  Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ACP/32295   Manipulating the microbial flora within the intestine offers great promise for preventing or treating obesity and bowel disorders, but the precise means are not yet available, a researcher said here. It's clear that the diverse communities of microorganisms living in the human gut are necessary to normal health, and that their derangement can lead to metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders, said Walter Coyle, MD, of the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif. By the same token, then, it ought to be possible to alter the makeup of those communities, either to forestall development of such disorders or to treat them when they do occur, he told attendees at the American College of Physicians' annual meeting. However, the science of the intestinal "microbiome" is still in its infancy and it remains unclear what changes to make, let alone how best to make them, Coyle said. For starters, the mix...
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The Antibiotic, Amoxicillin-Clavulanate, Before a Meal May Improve Small Bowel Motility

The common antibiotic, amoxicillin-clavulanate, may improve small bowel function in children experiencing motility disturbances, according to a study appearing in the June print edition of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition from Nationwide Children's Hospital.     Amoxicillan-clavulanate, also known as Augmentin, is most commonly prescribed to treat or prevent infections caused by bacteria. However, it has also been reported to increase small bowel motility in healthy individuals and has been used to treat bacterial overgrowth in patients with chronic diarrhea. Upper gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, early satiety and abdominal distention are common in children. Despite the advances in the technology for diagnosing motility disorders, there continues to be a lack of medications available for the treatment of upper gastrointestinal tract motor function. "There is a significant need for new drugs to treat upper gastrointestinal symptoms in children," said Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology...
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At the start of January 2011 I got, what i thought was, a stomach bug but after 2 days of being unable to keep food down I went to the local GP out of hours centre, they took a urine sample and said there was an infection which was probably either a urine infection or Kidney stones and admitted me to hospital. I was put on a drip and given anti-sickness medicine and antibiotics, 2 days later they couldn't decide what was going on so discharged me!    That night i was still being sick and was bringing up blood so my partner took me to A & E. This time they decided it was my gallbladder and gave me another fluid drip, more anti-sickness medicine and, as the hospital was full, sent me home.  Two days later, and with no improvement, my partner took me to my GP who...
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WE ARE SICK

I have come here to alert, this is in a way a wake up call. WE ARE SICK, WE HAVE MULTIPLE ISSUES, THESE ISSUES ARE GETTING WORSE. MY STORY,                  Lets take a trip back to 1971, at that time I was a brand new 17 year old recruit, the most healthy of the healthy, strong and near perfect. That was soon to end, I was in danger less from bullets and bombs and more from a insidious stealthy pathogen, this pathogen was ripping its way through the deployed military.  The pathogen (FOR ME) and many others from what I have seen,  shows its presents by saping your energy, afflicting your vison, afflicting the skin, dry patches, eczema, dermatitis, cherry angiomas, white spots or patches on the skin, ringing in the ears, floaters in the eye, blurry eyesight, rash like spots, sores that do not heal, itching, there are so many.  THEN you may...
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    Sam, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story and writing such a thought-provoking piece. The links alone will keep mysel
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PANDAS becomes PANS as researchers issue new definition and name change

Streptococcal Bacteria
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections (PANDAS) is a mental illness with a sudden onset affecting young children. It presents with behaviour typical of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as separation anxiety and mood swings. PANDAS has been a controversial diagnosis, not least because many of the symptoms place it well within the reach of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) umbrella. A quick browse of online autism support forums reveals many a discussion on the subject of PANDAS among parents of autistic children or those seeking answers for sudden changes in their child's behaviour. One website estimates that "at least 40%" of children diagnosed with an ASD have PANDAS. In the medical profession however, PANDAS is most often associated with and compared to child-onset OCD. Some doctors insist there is no such thing as PANDAS and that Streptococcal infections and the onset of neuropsychiatricsymptoms are coincidental and affected...
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    I don't know if you are aware but the 16 or more LeRoy, NY teens who this October started to display a kind of Tourette's syndrom
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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may not causes small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

    As previous studies suggested a relationship between small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and use of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs, recent studies said that those link not completely right. While previous studies showed complicating results where is European studies mostly indicated positive effect between PPIs and SIBO, but US studies mostly indicated negative effect; which is suggesting dietary factor may influence the outcomes, lack of standard test to diagnose SIBO, and various duration and dose of PPIs use, current studies used patients with chronic acid suppression therapy that would be expected to increase the potential for an abnormal glucose hydrogen breat testing (GBHT), a testing of breath sample for hydrogen (H2) and methane (CH4) to determine the positivity of SIBO. Reported in the American Journal of Gastroenterology on February 14, 2012, there is no significant differences between once daily vs. twice daily PPI used to positive GHBT based...
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Transplanting someone else's poo into your body is gaining medical acceptance. And making people money!!

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  Fecal Matters Transplanting someone else's poo into your body is gaining medical acceptance.   ILLUSTRATION: Hawk Krall 2 Comments        Tags: fecal transplantation, naturopathy, alternative medicine Most teenage boys make money the old-fashioned way. They mow lawns, wash cars or flip burgers. But one 13-year-old in Portland is the envy of his friends for the way he makes his money. He gets $50 for donating his feces. The boy (who, for reasons that will soon become obvious, asked not to be named) is part of a burgeoning business in fecal transplantation: a medical procedure in which—and here’s where you might want to put down that doughnut—donors’ poo is injected into a patient’s body. In Portland, fecal microbial transplantation is being promoted by a naturopath for a wide range of maladies. The treatment isn’t approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But the procedure—used in experiments since the 1950s—is getting approving articles...
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Silver bullet for cancer: Metal can kill some tumours better than chemotherapy with fewer side effects

Good news: Silver can kill some cancers as effectively as chemotherapy and with potentially fewer side effects, new research has claimed
  Silver can kill some cancers as effectively as chemotherapy and with potentially fewer side effects, new research claims. Scientists say that old wives tales about the precious metal being a ‘silver bullet’ to beat the Big C could be true. The metal already has a wide range of medicinal uses and is a common antiseptic, antibiotic and means of purifying water in the third world.  Good news: Silver can kill some cancers as effectively as chemotherapy and with potentially fewer side effects, new research has claimed And British researchers now say that silver compounds are as effective at killing certain cancer cells as a leading chemotherapy drug, but with potentially far fewer side-effects. They compared it to Cisplatin, currently used to treat a wide variety of cancers, but known to have harsh side effects including nausea, vomiting and even kidney damage. Silver is used already in everyday products such...
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The Perrin Technique for the Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Perrin Technique
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is something of a family "tradition". Besides myself, both my mother and sister are also long-term survivors of this devastating illness. We have all tried countless treatments and therapies over the years, some have helped, most have not. Both my mother and sister however have been treated using The Perrin Technique and seen positive results. My mother tries to see her specially trained osteopath regularly for the treatment or she sees a noticeable downturn in her condition. My sister got married in the summer of 2009 and says regular Perrin Technique treatments leading up to the big day definitely helped her get through it. So, I am now trying this unique therapy for myself. I have had two appointments with the same practitioner my family use, the first was purely history taking followed by a physical examination which the practitioner used to confirm...
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    Hi Beauts, Great to see someone working to get a forum going for the Perrin Technique. I would be very happy to post some of what
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    Hi Maff I am trying to get a discussion forum going for people who are undergoing Perrin technique treatment (of which I am one).
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    I suspect that adrenal stimulants and tired adrenals from all the stimulants play a huge part. Sugar=toxin Why am I so tired?
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Water, PCE and psychiatric health

An interesting article has appeared recently detailing a possible relationship between prenatal or early childhood exposure to water contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene) (PCE) and later risk of bipolar disorder and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The results, whilst preliminary, seemed to suggest a relationship between early PCE exposure and later diagnosis with the requirement for further study. PCE exposure is, according to the US EPA, an important issue in terms of possible risks to health including cancer and reproductive issues. In autism research circles, PCE hs cropped up on previous occasions. Most recently as part of this study which looked at the effects of PCE on mice and seemed to indicate some parallels with equivalent symptoms noted in cases of autism. What perhaps makes the study by Guariglia and colleagues more interesting was their focus on a small township called Brick in New Jeresy which, quite a few...
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New Year's Resolutions and Invisible Illness

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Let's face it - New Year's resolutions are hard to keep at the best of times. We all confidently list the vices we'll give up or positive life changes we'll make over the coming year with the best of intentions and (in most cases) a genuine desire to follow through. But I think most people will agree that after the rosy tint of the holiday season has worn off it becomes hard to stick to most resolutions. Throw invisible illnesses into the mix and things get a whole lot more problematic! For example, it's hard to shed any extra pounds you feel you might have when walking from the bedroom to the bathroom requires you to summon all the strength and energy you have. A new calorie burning exercise regime then is out of the question. Likewise, giving up vices such as smoking and drinking are common resolutions the average...
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Rifaximin Does Not Relieve Persistent Celiac Disease Symptoms or SIBO

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  Celiac.com 12/27/2011 - Non-controlled studies suggest that Rifaximin may improve celiac disease symptoms in such cases. However, up to now, no controlled trials have been conducted.   A team of researchers used a double-blind clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of rifaximin in relieving gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with poorly responsive celiac disease. They also assessed the effects of rifaximin on lactulose-hydrogen breath tests in those patients. The research team included Matthew S. Chang, Maria T. Minaya, Jianfeng Cheng, Bradley A. Connor, Suzanne K. Lewis, and Peter H. R. Green. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is one of the main reasons that certain people with celiac disease fail to respond well to a gluten-free diet, and why they often suffer persistent symptoms.  To make their assessment, the team designed a single-center, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial of patients with biopsy-proven celiac disease and persistent gastrointestinal symptoms despite following a gluten-free diet. For the trial, the...
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more on lactoferrin.......... Part deux

 I came across this collection of information relating to lactoferrin. I think this has all you'll ever need to know about it:   "Examples of specific bacteria inhibited by lactoferrin include: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Helicobacter pylori, all of which are capable of causing serious illness. While many studies have involved observations of lactoferrin's effects on microbial growth in a laboratory dish or test tube, recent research in Japan has demonstrated that, when administered orally to mice, bovine-derived lactoferrin causes a marked reduction in the proliferation of intestinal bacteria, including several strains of the pathogenic bacterium, Clostridium. Furthermore, when administered to laboratory animals, lactoferrin also decreases the number of bacteria that translocate, or pass through, the cell lining of the intestines. Translocation of bacteria through the intestinal epithelium is a means by which bacteria can gain access to the blood and lymphatic system, and, if they are...
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Lactoferrin – Keeping Candida Friendly

  Lactoferrin is the primary germ-fighting compound naturally occurring in breast milk, acting synergistically with other compounds like monolaurin.  It is a normal part of your body fluids and secretions (saliva, blood, tears, and mucous), providing important protection at points where germs come into contact with you.  Lactoferrin is a potent nutrient for natural balance and helpful immune support.  Hundreds of studies demonstrate the power of lactoferrin to help defend you against Candida, bacteria, and viruses.  It is a key player in the natural defenses that have enabled the survival of the human race.   Early immune system research on lactoferrin focused on its ability to bind iron (it puts iron in a safe cage and transports iron).  It has long been known that free iron impedes immune cell function1 and enables many pathogenic bacteria and Candida to grow.  It is rather disturbing that garbage-quality iron supplements, which rapidly produce free iron in the digestive tract, are...
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Lost Youth and Lost Lives: The Devastating Consequences of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Me missing a day of school due to chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)
This week the online medical journal BMJ Open published a study whose findings re-opened old wounds and caused me great dismay. The study looked at every pupil between the ages of 11 and 16 at three high schools in England and revealed that 1% of the total student population had myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The researchers also reported that the illness accounted for more than 6% of pupils who were missing large amounts of school. What struck me as shocking was that 20 years after myself developing ME/CFS aged 11 the illness is still very poorly recognised. This is evidenced by the study scientists reporting that only five students had already received a diagnosis of ME/CFS while the study itself identified a further 23 cases. From experience I can say that there is little sympathy sent your way when you have this disabling illness, even as a...
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GcMAF as Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Related Conditions

Macrophage activating factors acting on a macrophage
Thanks to my younger sister Lindsay, who like me is a long-term chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) survivior, for pointing me in the direction of GcMAF; I am so busy with this website and other things at the moment that my time and energy reserves aren't stretching to as much research and general Googling as they did previously! Anyway, I have now taken a look at some information on GcMAF and feel it is worth sharing with fellow patients.   GcMAF derives its acronym from the fact it is a macrophage activating factor which is stimulated by the vitamin D-binding protein 'Gc' - hence Gc Macrophage Activating Factor. The first research on GcMAF was published in 1993 by Dr. Nobuto Yamamoto in the US who has subsequently published numerous articles on this substance over the past two decades. Other scientists have also become involved with such research. GcMAF is an immune...
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    One of Enlander's patients used GcMAF to recover from ME/CFS. Search youtube for the video interview. Thanks for the info on wher
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5 Indoor Air Quality Tips for Office Environments

By Jim Gates, CAFS The indoor air quality of an office environment is very important to the health, comfort, well being, and productivity of every person who works there. Improved indoor air quality is also important to management, as a healthy working environment can lead to higher productivity and fewer lost work days. Improving Air Quality at Work Many different factors have an influence how indoor air pollutants affect the occupants of an office environment. Exposure to high levels of pollutants over long periods of time increases the risk of serious, life threatening illnesses and short term exposures can result in irritation and significant respiratory problems. There are many different ways that indoor air quality can be improved: 1. Ensure Proper Air Circulation Make sure that all air vents and grills are free of obstruction. This allows the indoor air to circulate freely and ventilate wide areas of the office...
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Groundbreaking Treatments, Innovative Prevention Strategies and New Insights on Impact of Lifestyle Factors on Digestive Health Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 76th Annual Meeting

Newswise — Washington, DC (October 31, 2011) -- Many of the world’s preeminent gastroenterologists have convened this week for the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 76th Annual Scientific Meeting at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center at the National Harbor to review the latest scientific advances in gastrointestinal research, treatment of digestive diseases and clinical practice management. Groundbreaking treatments such as fecal microbiota transplantation for serious gastrointestinal conditions like antibiotic-associated diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease; innovative prevention strategies for a host of GI-related health conditions including hepatitis C and colorectal cancer; new insights on the relationship between adult irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and childhood trauma and the impact lifestyle factors like smoking and alcohol consumption have on digestive health, are among the highlights of this year’s scientific presentations. A press kit with highlights of important new science presented at the meeting is available online at the ACG Web site...
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Environmental Illness Safe Housing Charity to Hold Fund-Raising Auction

Re|shelter Holiday Auction 2011
For those who have not come across Re|shelter before it is s a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 organization founded to address the urgent need for housing alternatives for people with environmental illnesses such as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), sick building syndrome (SBS), and electrical sensitivity (ES). Co-founders Julie Genser and Julie Laffin have made it their mission to address the current housing crisis and high rates of homelessness and suicide within vulnerable populations affected by disabling environmental sensitivities. Current Re|shelter activities include activities include fundraising, awarding housing aid grants, facilitating the design and construction of healthy homes and communities, and using the arts to promote awareness. I never cease to be amazed at the generosity of spirit and shear will of the "two Julies" to support those with environmental illness (EI) and manifest tangible benefits in their lives. I therefore wanted to do my part by posting this blog entry to...
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XMRV and CFS: Time to put things in context

XMRV not cause of CFS
The mainstream media this week have been reporting on events that effectively put the final nail in the coffin of the purported association between the XMRV retrovirus and myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Here in the UK the BBC ran a major article in the health section of their hugely popular website titled Virus link to ME called into question (read here). Those of you keeping track of the XMRV story will remember that in May of this year following multiple studies failing to replicate the original findings of the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) including investigations led by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aand Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the journal Science, which published the original WPI study back in 2009, issued an editorial "expression of concern" over the validity of those original findings. Such a move is a rarity in the world of...
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air passengers would be forced to drink a sachet of probiotic formula before landing in Australia under a proposal by one of the state's leading gastroenterologists

  INTERNATIONAL air passengers would be forced to drink a sachet of probiotic formula before landing in Australia under a proposal by one of the state's leading gastroenterologists aimed at preventing an outbreak of a deadly bug ravaging North America. Thomas Borody, the founder of Sydney's Centre for Digestive Diseases, has likened his radical idea to the way in which incoming aircraft were once sprayed for foreign insects. Professor Borody believes NSW will not be able to avoid an epidemic of the stomach bug Clostridium difficile, the symptoms of which include severe diarrhoea, without concerted action. A hyper-virulent strain of C. difficile has killed 35 people in Ontario, Canada, in just the past four months. In the US, the superbug is estimated to have cost health services $3.2 billion in 12 months. ''We're not ready for it in this country … we're staring at an epidemic,'' Professor Borody told the Sun-Herald....
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Carbohydrate metabolism, dysbiosis and autism

In a previous post, I discussed how environment is finally, in 2011, receiving some recognition in relation to some cases of autism spectrum conditions (ASCs). It has been a slow process but nevertheless progress has been made moving away from autism being some kind of 'genetics only' condition (where the lion's share of research funding has been committed over the past few years) to one where genes and environment share centre-stage. I might add that I give credit to the notion that autism is not autism but rather autisms as a consequence of the huge heterogeneity and various comorbidities potentially present and that the relative contributions of genes and environment might not be the same for everyone who has autism. Friday 16th September 2011 is another date for the autism research diary. The reason is the publication of a paper by Brent Williams and colleagues in PLoS ONE (open-access here)...
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Giardia linked to IBS and chronic fatigue

Interesting article on a possible correlation between chronic fatigue and acute giardiasis.  This is apropos to my own case history, as many of my health issues (including CFS and IBS) cropped up after being diagnosed and treated with Giardia.   http://www.research1st.com/2011/09/13/giardia-link/   Full text article from Gut:   http://press.psprings.co.uk/gut/september/gut300220.pdf...
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Glutamine for IBS - IBS characterized by chronic diarrhea often have low levels of glutamine

Overview Glutamine is one type of amino acid, the building blocks that make up proteins. As the most common amino acid in the body, glutamine plays important roles in many organs, including the lining of the digestive tract. Recent evidence has raised the possibility that treatment with glutamine may decrease the symptoms of certain digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, although additional research is needed to confirm these findings. As with all healthe supplements, you should ask your doctor before taking glutamine. Glutamine Levels in IBS Recently, researchers have discovered that people with a particular type of IBS characterized by chronic diarrhea often have low levels of glutamine, reports a study published in the June 2010 issue of the medical journal "Gut." In this study, researchers found that some patients with IBS had lower levels of glutamine than normal, which leads to increases in permeability in the intestinal...
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  • Bushi
    Bushi says #
    Sorry to hear that glutamine doesn't help you. However, there does seem to be an overwhelming consensus that it can aid with all t
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    This is interesting. I however go out of my way to avoid glutamate- I noticed I was brought down by specific foods once I started
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Bacterial protein found in yogurt may alleviate inflammatory bowel disorders

Bacterial protein found in yogurt may alleviate inflammatory bowel disorders
protein isolated from beneficial bacteria found in yogurt and dairy products could offer a new, oral therapeutic option for inflammatory bowel disorders, suggests a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researcher Fang Yan. The study, published May 23 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, shows that the protein, called p40, was effective as an intervention in animal models of colitis (colon inflammation). The investigators demonstrated that the protein supports intestinal epithelial cell growth and function, and reduces inflammatory responses that can cause intestinal cells to die. Importantly, the investigators showed that oral consumption of p40 by mice in a protective delivery system prevents and treats colitis in multiple models of the disease. Many of the hundreds of bacterial species that live in our gut (known as the “human microbiome”) are helpful to us: they help us digest certain substances, produce vitamins and fight off more dangerous bacteria. But miscommunication...
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Diet affects type of bacteria in intestines

September 02, 2011|By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer   Here's some new dietary research, if you have the stomach for it: Your choice of foods may affect the kinds of bugs that live in your intestines. In a study of 98 people and their poop, University of Pennsylvania scientists reported Thursday that a person's long-term diet is connected to what kinds of bacteria live inside the gut. The intestinal tracts of folks who typically ate a high-fat, high-protein diet tended to be dominated by one kind of bacteria, whereas those who favored carbohydrates and vegetables had more of another type. Moreover, a short-term alteration in diet yielded small changes in the person's bacterial community within just 24 hours.     The findings are part of a growing body of research into how the teeming tide of microbes inside the body plays an essential role in human health, and how it...
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A natural food preservative kills food-borne bacteria

Salmonella and E. coli account for more than half of all food recalls in the United States; salmonella contributes to an estimated 28 percent of more than 3,000 U.S. deaths related to foodborne illness each year; researchers have discovered and received a patent for a naturally occurring lantibiotic -- a peptide produced by a harmless bacteria -- that could be added to food to kill harmful bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.  Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered and received a patent for a naturally occurring lantibiotic — a peptide produced by a harmless bacteria — that could be added to food to kill harmful bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.  The U of M lantibiotic is the first natural preservative found to kill gram-negative bacteria, typically the harmful kind. “It’s aimed at protecting foods from a broad range of bugs that cause disease,” said Dan O’Sullivan,...
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    Your Blog is very good, I like it! Thank you for you sharing!
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Medical silver bullet: New drug cures most viral infections

Medical silver bullet: New drug cures most viral infections
Researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Lab have developed technology that may someday cure the common cold, influenza, and other ailments; the researchers tested their drug against fifteen viruses, and found it was effective against all of them — including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever, and several other types of hemorrhagic fever. Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. Such drugs, however, are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola. The drug works by targeting a type of RNA produced only in cells that have been infected by viruses. “In theory, it should work against all viruses,” says Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory’s Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group who invented the new technology. Because the technology is so broad-spectrum, it could potentially...
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    Maff says #
    Wow, this could be a huge breakthrough! If this is indeed a broad spectrum antiviral drug it could have major consequences for tho
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ACTH Stimulation Test Results

ACTH Stimulation Test Results
Recently received back my ACTH stimulation test results and wanted to share (below).  Ideally, I would have done a repeat of the Adrenal saliva panel I had done 8 months ago, but that is not an option right now due to my financial situation.  Doctor says everything looks good (within the ranges), and suggested that maybe the symptoms of fatigue, low stress tolerance, etc. are not hormonal, but possibly some type of ongoing infection; he has referred me to an infectious disease doctor. Not sure if others have seen similar results, or been able to correlate their ACTH stimulation results to their saliva results, or have ever seen the test show results for adrenal insufficiency vs. failure. Thoughts?

 

ACTH Stimulation Test ResultsDynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)

 

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  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Thanks for posting the info from Dr. T. Interesting stuff which I am sure is based on a lot of clinical experience as well as lite
  • TheStache
    TheStache says #
    Good advice, thanks Maff. Always helps to have reminders that the healing is a journey, and that even when the progress seems slo
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Sorry Stache I only just spotted this blog post - been busy with treatments the past few weeks so not monitoring the site as close
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The importance of tracking your progress...

Like many folks on the site, I am healing exclusively with the aid of OTC vitamins and supplements.  Although the healing response is often much slower than with prescription drugs, and there is more experimentation necessary, I consider it a much safer alternative that I feel I have much more control over.  The big downside of course,  is that one can end up with a laundry list of supplements to research, purchase, take correct dosages of, and track responses to.  This can become very overwhelming, especially if you are unsure whether a particular supplement is really providing any benefit, or if it is just burning a big hole in your pocket.   Wanted to share with folks here a reminder to do your best to track your supplements and the progress you make on them.  Recently, I have done I poorer job than usual at this, and it has led...
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    Thank you so much for posting this. Some excellent practical tips for determining what works and what doesn't when self-treating w
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Noetic Science and Holistic Health

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Suffering with environmental illness is a huge struggle, not only in terms of dealing with the dibilitating symptoms themselves but also the lack of healthcare provision and the way we are regarding with suspicion by doctors and even our friends and family. Finding ourselves in this situation though does have its up side...it has a way of opening our minds to possibilities we may not otherwise have considered. Like me, when you were healthy and everything was going great you probably gave little thought to how something like your diet as a whole and even specific foods could be affecting your body. Environmental illness forces us to explore all our options in the pursuit of healing and I am sure the vast majority of you have turned your attention to your diet and probably have an impressive collection of nutritional and/or supplements in your kitchen. Now, I'd like to take...
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ONE THING

Thought I would let you all know the ONE THING that has helped me with living with chronic fatigue that I learned from one of my customers/patients.  I own a small medical company that services assisted livings and nursing homes in Portland,  Oregon.  Her name is "T" and she died of terminal cancer a few years back.  I asked her one day how did she get through the day knowing she had a terrible illness.  Her response was I look forward to watching Seinfeld re- runs every night.  There are days where I have severe fatigue and that One Thing that I focus on is getting home after work and walking my black lab.  I know it sounds cheesy, but thought I would throw that out for people struggling with this illness.  Pick One Thing everyday that you enjoy and can look forward to. Scott...
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    Juniper says #
    Hi Scott, Thank you for your story Its not cheesy.... I got a puppy two years ago and another one a month ago. They have been and
  • Maff
    Maff says #
    Hi Scott, many thanks for sharing that inspiring little story with us. I think you are absolutely right. I have learnt through my
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Guidelines for Doctors Still Exhibit Ignorance and Misinformation

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In 1991 I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) following a two day stay in hospital for a battery of tests. The diagnosis of M.E. was given by my GP and hospital specialists. It's funny then that the latest guidelines to doctors from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) here in the UK blatantly dismisses the very existence of this illness - referring to M.E. as a "colloquial" term. Rather odd when this is a true medical name which had been in use for decades, in contrast to 'chronic fatigue syndrome' or 'CFS' - the all encompassing term with which anyone suffering from a single symptom of mild chronic fatigue to what we used to know as severe M.E. is now branded. Unlike those who pull the strings at the RCGP, and despite my 20 years of illness, I can be objective and like to give credit where credit...
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    Maff, you're so clever and so awesome!
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Environmental factors steps up in autism

Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is quoted in his recent blog entry titled 'Autism Spring' as saying about autism "The answers — and there will be answers — will no doubt merge genetic risk and environmental exposure to help us reach the far side of the complexity of ASD". Whilst to many this sentence has made sense for many years, it is indeed a 'game-changer' when the Head of the one of National Institutes of Health makes such a bold statement. One might even suggest that his words define a new era in autism research where genetics share the throne with environment rather than environment somehow being seen as the distant cousin. What might lead Dr Insel to make such bold claims? Could it be that 2011 might just be the year when the worm turns. Indeed, 2011 has witnessed several interesting findings in...
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