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Self-Defense Against Yeast Infection in IBS. The Hidden Connection That May Trigger Your Next Flare.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort and bloating. But, there may be a hidden connection that triggers your next IBS flare-up. There have been cases where candida and IBS sufferers have found relief from both conditions through a single treatment. Candida symptoms are often similar to IBS. They include: IBS […]

Patient Beware! What Your Doctor Forgets To Tell You May Save Your Life

Most people hold doctors in high esteem. We look up to them, and even sometimes assume they are infallible. While most doctors do have our best interest in mind, there are dangerous exceptions. A recent study has revealed doctor negligence in regards to their patients’ lab or screening tests. The primary care clinicians and their […]

The Unseen Dangers of Tylenol: What You Must Know

Tylenol – it’s as prevalent and recognizable as anything you put into your body. But what’s not so recognized is that the active ingredient, acetaminophen, can pose serious health risks. Some 56,000 emergency room visits and 26,000 hospitalizations come about every year as a result of an acetaminophen overdose. And an analysis of national mortality […]

Peppermint Tea and Food Intolerance Test for IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

I received the following inquiry from one of my blog readers: “Hi Galina, thanks so much for the great blog! I was diagnosed with UC 6 years ago, but I’ve had symptoms since high school. I’ve tried to track which foods cause flare ups, but it seems very inconsistant. Coffee and soda are my two […]

The Ultimate Guide to Calcium Supplements

I had a patient with digestive problems who took pure calcium supplements for 20 years. By the time she was fifty-five years old, she had osteoporosis. She came to me in confusion, “Why did this happen to me? I took those huge calcium pills for two decades!” The reason is: you can takes tons of […]

“Natural” Does Not Mean “Safe”

“Natural”. “Alternative”. “Herbal”. Take a walk down the aisle of any health food store, and you’ll see these words everywhere. They make people feel good. They seem so safe. Natural supplements are often cheaper than prescriptions, so it seems reasonable to think that experimenting with them could do no harm. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking […]

IBS / Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Overview IBS affects about 58 million people in the United States. 80% of the affected population are women. Although IBS is not life-threatening, symptoms of bloating, increased flatulence, abdominal pain, bowel urgency, diarrhea or constipation can get in the way of living a normal lifestyle. While some people can manage their symptoms, for others, IBS […]

Got IBS? Avoid Sweet Fruit. Here’s Why.

Fruit – it’s another one of those seemingly faultless foods. So pure. So natural. Fruit’s supposed to be good for you, right? Unfortunately, for many IBS patients, the sweeter the fruit, the bigger the stomachache. The sugar that makes fruits sweet is called fructose. In many IBS patients, this sugar, fructose, is a trigger for […]

Is the Raw Food Diet Dangerous for IBS, Crohn’s, & Colitis?

Everybody’s talking about the raw food diet.  It’s supposed to heal chronic diseases. Could it actually be dangerous? The answer is: “yes”.  For some people with IBS, Crohn’s, and colitis, raw vegetables can trigger unwanted reactions.  Here’s a step-by-step explanation: Raw vegetables contain insoluble fiber. Fiber can be hard to digest for people with IBS/ […]

Can Ice Cream Cause Ulcers?

Ice Cream. It seems so innocent, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, food manufacturers often add unsavory ingredients that can cause intestinal trouble. One additive to watch out for is carrageenan, which has been linked to ulcers. Unfortunately, it’s extremely common: you can find it in ice cream, hot cocoa, even soymilk.  Here’s the low down. What is […]