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Blue Light Treats MRSA Infections

submitted by: admin on 01/09/2014
An article published in November of 2013 in the journal, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, documented that using blue light therapy at both 405 and 470 nm was effective in vivo to treat skin infections in rats infected with MRSA.  More than two billion people now carry some strain of staphlococcus aureus, and 53 million now carry MRSA (methicillin...

Breast milk is a probiotic

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Spanish researchers reported in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that there are more than 700 species of bacteria in normal human breast milk. They suggest that this is one of the factors leading to which bacteria will colonize the infant's digestive tract. Mother's milk is primarily lactose, but it is...

Can Antibiotics Cause Weight Gain in Infants?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Treating infants with antibiotics may predispose them to being overweight later in childhood according to an article published in August 2012 in the International Journal of Obesity. When treated in the first 5 months of life, the risk among 10,000 infants of being overweight was 22% higher than those not treated with antibiotics. The type of microbes...

Copper Kills 97% of ICU Bacteria

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Antimicrobial copper surfaces in ICU kill 97% of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections (HAI). This translates into a 40% reduction in the risk of getting an HAI. Five percent of all hospitalizations are complicated by an HAI and this leads to more than 100,000 deaths annually in the US. Copper should be put on bed rails, tray tables, call buttons,...

Gut Microbes Linked to Weight and Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the August 2012 issue of PLoS a study showing that there are at least 26 species of bacteria linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome traits such as body mass, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels, CRP, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. We know that many...

Having Too Few Gut Microbes is a Disease

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  A study published in the August issue of the journal, Nature, did a genetic analysis on the number of gut microbes in 292 Danes and found that 25% have up to 40% fewer gut bacteria and reduced bacterial diversity. This was accompanied by low grade inflammation, weakened immunity, an increase in the incidence of obesity! Decreased numbers and...

Infection Can Lead to Cancer

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  A new MIT study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in June of 2012 showed that chronic viral and bacterial infections account for 16% of cancers of the liver, colon, and stomach. When the body's immune system detects pathogens it activates macrophages and neutrophils to engulf and kill them with hypochlorous acid. When...

Iron Supplements can Reduce Fatigue

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  According to a study in the July 2012 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, iron supplementation reduced fatigue by about 50% in women with low iron but without anemia. When ferritin levels are below 50 and women with fatigue are supplemented with just 80 mg of iron per day over 12 weeks, their fatigue decreased and their iron levels increased...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
About 20% of us have IBS. Sypmtoms are reviewed and treatments described. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. Infections, food allergies, parasites, food poisoning are all suspected to cause IBS. Probiotics are discussed.          

Overtreatment of Sinus Infections with Antibiotics

submitted by: admin on 06/26/2019
Sinus infections are overtreated with antibiotics. Only about 3% of sinus infections are bacterial�the rest are viral. Antibiotics don't work in viral infections, but they are still too often prescribed.

Probiotics for the Brain

submitted by: admin on 06/26/2019
Do the bacteria in our digestive system have an effect on brain development?  Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki discuss how the microflora in our GI tract keep us healthy.

Unique Probiotics Trigger Different Immune Responses

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
The ability of probiotics to influence the immune system differs greatly depending on the strain in question. One probiotic strain is not like another when it comes to immune function. T-cell counts are one marker documenting this. Different strains activate different subtypes of T-helper cells while others specifically induce another subtype. By building...

What is Your Intestinal Bacterial Type

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
An individual's intestinal bacteria flora falls into certain patterns that are independent of nationality, gender, and age according to a 2011 article in the journal, Nature. They believe that the composition of the GI microflora is a new biological fingerprint, just as our blood type or tissue type.  We depend on our GI microflora to metabolize...

Why Milk Can Cause Ulcerative Colitis

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
Milk fats can initiate immune dysfunction that can lead to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Concentrated milk fat caused mice to develop IBD at three times the rate (60%) that mice fed a low fat diet or a diet with polyunsaturated fats. IBD correlated with the emergence of a bacteria called Bilophila wadsworthia from nearly undetectable levels to about 6% of...