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Michael Pollan on Food System Reform

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Michael Pollan has an optimistic piece [1] saying it is inevitable our food system will be reformed to favor real food and not disease causing foods, thanks to the rising cost of healthcare associated with eating highly processed sugars, carbs, starches, additives and so on.
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Endorphins from Laughter and LDN

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Here’s an interesting study about laughter releasing endorphins and increasing people’s pain tolerance.

I wish they studied what affect the laughter-induced endorphin release had on the immune system rather than on the pain threshold. Low-dose naltrexone is used to boost the immune system by tricking the body to produce more endorphins. It has been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation in Crohn’s patients.

I’ve always thought that laughter was like a massage for the intestines and interestingly, the article ends by saying that massage releases endorphins. This could be an interesting approach to IBDs, to use laughter, massage and LDN to increase production of endorphins to reduce inflammation in the intestines.

IBD Talk 09.12.2011

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Well, that’s not what the science says. People can be genetically predisposed to IBD, but there are countless cases of identical twins, who have the same exact genes and only one has IBD.

Additionally, in rat/mouse models of IBD, they bred the animals to have the genes that relate to IBD and when they were sterilized without any gut bacteria, they never got IBD. Clearly something else is going on.

IBD is complex and requires an interaction between host genetics, our microbiota (bacteria, yeast, viruses, etc), intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut) and environmental triggers (toxins, food, stress).

When you understand all the components, you can take action to remove the environmental triggers (usually food), heal the leaky gut and restore the microbiota. Many find amazing results with this multifaceted approach.

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IBD Talk 09.07.2011

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It takes strength and endurance to fight an enemy, but it takes courage to listen and learn from them.

- Reid B. Kimball
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Experiment Results with Breads

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WARNING: Too Much Information (TMI) Zone Ahead!

Before I begin, I should make clear that since 2004, after starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I have avoided eating bread like the plague.

After my experiment with the white rice, which confirmed I cannot digest it very well, I decided to try eating various breads.

I fully expected to have diarrhea soon after eating white bread. But for about two weeks from August, 19th to September 2nd, I ate highly processed breads, full of terrible ingredients I can’t even pronounce, organic white bread with minimal ingredients and organic, minimal ingredient whole wheat sourdough bread.
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IBD Talk 08.28.2011

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I really wish there was an easy way, but there isn’t. Nothing worth doing was ever easy to do. Digestive conditions are so complex to heal from.

Would still like to know how eating home cooked meals with non processed food is radical. I always ask this question and I have yet to get a good answer. Which leads me to believe it’s not radical, but that people’s mindset prevents them from making the change and they blame it on the change being radical.

We forget our history, where we’ve come from and have adapted too quickly to modern society’s conveniences to realize that what we have today is radical, not what we had back then.

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IBD Talk 08.27.2011

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What we eat is one of the most effective ways (aside from antibiotics) that we can change the diversity of microbes in our gut. Some foods don’t have live bacteria on it those also tend to be the ones that feed pathogenic bacteria. They can proliferate in our small bowel and cause all kinds of problems.

When one changes their diet to more natural food and not processed, the pathogenic bacteria can’t reproduce as much. Additionally, the probiotics from the food and commercial sources are free to have a greater impact on the health of the host.

You can read this full study by clicking on the Full Text (pdf) link on the right hand side bar: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/07/14/1005963107.abstract

IBD Talk are posts featuring the random online writings of director Reid B. Kimball as he talks to others about inflammatory bowel disease and the use of effective, alternative natural treatments for them.

IBD Talk 08.26.2011

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I learned as a teenager after taking Accutane for my acne to ask questions. If I don’t understand the answer, ask more or decline treatment. At least that way if problems occur, it will be my fault and I have control over my faults, not other person’s faults.

IBD Talk are posts featuring the random online writings of director Reid B. Kimball as he talks to others about inflammatory bowel disease and the use of effective, alternative natural treatments for them.

IBD Talk 08.23.2011

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Mount Everest is one of the world’s toughest mountains to climb, but people have climbed it. I’ve met and interviewed several people with severe crohn’s / colitis who have used diet and supplements and are pharma med free. It’s not the severity of the disease that matters, it’s the determination and effort of the person that matters.

IBD Talk are posts featuring the random online writings of director Reid B. Kimball as he talks to others about inflammatory bowel disease and the use of effective, alternative natural treatments for them.

Dangers of Low Residue Diets in IBDs

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During my last interview trip with Tara Marie Rosas, she told me how the very foods that were recommended by her gastroenterologist, such as white rice, pasta and mashed potatoes from the low-residue diet [1], [2] were in hindsight, the very foods that hurt her by continuing her symptoms.
The low-residue diet is the only diet that is recommended by gastroenterologists for symptoms of bowel pain, otherwise, they advise patients to eat whatever they want, because they believe diet plays no role in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs).
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