Hypermineralosis – Part 1: Widespread Manganese Toxicity?

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Manganese hypermineralosis is a real possibility with most of the multivitamin supplements on the market today.

Manganese deficiency even in the poor standard American diet is extremely rare, most people get more than the two mg daily they need for optimal functioning. Dietary sources can be found in brown rice, pineapples, pecans, almonds, beans, spinach, and sweet potatoes.1 In addition, if you drink well or even tap water, manganese is concentrated in most water sources and can add to …

Opinion – How Do You Know If Someone Has A Perfect Gut? Part 1

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How do you know if someone has a perfect gut?

I get asked this question a lot. On forums, coaching clients, and on podcasts.

Do you want the honest answer?

No one knows. We know so little about the gut flora and gut bacteria we honestly have no idea. We know that some bacteria tend to want to have more of a commensal relationship with us, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Any bacteria can turn on us and become opportunistic at …

HSO’s Part 6 – What About Enterococcus faecalis?

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Everyone believes I have a vendetta against HSO’s.

Maybe I do, maybe I do not. Honestly I am just tired of everyone saying that HSO’s or that probiotics in general have no side effects whatsoever and that they are perfectly safe.

Probiotics are our friends everyone loves to claim. People need to learn that bacteria are out for themselves, just like most humans! Bacteria are in a commensal relationship with us. This commensal relationship does not mean however that they …

How Can You Diagnose Adrenal Fatigue? Self Diagnostic Tests

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There are many different tests that can be performed to diagnose adrenal fatigue. Which tests are the most accurate? Should you base whether you have adrenal fatigue or not based on your symptoms instead of test results?

There are some tests that you can perform at home that can help diagnose advanced adrenal fatigue. Most of these self-diagnostic tests poorly diagnose early adrenal fatigue. These tests might also be inaccurate your body can compensate well for the insufficiency and appear …

Organisms Inside You – Part 3: Entamoeba histolytica

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Entamoeba histolytica is an opportunistic protozoan. Infection of the parasite occurs from ingestion of contaminated food and water. The parasite usually remains in the colon and cecum but can cause invasive infections in immunocompromised individuals. Histolytica can spread to the liver, brain, and lungs through the bloodstream if you are immunocompromised and requires emergency treatment.1

Symptoms of infection usually appear one to four weeks after ingestion. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, stomach cramps, and rarely fever and liver issues. …

Why Supplementing With Probiotics May Make You Ill – Part 1: Excessive Histamine Production

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Probiotics are important in maintaining our gut flora, but they can still cause issues just like any supplement and most issues with supplementation go unreported on the natural health blogosphere. Everyone writes about the pros of taking probiotics, but what are the cons? The cons of taking probiotics is the topic of this upcoming blog series.

Histamine is an organic compound produced by the body. Histamine is produced during immune responses and as a neurotransmitter down regulator. Histamine produced by …