Digestive Health

  • Easing GERD with Melatonin and Probiotics
    Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), acid reflux, affects many adults worldwide. Here are a few natural treatments to consider before taking a prescription.
  • 2/18/2018
    When you are healthy, over 100 trillion microorganisms, from some 400 different species, flourish in your intestinal tract, aiding in digestion, absorption, and the production of significant amounts of B vitamins and enzymes.
  • Natural Remedies For Acid Reflux | Natural Health Blog
    A new study found that switching to a healthier diet based on more plant foods is a more effective treatment than the proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs taken by millions of Americans.
  • Natural Home Remedies For Food Poisoning | Health Blog
    It is easy to find yourself sick from contaminated food in restaurants or having a bout of Traveler's Diarrhea. Here are three remedies your doctor probably won't mention to help yourself.
  • The Art of Reading Tongues For Health | Natural Health Blog
    July 19th is Stick Out Your Tongue Day!  Let's celebrate by taking a closer look at the tongue from the standpoint of health. Learn the art of reading tongues. 
  • Decaf vs Regular Coffee Health Benefits & Risks | Natural Health Blog
    Is decaf better than regular coffee? It’s confusing when considering decaf, which shares some of the advantages of the rocket-fuel variety, but brings problems of its own.  Find the pros and cons of each.
  • Heartburn Drugs Leads To Kidney Failure | Health Blog
    Got Heartburn? Caution: new research suggests that on top of heart attacks and bone fracture risks, these pharmaceutical drugs are not so safe, linking them with serious kidney damage.
  • Celebrity Chefs Not Sanitary | Natural Health Blog
    New research suggests that some of the actions of these chefs might be nothing short of unsanitary.
  • Electroacupuncture and Constipation
    Some news for those with severe constipation: new research suggests that acupuncture can bring some relief to those with severe constipation.
  • Lipase
    Lipase is a pancreatic enzyme essential to your digestive system. The word “lipase” comes from the Greek word “lipos” which means fat. So, it should be no surprise that its main function is to break down fats in your intestinal tract into smaller more digestible components. Specifically, it converts the triglyceride component found in ingested fats into monoglycerides and two fatty acids. Incomplete digestion of fat allows fat to coat food particles and therefore interferes with the breakdown of other food components such as protein and carbohydrates.
  • Meds linked to Heart Attacks | Health Blog
    New research suggests that heartburn medications such as Prevacid, Nexium, and Prilosec may be linked to heart attacks.
  • 8/4/2014
    Discover how digestive enzymes can provide relief from digestive disorders and optimize your disease prevention. Learn which enzyme supplements work and why.
  • gentian tree root
    Gentian, one of the “bitter” herbs, has been used by herbalists for over 2,000 years as an anti-toxic to stimulate liver function. It was named as a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king who was believed to have discovered that the herb had tonic properties. Traditional folk healers believed that gentian root could improve the digestive process by stimulating the flow of saliva, bile, and stomach acids if you took the herb before your meal. During the Middle Ages, it was used as an antidote to certain poisons.
  • Is coffee good for you?
    It's always thrilling when new research discovers that a favorite treat isn't poison, after all. We've learned that chocolate may actually benefit body and soul, red wine is a must-have for a healthy heart, and coffee delivers a plethora of health advantages along with the caffeine buzz. And now, there's one more pro-coffee study to be pleased about. Investigators from the University of Athens have discovered that coffee can make you live a lot longer, but there's a catch. The coffee has to be boiled, Greek-style.
  • Cooked Meat
    Is a vegetarian diet automatically healthier? Not necessarily. Some people actually do better when they include small amounts of meat in their diet—although, to be sure, a balanced vegetarian diet appears to offer some protection against cancer and heart disease.
  • Jug of milk
    Milk is often pitched as a great source of calcium. It is not. Yes, it has a high calcium content, but the human body is able to utilize very little of it. In fact, because of the way the body deals with milk, consumption of milk actually leaches calcium from the bones.
  • A Cup Of Coffee
    If you forgot to drink your coffee with breakfast this morning, here's something that may jog your memory in the future. A new study has found that drinking coffee may help you to not only avoid getting Alzheimer's, but actually reverse it.
  • peanut butter food recipes
    Many people do not encourage their children to eat peanut butter to prevent the development of a food allergy or asthma. However, new research shows that peanut butter can cut breast cancer risk.
  • agrimony leaves and flower
    If you've ever used the herb agrimony, you have something in common with the injured men on medieval battlefields. During the Middle Ages, the herb was used to treat a variety of health related problems from bad backs, internal hemorrhages, and wounds received on the battlefield.
  • noni fruit on table
    You may have heard quite a lot about the noni fruit as it rose in popularity a few years ago. The claims that it was a magic cure-all certainly didn't hurt. But, how effective is this fruit, and can it do all that people claim? To answer this, first we need to take a look at the history of the noni.
  • flax seed with scooper
    Flaxseed is considered by many to be one of the most powerful foods on the planet. According to history, this may have always been the case.
  • senna colon cure
    What does an herb used in love sachets in the Middle East have to do with your colon? You may be surprised. Senna's first known use can be traced back to two Arabian physicians, Serapion and Sesue.
  • bamboo
    While bamboo may still be on the newer side of things here in Western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine has long known of the many health benefits of bamboo. Its usage as a medical remedy can be traced back to ancient Chinese times. In fact, the Chinese have uses for every part of the bamboo plant.
  • 9/16/2013
    Alfalfa has been eaten for centuries by people seeking a rich source of minerals and vitamins. The leaves and seeds are both used to make an herbal supplement.
  • 9/16/2013
    Many studies prove the powerful health-promoting effects of the nutrients in broccoli-- It makes sense to try to include more of it in your balanced diet.
  • Less Poultry Inspection Could Compromise a Healthy Immune System
    The USDA has proposed that it be allowed to radically cut back on the number of chicken inspectors stationed at poultry processing plants, while at the same time allowing plants to speed up production.
  • Benefits of Probiotics for a Healthy Immune System
    Don’t chase after gimmicks. If you decide to eat things like probiotic enhanced cereals, cookies, or candy, do it because you like the taste, not because you believe it will provide any benefit.
  • 8/6/2013
    For many years, people have used Fennel for digestion and reducing colic, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, intestinal disorders, nausea, and cholera.
  • 3/28/2013
    Recent research has found that hypnosis may bring some relief to Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers without adding any more medication to the picture.
  • 9/28/2012
    The intestinal tract has a specific function to perform: immune protection, digestion, processing food, and elimination of waste. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle has created a digestive crisis in most people. In fact, almost 100 million Americans have digestive disorders. Find out why and what you can do!
  • 7/31/2012
    In 1985, between 60 and 70 million Americans were affected by digestive disorders. Today it's close to 100 million. Due to the risks, it is very important to understand how to care for your colon, and your entire digestive tract, to protect yourself from today's world of unhealthy diets.
  • 7/31/2012
    More and more doctors are now aware of how endemic yeast infections such as Candida have become. What is candida and how can you rid yourself of this yeast-like fungus?
  • 7/31/2012
    Jon Barron will walk you through the digestive system -- from the tip of your tongue to the outer edge of your rectum. All of this will help you understand digestive tract diseases (everything from hiatal hernia to acid reflux, from peptic ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome) and how to treat them naturally by working with your body, not against it.
  • 7/31/2012
    No matter how toxic free we live and eat, we are constantly absorbing toxins through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. It is essential to remove these poisons in order to avoid catastrophic illness. List of articles on detoxing!
  • 6/7/2012
    A number of snack foods are now looking to jump on the gluten free bandwagon -- clearly labeling and advertising their junk food treats as "gluten-free" to attract the masses of consumers who are trying to cut out gluten for health or weight loss purposes.
  • 5/31/2012
    More individuals today are looking for ways to not only lose weight, but to sustain the weight loss after a diet. To lose weight naturally and without starving yourself, there are some things to consider before you start on any weight loss program. Learn more...
  • 12/29/2011
    Beans just might be the Rodney Dangerfield of the food world.  To paraphrase the comedian, they just get no respect.  Beans are the butt of many jokes because they have a reputation for causing flatulence.  But new research may be able to set the record straight in defense of the bean: Not all beans are equally gassy, and even those that may cause gas really aren't so bad.
  • 8/20/2011
    International conglomerate Cargill Inc. has recalled almost 36 million pounds of ground turkey that was identified as the source of 79 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in 26 states all across America, and was responsible for one death in California. The recall by the United States Department of Agriculture was considered Class I, posing the greatest health risk.
  • 7/2/2011
    Researchers have broken down some of the bacteria of the gut into three major enterotypes, or classifications. And every person's gut bacteria contains one of these three groups, but only one of these three groups. What this means, however, they don't yet know.  Read Jon's blog on classifying beneficial bacteria for digestive health and to prevent chronic illnesses of the digestive system.
  • 6/13/2011
    E. coli is back in the news and once again causing hysteria beyond its actual threat. Yes, this latest outbreak has sickened a couple of thousand people in 12 countries since it first appeared on May 1st and killed, at last count, 24 people, all in Germany so far. But to put that in perspective: about 16 times that many people have died in German traffic accidents during the same time period. So with that in mind, let's take a look at E. coli, what it is, what it does, and why this new strain is particularly alarming. At the same time, we'll also explore some of the more alarmist statements now populating the blogosphere, and finish by offering some recommendations.
  • 5/16/2011
    Diets come, and diets go. And like fashion, if you wait long enough, what is now out will eventually return -- but with a twist, so you can't dust off the old books, but instead have to buy new ones. And now it is the turn of the Paleo Diet (also known as the Paleolithic Diet, or caveman diet) to sweep the nation. What exactly is the Paelo Diet? What does it involve? Does it actually work? And are there better alternatives? All is revealed.
  • 2/19/2011
    Scientists at Virginia Tech have found that there is a connection between drinking water prior to meals and losing weight. The subjects who drank water before their meals had lost an average of 15.5 pounds each, while those in the other group showed an average loss of 11 pounds per person.  However, is this really good for your digestive health and what might be a better alternative weight loss option?  Read more with this natural health blog!
  • 12/9/2010
    Rinderpest, a deadly malady that would strike cattle, yaks, water buffalo, and other similar animals, is no more.
  • 12/3/2010
    A new study out of the United Kingdom has shown that loud background noise can actually affect the way we taste things, lessening our sensitivity to the flavor. Listen to this show and find out what you can do to protect your digestive health, especially if you dine out regularly.
  • 11/2/2010
    Recent research conducted by the NHANES, which is a branch of the CDC, seems to suggest that children across America are not drinking enough water throughout the day.  But there are a few problems with this finding.
  • 9/4/2010
    Nature is remarkably adaptive in overcoming our abuse, but there are limits to what that adaptability can accomplish in the human body. Learn what these limits are and how to protect yourself if perchance you push beyond them.
  • 5/25/2010
    Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic discovered that taking vitamin D with large meals boosts its absorption dramatically. But when it comes to vitamin absorption the details are tremendously important and often overlooked. Learn more about isolate vitamins and how the body absorbs them with this health blog.
  • 2/8/2010
    We return to our exploration of the intestinal tract with a look at the macro and micro anatomy of the small intestine. A great deal of digestion still occurs in the small intestine, but the overall emphasis is on absorption.
  • 12/7/2009
    We explore the anatomy and physiology of the pancreas and how it participates in the digestive process. In addition, we explore how abuse of this commonly ignored organ (through poor diet, inadequate supplementation, and lack of regular cleansing) can lead to serious -- even fatal -- health problems.
  • 11/14/2009
    A recent study found that those who helped clean up after the events of 9/11 had double the incidence of Acid Reflux (GERD) and other gastrointestinal diseases, than the general population four to five years after the event.
  • 11/9/2009
    We now explore how what we've learned about the anatomy and physiology of the stomach translates into problems that can occur, including peptic ulcers, acid reflux, mineral absorption, B12 absorption, incomplete digestion, and weight gain - and how to deal with those problems.
  • 10/26/2009
    We conclude our exploration of the anatomy and physiology of the stomach from a natural health perspective and examine the three phases of stomach digestion. In the process, we return to our comparison of the digestive systems of carnivores, omnivores, frugivores, and humans to get a better handle on what we were designed to eat.
  • 10/16/2009
    Jon Barron debunks The CSPI's report which lists the 10 foods most likely to make you sick — such as Leafy greens for salmonella, E. coli, and norovirus. However, the real digits reveal that organizations, jurisdictions, misrepresentation, and contamination are more to blame than the actual food itself. Don't be fooled; instead, eat well and learn what probiotics and colon detox products can do.
  • 10/15/2009
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has just released a report listing the 10 foods most likely to make you sick. Leafy greens (a frequent source of salmonella, E. coli, and norovirus) take position number one.
  • 10/12/2009
    In Part 1 of our series on the digestive system, we explored the process whereby food enters the stomach through the mouth and esophagus. We now pick up the process as the food arrives in the stomach.
  • 9/28/2009
    Over the course of the next half dozen or so newsletters, I'm going to walk you through the digestive system -- from the tip of your tongue to the outer edge of your rectum. This will help you understand the nature of diseases of the digestive tract (everything from excess gas to acid reflux, from peptic ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome) and how to treat them naturally by working with your body, not against it.
  • 5/14/2009
    A new study offers yet another reason to take probiotics - if you're pregnant. The study of 256 expectant women found that those who took probiotics in the first trimester of pregnancy had less belly fat a year after giving birth than those who didn't take the supplements.
  • 4/18/2009
    Researchers found that animals already infected with the diseases recovered as effectively and quickly on probiotics as they would have on the most advanced antibiotic treatment.
  • 2/20/2009
    What are microbes and why are they so important for optimal health?  Jon discusses theories about beneficial bacteria and the misconceptions that deter us from proper use of functional foods, dietary supplements, and natural health remedies.
  • 10/27/2008
    In Part 1 of the series, we'll explore exactly what probiotics are and what benefits you can expect from supplementation.
  • 8/11/2008
     A new study out of Kansas State University has confirmed that marinating meat sharply reduces the level of cancer causing HCAs (heterocyclic amines).
  • 4/26/2008
    A new study shows that high blood pressure may have even more to do with diet and how your body processes food than with genetics.
  • 3/20/2008
    A new study by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology confirms that pediatric allergies can significantly impair a child's daily functioning, academic achievement, and ability to sleep.
  • 3/4/2008
    The FDA just proposed that children ages 1-11 who suffer from heartburn should now take Nexium.
  • 11/19/2007
    Last issue we covered all of the positive studies on whole grains that indicate that they may help prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. But, as I indicated at that time, these conclusions are a bit too simplistic. In this issue, we'll dig deeper than the studies and the mainstream press did.
  • 5/23/2007
    If you find good quality yogurt and kefir that do more right than not, then they can be a useful addition to your diet but, regardless, they will not contain all of the essential strains of beneficial bacteria.
  • 4/16/2007
    Certainly, there are times it makes sense to remove tonsils and adenoids even though they are an integral part of the lymph/immune system. When they are removed, the body adapts and moves functions elsewhere; however, there are cases when natural alternatives are enough to relieve the problem.
  • 3/13/2007
    After my recent newsletter about the common myths of stomach acid, we have had a few people ask about how to test for low stomach acid.
  • 2/14/2007
     Candida is a yeastlike fungus commonly found in the normal flora of the mouth, skin, intestinal tract, and vagina, which can become clinically infectious in people with compromised immune systems.
  • 11/27/2006
    In a stunning announcement this month, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that hunger has been totally eliminated in the United States, or at least redefined.
  • 11/6/2006
    Crohn's is one of a whole range of intestinal disorders that stem from similar causes. These include ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, spastic colon, polyps, fistulas, and colon cancer, etc.
  • 9/25/2006
    Short commentary on nine breaking stories: Spinach, Rogue Rice, The Diabetes Pill, Autism Aging and Sperm, Intersex Fish, A New Treatment for Cancer, FDA Approves Viruses on Your Food, Childhood Obesity, and Calcium.
  • 11/7/2005
    This report goes into full detail about the importance of intestinal and liver detoxification, especially after the Holiday season.
  • 12/17/2003
    Jon takes the time to answer a few questions about proteolytic enzymes; sleeping better, prevention of blood clots and offers suggestions for taking digestive and proteolytic enzymes.
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