Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
June 2007


Happy June! This is another great month in Boulder. We are now finally harvesting fresh salad greens from our garden after getting a late start this year. What could have more life force in it than freshly picked lettuce and herbs? Which brings me to this month's subject- digestive health. Without good digestion and flora balance even the healthiest food can turn toxic to the body. In fact recent research has shown that dysbiosis, or an imbalance of the gut flora can have an unfavorable effect on almost every system of the body from the immune system to the endocrine system. This issue will focus on giving you current information and research to help optimize your digestion and assimilation. In the meantime, enjoy these long long days of almost summer!

in this issue
Nurturing A Healthy Digestive System! All About Probiotics Leaky Gut Syndromes: Breaking the Vicious Cycle Gluten Free in Denver Basil Recipes

All About Probiotics

Here is a link to the most comprehensive website on probiotics that I have found. There are so many research papers on the benefits of probiotics , or "friendly" bacteria that I had trouble deciding which to include, so I thought a link to this website would be best. There is ample research to show that probiotics are useful for treating and preventing diarrhea, Inflammatory bowel disease, lactose intolerance, hypertension, cancer, immune system problems, vaginosis, kidney stones, elevated blood cholesterol, and allergies. For information on my favorite most active brands of probiotics please feel free to contact me at my office at (303) 443-2206.

Leaky Gut Syndromes: Breaking the Vicious Cycle

Leaky Gut Syndromes are clinical disorders associated with increased intestinal permeability. They include inflammatory and infectious bowel diseases [14-19], chronic inflammatory arthritides [9, 20-24], cryptogenic skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and dermatitis herpetiformis [25-28], many diseases triggered by food allergy or specific food intolerance, including eczema, urticaria, and irritable bowel syndrome [29-37], AIDS [38-40], chronic fatigue syndromes [Rigden, Cheney, Lapp, Galland, unpublished results], chronic hepatitis [41], chronic pancreatitis [4, 5], cystic fibrosis [42] and pancreatic carcinoma. Hyperpermeability may play a primary etiologic role in the evolution of each disease, or may be a secondary consequence of it which causes immune activation, hepatic dysfunction, and pancreatic insufficiency, creating a vicious cycle. Unless specifically investigated, the role of altered intestinal permeability in patients with Leaky Gut Syndromes often goes unrecognized. The availability of safe, non-invasive, and inexpensive methods for measuring small intestinal permeability make it possible for clinicians to look for the presence of altered intestinal permeability in their patients and to objectively assess the efficacy of treatments. Monitoring the intestinal permeability of chronically ill patients with Leaky Gut Syndromes can help improve clinical outcomes. by Leo Galland, M.D.

Gluten Free in Denver

This website was created by one of my patients who has family members with celiac disease. It is a work in progress but is also a great resource for people who have celiac disease or need to be gluten free for other reasons. She has done an excellent job creating this resource for the gluten free community.

Basil Recipes

One way that I really know that summer is here is when I can grow fresh basil on my deck in a planter outside of my kitchen. That heavenly aroma permeates every time I step outside. Basil + summertime in Boulder = Heaven! Besides throwing some fresh basil on just about everything I eat these days and having lots of pesto, here are some more recipes! Enjoy!

Nurturing A Healthy Digestive System!

Everyone takes it in the gut every now and again! Perhaps a trip to Mexico or India got your gut, or a nasty infection where you had to take antibiotics , or even just years of eating a poor diet. Here are some tips to help heal your gut and get you back into form!

1. Take probiotics regularly. See the article in this issue for everything that you ever wanted to know (and more!) about probiotics and health.

2. Drink plenty of fluids and eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Water and fiber promote regular bowel movements which help the body to eliminate toxins. Eliminating the toxic burden from the body is the first step to optimal health.

3. Get plenty of exercise. Exercise helps to promote circulation and also helps move the bowels thus aiding in detoxification.

4. Learn to manage your stress levels. Relaxation promotes the parasympathetic nervous system which aids in proper digestion and absorption of your foods. Meditation, yoga, exercise, and prayer all aid in relaxation and stress management.

5. Learn about proper nutrition. Eat organic foods and avoid your allergens. Consult with a professional who know a lot about nutrition if you want expert guidance.

6. If you get an infection or travelers diarrhea, be sure to treat it properly. If you have recently travelled abroad to a developing country a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis may be advisable to test for parasites and other pathogens.

7. Take your antioxidants, L-glutamine and fish oils. These help to heal a leaky gut and prevent food allergies from developing.

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