How Gut Bacteria Affect Behavior, Mood, and Disease

Human Cells vs. Microbial Cells

Modern research is constantly revealing more about the amazing world of the human microbiome and its implications on health. The microbiome is the community of “good” and “bad” tiny microorganisms that live in our skin and mucus membranes—including the gut and mouth. While many of these microbes are innocuous, some may be harmful to our health, and others we depend on to protect us from … [Read more...]

Children Face Unique Challenges With Crohn's Disease

Nicole Pingel and Dr. Robbyn Sockolow on Crohn's

If your child is consistently complaining of pain in the stomach, he or she might not just be bellyaching to get out of a day at school. An estimated 38,000 children and teens in the United States live with Crohn’s disease, which causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. While Crohn’s disease can occur at any age, it tends to be most prevalent in teens and young adults, ages … [Read more...]

Top Tips for Sticking To A Gluten-Free Diet During the Holidays

Founder and CEO of NOBREADNYC Nicole Cogan

NOBREADNYC.com launched in September as an online consumer guide for gluten-free dining in New York City. It offers restaurant profiles, mini-reviews and customized menus to dining spots across the city for folks unable to properly digest the gluey protein substance called gluten. NOBREADNYC is quickly becoming an essential resource for diners seeking gluten-free offerings in NYC, which is exactly … [Read more...]

Six Common Foods That Cause Acid Reflux and Key Foods To Heal It

Green Foods Heal Acid Reflux

Yesterday, in my interview with Dr. Jonathan Aviv—a world-renowned ENT physician and surgeon, as well as author of Killing Me Softly From Inside—we explored the surprising link between acid reflux and the rise in esophageal cancer. In addition to talking about the use of sulfuric acid to make high fructose corn syrup, we discussed the mid-1970s legislation that requires acidifying any food in … [Read more...]

What's Acid Reflux Got to Do, Got to Do With Esophageal Cancer

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Did you know that esophageal cancer is the fastest growing cancer in America and Europe? The National Cancer Institute estimates that there are 18,170 new cases of this form of cancer in the U.S., with 15,540 deaths from the disease so far in 2014. What’s perhaps even more shocking than the rapid growth of esophageal cancer is its link to a rather common health problem—acid reflux. Yet the remedy … [Read more...]

Five Funky Food Ingredients to Avoid and Five Whole Foods to Embrace

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Ever go the grocery store and get completely overwhelmed by all of the food labels? Labels can claim all kinds of things about a food or food product—such as, it’s gluten-free, sugar-free, low fat or organic—yet a quick glance at the nutrition info reveals ingredients you’ve never even heard of before. How can smart consumers stay on top of the buzzwords for food purchases that are nutritious, … [Read more...]

Chew on This: Recharge Your Body With Chia

Chia Seeds

It really is quite amazing that a type of the seeds that sprout from atop the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pet, a holiday commercial mainstay, have grown into the latest superfood. The seeds from the Chia pets, laden with pesticides, are “not fit for human consumption,” said Dr. Jack Bukowski, of the Nutritional Science Research Institute, on faculty of Harvard Medical School, in an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz … [Read more...]

Having Your Gluten-Free Cake and Enjoying It Too

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Who says you can’t have your cake and enjoy it too? For many of us who are gluten-free, it can certainly be a challenge to find desserts that not only meet our dietary requirements, but please our taste buds as well. As someone who used to look forward to dessert as the highlight of a meal, I am especially selective about my GF sweet treats. When I came across this recipe for a chocolate cake … [Read more...]