Lactobacillus GG (LGG) is the world’s most clinically studied probiotic. LGG was first isolated in the late ‘80’s from the faecal sample of a healthy adult by the researchers Gordon and Gorbach, hence the ‘GG’ moniker.
During the early studies and subsequently confirmed by multiple others, LGG is known to withstand gastric acidity and bile salts and effectively adheres to the gastrointestinal mucosa. LGG’s ability to resist gastric acidity and bile salts is a consequence of the ability of the bacterium to produce anti-stress proteins that give it greater survival capacity in intestinal transit after oral intake. Adherence to the intestinal wall is also favoured by the presence on the bacterial wall of exopolysaccharides rich in galactose residues and the presence of specific adhesive pili. Read the rest of this entry »
The times they are a changing… it seems our much-troubled NHS and related social support networks can no longer rely on existing operating models to meet and successfully manage or solve the growing burden of chronic diseases and as such different strategies are now underway. Read the rest of this entry »
It may be that you already regard your oral cavity, the teeth within and the microbiome that makes its home there as your special friends? Giving them daily reviews, assisting in the elimination of plaque and the management of your gum line. Or you may not? Read the rest of this entry »
Have you noticed that environmental airborne pollutants inside your home may be more problematic than those you meet outside? Research continues to uncover increasingly unpleasant links between those outside and inside. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s something most of us are unlikely to have given much thought to, except that the last few years of political discourse in the UK and the upcoming 3rd election due in Dec 2019 in relatively short time has made most people more aware of politics. Consequently, some changes in relationships, creative vocalisations and political ballet dancing on thin wires has presented a complicated, and frustrating period in political and population wellbeing. Read the rest of this entry »
Over 800 million people go hungry every day, yet one third of all food currently goes to waste. Obviously, there are basic logistical challenges to getting the surplus to the hungry, but at a fundamental level this should be solvable.
In turn the food industry bears responsibility for the fact that over 650 million people are obese, yet it’s governments and taxpayers that pick up the cost of treatment in most cases. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s hard to ignore; the increase in pollutants in the air is having a serious impact on human health, function and well-being. Outdoor air pollution has grown by 8% globally in the past 5 years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air. It causes up to 7 million early deaths a year—more than malaria and human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) combined—and is now the greatest single killer in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
The short answer is yes – they are, and they have a consequence.
You see, interpretation and assessment errors in daily clinical care occur for many reasons, some of which are based in cognitive biases. These result from limited perspectives, faulty mental shortcuts, or unconscious biases, and yet practitioners are usually unaware they exist. Read the rest of this entry »
We often think of climate change solely in terms of influencing the weather and the environment. We may also link climate change with reduced food production due to drought and adverse weather. But we are also now learning that climate change will have a profound and negative impact on food quality and nutrient content not just quantity. Read the rest of this entry »
The 2019 Institute for Functional Medicine’s International conference in the USA looked at addiction and its related challenges to human life and all that involves. Sharing this learning experience with like-minded professionals highlighted the innate attraction to shared community, engagement and shared values. It was, as one speaker alluded, somewhat ‘tribal’. Read the rest of this entry »