Archive for September, 2010

Waistline Size in Relation to Colon Cancer Risk

Friday, September 17th, 2010

A report from the Daily Mail in London says that added inches to a “healthy” waist measurement can drastically increase the risk of colorectal cancer. This may seem sensational, and in some ways it is, but it does give fair warning to the risk involved when eating heavily processed foods and not accounting for the negative effects they can have on your body.

According to the article, roughly 38,000 cases of colon cancer are recorded a year, and it checks in as the second highest killer among cancers in the UK. Assuredly, those figures are exponentially higher in the vastly more populated United States.

Posted in: Colon Cancer, General Health, Health News, gastrointestinal care | 1 Comment »

Treating Crohn’s Disease with Plantains

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A study conducted at the Liverpool Biomedical Research Centre recently shed some light on what can only be described as an unusual treatment for Crohn’s Disease – fiber from plantains. For the countless people who have it, between 400,000 and 600,000 people in North America alone, this is optimistic news.

It had been previously determined that people inflicted with Crohn’s disease typically carry with them a high number of “sticky” type of E. coli. This increased presence of E. coli is coupled with a weakened ability to fight and flush our bacteria congregating in and infecting the gastrointestinal tract. E. coli is able to invade the walls of the gut because of special “M. cells” that exist in the gastrointestinal tract and act as an intermediary for the lymphatic system. E. Coli attacks these M. cells, causing the gut of someone with Crohn’s Disease to swell, an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience.

Posted in: Crohn's Disease, Digestion, gastrointestinal care | 1 Comment »