Posts Tagged ‘Crohn’s Disease’

The Thanksgiving Meal

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This past weekend we traveled and gathered with people who we love and care about. In addition to the warm company of family and friends there’s some sort of meal served smack dab in the middle of that long holiday weekend we all just experienced. Ok, it’s fairly consistent across the board – the hallowed Thanksgiving meal.

Everyone has their own variation and family favorites, but no one walks away saying that they’re still hungry. Therein lies the conundrum that Thanksgiving creates for our digestive tract.

Usually on Thanksgiving we don’t normally pump our bodies full of heavily processed foods laden with healthy doses of preservatives, rather we typically prepare fresher foods in a rich way. The food on the turkey-day table is generally high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt.

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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.

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