Dec/Jan 2011

House Call

Probiotics

The benefits of probiotics are widely known. Billions of these friendly bacteria—two to three pounds worth—live in the gut, helping us digest food and keep the body healthy. With over 50 percent of the immune system in the intestines, a healthy digestive system is critical to wellness.   More...

Research Roundup: Peanut Allergy, Food Dye, Celiac and Autism

Celiac disease is highly associated with dental enamel defects in childhood, according to an article in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Two independent dentists examined the teeth of 136 patients (67 with biopsy-proven celiac disease and 69 non-celiacs) and found that those with celiac disease had significantly more enamel defects. However, the findings were confined to children in the study. Eighty-seven percent of children with celiac disease had enamel defects compared with 33 percent of the control group.   More...