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Video: Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel

Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel: Two Sides of the Same Coin with Dr. Patrick Massey, Medical Director of Alternative and Complementary Medicine at Alexian Brothers Hospital Network

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Food as Healer, Food as Slayer

Op/ed by Mark Hyman, MD

Nowhere in medicine is there more controversy, superstition, confusion and religious fervor than there is surrounding the subject of food allergies and illness. Conventional allergists and immunologists generally limit interactions between food and the immune system to the Type 1 hypersensitivity, immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated response. Practitioners of integrative and complementary and alternative medicine have long recognized the limitations of this point of view yet have failed to produce a viable alternative clinical model with which to test and assess interventions based on complex dietary manipulations. read more…

Probiotics and the Gastrointestinal Tract

The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract has co-evolved with a very complex, stable microbial population (known as the gut microbiota) of more than 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000) microorganisms comprising several hundred different species that has led to the development and optimization of complex immune mechanisms that control this ecosystem.

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Functional Somatic Syndromes, Stress Pathologies, and Epigenetics

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

Abstract
Recently Henningsen, Zipfel, and Herzog described the nature and management of functional somatic syndromes (FSS).1 They pointed out that functional somatic syndromes are characterized by patterns of persistent bodily complaints for which adequate examination does not reveal sufficiently explanatory structural or other specified pathology, 1(p946) but they are common worldwide and are seen by practically all subspecialties of medicine. They pointed out that the more common FSS described by multiple papers in the literature include the following:

  • irritable bowel syndrome,
  • chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • fibromyalgia syndrome,
  • premenstrual syndrome,
  • non-ulcer dyspepsia,
  • chronic pelvic pain,
  • hypoglycemia,
  • low
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A Multimethod Research Study On The Use of Complementary Therapies Among Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Marja J. Verhoef, PhD, Cathie M. Scott, MSc, and Robert J. Hilsden, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Abstract
The use of complementary therapies is widespread in North America.1,2 Although most people rely on conventional medicine, they often turn to complementary healthcare if they feel that conventional medicine is limited or has somehow failed.3 This phenomenon applies especially to those with chronic conditions. Until recently, most North American physicians seemed unaware of the widespread use of complementary medicine and of the great diversity of the therapies involved.4 According to several studies,1,5 a substantial number of patients do not inform their physicians regarding their read more…

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