Archive for the ‘Digestive system’ Category

Sugar, gallstones

July 26, 2009

Refined sugar has been shown to increase the risk of gallstone formation, particularly in young persons, even in those who are not overweight. The mechanism is not yet understood, but a high sugar intake may stimulate insulin production. Insulin stimulates the synthesis of cholesterol. A high level of cholesterol in the bile may encourage gallstone production. (British Medical Journal 288:1103-1104, April 14, 1984)
Copyright 1984 Phylis A Austin


Sugar intake, duodenal ulcer

July 14, 2009

A diet low in refined sugar may decrease one’s chances of developing duodenal ulcer according to a recent study from the University of Nottingham. Earlier studies have shown an association between sugar intake and Crohn’s disease. (Gut 31:993-996, 1990)
Copyright 1990 Phylis A Austin

Sugar and colon polyps

July 14, 2008

High sugar intake increases the incidence of colorectal polyps. (European Journal of Cancer (Suppl 1)30A, 1994) Copyright 1994 Phylis Austin

Milk allergy, anal fistula, fissure

July 6, 2008

Cow’s milk protein intolerance may cause anal fissures or fistulas. Milk allergy may also cause diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and gastroesophageal reflux. (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 101(1 Pt 1)125-127, 1998) Copyright 1998 Phylis Austin

Leaky gut syndrome, spices, food allergies

July 6, 2008

Hot spices may increase the ability of food allergens to pass through the digestive tract lining and produce allergic reactions.The small intestine is lined with cells which are normally bound tightly together. When this tight connection is loosened substances slip through. Chili pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika were common offenders, while nutmeg, bay leaf and green and black pepper caused tightening of the junctions. (Journal of Nutrition 128:577-581, 1998) Copyright 1998 Phylis Austin

Cigarette smoke and Crohn’s disease

July 4, 2008

Experiments in laboratory animals demonstrated that both active and passive exposure to cigarette smoke damages colon tissue, possibly increasing the risk of developing Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease patients who smoke are known to require higher doses of immunosuppressive medications, and have more relapses of their disease. (Gastroenterology 117:877-883, 1999)

Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin