IBS can increase anxiety and depression and dramatically reduce the quality of life, more than any other digestive disorder. It affects school, work and life, putting the sufferers at risk for social isolation. ...
The environment plays a significant role in our health. We are exposed to multiple physical, chemical and biological challenges, including information - like news and gossip stories related to health and wellness. How exactly is it affecting us?...
If you suffer from IBS, chances are you're very considerate of others and even possibly an anxious "catastrophizer." It was repeatedly concluded based on magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and psychological questionnaires - for students and non-students, Easterners and Westerners, right-handed and left-handed individuals.
Our bacteria are picky eaters. Some of them - like Prevotelia - prefer a high carbohydrate diet, while others - like Bacteroides - stick to unhealthy western lifestyle with lots of meat and fat. The most prevalent bacteria in the gut of horses, cows and goats prefer people consuming alcohol and polyunsaturated fats. Methanobrevibacter is most abundant in anorexic nervosa patients. Gram negative bacillus Bilophila wadsworthia loves people with gangrenous appendicitis or those whose diets are high in milk fat. The most widely promoted prebiotics inulin and fructooligosaccharides seem to attract Bifidobacteria. What about diets low in poorly absorbed fermentable carbohydrates aka FODMAPs that seem to aggravate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ? Which bacteria is responsible?
Could methane produced by sauropod dinosaurs have helped drive Mesozoic climate warmth? Probably, as some 520 million tons of methane (a “greenhouse gas” emission) were estimated to be produced by the flatulent beasts every year. This begs the question, do flatulent humans today also contribute to global warming? And even if they don't, how could we reduce the harmful effects of intestinal gas on human health?