Two interesting “ages” came about after World War II. The first was the “antiobiotic age” from 1945-1955, thanks to the discovery and use of penicillin. Coincidentally, a new age came about around that same time: the obesity age. While much has been (rightly) made of the alarming increases in overweight and obesity rates doubling and tripling since 1985, studies show that the trend actually started back as early as the end of World War II.1 Yep, right in that “antibiotic age” zone. Coincidence? Not according to a recent study,2 which poses the question: have antibiotics contributed to the rising obesity […]Continue reading Is Your Antibiotic Making You Fat?
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Researchers report at the International Liver Congress™ 2013 that probiotics may soon become part of the treatment plan for managing hepatic encephalopathy, a neuropsychiatric abnormality associated with liver failure and characterized by intellectual impairment, personality changes, and reduced levels of consciousness. Hepatic encephalopathy is a complication of advanced liver disease that is often difficult to treat. It is caused by the accumulation of toxins in the blood that are not removed by the liver. Treatment usually involves the use of antibiotics or laxatives, which are used to prevent the production of toxic substances in the intestine. Gut bacteria produce ammonia, […]Continue reading Probiotics as Treatment for Hepatic Encephalopathy