NSAIDs After Exercise May Cause Celiac-Like Leaky Gut

NSAIDs and leaky gut syndromeOver the past few years I have read innumerable blog posts and articles identifying inflammation as a root cause for a variety of chronic diseases.  Consider this passage written by author and Yahoo Health blogger Lisa Collier Cool:

In a medical version of the “unified field” theory in physics, many scientists now believe that most—or perhaps all—chronic diseases may have the same trigger: inflammation. This fiery process has been linked to everything from heart attacks and strokes to type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.

Chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation—fueled by such disorders as excessive belly fat, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and gum disease—may explain why lifestyle-linked diseases have reached epidemic levels in Western countries, while remaining rare in the developing world.

“There are clear indications that inflammation explains why plaque builds up in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis,” says Philip Schauer, MD, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. “Chronic inflammation also plays a direct role in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma and many other conditions.”

Now comes word that use of NSAIDS (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen during and after exercise may cause inflammation of the small intestine.  According to a Daily Beast article entitled Is Ibuprofen Making Us Sick?, the intestinal inflammation caused by NSAIDS mirrors the inflammation seen in patients with celiac disease. [Continue reading]

Review of OrangeTheory Fitness Gym

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This past week an OrangeTheory Fitness gym opened near where I live and my workout partner Michael decided to take a break from boxing class to try it out.  As is typical of most new gyms the owner offered a free class - and because the gym was not … [Continue reading]

New Weight Lifting Technique

I have to admit - this is how I feel sometimes when I am lifting weights: … [Continue reading]

Anti-Angiogenesis – Can You Eat Your Way to Health?

Interesting TED talk by Dr. William Li about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply … [Continue reading]

Lowly Walnut Deemed World’s Healthiest Nut

A press release from the American Chemical Society (!) reports on a study showing that walnuts provide more heart healthy anti-oxidants than any other nut.   Compared to almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, and … [Continue reading]