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Diabetes Mellitus

DIABETES MELLITUS STEPHEN HOLT, M.D. LLD(Hon.) ChB., PhD, ND, FRCP (C) (Internal Medicine), FRCP (C) (Gastroenterology) MRCP (UK), FACP, FACG, FACN, FACAM, OSJ Introduction Diabetes mellitus affects approximately 6% of the US population and its occurrence is increasing in incidence at an alarming rate. Many of the 16 million Americans who have diabetes are unaware […]

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A Primer of Natural Therapeutics: A Certification Program for Dietary Supplement Counselors

A Primer of Natural Therapeutics: A Certification Program for Dietary Supplement Counselors Stephen Holt, MD WHAT IS THIS BOOK? A Certification Program for Individuals who wish to counsel on the use of dietary supplements (nutraceuticals). This book was written primarily for health enthusiasts, retail store or office staff to improve their knowledge and skills in […]

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Digestion Questions

Digestion Questions * What are the most common misconceptions about digestion and gut health? Many individuals do not understand that most unpleasant digestive symptoms are due to functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract where tissue disease such as inflammation, ulcers and cancer is absent. Classic examples of the most common causes of digestive upset include […]

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Soothing Digestion with Essential Oils: Focus on Peppermint

Soothing Digestion with Essential Oils: Focus on Peppermint Peppermint and Fennel Oils [replace all pepogest w/ peppermint oil EC Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) which is commonly known as large, wild or sweet fennel, is described in herbal literature as possessing stomachic, carminative, pectoral, diuretric, diaphoretic and aromatic properties for medicinal use. Kloss (1994) describes fennel as […]

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The Harmony of Digestive Function: Digestion Naturally

The Harmony of Digestive Function Stephen Holt, MD Claude Bernard, a failed French music composer, vivisectionist and 19 th century scientist, described the harmony of the human body. In the 20 th century, medicine moved to take a focused approach on disease management, at the expense of considering the complex cascades of body function that […]

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The Natural Control of Stomach Acid

The Natural Control of Stomach Acid Stomach hyperacidity is a common medical problems for which people often seek medical consultation. We are all aware that stomach acid can cause heartburn, upper abdominal pain or discomfort, and feelings of a sour stomach. So common are these upper digestive complaints that examples of the most commonly used […]

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Fiber and probiotics

FIBER AND PROBIOTICS Background Medical science continues to unravel the versatile health benefits of a dietary fiber. Many supplement users have been confused by the different types of dietary fiber that occur in foods and dietary supplements. It is puzzling to many people why something as apparently simple and inert as dietary fiber, can exert […]

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Celiac Disease

CELIAC DISEASE: GLUTEN ENTEROPATHY Cause and Effect Celiac disease is caused by an inflammatory response in the lining of the small intestine that results from the exposure to ingested gluten. The mucosal damage affects the “finger of like” projections” of the small intestine (villi). In other words food is not transported across the small intestine […]

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Massage and Digestive Disorders

Massage and Digestive Disorders I reiterate that many digestive disorders are functional in origin (meaning the absence of inflammation, cancer, peptic ulcer or other tissue diseases). Massage therapists recognize issues such as the mind-body, body-mind phenomena and imbalance of the autonomic nervous system that is aggravated by stress. In the presence of stress, digestive functions […]

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Digestion Question and Answer

DIGESTION QUESTION AND ANSWER * What are the most common misconceptions about digestion and gut health? Many individuals do not understand that most unpleasant digestive symptoms are due to functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract where tissue disease such as inflammation, ulcers and cancer is absent. Classic examples of the most common causes of digestive […]

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