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Author: Marina MacDonald, MS, PhD

GI Health

NSAIDs: A Pain in the Gut

The gut-protective effects of curcumin and probiotics Millions of people use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to alleviate the pain of arthritis, headaches, and other painful conditions.[1] Well-known NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. Many other NSAIDs (diclofenac, etc.) are available by prescription. Although NSAIDs may relieve pain, their use is associated…

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What Everyone Should Know about Vitamin D and COVID-19

Vitamin D insufficiency increases risk of illness The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, killing more than 4.5 million people as of this writing. The symptoms of a SARS-CoV-2 infection range from mild (similar to a common cold) to more severe manifestations such as bronchitis, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, organ failure, and even…

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Immune Support

Lyme Disease and Biofilm

A cause of persistent infections Tick-borne diseases pose a significant threat to human health, with the number of cases rising threefold in the U.S. in recent years.[1] The most common tick-borne illness is Lyme disease. According to a recent estimate, approximately 476,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease each year.[2] Lyme disease…

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GI Health

Can Probiotics Soothe IBS?

Evidence supports the use of probiotics for IBS and enhanced quality of life Constipation, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea and other digestive problems are not fun, especially for people who suffer from them frequently. The results of a recent international survey of over 73,000 adults are striking: 40% of participants said they suffered from one or…

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