Scientists Pinpoint Bacteria Likely to Cause Bowel Cancer

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New Zealand scientists have identified a toxic bug they believe may cause bowel cancer and could lead to a life-saving vaccine or early detection test for the too-often deadly disease.

The University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers found a toxic form of a bacteria called Bacteroides fragilis in the gut of almost 80 percent of people with a pre-cancerous lesion — a precursor to the disease.

Bacteroides fragilis is a common bug in our gut, and for the most part, helps with digestion and the general health of the colon. However, in some people the bug produces a toxin that disrupts the cells that line the gut and starts the process of cancer in the bowel.

More than 1,300 New Zealanders die of bowel cancer every year. The disease is becoming increasingly common in people under the age of 50, which could be due to changes in our diet. Diet has a direct influence on our gut health, and the microorganisms living there.

In a world-first, the researchers tracked the progress of 150 people who had undergone a colonoscopy. They genetically analyzed the DNA of samples of bowel taken during the colonoscopies to see if Bacteroides fragilis was present. Between 12 and 15 years after their initial colonoscopy, 79 percent of patients with the toxic Bacteroides fragilis in their gut had developed low grade dysplasia, which is a type of pre-cancer.

Professor Frank Frizelle, head of the University of Otago, Christchurch, research team and a bowel cancer surgeon describes the study findings as a “game-changer.”

“It gives us a clue as to what is actually driving the cancer, and in doing so, it gives us a possible means of being able to manage it.”

With further time and money, the discovery could be used to screen for people with the bug, and it could be used to develop a lifesaving vaccine.

“The earlier you can catch a disease, the better the prognosis. We want study this bug and its impact further with a view to using it as a way to identify people who are at the highest risk of developing the disease, before it takes hold. As a surgeon you can treat one person at a time, if we can prevent the cancer from beginning or treating people as early as possible, that’s the goal.”

Source: University of Otago

Article Source: https://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2018/06/scientists-pinpoint-bacteria-likely-cause-bowel-cancer

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Thyroid and Gut Connection

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Many studies as of late have been showing a strong connection between the gut and other parts of the body. One such connection is the gut-mind connection, which reveals how emotions and stress can trigger health problems in our gut. Recent studies have revealed a connection between the thyroid and the gut.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that assists many bodily functions. The gut – or the gastrointestinal tract – is a long tube that moves food from our mouths through the digestive system. Because the thyroid is responsible for hormones and regulating parts of the body, there is a link between the two.

Link between thyroid gland and digestion

A common form of thyroiditis – inflammation of the thyroid – is Hashimoto’s disease. In this form of thyroiditis theimmune system attacks the thyroid gland causing hypothyroidism. When this occurs, the amount of hormones released by the thyroid gland is reduced and growth and mental development slows. Poor digestion can trigger Hashimoto’s disease.

Problems with the gut may occur when the lining becomes permeable. This allows for food waste to enter the body instead
of, well, into the toilet. When this foreign material enters the body, the immune response is to attack it.

The thyroid plays a role as it produces the hormones that protects the gut. T3 and T4 are thyroid hormones that work to make the gut strong, for example they can work to prevent stress-induced ulcers. In endoscopic examinations of ulcers, researchers found low levels of T3 and T4, meaning without them the gut becomes weaker.

The gut relies on the thyroid for protection and the thyroid needs the gut to stay strong and fight off illness.

6 natural ways to keep the thyroid-gut connection strong

If you want to ensure you maintain a healthy thyroid-gut connection, it’s important to take necessary steps to keep both happy and healthy. Below are natural ways to encourage a healthy thyroid-gut connection:

  • Manage stress and blood sugar
  • Recognize any food intolerances – common food intolerances are dairy, wheat and gluten
  • Consume fiber
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat foods that contain gut-friendly bacteria – yogurt, kefir, pickles, miso etc.
  • Exercise.

These tips can help improve the health of your gut and thyroid alike. If you feel that you may have a thyroid or digestion problem, speak with your doctor. Living well is the easiest way to boost the thyroid-gut connection and prevent a serious disorder from developing.

The real cause of stomach pain

If you’re suffering from stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, constipation or other digestive symptoms, you most likely take antacids, painkillers or laxatives.

As you might already know, these measures will only help you temporarily. You need relief that’s long lasting. Thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs, you can now address the real cause of stomach pain and help get freedom from your digestive problems with a natural supplement.

This supplement helps to heal the stomach and protect it from bad bacteria that destroys the stomach lining. Studies show that the principal ingredient in this formula helped reduce abdominal distress in 87% of the people who took it.

By: Bel Marra Health | Colon And Digestive | Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 16:32 Source: http://www.belmarrahealth.com/thyroid-and-gut-connection/

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