Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is And How to Avoid It

leaky gut syndromeThe leakage in Leaky Gut Syndrome (more technically called “increased intestinal permeability”) may be responsible for a huge variety of health issues, ranging from minor things like bloating, cramps, fatigue, food allergies and sensitivities, gas, and headaches to bigger things like autism, autoimmune conditions, depression and other mood disorders, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and multiple sclerosis.

The lining of your intestines is essentially a fence with microscopic holes in it that allows vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from your food out into the bloodstream while at the same time trying to keep the bad bacteria, pieces of undigested food, and other toxic gunk (yes, that’s exactly what you think it is) from getting out. When the microbial balance in your gut is right, your whole body functions the way it’s supposed to. But when that balance gets out of whack–say because of chronic stress, chronic constipation, exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, eating a poor diet, or taking an antibiotic that wipes out a lot those microbes–the “bad” bacteria cut holes in the fence and some of them, along with food particles and toxins, leak into the bloodstream.

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Cardio, Fitness, Sports

Why Do We Slay Ourselves?

As a final follow-up from my pulmonary embolism escapade [click here for the backstory] of August, 2012, I had a stress echocardiogram in March of 2013. Hooked up to EKG leads, I walked for ten minutes at a moderate pace and then had a sonar exam of my heart. Easy-peasy.  A week later, the results came back- no damage to my heart. Left ventricle is of normal size. I am fine. After a fashion.

I have a slightly irregular “T” wave. I’ve had it all my life. Three years ago, at the time of my PE, I was 54. I had ridden and raced a bike for over 200,000 miles. “T” waves represent the repolarization of the heartbeat. My heart repolarizes just fine – about 176 times per minute when I am racing. Continue Reading

Education, Family, Fatherhood, Fertility, Health, Masculinity, Prostate, Sex, Testicular

Fact, Theory and Truth in Science

I am giving a talk to a large gathering of Kaiser docs from Southern California this week on whether a relationship exists between male infertility and the later development of cancer. We have published some of the most convincing data to date to suggest that they are linked. But is it really, absolutely true?

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What is Truth?

As a scientist who has spent his career always seeking to publish the “truth,” I have often pondered the meaning of this word. In science, we like to use the word “fact” to describe truth. The word “theory” means that it may be true, but we’re not quite sure. But what is a fact, really? Time and again, throughout history, once person’s fact (Ptolemy; the earth is the center of the solar system) is another’s theory (Galileo: the sun is the center). So, in many instances, truth is simply belief-based, especially when there is little to no access to “real world” information. If enough of us believe it, then it’s true.

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Education, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Well-being

Best Foods For Brain Health

Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are rich in folate. Low folate levels have been linked to depression. Good sources of folate include lettuce, spinach, kale, asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, celery, and cabbage. Other good sources of folate include beets, pinto beans, black beans, navy beans, papaya, strawberries, and bell peppers.

Whole grains

Eating whole grains provides the brain with the proper energy the brain needs to function. Whole grains give the blood within our body glucose which is sent to the brain. Whole grains are better than refined grains because the energy from whole grains is steady and lasts longer, as opposed to refined grains which provides energy that spikes up and down and does not last as long. Make sure to choose whole grain foods that have a low glycemic index. Brown rice, brown pasta, brown cereals, and whole wheat or whole grain bread are good sources of whole grains.


Walnuts contain alpha linolenic acid, which helps promote blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Walnuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids and can help fight depression. Continue Reading

Education, Family, Fatherhood, Growing Up, Health, Lifestyle, Parenting, Well-being

7 Tips for New (and Not-So-New) Dads About Kids’ Health

Just a few months ago, my brother welcomed his newborn son to the world. Imagine the differences between his experience and the experience my own father had when we were born. Case in point: When my mom was delivering me in the hospital, my dad had no idea how to help during labor. Flustered and worried, he took the ice chips intended for my mom and used them to cool his brow. And while maternity leave was short, paternity leave was unheard of.

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How times have changed. Dads today are intimately involved in the birthing process. Even as early as pre-conception, researchers believe that a father’s mental health can directly affect the health of the mother – and, in turn, the baby. Yes, dads matter – more than we might know.

Knowing how to keep your kids healthy is part of being the best dad you can be. What you need to know shouldn’t look too different from your partner’s list. Learning the nuts and bolts of infant care and recognizing when a partner needs help are good places to start.

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