Integrative Health Blog

Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

Posted by on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Leaky gut is an often overlooked condition, especially if you have been diagnosed with another disease. This is unfortunate because it may be a root cause of many other health problems.

Some 2,500 years ago, the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, said,  “All disease begins in the gut," and now modern medical research has proven he was largely correct. 

Leaky gut syndrome is essentially caused by gaps in the "tight junctions" of the intestinal lining (intestinal hyperpermeability).  These “tight junctions” act as a kind of gateway between your intestines and blood stream, where nutrition is absorbed and where toxins, microbes and undigested food particles are ideally kept from entering the blood stream. Problems can occur when the tight junctions widen and become too permeable, due to inflammation in the gut, letting too much through.

Leaky gut can be caused by many factors, such as:


Consuming high amounts of refined sugars, processed foods, preservatives, refined flours, and genetically modified food (GMO's) put a burden on the body and tend to increase inflammation in the gut.

Chronic Stress

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Tags: gut, candida/yeast, digestive health, leaky gut

Beyond the Yeast Connection, a Program for Candida

Posted by on Sat, May 18, 2013

The impact of yeast overgrowth, called Candida or Candida-related complex (CRC), can be detrimental to health and impede healing.  Warren M. Levin, M.D., and Fran Gare's new book Beyond the Yeast Connection is just released.

They have discovered that symptoms of autism, acne, mood swings, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, skin rashes, food allergies, urinary disorders, infertility, chemical sensitivities and a weakened immune system may be related to Candida overgrowth. 

Beyond the Yeast Connection is a step-by-step How-to Guide to Curing Candida and Other Yeast –Related Conditions.

Dr. Levin describes the symptoms of Candida overgrowth and what can be done if Candida is suspected.  Candida may be overlooked or unsuspected by physicians, but can be diagnosed and treated successfully.  Once Candida is treated and healthy immunity is restored to the digestive system, other therapies for chronic illnesses may work more effectively. 

The book lays out a how-to program for eradicating Candida with proper nutrition, detoxification, anti-fungal medications and supplementation.  Recipes and meal plans for a yeast-free diet are included.

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Tags: candida/yeast

Yeast, or Candida, Can Really Mess with Lyme Disease

Posted by on Wed, May 15, 2013

In 2008, Dr. Warren Levin was interviewed for Public Health Alert  about Candida Related Complex and how it affects patients with Lyme Disease.

As every Lyme patient knows, symptoms can vary from person to person. Headaches, fatigue, joint pain, digestive disturbance, vision problems, allergies  and brain fog are common in patients with Lyme Disease.

But these same symptoms may also be caused by Candida, or yeast overgrowth in the gut. The complicating factor is in understanding and treating Candida in a patient with Lyme Disease.

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Tags: fatigue, candida/yeast, lyme disease

Finally... Affordable Guidance For Overcoming Candida Infections

Posted by on Wed, Nov 28, 2012

Eve Colantoni, CHC director of the NIHA Nutrition Team announces The Candida Healing Institute Home Study Program.
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Tags: holistic nutrition, holistic health, integrative health, candida/yeast, integrative nutrition

Are You Suffering from Sugar Addiction?

Posted by on Thu, Apr 12, 2012

Eve Colantoni CHC

If you’ve tried to kick the sugar habit and failed, you could be facing a larger problem than you may have realized; you may be facing an actual addiction.  Sadly, sugar addiction is greatly misunderstood by most people; parents, teachers, even doctors and the medical community at large. In this article, you’ll learn why sugar is so addictive, how to tell if you’ve become addicted, and what steps you can take to break away from the grips of sugar addiction.

“Sugar and spice and everything nice!” The old saying takes us back to happy memories from childhood, but not all that we remember nostalgically is necessarily good for us.  In fact, one of the problems with sugar is that since it’s always been a part of our lives, from birthday parties, to holidays like Valentine’s day or Halloween, we think consuming it is all very normal.  A little in moderation never hurt anyone, right?  Well, when you see the history of sugar, and how it’s become woven into the fabric of our lives, and what it’s actually doing to your body, you may think differently.

Long before you or I were ever born, the first sugar refinery in the United Sates was constructed in 1689.  Many historians have now documented that much of the slave trade was initiated to find free labor to grow and harvest the plants from which sugar is derived; sugar cane or sugar beets.  In my opinion, it makes the scar that slavery left on humanity even deeper knowing that much of the atrocity was committed in the name of producing a drug that would further enslave us--sugar.

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Tags: addiction, holistic nutrition, integrative health, candida/yeast, sugar

Could You be Suffering from Yeast Overgrowth?

Posted by on Wed, May 18, 2011


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Tags: holistic nutrition, candida/yeast, sugar