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What is clean eating? By Cynthia Sass, Health.com updated 7:09 AM EST, Thu January 23, 2014

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If we are what we eat, this is a must read! It only makes sense that this is the best way to treat our bodies and definitely the most loving and gentlest way to care for it! We only get one body so keep it maintained and tuned up!

clean eating(Health.com) — The first time I heard the word “clean” in relation to food was way back in the mid-1990s. I attended a conference about supermarket trends, and learned that grocery chains were starting to “clean up” store brand ingredient lists by removing unrecognizable terms.

Back then, this move was considered controversial, because it involved doing away with added nutrients, listed by their technical, non-household names (like pantothenic acid, a B vitamin), as well as eliminating preservatives, which meant short shelf lives (e.g., would consumers really want bread that gets hard or moldy within a few days?).

But, the writing was on the wall. Consumers were starting to pay attention to how foods were made, and what they were made of, health food stores were attracting more and more customers, and Wild Oats Markets (a chain of natural food stores and farmer’s markets, later acquired by Whole Foods) experienced a remarkable 4-year growth of 544% between 1989 and 1993, making it one of the fastest growing small companies in America.

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Today, two decades down the road, clean eating, or eating clean, is a major movement, spurred by people from all walks of life who want to feel good about what they’re putting in their bodies.

When I asked via Twitter, “What does clean eating mean to you?” I received a variety of replies, from simply “eating fresh fruits and veggies,” to “not eating anything artificial.”

Over the years, I’ve honed my personal definition of what it means to eat clean, and while I’m sure it will continue to evolve, here’s my current take on what this philosophy (which I’m a huge fan of) is all about:

Eat whole foods

This one is pretty straightforward — instead of a banana nut muffin, eat a banana and some nuts! The primary principle of eating clean is to replace processed foods with fresh and natural foods. To me, this means foods that haven’t had anything added to them, and haven’t had anything valuable taken away.

So, even if you’re not growing quinoa in your back yard, you can buy this whole grain in the bulk section of your market, or in a box, where the only ingredient is quinoa, and only quinoa. That’s a far cry from a refined grain, that’s been stripped of its fiber-rich bran (outer skin) and nutritious germ (the inner part that sprouts into a new plant), bleached, and doctored up with preservatives.

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Let ingredients guide you

I don’t think it’s realistic to never eat anything that comes out of a jar, box, or bag, but when you do, the very first thing a clean eater looks at is the ingredient list. Reading it is the only way to really know what’s in your food, and choose foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.

For example, I was once at the market with a client who was on a mission to clean up her diet. She said, “I bet crackers are out of the question, right?” My response was, “Let’s look at the ingredients!”

I picked up one of my favorite brands, which are made with: organic short grain brown rice, organic whole quinoa, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic brown flax seeds, organic brown sesame seeds, organic poppyseeds, filtered water, sea salt, organic sea weed, organic black pepper, organic herbs — all “real” and recognizable ingredients; a list that practically reads like a recipe I could recreate in my own kitchen.

We then checked out her usual brand, made with (among other things): sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate, and TBHQ (short for tertiary butylhydroquinone). Dumfounded, she said, “I saw reduced fat on the box and assumed it was OK, I never even thought about reading the ingredients.”

Bingo! Clean eating is about focusing on quality first, and not letting terms like zero trans fat, low sodium, or sugar free fool you into thinking that a processed food is healthy.

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Think big picture

In addition to reading ingredient lists, so you can ditch products made with artificial additives including flavors, sweeteners, colors, and preservatives, clean eating is about steering clear of foods made from genetically modified organisms, and those treated with hormones and antibiotics, and going organic when possible, to reduce foods grown with man-made pesticides and fertilizers.

In my opinion, clean eating considers how these issues affect you, as well as how they influence the planet, and their bearing on a sustainable food supply. In other words, in addition to choosing not to pollute your body with substances that serve no biological purpose, clean eating is also about connecting the dots regarding how food production impacts issues like the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, algae blooms and “dead zones” in our oceans, and the effects of substances like BPA on our metabolisms.

This is why clean eating is a movement, not a trend.

Do-it-yourself

One aspect of clean eating I really love is replacing packaged foods with homemade versions, from salad dressing to energy bars and everything in between. I call it “retrotarian” eating, because it harkens back to a time before things like frozen chicken nuggets existed, and many of the do-it-yourself substitutes are very simple.

For example, when I make a stir fry, instead of buying a pre-made sauce, laden with sodium, sugar and preservatives, I whisk together a little brown rice vinegar, fresh squeezed citrus juice, minced garlic, and fresh grated ginger.

These days, you can find a clean recipe for just about anything, including five-ingredient ice cream, and “old school” food trends, like homemade baby food and pickling veggies in Mason jars, are making major comebacks.

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Listen to your body

To me, part of eating clean is thinking of food as preventative medicine. After all, the phrase “you are what you eat” is literally true, so being thoughtful about your food just makes sense.

Nutrients create the foundation for the structure and function of every cell in your body, and because your body is in a continuous state of maintenance and repair, the health and functioning of your cells is directly determined by what you’ve been eating.

Whole, natural foods provide the building blocks that go to work to uphold your muscles, bones, organs, immune system, and hormones. So cleaning up your diet is a lot like starting to build and support your body with the highest quality raw materials.

For these reasons, I’ve seen a commitment to clean eating truly transform my clients’ lives, from clearer, glowing skin and shinier hair to more energy, better mood and sleep quality, clearer thinking, less aches and pains, and even a greater sex drive.

And if they slip back into old patterns, they really feel the effects. After going on a trip, relying on processed “road food” for a long weekend, and feeling like a zombie, one client couldn’t wait to get back to eating clean. And when she did, her bloating, fatigue, and apathy disappeared. Pretty powerful! So if you’re just getting started, begin by pulling out the foods in your fridge, freezer, and cupboards, reading the ingredients, and cleaning house, no pun intended.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

 

Paula Tipton-Healy LM; Cihom

www.diverticulitisinfo.com

U.S. News Ranks Best Diets for Weight Loss, Healthy Eating, More DASH diet and Weight Watchers top the 2014 Best Diets rankings By LAURA MCMULLEN January 7, 2014

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This is a great article that did the work for you in regards to ranking diets. This is coming on the heels of all the New Years Resolutions that include losing weight or simply eating more healthy.
Hungry for more information about Best Diets? There’s plenty to learn. Navigate through the Best Diets home page on usnews.com to find recipe resources, do’s and don’ts, expert reviews, scientific studies and more about each diet – not to mention, of course, the rankings. To learn more about how the rankings were generated, check out our in-depth methodology.
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Resolving to shed weight or eat better? U.S. News can help. Today, U.S News & World Report released the fourth annual Best Diets rankings – a collection of 32 in-depth diet analyses, reviewed and rated by a panel of nutrition and health experts.The panel deemed the DASH diet the best overall, as it outscored most other plans in its healthiness and likelihood to ward off diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. And once again, panelists ranked Weight Watchers the best diet for weight loss, as well as the easiest diet to follow and the top diet among commercial plans.

How did other popular diets fare? The Mediterranean diet, which received attention in 2013 for boosting heart health, claimed the No. 1 spot among Plant-Based Diets and tied for the No. 3 among Best Diets Overall, behind DASH and TLC Diet (No. 2). The Vegetarian (No. 11) and Vegan (No. 18) diets both fell in the middle of the pack among all diets, while Paleo diet – the most Google-searched plan of 2013 – tied for last place with the Dukan Diet.

As a fresh spin on the rankings, U.S. News added three new diets to the 2014 edition: The Fast Diet, a plan that calls for severe calorie slashing two days a week; Acid Alkaline Diet, a plan that aims to help control your body’s pH level through the foods you eat; and the Spark Solution, a low-calorie plan with structured exercise created by the Spark People online community. While none of the new plans dazzled the expert panelists, Spark Solution did snatch the No. 13 spot among all diets, tying with Slim Fast andAnti-Inflammatory Diet. The Acid Alkaline and Fast diets, however, landed toward the bottom of the rankings, at No. 27 and 28, respectively.

This year, U.S. News also added two new extensive profiles for the gluten-free diet and Low FODMAP diet. However, these plans weren’t ranked, given their specific aim for digestive health. These are two of the six diets that U.S. News profiles but does not rank, such as Master Cleanse and the Cookie Diet.

Hungry for more information about Best Diets? There’s plenty to learn. Navigate through the Best Diets home page on usnews.com to find recipe resources, do’s and don’ts, expert reviews, scientific studies and more about each diet – not to mention, of course, the rankings. To learn more about how the rankings were generated, check out our in-depth methodology.

Before blindly jumping into a juice cleanse or setting the lofty (but elusive) goal to simply “eat better,” do your homework. We’ve done most of the research for you, so click around to find the best plan for you. This way, you’ll be more likely to actually commit to your goal and integrate the healthy diet changes into your lifestyle, so by 2015 you can move onto that “save money” resolution.

 Paula Tipton -Healy LM; Cihom
www.diverticulitisinfo.com

Gut Bacteria Shift Quickly After Changes in Diet, Study Shows

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We have trillions of bacteria in our gut and we are now getting some solid evidence on how that changes according to our diets. The gut bacteria was shown to have changed within 24 hours. The more tuned in we are to our bodies, the more control we will have over our gut health. Now we just need to be aware. Seems not so far from the saying “we are what we eat”, and in more ways than one.

  • “The gut microbiome is potentially quite sensitive to what we eat,” David said. “And it is sensitive on time scales shorter than had previously been thought.”


By Brenda Goodman                       News Picture: Gut Bacteria Shift Quickly After Changes in Diet, Study Shows
HealthDay Reporter

 

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) — If you were to switch from vegetarianism to meat-eating, or vice-versa, chances are the composition of your gut bacteria would also undergo a big change, a new study suggests.

The research, published Dec. 11 in the journal Nature, showed that the number and kinds of bacteria — and even the way the bacteria behaved — changed within a day of switching from a normal diet to eating either animal- or plant-based foods exclusively.

“Not only were there changes in the abundance of different bacteria, but there were changes in the kinds of genes that they were expressing and their activity,” said study author Lawrence David, an assistant professor at the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy at Duke University.

Trillions of bacteria live in each person’s gut. They’re thought to play a role in digestion, immunity and possibly even body weight.

The study suggests that this bacterial community and its genes — called the microbiome — are extraordinarily flexible and capable of responding swiftly to whatever is coming its way.

“The gut microbiome is potentially quite sensitive to what we eat,” David said. “And it is sensitive on time scales shorter than had previously been thought.”

David said, however, that it’s hard to tease out exactly what that might mean for human health.

Another expert agreed.

“It’s nice to have some solid evidence now that these types of significant changes in diet can impact the gut microflora in a significant way,” said Jeffrey Cirillo, a professor of microbial and molecular pathogenesis at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Bryan, Texas. “That’s very nice to see, and it’s very rapid. It’s surprising how quick the changes can occur.”

Cirillo said it was also intriguing how fast the microbiome seemed to recover. The study found that gut bacteria were back to business as usual about a day after people stopped eating the experimental diet.

For the study, researchers recruited six men and four women between the ages of 21 and 33. For the first four days of the study, they ate their usual diets. For the next five days, they switched to eating either all plant-based or all animal-based foods. They then went back to their normal eating habits before switching to the other diet pattern.

The animal-based diet resulted in the biggest changes to gut bacteria. It spurred the growth of 22 species of bacteria, while only three bacterial species became more prominent in the plant-based diet.

The researchers don’t fully understand what the shifts mean, but, they said, some made sense. For example, several types of bacteria that became more prevalent with the animal-based diet are good at resisting bile acids. The liver makes bile to help break down fat.

Another type of bacteria, which became more common in the plant-based diet, is thought to be sensitive to fiber intake.

The researchers speculated that the bacterial shifts might explain why fatty diets have been linked to diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. More studies are needed, however, before they can say for sure.

 Paula Tipton-Healy LM;Cihom
 www.diverticuliisinfo.com

Heartburn drugs could cause B12 deficiency Post by: Val Wadas-Willingham – CNN Medical Producer December 11th, 2013 11:00 AM ET

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 We are often taking things that appear to be harmless and actually helpful. Over the counter medications also can cause side effects or deficiencies, as in this case. Good to know information!

 

 

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“We don’t routinely check for vitamin B deficiency and at this point it really depends on the patient,” said Beri. ” A lot of my patients have serious problems like ulcers and acid reflux, and these medications work for them. There needs to be a balance of what’s the best treatment for the patient.”

Patients who use certain acid-suppressing drugs for heartburn over a period of two years or longer are more likely to suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency than those who do not use them, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The drugs, known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) and histamine 2 receptor antagonists (H2 blockers), are available by prescription and over-the-counter, under names such as Prilosec and Nexium. They are designed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, as well as other acid-related conditions.

Researchers at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, looked at the medical records of 25,956 adults who received vitamin B12 deficiency diagnoses between 1997 and 2011, comparing them with 184,199 patients without B12 deficiencies.

They found patients who took PPIs for more than two years were 65% more likely to have a vitamin B12 deficiency and when patients were given higher doses of the PPIs, the deficiency was even more prevalent.  The risk of deficiency was not has high in  patients who used  H2 blockers long-term: 4.2%, compared with 3.2% of nonusers.

But with both drug types, researchers say they believe this happens because these medications suppress the production of gastric acid, which keeps the body from absorbing vitamin B12.

Although B12 deficiency is not uncommon, especially in older adults, a serious drop in the vitamin can lead to problems such as anemia, dementia and neurologic damage.

“There are a few take-home messages from the study results,” said Dr. Douglas A. Corley, senior author of the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “First, patients who have been on these medications for two years or more should be screened for B12 deficiency.  And second, these patients need to be aware of certain conditions that may be caused by the lack of B12.  Many times symptoms of B12 deficiency just sneak up on people, and they need to know why this may be happening.”

Dr. Gagan Beri, a board certified gastroenterologist with Coastal Healthcare in Ocean Township, New Jersey, says although it’s a very interesting study, doctors have to look at the patient as a whole.

“We don’t routinely check for vitamin B deficiency and at this point it really depends on the patient,” said Beri. ” A lot of my patients have serious problems like ulcers and acid reflux, and these medications work for them. There needs to be a balance of what’s the best treatment for the patient.”

“I think the study needs to be better quantified, “Beri continued. “Who is more at risk and do they have other problems that could contribute to the B12 deficiency?  In this study women seemed more at risk for the deficiency,  although in our practice men are more prone to have acid reflux problems.  And there may be missed conditions, like Celiac and Crohn’s disease.  Both of these conditions can lead to B12 deficiency.  So you have to look at the entire health profile.”

This is the largest study to determine a link between taking acid-suppressing medications and vitamin B12 deficiency in all age groups.  According to the American College of Gastroenterology, 60 million Americans suffer from some form of heartburn or acid reflux at least once a month.  And according to the report, nearly 157 prescriptions for PPIs have been written this year to help patients deal with chronic acid reflux problems.

“These results do not mean that if you’re on these acid suppressing medications, that you should give them up,” warned Corley.” Patients need to talk to their doctors and perhaps make sure that the dose they are getting is appropriate for the problem they are facing when it comes to their acid reflux, and that perhaps a lower dose would be just as effective and not as harmful.”

Paula Tipton-HealyLM;Cihom
www.diverticulitisinfo.com

Why a Brisk Walk Is Better

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We’ve known for years there are great benefits from walking and it is something most anyone can do without a big investment. There is now proof that picking up the pace yields great benefits beyond what we knew.

One important inference of these statistics is that intensity matters, if you are walking for health. “Our results do suggest that there is a significant health benefit to pursuing a faster pace,” Dr. Williams said. Pushing your body, he said, appears to cause favorable physiological changes that milder exercise doesn’t replicate.

 

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS  Dec 4, 2013

Walking, fast or slow, is wonderful exercise. But now a first-of-its-kind study shows that to get the most health benefits from walking, many of us need to pick up the pace.

The findings stem from a new analysis of the National Walkers’ Health Study, a large database of information maintained at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory about thousands of middle-age men and women who walk regularly for exercise. Recruited beginning in 1998 at walking events and from lists of subscribers to walking-related publications, these volunteers filled out a lengthy survey about their typical walking distance and pace, as well as their health history and habits.

As most of us would likely guess, walking is the most popular physical activity in America. But people who walk for exercise do so at wildly varying speeds and intensities. Some stroll at a leisurely 2 miles per hour, which is low-intensity exercise. Others zip along at twice that pace or better, resulting in a sweatier workout.

Exercise guidelines generally suggest that for health purposes, people should engage in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity most days of the week. For walkers, a moderately intense pace would probably be about 15 or 16 minutes per mile.

It has generally been assumed that if people walk more slowly but expend the same total energy as brisk walkers — meaning that they spend more time walking — they should gain the same health benefits. But few large-scale studies have directly compared the impact of moderate- and light-intensity walking, especially in terms of longevity.

To do so, Paul T. Williams, a statistician at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, gathered data about 7,374 male and 31,607 female participants from the walkers’ health study, who represented almost every speed of fitness walker, from sluggish to swift. His findings were published online this month in PLoS One.

Dr. Williams divided participants into four numerically equal categories, based on their normal pace. Those in Category 1, the fleetest, averaged less than 13.5 minutes per mile, putting them on the cusp of jogging, while those in Category 4, the slowest, strolled at a relatively dilatory 17 minutes or more per mile. The majority of the walkers in this group in fact required at least 20 minutes to complete a mile, and many had a pace of 25 minutes or more per mile. (Interestingly, on average, female walkers were faster than men in all of the categories.)

Next, Dr. Williams cross-referenced his data against that in the essential if somewhat ghoulish National Death Index to determine which of the almost 39,000 walkers had died in the decade or so since they had joined the survey and from what.

It turned out that nearly 2,000 of the walkers had died. More telling, these deaths disproportionately were clustered among the slowest walkers. Those in Category 4 were about 18 percent more likely to have died from any cause than those in the other three categories and were particularly vulnerable to deaths from heart disease and dementia.

Unexpectedly, the death rate remained high among the slowest walkers, even if they met or exceeded the standard exercise guidelines and expended as much energy per day as someone walking briskly for 30 minutes. This effect was most pronounced among the slowest of the slow walkers, whose pace was 24 minutes per mile or higher. They were 44 percent more likely to have died than walkers who moved faster, even if they met the exercise guidelines.

One important inference of these statistics is that intensity matters, if you are walking for health. “Our results do suggest that there is a significant health benefit to pursuing a faster pace,” Dr. Williams said. Pushing your body, he said, appears to cause favorable physiological changes that milder exercise doesn’t replicate.

But there are nuances and caveats to that conclusion. The slowest walkers may have harbored underlying health conditions that predisposed them to both a tentative walking pace and early death. But that possibility underscores a subtle takeaway of the new study, Dr. Williams said. Measuring your walking speed, he pointed out, could provide a barometer of your health status.

So check yours, your spouse’s or perhaps your parents’ pace. The process is easy. Simply find a 400-meter track and, using a stopwatch, have everyone walk at his or her normal speed. If a circuit of the track takes someone 6 minutes or more, that person’s pace is 24 minutes per mile or slower, and he or she might consider consulting a doctor about possible health issues, Dr. Williams said.

Then, with medical clearance, the slow walkers probably should try ramping up their speed, gradually.

The most encouraging news embedded in the new study is that longevity rises with small improvements in pace. The walkers in Category 3, for instance, moved at a speed only a minute or so faster per mile than some of those in the slowest group, but they enjoyed a significant reduction in their risk of dying prematurely.

Paula Tipton-Healy LM;Cihom

www.diverticulitisinfo.com

Thanksgiving Menu 2013

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Not to minimize dessert because being thankful typically includes a treat or two so to finish we have two grain free pies; my classic pumpkin pie and a brand new apple pie recipe brought to you by Rachel.

So my dear readers, the Fragoso family, the Zanger family, and all of us here at Everyday Paleo want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! We are incredibly grateful and thankful for YOU so from the bottom of our hearts, as always, we hope you enjoy!!

 

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HERBED TURKEY BREAST WITH PROSCIUTTO by Sarah

2 tablespoons fresh minced sage (you’ll want to probably quadruple this recipe if using it for a entire Turkey)

1 tablespoon fresh minced thyme

1 garlic clove minced

1 tablespoon melted ghee

Thinly sliced prosciutto di Parma

Salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix together the minced herbs, garlic, and melted ghee.
  3. Remove the skin from the turkey breast.
  4. Sprinkle the entire breast with sea salt.
  5.  Rub the top of the breast evenly with the ghee, herb, and garlic mixture.
  6. Lay strips of prosciutto on top of the breast, entirely covering the meat, and bake covered tightly with foil in the preheated oven for 2 hours and uncovered for another 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 170. (Cooking time will vary dependent on the size of the turkey breast)

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STUFFING by Sarah

1 lb mild Italian pork or chicken sausage, casing removed (I used chicken sausages from my local butcher)

4 ½ cups mushrooms, diced

1 medium yellow onion, diced

6 celery stalks, diced

4 carrots, diced

1/2  cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon diced fresh sage

½ tsp minced fresh thyme leaves

½ cup dried cherries, finely chopped

½ cup slivered almonds

½ tablespoon minced garlic

4 tablespoons lard, butter, or ghee

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a large soup pot, sauté onions in lard, butter, or ghee until translucent.

3. Add the sausage and brown.

4. Add the carrots, celery, mushrooms, chicken broth, cherries, almonds, sage, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

5. Mix well, bring to a simmer, and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the veggies begin to absorb the chicken broth.

6. Transfer to a large glass baking dish, cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

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CRANBERRY SAUCE by Sarah

4 cups fresh cranberries

1 cup water

1 cup unfiltered apple juice

Juice from 1 orange

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

½ tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons raw organic honey (make it 4 tablespoons if you like a sweeter sauce)

1. In a large soup pot add the cranberries, water, apple juice, and orange juice and bring to a boil.

2. Add the ginger, cinnamon, and honey and simmer, stirring often until the cranberries are broken down and the sauce becomes thick, about 10-15 minutes.

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND SWEET POTATO GRATIN By Rachel featuring Sarah’s Béchamel Sauce

To create the Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Gratin I used Sarah’s delicious Béchamel Sauce from her Italian Cookbook. I made only one modification to the spices (omitted the nutmeg and used fresh thyme in its place) and I used butter and cream in my version – this is some seriously delicious paleo béchamel! The non-paleo version of this gratin recipe was a holiday staple in my family and I honestly thought it was impossible to create a comparable paleo version – I was wrong…Oh So Wrong!

Béchamel Sauce

1 pound white sweet potatoes (typically 1 large sweet potato)

¼ cup butter or ghee

2 cups full-fat canned coconut milk or heavy cream

¼ teaspoon freshly chopped thyme

½ teaspoon salt or to taste

freshly ground pepper to taste

  1. Peel sweet potatoes, and cut into even chunks
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan, and cover them with cold water
  3. Bring the sweet potatoes to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat to medium-low, and let the potatoes boil gently until they are fork tender and very soft
  4. Drain the sweet potatoes, and add them back to the sauce pan.
  5. Add the butter and coconut milk or heavy cream to the pan and mix together until the butter is melted
  6. Using a handheld immersion blender or a food processor, process the potato mixture until smooth
  7. Add fresh chopped thyme and mix well
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  9. Set aside

*Sarah’s original recipe requires you to cook the sauce further but because the gratin will cook in oven the final steps can be skipped.

Gratin

1 medium/large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices

3 large sweet potatoes/yams, peeled and cut into 1/8 inch thick slices

½ cup chopped shallots

4 slices bacon, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tablespoons coconut flour

Sea salt and black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cook sliced butternut squash and sweet potato in boiling water for 4 minutes to soften; remove with slotted spoon
  3. Sprinkle coconut flour and a little salt and pepper over squash and potatoes and toss gently, set aside
  4. In medium size pan cook shallots, bacon and garlic until bacon starts to brown and becomes crisp, drain bacon grease
  5. Arrange half of the potatoes and squash in even layers in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  6. Spread half of the bacon and shallot mixture over potatoes and squash
  7. Arrange the remaining potatoes and squash in an even layer
  8. Spread remaining bacon and shallot mixture over potatoes
  9. Pour béchamel sauce over the top
  10. Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes

*If you are making this recipe with heavy cream and you can tolerate full fat dairy I would also recommend sprinkling 1/4- 1/3 cup of gruyere cheese on the top for an extra special treat!

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PUMPKIN PIE by Sarah

Crust

1/2 cup hazelnuts

1 cup pecans

4 tablespoons melted butter or ghee

Pinch of sea salt

Filling

1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened organic pure pumpkin puree

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

2 eggs

1/2 cup raw organic honey

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

1. Preheat your oven to 350.

2. Place the hazelnuts and pecans in a food processor and process until the nuts are finely     ground

3. Pour the ground nuts into a small mixing bowl, add the melted butter or ghee and salt, and mix into a thick dough

4. Using your hands, spread the dough evenly into a pie pan and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust starts to brown.

5. While the crust is in the oven, mix all of the pie filling ingredients with a hand-held mixer.

6. Once the crust is out of the oven, pour the filling into the crust, return the pie to the oven, and bake for an additional 45 minutes.

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APPLE PIE By Rachel

Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and a fabulous almond flour crust! Who can resist!? Apple Pie is a family favorite in my house. This pie will be a sure fire hit at your thanksgiving meal!

Note: In this recipe I use Coconut Palm Sugar. This sugar has been said to have a low glycemic load similar to honey or maple syrup. I chose this type of sugar for its dry consistency in order to modify an old family pie recipe. My thought is, this is a treat and a special occasion – so go for it!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crust

4 cups almond flour (finely ground and blanched)

½ teaspoon salt

4 Tablespoons cold butter (cut into small chunks)

2 eggs

  1. Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer or food processor and mix together until well combined and forms a ball.
  2. Divide dough in half, wrap each ball in saran wrap and place in refrigerator.

Pie Filling

¾ cup Coconut Palm Sugar

2 Tablespoons Arrowroot powder

1 teaspoon Nutmeg

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Dash of Salt

4 Red Delicious Apples

4 Granny Smith Apples

3 Tablespoons Butter (cold and chopped into small chunks)

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients and mix well and set aside in large bowl
  2. Peel, core and slice apples and put into bowl
  3. Add apples to dry mixture and stir to coat

Assemble Pie

  1. Roll out first ball of dough between two pieces of waxed paper
  2. Remove top piece of wax paper and flip the dough into a 9-inch pie dish.
  3. Push and form dough gently against pie dish and fill in any cracks (hint: Brush bottom and sides of pie crust with egg white to prevent a soggy crust!)
  4. Pour pie filling in pie dish
  5. Top pie filling with chopped butter evenly over the top
  6. Roll out second ball of dough between two pieces of waxed paper
  7. Remove top piece of waxed paper and flip dough onto the top of the pie
  8. Crimp edges with fingers and fork and put 4 slits in the top of the pie.

Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, remove foil and replace with foil on the outer edges only. Cook an additional 10-20 minutes or until apples have softened (check with toothpick).

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Paula Tipton-Healy LM; Cihom

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I’m Not Cured, but I Am Healed

Category : Healthy Products · No Comments · by Nov 7th, 2013
By Donna Jackson Nakazawa | April 4, 2013
Donna Jackson Nakazawa is the author of the award-winning Autoimmune Epidemic. Her new book is The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy and My Life.

One in two suffer from a chronic condition, that’s over 133 million people. This mom realized she was missing the most important years of her children’s life and went about her own research so that she may regain her life. The results are astounding and a very heartwarming story!

 

I wasn’t expecting miracles. I simply wanted to turn off what I’d come to call the “Pain Channel” and tune into the “Life Channel” before the best years of family life were gone.
 

More than 133 million American adults — 1 in 2 of us — suffer from a chronic condition, including autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, migraines, back pain, depression, diabetes, cancer and chronic pain. A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that those of us in our 40s, 50s and 60s are twice as likely as our parents were to suffer from debilitating chronic conditions in middle age.

I’m one of those statistics. I’ve spent much of the past decade navigating my life around health crises. Twice I’ve been paralyzed byGuillain-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disease similar to multiple sclerosis, but with a more sudden onset and a wider array of possible outcomes. Other diagnoses — low blood cell counts, thyroiditis and the need for a pacemaker — have also complicated my health and my life.

(MORE: How I Finally Put an End to My Chronic Pain)

When my kids were younger I coped with bouts of being bedridden by turning my bed into a playground, scattered with board games, Legos and books like A Wrinkle in Time and The Lord of the Rings. One day, my son’s grade school teacher sent home a paper in which she’d circled a line he’d written: “My Mom is the most determined person I know. She’s more determined than Frodo.”

Above all I longed for a normal, ordinary life, that lovely, irreplaceable, gorgeous mess of moment-to-moment reality — to play hide-and-seek with my kids again, to bandage and kiss a skinned knee while rushing to get out the door to a meeting.

I was sure that if I could walk again, tie my kids’ shoes, drive, cook dinner and type, the joy of living would return in high definition. If I could just get back to ordinary life, it would be miracle enough.

But I was wrong. Even after I’d regained the strength to haul myself up the steps — albeit by death-gripping the rail — and drive, cook and write, I was different. Yes, I was profoundly grateful, but it still felt like a half-life. A maybe life.

One day I found myself lying down at the top of the stairs, exhausted by carrying up the laundry basket. That’s when it hit me: These should be the best years of my life. My time to enjoy my kids, who would all too soon be gone. My most productive work years. But the days were whizzing past.

Illness, I realized, had become my joy thief.

 New Ways to Activate Healing

As a health science journalist, I’d authored an award-winning book, The Autoimmune Epidemic, on how modern chemicals were overwhelming the human immune system, contributing to rising disease rates. I’d been working with the chronically ill for years, lecturing to groups and exchanging thousands of emails with patients. I knew how many Americans were suffering, despite having benefited from the best that Western medicine had to offer.

Like me, their lives had been saved, but they felt robbed of joy.

Recently, I’d been investigating “psychoneuroimmunology,” a new study of how mind states, like anxiety and pain, trigger a cocktail of stress hormones and inflammatory chemicals that damage our immune function in much the same way as environmental chemicals. Research has linked high levels of stress-related inflammatory biomarkers to a greater risk of chronic pain, depression, heart disease, digestive illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.

(MORE: The Healing Power of Empathy)

On the other hand, patients who practiced meditation, mindfulness, yoga and breath work showed decreased inflammatory biomarkers. Brain-body techniques, likeMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction — learning to quiet the churning mind through yoga, breathing, loving-kindness meditation and noting and naming our habits — help us to separate ourselves from our thoughts, calm our nervous system and change our biology. Our worries and ruminating thoughts no longer cause the same inflammatory stress reactions. Almost two-thirds (61 percent) of patients who underwent training in this technique achieved at least a 50 percent reduction in pain.

I was intrigued by the idea that here was something I could do, without taking a pill or risking side effects, that might help activate the healing potential of my own brain. Could mindfulness, meditation and yoga alter my stress response, brain and cellular activity?

To find out, I teamed up with Dr. Anastasia Rowland Seymour, director of Johns Hopkins University’s Program in Integrative Medicine. We embarked on a one-year experiment to see if altering my mood state might shift my inflammatory markers and perhaps even improve my physical well-being. I chronicled the experience in my new book, The Last Best Cure.

I wasn’t expecting miracles. I simply wanted to turn off what I’d come to call the “Pain Channel” and tune into the “Life Channel” before the best years of family life were gone.

Echoes of Childhood Stress in Adult Illness

Along the way, however, something unexpected occurred. I stumbled upon an important new area of research linking what are known as adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, to a greater likelihood of facing chronic health conditions in adulthood. ACEs include experiencing, before the age of 18, emotional and physical neglect or chronic humiliation, sexual or physical abuse, living with a depressed or alcoholic parent or suffering the loss of a parent to death or divorce. For instance, women who have experienced ACEs face a much higher likelihood of being hospitalized with an autoimmune disorder as adults. Similar relationships exist between adverse childhood experiences and heart disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, depression, cancer, heart disease, migraines and stroke.

The research was profound. When the developing brain is repeatedly thrust into a state of hyperarousal or worry, the state of fight or flight causes deep physiological changes to take place. Small chemical markers adhere to genes that oversee the proper production of stress hormone receptors in the brain, tipping it into a state of constant hyperarousal. Stuck on autopilot, inflammatory chemicals keep coursing through the body, like a leaky faucet, building up corrosive effects that, as the years go by, have lifelong consequences for our health.

In other words, the emotional loss we suffer when we are 7 or 12 or 16 lives on forever in our cells.

Although I was reluctant to see myself in the research, I realized I’d had my own adverse childhood experiences. When I was 12, my father died, overnight, from a medical error. In the traumatic aftermath the world as I’d known it fell apart. It suddenly made sense that at the age of 51, it still felt as if every decision might mean life or death. My body was stuck in the same state of fight or flight I had known since I was 12.

As I continued my yearlong quest, I practiced mindfulness, meditation, yoga, laughter yoga and nature bathing, as well as psychotherapy and acupuncture. At the end of the year, we retested my blood. The results stunned us: My stress biomarkers had gone down. My white and red blood cell counts fell in the normal range for the first time in a decade. When I showed my doctor that I could stand on one leg, in the yoga tree pose, she stood to catch me. But she didn’t have to. Instead, she smiled as I moved into one-legged dancer pose, then eagle pose.

With fewer medications and doctors’ visits I even saved money.

It wasn’t that all of my symptoms had disappeared. I still faced limitations. But something more profound had changed. I had healed. I’d gained a new ability to cope with my challenging physical realities by dismantling psychological distress and anxiety and even the fear that so often goes hand-in-hand with coping with illness.

And that, it turns out, was what I’d been searching for all along.

Healing, I believe, takes different forms for different people. We may think of it as taking place on a physical level, but even recovery on an emotional level can dramatically change our lives and allow us to occupy another, less reactive mental space.

And that makes room for, well, more joy. It turns down the “Pain Channel” and puts us back on the “Life Channel.”

(MORE: Why Acupuncture Deserves a Closer Look)

The year was an important lesson for me, not just in how I live, but how I think about disease. We too often seek to be cured when we need to focus on being healed. Being cured and feeling better often overlap, but they are not the same thing. Our health is affected by a range of emotional components that impact us at a cellular level in ways we still don’t completely understand. But scientists now know the impact is real and that efforts to shift our state of mind from pain and fear to joy and well-being don’t merely make us feel better, they induce healing responses in the brain that affect our biology in lasting ways. We know that meditation, mindfulness, psychotherapy, yoga and acupuncture help chronic conditions, even if we are still working on the why.

Sometimes these efforts will result in a cure and sometimes they won’t, but they can help us experience a greater sense of joy. If we are lucky, we might just find both.

Paula Tipton-Healy LM; Cihom

www.diverticulitsinfo.com

Why Alternative Medicine Just Isn’t Enough Sometimes BY MELANIE ST. OURS NOVEMBER 4, 2013

Category : Healthy Products · No Comments · by Nov 5th, 2013

 

This article touched my heart and even though I prefer alternative medicine, western medicine definitely has it’s place. They can be complimentary to each other. This is a must read.

One of the most important lessons I’m drawing from her story is about the importance of regular screenings and preventative care, not only through natural means, but also through modern diagnostics. If it’s been a while since your last physical, I encourage you to reach out to conventional medicine again.

A few days ago, a dear friend and herbal medicine colleague of mine died. She was one of the most dedicated students in my herbal program, the one who finished all of her coursework long before the rest of us, the one who sat quietly in the back of the room yet always knew the right answer. Her love for all creatures inspired her to a life of activism and her commitment to herbal medicine was deep, quiet, and persistent.

She ate a healthy diet and did so many of the “right” things. She was a wise herbalist who capably helped herself and her clients using plant-based medicine and plant-based food.

And she was the last person I expected to lose to cancer this year. When I saw her last in May, she seemed bright and dedicated as ever—though she had lost a significant amount of weight. In fact, this may have been the only outward sign of her illness. (Our culture praises thinness so much, especially in women, that I now shudder to remember the compliments she received on her “new body,” which was silently being ravaged by cancer.)

Now, my colleagues and I are grieving our friend and sorting through the feelings that arise when something like this happens. How could she have gotten so sick, so quickly? We first heard the news right after she received her diagnosis. Three weeks later, she was gone.

The cancer that killed my friend was thought to have started in her kidneys or her ovaries—both kinds of cancer are notoriously sneaky and hard to diagnose. Both kinds of cancer can happen whether or not you eat a healthy diet or take herbal remedies.

And both kinds of cancer would be really easy to miss if you don’t have a doctor who keeps track of your health. I don’t know for certain, but I can’t help but wonder if she could have received her diagnosis earlier. So many of the people in my circle these days regard mainstream medicine with so much disgust and distrust and tend to avoid seeking the care of conventional physicians. I don’t know for certain, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she didn’t seek help from a doctor until last month. By that time, the cancer was in her bones, her lungs, her kidneys, and her abdomen.

I can’t help but wonder if the outcome could have been different. I can’t help but wonder what might have happened if my friend had a good ongoing relationship with a conventional doctor who could have caught this earlier. I’m not writing this message to frighten you or to discredit my field of alternative and complementary medicine. I really believe in the power of prevention, natural medicine, and a healthy lifestyle. I also know that even despite our best efforts, our bodies are vulnerable. Our vulnerability is part of our humanity and part of what makes life precious.

Even though I am an herbalist and passionate about natural medicine, I am a committed believer in the power of conventional medicine in the hands of caring, wise physicians (of which there are many). I’m thrilled that the Affordable Care Act will make it possible for all of us to have health care coverage if we want it. Even though I prefer to use herbs, food, and lifestyle as my first line of defense, I would never want to be without a conventional doctor on my health care team. There are times when the conventional options truly are best.

Modern medicine gives you access to amazing diagnostics that can catch problems long before they become visible to the naked eye. Conventional medicine gives you a range of options—and whether you choose to take them or not, I believe that you have the right to the full spectrum of care that’s available to you.

My friend died a healer. She left a powerful example of how to face death with courage and dignity. I also believe that as someone who was a lifelong teacher of natural medicine and healing she would want us to find some kind of medicine in her story.

One of the most important lessons I’m drawing from her story is about the importance of regular screenings and preventative care, not only through natural means, but also through modern diagnostics. If it’s been a while since your last physical, I encourage you to reach out to conventional medicine again.

I know that it can be hard to trust for some of us who’ve been burned before, but I promise that it’s possible to interact with conventional medicine as an empowered patient and get the kind of care that you deserve.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your doctor’s visit without compromising your vision and values:

1. Find a physician who is open to alternative healing.

Ask your complementary and alternative providers if they know of any local physicians who are open-minded about natural medicine. If they’re reputable, they’ll have one or more doctors that they refer their clients to when things get dicey, and often they’re clued-in to the doctors in your area who share your values.

2. Before your doctor’s appointment, make a list of your concerns.

Even the most wonderful doctors are under a lot of pressure to see their patients in a shorter period of time than many complementary providers allow, but if you come prepared with a list of questions and concerns you can still get all of your needs addressed in the time allowed.

3. Ask about your doctor’s comfort level with alternative healing methods.

If you’re facing a health crisis, ask your doctor how comfortable she would be monitoring you, even if you decide to try complementary and alternative methods first.

Many doctors will be willing to follow you with lab work and diagnostics for a defined period of time while you try alternative methods, but since they’re bound by a defined standard of care (and can be sued if they don’t follow it and something bad happens) they may only feel comfortable doing this for a short period of time, or only if your symptoms are mild. If you ask the question, most doctors will be upfront with you about their comfort level.

4. Remember, not all doctors are pill-pushers who fail to treat you as a whole person.

If you haven’t found one who clicks with you yet, consider making it a healthy New Year’s Resolution to search out a primary care doctor who can be there for you if and when you need it. Herbal medicine and I will be here for you—and we work best when we’re part of a bountiful buffet of health care options from which you can choose. Serve yourself the full meal and let your doctor (as well as your herbalist) help you plan the satisfying health care menu that will work best for you.

So, if it’s been a while since you’ve seen your doctor, or if you’re overdue for an annual exam—use the four steps above to search out a doctor who can be part of your health care team.

Do it in honor of Darcy, my dear friend who left us far too soon.

 Paula Tipton-Healy LM;Cihom

www.diverticulitisinfo.com

Healthy kids still at risk for flu deaths, study finds By Rachael Rettner

Category : Healthy Products · No Comments · by Oct 28th, 2013

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Please do your research as there is plenty information out on flu shots and vaccines. Educate yourself to make the best decision you can. Know that there are alternatives and your homeopathic remedies for cold and flu does not carry these complications that unfortunately have led to death of our precious children. This seems so preventable and makes my heart so sad!

The study analyzed information on child flu deaths reported to the CDC. During the study period, the deadliest flu season for children was 2009 to 2010; over that time, 282 children died. The mildest flu season was 2011 to 2012, in which 35 deaths occurred.

 

Over the last decade, many children who tragically died from flu were previously healthy kids, without chronic medical conditions, a new study finds.

Between 2004 and 2012, a total of 830 U.S. children died from flu, the study found. Of these, more than 40 percent did not have a medical condition such as asthma or heart disease that would put them at high risk for flu complications.

What’s more, previously healthy children were nearly twice as likely to die from the flu before they were admitted to the hospital, or within three days of symptom onset, compared with children who had high-risk medical conditions and got the flu. [6 Flu Vaccine Myths]

The study underscores the fact that all children, regardless of age or pre-existing medical conditions, can potentially develop severe complications from the flu, the researchers said.

“Healthy kids are at risk, too. I think that’s something that a lot of people don’t recognize,” said study researcher Dr. Karen Wong, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “People can get very sick very quickly, even if they don’t have an underlying medical condition.”

The findings highlight the importance of flu vaccination for all children ages 6 months and older, the researchers said. Of the 511 children who died and who were eligible for vaccination, just 16 percent had received a flu shot.

The findings also suggest that children who develop severe illness from the flu, who are hospitalized or who are at high risk for complications (such as those less than 2 years old) should receive treatment with antiviral drugs as soon as possible, the researchers said.

The study analyzed information on child flu deaths reported to the CDC. During the study period, the deadliest flu season for children was 2009 to 2010; over that time, 282 children died. The mildest flu season was 2011 to 2012, in which 35 deaths occurred.

The majority of deaths, 57 percent, occurred among children with high-risk medical conditions. Of these, the most commonly reported condition was a neurological disorder, such as cerebral palsy, with 33 percent of these children having a neurological condition. This was followed by lung disorders (26 percent), asthma (16 percent) and genetic disorders (12 percent).

It is especially important that children with high-risk medical conditions receive flu shots before flu season begins, the researchers said.

It’s not clear why previously healthy children were at greater risk for death soon after symptom onset. But healthy kids were also more likely to have a bacterial infection along with their flu infection, which may have contributed to the differences in outcomes between the two groups, the researchers said.

The study is published today (Oct. 28) in the journal Pediatrics.

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 Paula Tipton-Healy LM; Cihom
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Kids With ADHD Often Prone to Bowel Problems: Study

Category : Healthy Products · No Comments · by Oct 22nd, 2013

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

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 There seems to be so many children these days that are diagnosed with ADHD I wonder how many are aware of this. The numbers are astounding! Do the doctors bring it to the attention of parents so it perhaps could be avoided and/or addressed?

 

Even when adjusted for factors such as age, gender and birth order, the researchers found the risk for fecal incontinence was more than six times greater among kids with ADHD and the risk for constipation was almost three times higher.

MONDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) — Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to suffer from chronic constipation and fecal incontinence than kids without the neurobehavioral condition, a new study says.

The study of more than 700,000 children found that constipation nearly tripled and fecal incontinence increased six-fold among kids with ADHD.

“We also found that children with ADHD tend to have more visits to see a doctor, suggesting that these children have more severe constipation and fecal incontinence than other children,” said lead researcher Dr. Cade Nylund, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Taking medication to treat ADHD did not seem to affect the number of office visits for these bowel problems, according to the study, which was published online Oct. 21 in the journal Pediatrics.

In the United States, more than 8 percent of children are diagnosed with ADHD. Kids with the condition display hyperactivity, as well as difficulty staying focused, paying attention and controlling their behavior.

These ADHD-related behavioral problems may lie behind the increased risk for bathroom woes, Nylund said.

“Kids with ADHD may not respond properly to physical cues to go to the bathroom,” Nylund said. “They may have difficulty interrupting other or more desirable tasks they wish to engage in at that time.”

Fecal incontinence is a more severe form of constipation, Nylund said. “What happens is, kids have constipation for several years and then they lose normal cues to go to the bathroom entirely. Then … they just overflow and leak into their underwear.”

Parents who notice that their child is suffering from constipation should see their pediatrician, Nylund said. In addition, parents can prevent constipation by increasing fiber in their child’s diet, he said.

“Parents need to be aware that this risk exists and hopefully prevent constipation from occurring,” Nylund said.

One expert said he sees this problem all the time among his patients — both children and teenagers — but it is often ignored and untreated.

“Their parents are noticing that they do have constipation, but they are not bringing it to the attention of a pediatrician or child psychiatrist, and it’s going unnoticed and unaddressed,” said Dr. Matthew Lorber, acting director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Lorber said children with ADHD also might digest food more slowly or irregularly than children without ADHD. “Physiologically, that can lead to problems that cause constipation or fecal incontinence,” he said.

Parents can help by setting consistent times for their child to go to the bathroom, such as before going to school or to bed, or before a long car trip, Lorber said.

He also said parents shouldn’t “yell at their children for ‘accidents.'”

Dr. William Muinos, associate director of pediatric gastroenterology at Miami Children’s Hospital in Florida, agreed that children with ADHD often are distracted and forget to go to the bathroom.

“What we do is place them on lubrication therapy — medication that will lubricate the bowel to help stimulate defecation,” he said. “The other thing we do is simple behavior modification.” This involves teaching the child to go to the bathroom at specific times, usually twice a day — once before going to school and once in the evening, he said.

For the study, Nylund’s team collected data on nearly 750,000 children, aged 4 to 12 years, who had a parent on active military duty. Among these children, nearly 33,000 were identified as having ADHD.

The researchers found that 4.1 percent of the children with ADHD suffered from constipation, compared with 1.5 percent of children without the condition.

In addition, 0.9 percent of the children with ADHD suffered from fecal incontinence, compared with 0.15 percent of children without ADHD.

Even when adjusted for factors such as age, gender and birth order, the researchers found the risk for fecal incontinence was more than six times greater among kids with ADHD and the risk for constipation was almost three times higher.

Although the research showed an association between ADHD and increased instances of constipation and incontinence, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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SOURCES: Cade Nylund, M.D., assistant professor, pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Science, Bethesda, Md.; William Muinos, M.D., associate director, pediatric gastroenterology, Miami Children’s Hospital, Florida; Matthew Lorber, M.D., acting director, child and adolescent psychiatry, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Oct. 21, 2013, Pediatrics, online

 

Paula Tipton-Healy LM; Cihom

www.diverticulitisinfo.com