Woodford Files: How Gut Bacteria Can Heal Diabetes and Obesity; Which Supernutrients Clear Arthritis

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(Updated Nov. 10th, 2021)

These are exciting times to be in health publishing. With new research on disease prevention and natural cures being released almost daily, there is plenty of material for health editors to digest and share with readers. One interesting study reported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research found that a key bacteria in the human gut could play a major role in treating Type 1 diabetes. More specifically, it was found that this gut bacteria (called CAMP) functions not only to clear inflammation in the intestines, it also works to help the pancreas regenerate cells and start producing insulin again. Lead researcher Dr. Fraser Scott, of Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, commented:

“Our discovery that CAMP may play a role in dampening gut inflammation and regrowing these [pancreatic] cells is an important milestone in diabetes research.” (Posted report)

Further on this subject, Vitality’s previous issue Helke Ferrie wrote about The Link Between Obesity and the Human Microbiome the crucial role of intestinal bacteria in our very survival, and pointed to research showing that the wellbeing of all our organs and systems depends on the health of intestinal microbes. Indeed, the human microbiome is comprised of a variety of friendly bacteria that work to help us thrive. But if this bacteria is threatened by genetically modified foods, environmental pollution, or drugs like antibiotics, then the friendly microbes can easily be wiped out – leaving us vulnerable to a host of diseases including cancer, arthritis, and diabetes.

Gut bacteria – or microbiome – is the bacteria that lives inside your intestines.

This month, we continue the conversation about gut health in our Fun with Fermenting feature by Certified Nutritional Practitioner Sylva Sheridan. In it, he shares homegrown strategies for strengthening digestion and rebuilding the population of friendly microbes that reside in the gut. A key part of this strategy is consumption of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and miso.  I plan to test-drive his recipe for garlic sauerkraut since it’s as simple as stuffing shredded cabbage and apple cider vinegar in a jar. But the kombucha recipe is a bit more daunting so I will stick with the great brands available at health food stores (especially the ginger kombucha which tastes like old-fashioned gingerale). I’m also a huge fan of probiotic supplements, which I take daily to keep my plumbing humming.

In his gargantuan feature Treating Arthritis Naturally , Dr. Zoltan Rona acknowledges the valuable role played by digestion in absorbing nutrients to prevent disease, especially minerals. He also looks at top supernutrients shown to prevent and treat both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, two very common and debilitating illnesses. This will be of great interest to those looking for relief without the use of medications.

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Julia Woodford founded Vitality Magazine in 1989, and has been its Editor-in-Chief for the past 35 years. Prior to a career in publishing, her studies included Political Economics at York University, Journalism at Ryerson, and Psychology, PhysEd, and Anthropology at University of Toronto. She remains a lifelong student of herbalism, nutritional medicine, and the healing arts to this day. You can read her columns on the Vitality website. She is also the former Show Manager for Whole Life Expo, Canada’s largest showcase of natural health and green living. In 2018 she received a “Hall of Fame” award from National Nutrition. In 2019, she was nominated for a “Person of the Year” award by National Nutrition.

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