Tongue-to-Bum Part 4: The Stomach – Gastric Food Processor

When most people think of digestion, they immediately think of the stomach. When a patient comes in and says they have a stomachache and I ask where, they usually point to their lower abdomen. The stomach is actually much higher – just under the left lower rib and diaphragm, crossing over the midline toward the right.
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Tongue-to-Bum Part 3: The Mouth – Goes Chew, Chew, Chew

Back to our journey; even though our journey starts in the mind, (as we saw in our previous posts part 1 and part 2), all the excitement and anticipation we have built up is realized when we get on the subway at the first station. Our journey begins with food entering into the mouth as
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Tongue-to-Bum Part 2: Our Digestive Tract is Like the London Tube

No wonder digestive health is deteriorating in North America. Our digestion is already off to a bad start before we put anything into our mouth. In our last blog we saw that most people don’t enough time at the cephalic phase of digestion. Fortunately, you are a well-informed traveler, so you can avoid this pitfall by
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Tongue-to-Bum Part 1 – You are Not Only What You Eat

I have been asked by several people to go into a more in depth look at the parts of the digestive tract. So I have decided to do a series on an adventurous journey from your Tongue-to-Bum to help you understand the basics of digestion. Before I embark on this exciting journey, I must start
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100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today

Every once in a while you come across a book that makes you want to stand up on a high place and shout: THEY’VE GOT IT! Such is the case with Steven Le’s book: 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today. No, it is not because my middle
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Fermentation Part 6: Kim chi

Kimchi is very important to the Korean diet. Unlike sauerkraut or those bread and butter pickle slices that you may or may not eat next to your sandwich, Kimchi is unquestionably a part of a Korean meal— it’s non‐negotiable. This single foodstuff has completely infiltrated Korean culture: there is Kimjang, the annual communal Kimchi-making ritual
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Fermentation part 5: Yes, Your Microbiome can be Changed Dramatically Even After Childhood

One of the things that has never felt right to me, is the fact that most microbiologist have stated that the microbiome is fixed in humans by age 3 – 5 years old; not to be changed after that time. This is another one of those areas where science pretends it knows everything on a
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