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  • Sumanta 8:41 AM on September 9, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Gastrointestinal, , , , ,   

    Fecal therapy to treat obesity 

    Today, we will glance to something new about obesity. This stubborn problem seems like never solvable and many million dollar industries run all around the world just because of this one health problem. Currently in the market following are available- exercise tips and tools, slimming oil, slimming tea, slimming surgeries, slimming capsules and lot more.

    But something which is yet not available and may be introduced in future is probably stool transplant therapy. If you are wondering about what is that, here are some hints- doctor’s will take some of the faeces from a thin person and will introduce it into the gut of a fat person. Such may be done because, gut bacteria of a fat person is also alleged for his/her fatness. However, it’s not important immediately wether you are ready to take another person’s poop in your body or not, since the experiment is still in the level of mice in the laboratory, so it may take some time to finally get approved for humans, if at all it gets approval. In labs, mice received stool transplant from thin individuals and were fed with all sort of unhealthy junk food, but they didn’t become obese. It seems that thin people have good bacteria in their gut which are more efficient in handling body fat. Well, if you are obese you may have the right now to feel jealous on a thin guy eating in front of you, your favourite junk diets but gains little pounds just merely because of harbouring some good microbes.

    Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...

    For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_140393.html
  • Sumanta 8:32 AM on May 11, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: China, Cholecystectomy, Cholecystitis, Gallstone, Gastrointestinal, ,   

    Fear of gallbladder surgery 

    Many people who are diagnosed with acute cholecystitis are phobic to gallbladder (and gall stone) removal surgery and defer it in fear despite of their doctors advice. First let’s look in what  a cholecystitis is, it’s an inflammation of gallbladder occurring due to stones in gall bladder. Gallstones (i.e. stone in gall bladder) can be of following types depending upon their ingredients like cholesterol stones (since made of cholesterol primarily), pigment stone (bilirubin and calcium salts are their ingredients) and mixed stones (mixture of cholesterol bilirubin etc).

    English: Gallbladder


    Why this stones are formed? Many causes are possible, some are asfollowing-

    • stasis i.e. if the gallbladder lose it’s contraction power stasis of bile can lead to a stone (normally bile is stored in gallbladder)
    • another cause might be high estrogen state of females like pregnancy or use of estrogen containing hormone pills
    • the above two are primarily related with occurrence of cholesterol stones whereas a pigment stone can occur due to certain disease like hemolytic anemias where red cells break down to release bilirubin to form those bilirubin containing pigment stones.

    Acute cholecystitis generally causes severe pain in right upper part of belly (the gallbladder houses in that location), fever etc. A person might not know that they have gallstone unless they get an acute cholecystitis or they get some imaging tests like ultrasound for some other cause and accidentally finds those stones.

    Normally gall bladder stones those are not causing any symptom are not operated but once they become symptomatic an operation mostly the required fate. In acute cholecystitis  patients are generally admitted in hospital and given fluids through veins, pain medication, antibiotics etc. and a surgery is planned; the surgeon removes the whole gallbladder along with the stones inside and the process is referred as cholecystectomy and might be done by open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Alternative treatments gallstones are there although not much successful like- dissolving medications like ursodeoxycholic acid or lithotripsy. In lithotripsy the stones are fragmented from outside e using ultrasound waves.

    Recently in China researchers patented a new device to remove gallstones without chopping of the gallbladder (LINK).

    English: Opened gall bladder containing numero...

    Opened gall bladder containing numerous gallstones

    Complications of cholecystitis may cause infection of biliary tree (called ascending cholangitis and these happens when a stone from gallbladder lodges into the bile ducts) or  it can even perforate the gallbladder and have its own consequences. These complications can be life threatening. Note gallstone lodging in pancreas can cause inflammation of pancreas leading to a pancreatitis (an inflammatory condition of pancreas). Now if we don’t remove our gallbladder along with the stones when advised by doctors in cases of acute cholecystitis it might make us more prone to these complications.

    Large Gallstone

    Large Gallstone

    Although advised for surgery certain individuals  are afraid of getting it and they try tolerating their future pain and avoid surgery; some even move to alternative streams of medicine like homeopathy etc. There are many alternative medicine practices to remove gall stone although not sure how effective are they. One such alternative way of stone extraction called gallbladder flush sounded quite interesting, sharing a video related to it below:The author doesn’t have much insight about these alternative methods of gall stone extraction. It might be a great piece of wisdom to be guided by your healthcare provider and choose wisely what  intervention is appropriate for your health.

    Enjoy life!

    My Gallstone


    You may share your opinions below in the comments section. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. Another similar item: HORMONE PILLS IN MENOPAUSE, GALLSTONE RISK. References:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120118111216.htm, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholecystitis, http://www.bmj.com/content/325/7365/639, http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gallstones/pages/treatment.aspx

  • Sumanta 9:37 AM on April 19, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Gastrointestinal, ,   

    Stool transplant 

    What are the various human body parts transplantation have you heard of – probably about liver transplantation, kidney transplantation, lung transplantation, pancreas transplantation etc. But have you ever heard of stool or feces transplant, may be you have but this is a new upcoming one. Fecal transplant is nothing but transplanting feces from one healthy individual without certain gut problems to another individual with certain gut problems. Now the question is what are those gut problems where stool therapy can be used, a range of colon diseases are thought of where it might be helpful but as of current date most achievement probably found in treating pseudomembranous colitis. (More …)

    • Richard Lerner 9:53 AM on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Back in veterinary school, we all got a chance to try ‘transfaunation’, where we would take rumen contents out of one cow and put them in another. The donor cows had permanent stomae on their sides, essentially a surgically placed hole with a ring and a cap that could be removed. You reached your hand right into the rumen and scooped out some cud, which would be placed via stomach tube into the recipient cow. Voila! Repopulation of the rumen with the bacteria necessary to break down plant cell walls!


  • Sumanta 5:53 PM on April 8, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , Flatus, , gas, Gastrointestinal, , Lactose intolerance,   

    Flatus phobia! 

    Which gas are we talking about today? Well not about those used for cooking purpose or used as fuel in car, gas produced by humans, an  intestinal byproduct, like it or not truly yours. Before we talk of gas phobia let me  share some bland but interesting statistics you might be interested in and some of those might keep your mouth wide open in wonder. Instead of writing a boring statistics report here is a quiz for you (answers are below the questions):

    Q.1 Which sex produces more gas?

    • males
    • females

    Q.2 Is there any relation between gas’s odor and sound

    • no
    • yes

    Q.3 In a day based on how many times gas is passed by a person which sex scores more

    • women
    • men
    • both passes same number of times per day

    Q.4 Odor of gas produced is more foul in

    • men
    • women
    1. males (since they are larger than women)
    2. no
    3. both passes same number of times per day
    4. women
    Hope you are done with the quiz, that’s statistics no matter you like it or not.

    When I called it gas phobia I tried to mean it in two forms one talking about it publicly and another passing it publicly. Few things let me share here in this regard, some of it may be known to you some not. Passing intestinal gas is completely  a normal biology of us and let’s confront it bravely. Healthy people generally pass gas ten to twenty two times daily.

    Why we need to talk about it? Its more important for children who generally are scolded or humiliated for the act when done publicly. Children are sometimes so sensitive that they might take our instructions as final and always avoid passing gas publicly and hold it inside; which is detrimental and can cause pain in abdomen to stomach cramps to a headache even.

    How to know if we are passing too much gas? An easy way might be (although I would prefer calling it cumbersome) counting total number of flatus event in a day (obviously you need to note the numerics in a paper or your new generation smart phone whatever you choose) and see if it’s with in the above mentioned normal limits. Even if its more than normal  its unlikely to be harmful but if having other symptoms like pain abdomen or loose stool etc. a health check might be of worth.

    Mostly we produce excess gas when we eat more or eat fast or drink carbonated drinks. Also certain vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, onions, peas, cabbage, cauliflower etc are blamed too. Logic of eating more or eating fast and more gas production is as following: while doing so we tend to swallow a lot of air and part of which knock the other door to escape. Fried foods are also counted in the bad odor producing food list. There are a bunch of medications which can contribute (some are available over the counter) since they might increase certain bacterial flora in gut (intestinal bacterial flora one of the chief participants in gas production so any thing provokes their toll and induce increased gas generation). Products like meat and fish don’t contribute to too much gas.

    One particular food product is a must to mention, that is dairy product, if you think that’s the culprit you may consider a few days vacation from dairy food and check if any change of gas production, this might need physicians help hence a condition called lactose intolerance might be a possibility. So being a good chooser of foods and bit of discipline to eat food slowly, in small amounts and in multiple times might be a good tool to decrease the gas and odor.

    Another interesting way is there to get freedom from the odor part, no not talking of room fresheners rather talking of certain briefs (underwear) which are said to be fitted with charcoal which will absorb the odor at perfect place and time leaving the normal air fragrance untouched, but wearing such products and moving around……………..can’t discuss this issue anymore, should shut up here!

    Phobia by RaeLogan

    Phobia by RaeLogan

    You may share your opinions below in the comments section. Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Reference: Link1, Link2, Link3

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