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Continued: Scientists discover more about the battle in your belly

  • Article by: ALLIE SHAH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 30, 2014 - 2:26 PM

Some doctors are slow to make direct connections between bacteria and certain diseases. But Kashyap said the science is only getting stronger. He and his colleagues are now able to characterize what the bacteria in diseased people look like and they know what kind of bacteria are seen in different disease states.

“The next step along the journey is trying to link the two: How do bacteria cause disease?” Kashyap said. “This is an area where we’re just starting to scratch the surface.”

For now, elimination diets seem to be working for people like Pender, who cut out corn, gluten and other foods disturbing her digestive ecosystem. Today, her abdominal pain is gone and she has learned to listen to her gut. She’s noticed that it is sensitive to changes she makes in her diet and will always let her know about it.

“My gut has something to say every day,” she said.

Allie Shah • 612-673-4488

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