The mucosal membranes that cover our skin, sinuses, airways, digestive tracts and many other regions are critical to our health. Not only do they help protect our bodies from intruders and environmental toxins. They also provide many other critical functions, such as helping us digest our foods and helping us breathe. As a result, faulty or damaged mucosal membranes is also at the root of many serious health conditions, including allergies, asthma, COPD, GERD and others. This book illustrates the science behind our mucosal membranes: how they cause disease, how they can become damaged, and what we can do to repair them and keep them healthy.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: What are Mucosal Membranes?
Where are the Mucosal Membranes?
What are Mucosal Membranes Made of?
What is the Purpose for the Mucosal Membranes?
Where Do the Mucosal Membranes Come From?
Early Mucosal Membranes
Critical Mucosal Membranes
Airway Mucosal Membranes
The Alveoli Surfactant
The Respiratory Cilia
The Intestinal Mucosal Membranes
Sinus and Nasal Mucosal Membranes
Stomach Mucosal Membranes
Chapter Three: Some Disorders Caused by Weakened Mucosal Membranes
Allergies and Increased Intestinal Permeability
Asthma and Airway Mucosal Health
Airway Conditions and Membrane Inflammation
What Causes Chronic Cough?
How About the Sore Throat?
Allergies and Airway Hypersensitivity
The GERD Connection: Mucosal Membrane Health
Chapter Four: Our Probiotic Membranes
The Bad and Not So Bad Microorganisms
Escherichia coli and other Enterobacteriaceae
Enterococcus faecalis (formerly Streptococcus faecalis)
The Good Micros
Gum Disease and Dental Cavities
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease
Allergies and Eczema
Polyps, Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Vaginosis and Vaginitis
Chapter Five: What Harms Our Mucosal Membranes?
Plasticizers and Parabens
Foods and Beverages
Chemical Food Additives
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Skin Lotion Toxins
Other Building Material Toxins
That ‘New Car Smell’
Chapter Six: Rebuilding Mucosal Health
Yeasts and Yeast Derivatives
Mucosal pH Balance
A Few Mucosal-benefiting Nutrients
References and Bibliography