The Intestinal Health Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to your intestinal and overall health and nutrition through medical research, public service, and education.
America is facing a new health crisis: obesity and dietary malnutrition. The nutrient-poor, calorie-rich "All-American" diet -- fast-food, "junk-food", oversized meal portions -- has progressively swelled the waistline of the average American, and often lacks the essential nutrients we need to live healthy, long lives. Obesity is not only affecting children and teens at alarming rates, but the final impact of a poor diet and chronic obesity remains silent for years, later causing life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel diseases, among others. We do not have to live this way! Through medical research, public service and educational programs, the Intestinal Health Institute (IHI) offers answers for how to live a long healthy life.
The mission of the Intestinal Health Institute is to improve intestinal and overall health and nutrition through medical research, public service, and education. We are working for your Health, Happiness, and Hope!
The intestinal Health Institute was conceived because of the public health implications of the scientific discoveries and teaching experience of Kenneth Fine, M.D., a professor, intestinal researcher, and publisher of scientific journal articles for over 20 years. Dr. Fine is determined to bring the benefits of his research and his passion for teaching to those who need it most: the people of the United States and the World. By utilizing the power of the internet and the public's free access to it, the long delay associated with dissemination of new information through the medical ranks to patients (usually 10-15 years) can be bypassed. People can benefit today!
Based on extensive research, the Institute has determined that at least 50% of all Americans develop reactions of the immune system to common dietary proteins, particularly one called gluten, found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. These reactions can seriously damage the intestine (when it is called celiac sprue) and/or can lead to fatigue, depression, abdominal symptoms, malnutrition, infertility in women, osteoporosis, various neurologic syndromes, growth failure in children, autoimmune diseases, and a risk of cancer, among other health problems. Other areas of research conducted by the Intestinal Health Institute include the causes, treatment, and prevention of intestinal inflammatory conditions such as microscopic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and other causes of chronic, socially disabling diarrhea. Educational conferences featuring scientific breakthroughs on this research, and other ground breaking areas of overall health have become a regular part of the Institute's public health mission. Dr. Fine's holistic approach to life help make these conferences a must for those desiring natural health and successful longevity.