Today I came across an article in The Scientist about using a synbiotic (a combination of a probiotic and a prebiotic) to treat sepsis and lower the rate of respiratory infections in infants.[i] Sepsis is an excessive inflammatory response to a bacterial infection that can lead to organ damage and death. Infantile sepsis is apparently … More Synbiotics in Infancy: An Ounce of Prevention?
The recent research out of the University of California Davis on how prebiotics improve the quality of the microbiome is particularly fascinating.[i] There is a constant battle between various bacterial species in the gut for dominance. Prebiotics, you’ll recall, are indigestible dietary fibers that feed bacteria. Certain foods are high in these fibers, like garlic, … More More on the Importance of Prebiotics
There was an article in Quartz this week about research, just published, showing that migraine is likely an inflammatory illness, not one of the central nervous system as it is currently classified.[i] Researchers at the University of Chicago found that migraine was genetically correlated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and environmentally correlated with urethritis (which … More Migraine, Inflammation and Gut Bacteria