Getting into the New Year’s countdown spirit, I thought it would be fun to share my top 10 favorite health news stories of the year.EAT YOUR FIBER!!! “High-fiber diet keeps gut microbes from eating colon’s lining, protects against infection” – Researchers showed that when microbes inside the digestive system don’t get the natural fiber that … More Judy’s Top 10 of 2016 List!
This morning a very good article on helminths appeared on the science website, Undark, “Old Friends: The Promise of Parasitic Worms.”[i] My main complaint: like so many other articles on the subject, it left the impression that there’s just not all that much science behind the idea of macrobiome reconstitution. It correctly points out that … More Helmithic Ponderings…and Ending Suffering
In early December, the medical headlines were screaming that Parkinson’s disease might start in the gut. A friend of mine, with the illness, emailed me to show me the news. I wrote back saying, old news…not realizing that another new article had just come out. The connection between alterations in the microbiome and Parkinson’s is … More Parkinson’s Disease and the Microbiome
Today has been “one of those days.” From the minute I got up this morning, I felt overwhelmed. There’s just too darn much for one person to do sometimes. That overwhelmed feeling even leached into my writing this post today. I sat here for a couple of hours staring at a blank Word doc thinking, … More Multiple Sclerosis and the Biome
From my son, Alex’s, earliest days, he had digestive issues. As an infant, he projectile- vomited daily. He wouldn’t eat solid foods until he was 9 months old. By the time he was diagnosed with autism, just after his 2nd birthday, he had frequent diarrhea and a very limited diet, which progressively got worse until … More Sugar, the Microbiome and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
As promised: more about how the presence of helminths (a macrobiome) in the gut improves the quality of the microbiome. In 2015, Dr. William Parker of Duke University’s Medical School, published a paper in Gut Microbes called, “Alteration of the rat cecal microbiome during colonization with the helminth Hymenolepis diminuta.”[i] Dr. Parker and colleagues examined … More Helminths and the Microbiome
I am excited to introduce my first guest blogger, Dr. Louise Lindenberg, MD. I first met Louise 6 years ago, on a trip I made to South Africa, to talk in an autism conference. I loved her from the minute we met and I accidentally put eye drops into my coffee instead of stevia and … More Guest Post: Thoughts on Treating Autism