Helmithic Ponderings…and Ending Suffering

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

Parkinson’s Disease and the Microbiome

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

Sugar, the Microbiome and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

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

Helminths and the Microbiome

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