Month: January 2017

Helminths and Heart Health

I spent my weekend working on an article on helminths for the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).  In going back through my binders full of 17+ years of research on helminths, I stumbled across an article I had completely forgotten…

The Human Virome: Beyond Amazing

Many years ago, I came across the novel notion that it was possible that humans were meant to harbor specific viruses, just like we house beneficial bacteria and helminths. This week, I was really excited to spot an article called “Viruses of the Human…

The Bacterial Microbiome, and Fish Tacos

Mostly when I think about what I want to be when I grow up, I wish I were a scientist.  Some days, it’s an CIA code breaker.  Some days it’s a musician in the New York Philharmonic.  But more often than not, I want…

Dr. Derrick MacFabe, Autism and The Metabolome

Many years ago, I first saw Dr. Derrick MacFabe speak at an autism conference.  It was among the most memorable talks I’ve ever seen.  Dr. MacFabe’s research centers around the cognitive and behavioral effects of bacterial metabolites (especially short chain fatty acids). Proprionic acid…

Yet Another -ome

Last week, I read about the metabolome for the first time.  Funny word, I thought, reading it as meta….bolome.  Then, as I began to read through the article[i] I realized I was putting the accent on the wrong syllable.  Metabo – lome….as in metabo-lites!…

Stress and the Microbiome

As promised, I am writing about something other than SCD today!  For a change, I thought we could talk about stress. I have a lot of it.  Really, more than my fair share.  And I’ve been under major stress for now almost 21 years,…

Science and SCD

Ok, ok!  Just one more post on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and then I will (temporarily) shut up about it.  It’s all residual excitement over that pediatric clinical trial from last week.  I feel like that was the first major leak in the mainstream…

More on The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

So, let’s talk more about SCD.  I still haven’t come down from the high of seeing that clinical study last week so I’m on a mission! By the way, I should mention that at first glance, SCD looks like it’s going to be very…

Happy New Year: Finally The Specific Carbohydrate Diet in a Mainstream Medical Journal

Several years ago, when I was working in my own nutrition practice, I spoke to a new client with a little boy who had been diagnosed with moderate Crohn’s disease.  His parents had taken him to see one of the country’s foremost pediatric gastroenterologists…