Month: February 2017

The Importance of Prebiotics

Many years ago, when I started Alex on SCD (2003), prebiotics were “illegal,” as Elaine Gottschall feared that feeding gut bacteria would worsen their overgrowth.  We devoted SCDers avoided them like the plague. Sometime around 2010 though, well after Elaine had passed away, I…

Alzheimer’s and the Biome

Over a decade ago, my grandmother died of dementia.  As if it’s not bad enough that someone you love so deeply doesn’t recognize you, doesn’t remember all the wonderful moments of their life – your life with them… it was even worse for me…

Updating the Hygiene Hypothesis

In August of 2014, Dr. William Parker, of Duke University, wrote an opinion piece[i] for the British Medical Journal in which he points out that the term “hygiene hypothesis” is an incorrect description for what we now know is actually going on.  That is,…

Helminths at the Movies

Several years ago, I was interviewed by a then-graduate student at NYU’s film school.  Sharon Shattuck was studying documentary film making, and with her science background, had stumbled across and become interested in the concept of therapeutic helminths.  She took the train up from…

For Valentine’s Day: A Paper that I LOVED

“…the current generation is facing an epidemic of diseases associated with dysregulated inflammation…” says Dr. P’ng Loke and his colleague, Dr. Yvonne Lim, in an article[i] I just finished on the interactions of the microbiota and helminths.  This is, without a doubt, one of…

More on the Helminth-Microbiota Connection

I just finished reading a pretty dense – but seriously interesting– paper[i] describing research on the interactions between the microbiota and multiple species of helminths in wild rodents. Their findings are fascinating. Firstly the researchers confirm that the presence of helminths in the gut…

The Macrobiome and the Microbiome: A Dynamic Duo

I stumbled across an article[i] yesterday morning on the gut-brain axis in autism, and its relationship to the gut microbiota.  It is an interesting review of our current scientific knowledge on this subject.  What jumped out at me most is the authors’ summation of…

Denying Patients Helminths and Fecal Transplant: The Ethical Argument…otherwise known as “Judy’s in a Mood”

Periodically, I get to feeling pretty angry about the lack of progress in helping those with autism. This time of year, approaching Alex’s birthday, is always particularly bad for me, especially as, just a few weeks later, I mark the anniversary of his diagnosis…