Month: June 2017

More Exciting News on Parkinson’s Research

Well, it looks like researchers have finally cracked the Parkinson’s/autoimmune puzzle.  For years, it’s been suspected that there was an autoimmune component.  Now, finally, it’s confirmed. Says Dr. David Sulzer at Columbia University, one of the lead researchers on the study[i] just published in…

Autism, the Biome and Extreme Frustration

Fortunately, it’s a beautiful summer day outside and Alex has had a great few days… or else, I’d really be in one of my moods.  Why?  “Experts have called for large-scale studies into altering the make-up of bacteria in the gut, after a review…

Alzheimer’s – Nurture Versus Nature

Shortly after my son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism, I began to understand that while there may be a genetic fragility that made him more prone to the illness, it was meaningless without the right environmental triggers.  I’ve written before about his “perfect storm,”…

More on the Microbiome, Personalized Medicine and Nutrition

In my last post, I wrote about personalized nutrition based on the composition of the gut flora.  That is, your gut flora dictates which foods tend to be healthier for you.  In that same vein, I spotted an article this morning entitled “Healthy Diet?…

The Best Idea Since Sliced Bread: Personalized Nutrition and the Microbiome

In the future, when we’re all living like the Jetsons and flying cars are the norm , it’s likely that medicine and nutrition will be highly personalized. (Hell, Forbes projects flying cars in the next 5 years[i] so maybe this isn’t in some far-off…

Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome… and Things You Can Do Now

By now, you all know that I am particularly interested in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research as I have two friends who are both suffering from it – both diagnosed  early (one in his 40s, one in his 50s).   I’ve been following the research on…

Gut Bugs and Metabolic Syndrome

According to JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), 35% of Americans now have metabolic syndrome (and 50% of those over 60 years old).[i]  Holy cow!  How’s that for incredible (and depressing) statistics?!  Well, how interesting for us gut-bug-lovers to learn that it looks…