Two new pieces of research came out this week which I need to share. The first I found particularly fascinating. We know that there is a bi-directional interaction between the central nervous system and the bacterial microbiome, but HOW nerves direct bacteria was unknown. Researchers at Kiel University, in German, using the freshwater polyp Hydra … More More New Bacterial Microbiome Research that You Need to Know About
I just finished reading a great blog post[i] (by a post-doc scientist at the NIH) on the current state of research into the mycobiome and its effects on inflammatory bowel disease. I learned several new things…and some things are just so important, they’re worth repeating: Those with inflammatory bowel disease have higher levels of antibodies … More More on the Mycobiome and IBD
Earlier this week, I was looking through old stories in the mainstream media about using helminths therapeutically, and came across a truly excellent one (along with loads of garbage) that I had forgotten about. It appeared in 2010, in Scientific American, and recounts the story of a man with ulcerative colitis who achieved remission using … More Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Another Mechanism of Action
I thought I’d tell you about a little noted news report[i] that seemed to receiver remarkably little attention. According to the nonprofit organization FAIR health, severe allergic reactions to food skyrocketed nearly 400% over the last decade. The researchers analyzed private insurance claims in the United States involving anaphylactic food reactions. Peanuts were the most … More Backwards Evolution? The Case of the Increasing Allergies
Trending this week in the world of the biome are two new papers[i] that definitively show that not only does multiple sclerosis starts in the gut but also, how the gut bacteria make the immune system turn against brain nerve cells. The first paper, out of the University of California, San Francisco, showed that two … More Multiple Sclerosis: Looks Likely that it’s the Result of Altered Gut Bacteria
Eighteen or so years ago, maybe 3 years after my son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism, I was sitting at a conference listening to a lecture on omega 3 fatty acids. The talk really stuck with me for many reasons, especially when the speaker said, “One of the great tragedies that has ever happened in … More Omega 3 Every Day Keeps the Doctor Away
I just spotted a little article[i] about “four modifiable risk factors” that can potentially “…cut the growing global incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD…” As I’ve written about before, both AD and PD are very personal to me: my Grandmother died of dementia and I currently have 3 friends diagnosed, in their … More Cutting Inflammation to Reduce the Risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
More on the subject of people reacting differently to the same bacteria… A study[i] out of Sweden shows that the intestinal barrier in the colon of people with irritable bowel syndrome allows more bacteria to pass freely through the intestinal mucosa causing an immune reaction. The researchers took tissue samples from the large intestines of … More IBS – an Abnormal Response to Gut Bacteria?