Holiday Time, Depression and the Microbiome: Musings

Researchers into multiple sclerosis at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City were looking at how antibiotics affect the myelin sheath and neuron damage when they noticed that the mice they were using were exhibiting behavioral changes, in terms of depressive symptoms.  Upon further examination, they realized that a specific mix of antibiotics reversed these … More Holiday Time, Depression and the Microbiome: Musings

“Excretory Wipings”…or…the Dada of Doodoo

As Monty Python would say…and now for something completely different… One of my personal favorite blogs is Questioning Answers, written by a UK researcher, Paul Whiteley.  Tuesday’s post kind of took me by, er…surprise:  “The art of the gut microbiome:  ‘Excretory Wipings” across 45+ years.”[i]  You know the old expression, “Truth is Stranger than Fiction”?  … More “Excretory Wipings”…or…the Dada of Doodoo

News Flash: Processed Foods are Not Good for You :-)

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, looked at how food preservatives affect the microbiota.[i]  Using a mouse model, over the course of 15 weeks, they noticed that a particular preservative they tested, “…temporarily perturbed the diversity of microbes in the mouse gut, but this change was transient…”    By week 5, there were statistically significant … More News Flash: Processed Foods are Not Good for You 🙂

A Better Way to Avoid the Flu?

Every year, flu-vaccine manufacturers guess which strains will be most predominant for the upcoming season.  Last year was considered a failure, at about 30% efficacy.  This year…it’s a disaster.  According to many news sources, including The Chicago Tribune[i], this year’s flu vaccine will be 10% effective…if that.  It’s expected to be a terrible year for … More A Better Way to Avoid the Flu?

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet: A First-Line Treatment (Finally)

In January of this year, I wrote about a small study on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet out of Seattle Children’s Hospital.  8 out of 10 children went into remission after only 12 weeks on SCD, which is actually a very short time.  I just spotted an interview with Dr. Suskind, the lead researcher, on Helio … More The Specific Carbohydrate Diet: A First-Line Treatment (Finally)

Enhanced Immunity: A Benefit of a Natural Biome

Early last month, I read an abstract of a paper that demonstrated that formula feeding predisposes neonatal piglets to Clostridum difficile (CD) infection.[i]  (CD is a bacterial infection of the gut that causes profound diarrhea, inflammation of the gut, and if severe enough, can cause death.)  The scientists examined the feces of animals that were  … More Enhanced Immunity: A Benefit of a Natural Biome

New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations

This morning I stumbled across some interesting research on alterations in the microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).[i]  I have written before about recent studies suggesting that such alterations lead to the amyloid deposits in the brain that are characteristics of the disease. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with scientists in both Sweden and … More New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations