Month: January 2018

Dietary Carbohydrates, Bowel Disease and the Bacterial Microbiome

Feeling nostalgic after last week’s post on autism and carbohydrate malabsorption, I spent some time today flipping through one of my massive binders of research that I’ve been collecting for the last 20 years.  After Alex’s amazing response to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I…

Impaired Carbohydrate Digestion, Bacterial Dysbiosis and Autism…the Unfinished Story

I have to say,  I really hate it when a really exciting bit of research is just dropped.  It’s like having a TV show you like cancelled mid-season…and you’re just kind of left hanging…forever…. As it’s Thursday, I thought I’d to a TBT, and…

The Bacterial Microbiome and (Male) Brain Development

A new study out of Singapore suggests that alterations in the microbiome affect the development of the brain’s immune system (the microglia) in males more than females.[i] The microglia defend against pathogens in the brain, and clear out debris.  They are also partially responsible…

Helminths and a New Kind of Industrial Revolution

In August, 2017,  researchers gave TSO (porcine whip worm, Trichuris suis ova), to a man with psoriasis, who was otherwise healthy.  They then examined the effects of the helminth via colonoscopy and blood work, discovering that there were profound immunological changes in the area…

Early Life Immune Activation, Autism, and Seizures

For all you other parents of children with epilepsy and/or autism and/or other related developmental issues, some pretty depressing – but also, extremely important – research was just published by scientists at McLean Hospital:  “…even a brief episode of immune system activation within days…

Transferring IBS (and other diseases… and health) Via Fecal Microbiota Transplant

I spent some time this week filing papers and abstracts that I’ve collected over the last few months and came across several that I am surprised I didn’t share with you at the time.  (Then again, there are only so many hours in the…

Helminths: Bits and Pieces of Interesting Information

I just read a little article[i] on helminths, just published, that had a few bits of information I didn’t know. Firstly, I had never read before that the first person to suggest that helminth infection was a potential reason for the increased prevalence of…

Helminths and MS: A Recent Review Paper

This past September, an article[i] was published about using helminths as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.  It has several tidbits I found particularly interesting.  Here are 5 highlights: Research was done in the French West Indies over 20 years, which showed a marked increase…

A New Year’s Resolution Worth Making

I got an email today from a friend who told me that her New Year’s resolutions were to avoid toxic situations…and to eat more kale.  I laughed.  But upon reflection…not bad choices, either of them.  We should all be making a resolution to eat…