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 began to look carefully at research supporting its use and it … Read more

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 tell you about a paper that I have been brooding about … Read more

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 for brain development of neuronal connections.  Autism is known to be … Read more

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 of birth can cause persistent changes in sleep patterns concurrent with … Read more

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 day….or, as I say to my sons, “there’s only 1 Mommy.” … Read more