Cancer

Warning:  I am not a ray of sunshine today. Yesterday, I was at the funeral of my very loved aunt, who just died of cancer.  I’ve also lost a grandmother and 3 friends to cancer (leukemia, brain, and liver)…and have had multiple scares with other friends and relatives (ovarian, breast, prostate, etc.), who, thank goodness, … More Cancer

2 New Helminth Papers: IBD and Obesity

Two new papers have just come out that provide yet more proof of the importance helminths play in health and a modulated immune response. The first paper[i], published in the American Journal of Physiology, looked at using Hymenolepis diminuta (HD) to prevent inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers at the University of Calgary exposed young mice to … More 2 New Helminth Papers: IBD and Obesity

More Great Diet Research…or…Eat More Fiber

According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have type 2 diabetes.  Another 86 million American adults (more than 1/3 of the population) have pre-diabetes,  and within 5 years, up to 30% of these will develop it.[i]  The numbers are equally grim in other industrialized countries.  For example, according to the non-profit Diabetes UK, … More More Great Diet Research…or…Eat More Fiber

News from Dr. Derrick MacFabe: More on Autism and the Bacterial Microbiome

For my regular readers:  you all know I have a whole fan girl thing going on for a few of my favorite researchers.  I’ve written before (here and here, for example) about Dr. Derrick MacFabe, whose research I have followed for many, many years. Yesterday, I was thrilled to see an email from him in … More News from Dr. Derrick MacFabe: More on Autism and the Bacterial Microbiome

Helminths and Mental Health – Research Desperately Needed

I was very excited to see  a new paper[i] by Dr. William Parker and his colleague, Henry Kou, at Duke University, looking at the effects of the loss of our helminths and the relationship to mental illness.  The paper is, in some ways, a plea to the scientific community to look at the potential use … More Helminths and Mental Health – Research Desperately Needed

A Healthy Microbiome is Possible for Everyone

More great microbiome research[i] out of  Israel’s Weizman Institute of Science.  (I wrote about some of their work in my last blog post, earlier this week.)  In this case, researchers were attempting to ascertain how much our genes affect the constituents of our bacterial microbiota. The current working hypothesis had been that our genetic makeup … More A Healthy Microbiome is Possible for Everyone