Month: April 2018

The Gut, the Brain and Mood

There have been multiple articles this week looking at the relationship of our microbes to mood.  I thought this research out of Oxford University[i] was particularly interesting in that, it looked at that relationship from an evolutionary point-of-view. It’s accepted as fact now that…

Celiac and the Microbiome

I thought this was one of the more interesting and, in a way, hopeful stories I’ve read in the last few weeks. Celiac is yet another autoimmune disease with a rising incidence in the industrialized world.   Those who suffer from it have an abnormal…

Autism, the Regulatory Immune System and Microbiome Alterations

Yet another paper was just published this week, confirming yet again that children on the autism spectrum have both dysregulated immune systems and altered bacterial microbiomes.[i] There were certainly some particularly interesting and novel findings in this research. The study consisted of 4 groups…

The Transient Human Mycobiome

I read an abstract[i] a couple of weeks ago…and then reread it over and over again, thinking I must be misunderstanding it.  I then put it away for a bit, and pulled it out again today to see if it still said the same…

Obesity and the Microbiome: Narrowing in on the Culprits

An interesting study just came out of the University of Chicago, looking at how specific bacteria in the small intestine affect the absorption of fat from the diet.[i]  The work should, in the long term, have huge implications for the treatment of obesity and…

Yet More New (and Scary) Research on Maternal Immune Activation

An old doctor friend of mine used to always say, “Inflammation is inflammation.”  Truer words were never spoken.  Whether inflammation manifests as swelling because you just broke your leg or an autoimmune disease, ultimately, it’s all the same.  The only difference is, how long…

More on the Microbiome and Cancer: This Time Good News

A few days ago I wrote about how cancer is associated with the depletion of the human biome and subsequent chronic low-grade inflammation.  The news is grim indeed.  But today, I am posting about something at least a little positive on the cancer front. …

Allergies, Asthma, Antibiotics, Antacids…and Children

About 20 years ago, I was sitting in a waiting room at a doctor’s office and spotted an article in one of the magazines (maybe Time or Newsday?) on the coffee table that described recent research that showed that antibiotic use in the first…