The American Gut Project: Some Initial Findings

In 2012, 3 scientists from the University of California, San Diego, started The American Gut Project, the largest crowd funded “citizen science project in existence.”[i]  Ordinary people can send in a stool sample along with a questionnaire (about diet and lifestyle choices), and $99 USD, and receive back an analysis of their bacterial microbiomes – … More The American Gut Project: Some Initial Findings

Microbial Good Versus Evil…How Do Our Immune Systems Know?

Like me, many of you may have regularly pondered the question, “How does the human body know which bacteria are good and which are pathogenic?”  🙂  Until today, I had never read anything explaining the mechanism. Researchers at Caltech are trying to come up with the answer.[i]  To start figuring it out, they used the … More Microbial Good Versus Evil…How Do Our Immune Systems Know?

Boys, Girls, Gut Bacteria..and Inflammation

This was a WOW for me. An international team of researchers have discovered that, in mice at least, immune cells in the brain react differently to changes in gut bacteria…and on whether or not they are fetuses or adults.[i] The absence of a maternal microbiome dramatically affects the microglia (the immune cells) of the brain … More Boys, Girls, Gut Bacteria..and Inflammation

Is PANS/PANDAS Yet Another Disease of the Bacterial Microbiome?

This will come as no surprise to those parents out there who have dealt with the nightmare symptoms of PANS or PANDAS in their children.  Researchers in Rome collected stool samples from 30 patients with PANS/PANDAS, aged 4-16 years old, and compared them to 70 unaffected normal peers.[i] “An altered bacterial community structure was detected … More Is PANS/PANDAS Yet Another Disease of the Bacterial Microbiome?