Month: May 2018

Autism and Desulfovibrio Bacteria: A Throw Back Thursday Gem

Today is a throw-back-Thursday.  I pulled out my overstuffed, supersized binder of great research articles I’ve collected over the years and arbitrarily flipped to one to write about.  It dates from 2011, and in this analysis of gut bacteria in children with regressive autism…

Seizures and the Ketogenic Diet: Does the Gut Bacteria Hold the Answer?

I have long been a proponent of the ketogenic diet (KD) for kids with seizures. I have seen miracles with my own eyes:  children with intractable seizures improving immeasurably, even coming off seizure meds.  In fact, one of my old nutrition clients, a little…

Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism

On an ordinary day, one of my posts on Facebook may reach 200 people.  A couple of weeks ago though, I noticed that one reached well over 1000.  It was regarding recent research out of Harvard, published in the journal, Nature, about the role…

More on the Question of a Fetal Microbiome

Back in early March, I wrote about the current scientific controversy regarding whether or not a fetal microbiome exists.  I promised to follow the argument and update you. Well, keeping to that promise, here’s an update: Just published is research[i] that shows that not…

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…

Can We Use Diet to Manipulate the Microbiome?

A nifty bit of research[i] out of Stanford University this week – and a great follow up on my last post, which talked about how our bodies differentiate good versus evil when it comes to gut bacteria. Before we can have personalized probiotics, we…

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…

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…

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…