Month: June 2018

The Ugly Truth About Published Science

Today’s post is off topic in terms of the biome, but very much on topic with regards to my last post, in which I bemoaned the insane amount of sensationalism that has crept into even science. Turns out, I was spot on. In discussing…

Fake News…Not Even Science is Sacrosanct

I remind myself almost daily that fake news is not new.  Think of the days of William Randolph Hearst and yellow journalism.  Think of all the times you’ve been on the checkout line at the grocery store and read those headlines about  the woman…

Stress and Autoimmune Disease: A Relationship that is Becoming More Defined

One of the big medical news stories of the week was the results of 30 years’ worth of research published in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), examining the connection between stress and the development of autoimmune disease.[i]  Over 1 million people…

Another Look at the Question of Probiotic Use in Healthy People

There was an interesting discussion on probiotics today on Medical Express, pondering the question of whether or not healthy people should take probiotics.[i]  There’s absolutely no question that we are still in the earliest stages of researching the human biome.  The complexity of it…

Is a Virus the Ultimate Cause of Parkinson’s?

Many of you may not yet be familiar with the term bacteriophage.  These are viruses that infect bacteria:  literally the word means “bacteria eater.”  I’ve been reading about their  use in treating bacterial infection, as an alternative to antibiotics, especially in this age of…

A Probiotic Vaccine Against Anxiety and PTSD?!

In May 2017 I wrote about some really exciting research into the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus reuteri (which is derived from human breast milk) in both PTSD and autism.  If you remember, I mentioned that a clinical trial would be conducted on 40 veterans with…

Healthy Aging and the Microbiome

I really liked this summary article on Medical Net about the bacterial microbiome through the aging process.[i]  It is certainly worth a post, as all of us are getting older every day!  🙂 Highlights: Multiple factors can lead to dysbiosis as we age: Poor…

Improving Gut Health to Prolong Life? Sounds Good to Me!

What I think is an amazingly cool paper was just published in Scientific Reports by researchers from McGill University, in Canada.[i]  You all know how much I like writing about things you can do now.  So – knowing how dramatically our microbiomes affect our…