Today I came across an article in The Scientist about using a synbiotic (a combination of a probiotic and a prebiotic) to treat sepsis and lower the rate of respiratory infections in infants.[i] Sepsis is an excessive inflammatory response to a bacterial infection that can lead to organ damage and death. Infantile sepsis is apparently … More Synbiotics in Infancy: An Ounce of Prevention?
The recent research out of the University of California Davis on how prebiotics improve the quality of the microbiome is particularly fascinating.[i] There is a constant battle between various bacterial species in the gut for dominance. Prebiotics, you’ll recall, are indigestible dietary fibers that feed bacteria. Certain foods are high in these fibers, like garlic, … More More on the Importance of Prebiotics
There was an article in Quartz this week about research, just published, showing that migraine is likely an inflammatory illness, not one of the central nervous system as it is currently classified.[i] Researchers at the University of Chicago found that migraine was genetically correlated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and environmentally correlated with urethritis (which … More Migraine, Inflammation and Gut Bacteria
This week, I thought I’d spend some time going back to some of my personal favorite gut papers over the years. I’m making today a TBT (throw back Tuesday)! In 2010, at an autism conference, I saw Dr. Jeremy Nicolson of Imperial College London present the findings he was just publishing in the Journal of … More Autism and Antibiotics
An interesting thought struck me yesterday, as I sat at my desk reading up on the week’s latest stories. In Big Think[i], there was a nice article about “rewilding” our diets to improve our bacterial microbiome. There were a few excellent take-away points: “The process of rewilding your diet is possible anywhere, through cues taken … More Rewilding?…well, sort of
I’ve written before about the times years back when people with chronic fatigue syndrome were vilified as “lazy.” In that post, I talked about recent research looking at alterations in the gut bacteria as being associated with the disease. Yesterday, the big health news [i] came out of Stanford University School of Medicine identifying 17 … More Chronic Fatigue and Inflammation
Dr. Jamie Lorimer is a researcher at Oxford University, who focuses “…in particular on the rise of helminthic and other forms of biotherapy for tackling autoimmune and allergic disease.”[i] I read a fascinating paper[ii] by him yesterday that looked at helminths and health in relation to geography. The paper is a nice follow up to … More More on Our Missing Macrobiome
The biome buzz these past few days was on research that shows that the same bacteria can cause different immune responses in different gut environments.[i] For many years, Helicobactor bacteria have been associated with stomach ulcers. It was always strange though, in that, most people (two-thirds of the world’s population, according to WebMD[ii]) have the … More Immune Tolerance: A Great New Study
There’s no denying that the microbiome is the hottest thing in medicine these days. In looking through the medical news and research, I notice daily that the trending, hip, cool and cutting-edge media, like the Huffington Post, are all saying, “The microbiome is “in.”[i] My blog and I are so totally the avant-garde! What continually … More The Elephant in the Biome
One of the most interesting articles[i] I’ve read in a long time appeared in the New York Times this past weekend. I highly recommend you take the time to read the whole thing but in case you’re pressed for time, here’s a quick synopsis: The ApoE4 gene is known as the Alzheimer’s gene. Those of … More Helminths, Our Genes and Alzheimer’s – Mind Blowing!