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 in Sweden were tracked for 3 decades, and 100,000 of those … More Stress and Autoimmune Disease: A Relationship that is Becoming More Defined

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 boggles the mind.  So it’s always a good idea to take … More Another Look at the Question of Probiotic Use in Healthy People

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 growing antibiotic resistance.[i] Just last month, a clinical study was published … More Is a Virus the Ultimate Cause of Parkinson’s?

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 PTSD.  According to clinicaltrials.gov, the study concluded at the end of … More A Probiotic Vaccine Against Anxiety and PTSD?!

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 health, these researchers (using fruit flies) are looking for ways to … More Improving Gut Health to Prolong Life? Sounds Good to Me!

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 versus controls, the researcher found high levels of Desulfovibrio.[i]  (He also … More Autism and Desulfovibrio Bacteria: A Throw Back Thursday Gem

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 boy down in Australia, made such a remarkable recovery that his … More Seizures and the Ketogenic Diet: Does the Gut Bacteria Hold the Answer?

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 of gut bacteria in multiple sclerosis.[i] My original post was of … More Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism

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 only are bacteria present in placenta, but it appears that a … More More on the Question of a Fetal Microbiome