Stress, Inflammation and the Human Biome

Today’s post hits a little too close to home.  I just read about a fascinating study done at Ohio State University that highlights something about which I am only too personally aware:  the effects of stress on health.[i] In this particular case, researchers were looking at the connection between marital problems and health issues, and … More Stress, Inflammation and the Human Biome

More on Probiotics and Crappy Science or…An LOL!

Well, apparently, it wasn’t just me who blew a fuse at that “probiotics cause SIBO and brain fog” paper last week!  I had a serious belly laugh this morning reading an article in a nutraceuticals newsletter[i], which quoted doctors from around the world who are foaming at the mouth over it.  The International Probiotics Association … More More on Probiotics and Crappy Science or…An LOL!

Prebiotics in Autism: A Positive Study

Almost daily, I read some kind of research supporting the benefits of prebiotics.  (I cover this topic regularly:  for example, here and here.) Yesterday morning, I was extremely glad to learn that an actual study was recently done on children with autism.[i]  It’s always exciting for me to find actual in vivo autism studies…especially when … More Prebiotics in Autism: A Positive Study

Helminthic Therapy and “Outlaw” Innovation

A couple of days ago, a friend sent me a chapter from a book that he knew would greatly interest me.  The chapter is entitled, “Chronic Disease, New Thinking, and Outlaw Innovation: Patients on the Edge in the Knowledge Commons.”[i]  Well, in fact, I was even more interested than he knew:  the author, Dr. Stephen … More Helminthic Therapy and “Outlaw” Innovation

A Horror Story: How Leeches Helped Uncover a Terrible Truth About Antibiotic Resistance

This story[i] knocked my socks off.   Read on if you like horror stories. Dr. Joerg Graf at the University of Connecticut is a specialist in the microbiome of leeches, which contains only two major types of bacteria.  In 2011 though, one of his graduate students was having difficulty getting one of these, Aeromonas, to grow … More A Horror Story: How Leeches Helped Uncover a Terrible Truth About Antibiotic Resistance

GMO Probiotics?

A corollary truth to the conclusion of my last post, “Mother Nature knows best,” is that tinkering with her finely tuned system can cause massive changes downstream.  There’s definitely a biological butterfly effect to consider. (For those not familiar, the Butterfly Effect is defined as “The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how … More GMO Probiotics?