More Exciting News on Parkinson’s Research

Well, it looks like researchers have finally cracked the Parkinson’s/autoimmune puzzle.  For years, it’s been suspected that there was an autoimmune component.  Now, finally, it’s confirmed. Says Dr. David Sulzer at Columbia University, one of the lead researchers on the study[i] just published in Nature, “Our findings show that two fragments of alpha-synuclein, a protein … More More Exciting News on Parkinson’s Research

More on the Microbiome, Personalized Medicine and Nutrition

In my last post, I wrote about personalized nutrition based on the composition of the gut flora.  That is, your gut flora dictates which foods tend to be healthier for you.  In that same vein, I spotted an article this morning entitled “Healthy Diet? That Depends on Your Genes.”[i]  The study of how our genes … More More on the Microbiome, Personalized Medicine and Nutrition

The Best Idea Since Sliced Bread: Personalized Nutrition and the Microbiome

In the future, when we’re all living like the Jetsons and flying cars are the norm , it’s likely that medicine and nutrition will be highly personalized. (Hell, Forbes projects flying cars in the next 5 years[i] so maybe this isn’t in some far-off futurity!)  I’ve been reading more and more about this concept:  for … More The Best Idea Since Sliced Bread: Personalized Nutrition and the Microbiome

Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome… and Things You Can Do Now

By now, you all know that I am particularly interested in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research as I have two friends who are both suffering from it – both diagnosed  early (one in his 40s, one in his 50s).   I’ve been following the research on the gut-brain connection, and have written several times about his already. … More Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome… and Things You Can Do Now

The gut bacteria affect the brain’s blood vessels

I’m obsessing on some research[i] I read about last week.  “A study in mice and humans suggests that bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain’s blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy.  The research…adds to an emerging picture that connects intestinal microbes … More The gut bacteria affect the brain’s blood vessels

Metformin and Chronic Illness: A Life Extension Fan Letter

I’ve been a huge fan of Life Extension for many years.  I guess that their bad attitude appeals to me.  I am, after all, often pretty cranky myself about traditional modern medicine…in case you hadn’t noticed.  And yeah, I kinda do have a V for Vendetta “Disobey” sign hanging in my office…  🙂 For many, … More Metformin and Chronic Illness: A Life Extension Fan Letter

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Microbiome

A few days ago, I got a great email from a woman suffering from ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) with 5 links to information on the relationship of the gut bacteria to the illness.  For those unfamiliar with the term “myalgic encephalomyelitis: it is synonymous with chronic fatigue syndrome, with ME being preferred by those … More Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Microbiome