Yesterday, I read a study[i] done on 55 people which showed substantial and distinct alterations of the gut bacteria in people with Alzheimer’s disease versus healthy controls. More than that: the blood of those affected showed higher levels of bacterial toxins, meaning that their gut lining is inflamed and leaky, these toxins are able to … More Bacterial Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Case of the Missing Akkermansia?
My regular readers know that I often quote my original guru, the famous functional medicine doctor, Sidney Baker. Another of his truisms: when looking at a patient, consider whether or not the patient has too much of something, or too little of something. Yes, it’s a very simple concept – and I can’t tell you … More Probiotics as Antibiotics? What a Great Idea!
As you all know, I’m always on the lookout for natural products that can improve immunity and the health of the biome. Today I devoted myself to reading about bovine IgG and was truly amazed at how much research has been done on it. There’s a lot unknown at this point (like the best kind, … More Bovine Immunoglobulins…Who Knew?! (Or should that be, who moo?)
Even knowing that so many illnesses that seem so far removed from the gut actually start there (autism, Parkinson’s, depression, etc.), I am constantly amazed when I come across yet another one. Today, I’m writing about an article I just finished reading on Ankylosing Spondylitis. According to the Spondylitis Association of America, “Common features of … More Rectifying My Own Ignorance: The Gut Biome and Spondylitis
This past Thursday I promised you the 2nd big story of last week: We’ve known for a while that Parkinson’s seems to start with an “infection” in the gut. I’ve talked about this several times on this blog. Well, it looks like there is a very close association between Parkinson’s and Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), the … More More On the Parkinson’s/Gut Bug Connection
There are a lot of great biome stories this week. Tough choice, what to write about today! There are two items that came out on top of the list so you get one today and one early next week. Today’s top story is about a huge step in using phages therapeutically. You all know how … More Bacteriophages: A Clinical Study
Two papers just came out, each showing – in different ways – how the gut is directly connected to the brain. My gut feeling is that this is going to be critically important research in the future. We already knew that the gut lining contained over 100 million nerve cells, and that the gut talks … More When Your Gut Talks, Your Brain Listens or…The REAL Sixth Sense
I’ve read before that there is a possibility that the timing and order of exposure to various bacteria at birth will ultimately make a huge difference in the final makeup of the microbiota. I just finished reading a pretty telling paper[i] on this that is definitely worth sharing. These researchers, from the University of Alberta, … More Early Life Exposure to Gut Bacteria: The Timing Matters
Over the last two weeks or so, there’s been a lot of negative press about probiotics. We’ve been through this before though, you and I…and I’m sure we’ll go through it again. Some study or another makes a controversial claim and the media jumps all over it because it grabs people’s attention. I’ve waffled about … More Yet More Anti-Probiotic Hype
I don’t often find articles of interest about organisms of the human biome other than bacteria, but yesterday, I came across one looking at the mycobiome in schizophrenia that is definitely worth writing about. I’ve actually covered research by this research team in the past. Several years ago, they looked at people with schizophrenia and … More Schizophrenia and the Mycobiome: A Pilot Study