And yet MORE on the Yeast/IBD Connection

Back in September, I wrote about a summary I’d stumbled across describing the current state of research into the connection between the mycobiome and inflammatory bowel disease.  Then, just a few days ago, I put up a link [i]on my Biome Buzz Facebook page about the connection between alterations in the mycobiome and obesity.  (Briefly: … More And yet MORE on the Yeast/IBD Connection

BPA, the Microbiome and Chronic Illness

This week I posted an article on the Biome Buzz Facebook page about Australian research that suggests that the more inflammation present in the mother, the more socially impaired her child with autism.[i]  This, after last week’s post about how something in the maternal bacterial microbiome leads to a maternal infection affecting her baby’s brain … More BPA, the Microbiome and Chronic Illness

Maternal Infection, Autism and the Bacterial Microbiome

I posted a news story about the latest autism/microbiome findings a couple of weeks ago, but saw this article[i] today in Spectrum magazine and thought it worth writing about as it really is important research.  I’m sure too it has implications beyond autism. Ultimately – from 4 major pieces of research – we now know … More Maternal Infection, Autism and the Bacterial Microbiome

More New Bacterial Microbiome Research that You Need to Know About

Two new pieces of research came out this week which I need to share. The first I found particularly fascinating.  We know that there is a bi-directional interaction between the central nervous system and the bacterial microbiome, but HOW nerves direct bacteria was unknown.  Researchers at Kiel University, in German, using the freshwater polyp Hydra … More More New Bacterial Microbiome Research that You Need to Know About

Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Another Mechanism of Action

Earlier this week, I was looking through old stories in the mainstream media about using helminths therapeutically, and came across a truly excellent one (along with loads of garbage) that I had forgotten about.  It appeared in 2010, in Scientific American, and recounts the story of a man with ulcerative colitis who achieved remission using … More Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Another Mechanism of Action

Backwards Evolution? The Case of the Increasing Allergies

I thought I’d tell you about a little noted news report[i] that seemed to receiver remarkably little attention.   According to the nonprofit organization FAIR health, severe allergic reactions to food  skyrocketed nearly 400% over the last decade.  The researchers analyzed private insurance claims in the United States involving anaphylactic food reactions. Peanuts were the most … More Backwards Evolution? The Case of the Increasing Allergies

Multiple Sclerosis: Looks Likely that it’s the Result of Altered Gut Bacteria

Trending this week in the world of the biome are two new papers[i] that  definitively show that not only does multiple sclerosis starts in the gut but also, how the gut bacteria make the immune system turn against brain nerve cells. The first paper, out of the University of California, San Francisco, showed that two … More Multiple Sclerosis: Looks Likely that it’s the Result of Altered Gut Bacteria

Cutting Inflammation to Reduce the Risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

I just spotted a little article[i] about “four modifiable risk factors” that can potentially “…cut the growing global incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD…”  As I’ve written about before, both AD and PD are very personal to me:  my Grandmother died of dementia and I currently have 3 friends diagnosed, in their … More Cutting Inflammation to Reduce the Risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s