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
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!
A month or two ago, a friend wrote to me suggesting that I address the question, “are probiotics always good for you?” I promised I would – and fully intended to keep that promise soon – but one of the big news headlines this week made soon into now. By the way, sorry in advance. … More Probiotics, Crappy Science and The Right to Choose
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
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
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
I’m back raving and ranting about bad science writing. (And here, you thought I’d said my piece a few weeks ago, when I carried on about fake news in science!) Sorry. I need an outlet to vent, and this is it. Lucky you. A big news item in medical science/health came out last week. The … More Omega 3s – The Controversy…or Another Judy Rant
Last month I wrote about bacteriophages (phages, for short) and Parkinson’s Disease. If you remember, a phage is a virus that kills bacteria. Those researchers found an abnormally high number of phages had killed off good Lactobaccillus in PD patients: ““The depletion of Lactococcus due to high numbers of strictly lytic phages in PD patients … More Phages and Autoimmune Diseases
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?
I have written before about the work of Dr. Jamie Lorimer, of Oxford University. I was very excited yesterday when a friend sent me his newest paper, which examines the history of the helminth/human relationship[i] A few favorite parts to share with you: When we first discovered germs, medical science came to view anything not … More Do Our Helminths Make Us Human?