Helminths and Allergies: Another Look at an Immigrant Population

In my last post, I talked about how microbiome depletion results from immigrating to the United States (and subsequent dietary changes), which leads to obesity and metabolic diseases.  I promised to tell you more about immigrant studies on biome depletion so today I am addressing a paper from 2 years ago in which researchers describe … More Helminths and Allergies: Another Look at an Immigrant Population

Bovine Immunoglobulins…Who Knew?! (Or should that be, who moo?)

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?)

Autism and the Early Bacterial Microbiome

Last month, a review paper[i] came out on the implications of the disruption of the  bacterial microbiome in autism.  I was hoping to find something new in it and was not disappointed. A few highlights. As the bacterial microbiota are crucial for the production of many important vitamins, they “…can exert an important influence over … More Autism and the Early Bacterial Microbiome

Autism, the Regulatory Immune System and Microbiome Alterations

Yet another paper was just published this week, confirming yet again that children on the autism spectrum have both dysregulated immune systems and altered bacterial microbiomes.[i] There were certainly some particularly interesting and novel findings in this research. The study consisted of 4 groups of children (a total of 103 were involved):  one with autism … More Autism, the Regulatory Immune System and Microbiome Alterations

Allergies, Asthma, Antibiotics, Antacids…and Children

About 20 years ago, I was sitting in a waiting room at a doctor’s office and spotted an article in one of the magazines (maybe Time or Newsday?) on the coffee table that described recent research that showed that antibiotic use in the first 3 months of life was associated with an increased risk of … More Allergies, Asthma, Antibiotics, Antacids…and Children

Helminths: Bits and Pieces of Interesting Information

I just read a little article[i] on helminths, just published, that had a few bits of information I didn’t know. Firstly, I had never read before that the first person to suggest that helminth infection was a potential reason for the increased prevalence of chronic inflammatory diseases was first proposed as early as 1968 by … More Helminths: Bits and Pieces of Interesting Information

Helminths: More on Our Missing Old Friends

I just finished reading an interesting new article from the journal, Trends in Parasitology, “Can Parasitic Worms Cure the Modern World’s Ills?”[i]  A few highlights: The first subsection is entitled, “Worms Really May be Good for You, After All.”  (Um…yup.)   “…exposure to such persistent, tolerated infections…appears to be required early in life for induction of … More Helminths: More on Our Missing Old Friends

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