Category: antibiotics

A Brief History of Phage Therapy: The Good Side of Viruses

For some peculiar reason, I have viruses on my mind a lot lately.  (I live in New York State.  ‘nough said.)  As I walked from my kitchen to my office, and back again, and again and again and again, like a caged animal, I…

What You Eat: the Main Factor in Determining Your Microbiota

A new study out of Washington University in St. Louis shows, yet again, that even species matters less than what you eat and your lifestyle in determining the composition of your gut bacteria.[i] These researchers analyzed the fecal microbiota a of 18 wild chimpanzees…

The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies

The big (biome) buzz of the last couple of weeks:  research just published out of Australia shows that the presence of a certain species of gut bacteria, Prevotella copri, in pregnant women protects babies from developing food allergies  – at least within their first…

Babies, Anxiety and the Gut Biome

Remember last Thursday, when I wrote about the relationship of the gut bacteria to the structure and function of the brain?    I mentioned in that post that, “In Western populations, Bacteroides and Prevotella species tend to dominate, with the former outnumbering the latter…

FMT and Autism: A Status Report

Over the weekend I read an interesting little article on the status of fecal microbiota transplant as a therapy for treating autism.[i]  It most certainly is one of the more promising treatments:  the two clinical trials so far have had pretty spectacular results.  That’s…

More Evidence that Adds to the Growing Promise of Phage Therapy

As many of you know, I am particularly fascinated by the promise of using bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria – as an alternative to antibiotics.  As they are specific to only one kind of bacteria, they leave other species unharmed. Unlike “broad spectrum…

The Miracle of Mucus?

When giving a talk, Elaine Gottschall, the author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle (the book that lays out the specifics, and science, of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet) used to show 3 slides, illustrating the incredible mucus production in intestines afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease….

The Two Sides of Bacteroides fragilis

Back in May, 2018, I wrote about Bacteriodes fragilis (B. fragilis), a species of bacteria some strains of which are toxic, some of which are highly beneficial.  The main thrust of that post was about how our immune system, when functioning properly, can recognize…

C.Difficle Infections…A Case of the “omes” Working Together?

As my regular readers know, I am particular interested in science that looks at how the various kingdoms of the human biome interact to promote health or disease.  Another interesting article came out recently that looks at how yeasts and bacteria work together to…

The Bacterial Microbiome and Immune Response to Vaccines

I love it when one of my readers contacts me to talk about a post, to show me something new or just wants to introduce him or herself and say hi.  As I’ve pointed out recently on the Biome Buzz Facebook page, we are…