Category: antibiotics

2018: My Top 10 List of Favorite Stories!

My longer-time readers know that, as we close out another year, I like to take a look back at some of my favorite research stories from these past 12 months.  So here it is…Judy’s “the best of 2018” top 10 list, in chronological order:…

A Spy Phage? (VP882 Should be Renamed VP007)

It’s not often I find stories about any of the other “-omes” outside the microbi-ome, so I was pretty excited to find a big piece of news this week related to the virome. Microbiologists at Princeton University discovered a phage (remember, bacteriophages are viruses…

The Prophylactic Use of Probiotics (to Combat Microbiome Alterations Due to C-section and Early Life Antibiotic Use)

The article I read yesterday was a natural follow-on from my last post, about autism and its relationship to perturbations in the gut microbiome. This one was about a double-blind, placebo-controlled study using probiotics to restore normal gut microbiota in infants who were either…

Senescence, Aging…and the Microbiome: Part 1

Yesterday evening, I read about a study[i] done by scientists at the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK, that fascinated me enough that it sent me into one of my I-can’t-stop-reading jags. First, a brief explanation:  senescent cells are old cells that have lost…

Probiotics as Antibiotics? What a Great Idea!

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,…

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. …

Rectifying My Own Ignorance: The Gut Biome and Spondylitis

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…

Bacteriophages: A Clinical Study

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…

Yet More Anti-Probiotic Hype

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…

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…

A Horror Story: How Leeches Helped Uncover a Terrible Truth About Antibiotic Resistance

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…

Preventing C.Difficile with Probiotics

A simple study for today’s post but also, a really, really, REALLY important one. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia did a meta-analysis, covering 6,851 patients,  looking at whether or not giving a multi-strain probiotic reduces the incidence of Clostridia difficile infection (C.diff)…