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, it’s a very simple concept – and I can’t tell you … More Probiotics as Antibiotics? What a Great Idea!
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?)
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 Spondylitis. According to the Spondylitis Association of America, “Common features of … More Rectifying My Own Ignorance: The Gut Biome and Spondylitis
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 a huge step in using phages therapeutically. You all know how … More Bacteriophages: A Clinical Study
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 all over it because it grabs people’s attention. I’ve waffled about … More Yet More Anti-Probiotic Hype
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
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
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) in adults and children taking antibiotics.[i] I wrote about this hellish … More Preventing C.Difficile with Probiotics
Late last week, there was a little review of the evils of antibiotic use in pregnant woman and babies in the Australian version of The Conversation.[i] An incredible statistic: apparently half of Australian infants get at least one round of antibiotics by their first birthday – one of the highest rates in the world. Most … More Some Remarkable Antibiotic Facts
Many of you may not yet be familiar with the term bacteriophage. These are viruses that infect bacteria: literally the word means “bacteria eater.” I’ve been reading about their use in treating bacterial infection, as an alternative to antibiotics, especially in this age of growing antibiotic resistance.[i] Just last month, a clinical study was published … More Is a Virus the Ultimate Cause of Parkinson’s?