Category: asthma

Babies, Breast Milk and the Development of the Early Microbiome and Immune System

That the first few months of life are critical for the development of a healthy microbiome, which in turn, affects health life-long is now accepted as a self-evidient fact.  For those of you who, like me, have been following biome research for the last… Continue Reading “Babies, Breast Milk and the Development of the Early Microbiome and Immune System”

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”

Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers

I found a bunch of new research on helminths and will, over the next month or so, make my way through the papers.  I wanted to share first an article just published by researchers in Australia (where some of the best hookworm (Necator americanus)… Continue Reading “Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers”

Helminths and the Microbiome: An Anti-Inflammatory Partnership

It isn’t often that I find new research on helminths and equally rare to find one on the interactions of the various species of resident in the gut, so I was particularly pleased to find an actual human clinical study looking at how the… Continue Reading “Helminths and the Microbiome: An Anti-Inflammatory Partnership”

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… Continue Reading “The Two Sides of Bacteroides fragilis”

Allergy and Asthma Risk in Children: A Gut Bacteria Metabolite Culprit Identified

Two weeks ago, I wrote  about a retrospective study out of Loyola University in which researchers looked at the relationship of the early introduction of antibiotics to the development of allergy and asthma. If you recall, they found, “Exposure to these medicines in their… Continue Reading “Allergy and Asthma Risk in Children: A Gut Bacteria Metabolite Culprit Identified”

Antibiotics in Early Childhood: The Road to Asthma and Allergy

When my son was just 36 hours old, he was re-hospitalized with a fever and put onto 5 days of IV antibiotics.  (You can read more about his history here.)  He was given more oral antibiotics right before his first birthday. Once I learned… Continue Reading “Antibiotics in Early Childhood: The Road to Asthma and Allergy”

Introducing Archaea: Another Important Member of Your Inner Ecosystem

It’s not often that I get to write about the more esoteric members of our gut biomes.  Our bacteria get the most hype in the scientific literature, but as you all know, there are many other kinds of residents of our inner ecosystems.  I… Continue Reading “Introducing Archaea: Another Important Member of Your Inner Ecosystem”

The “Hygiene Hypothesis” – A Phrase Whose Time Has Passed

Dr. William Parker of Duke University Medical School, an eminent researcher into the effects of helminths on the immune system among other specialties, wrote a commentary in 2014 in the British Medical Journal entitled, The “hygiene hypothesis” for allergic disease is a misnomer.[i]  His… Continue Reading “The “Hygiene Hypothesis” – A Phrase Whose Time Has Passed”

Food Allergy, the Microbiome and Epigenetics

Last week I wrote about how nitric oxide, a communication molecule naturally produced by our bodies, is also produced by the bacteria of our gut.  The molecule attaches to thousands of proteins in our bodies and can turn genes on and off, greatly affecting… Continue Reading “Food Allergy, the Microbiome and Epigenetics”