Category: Autoimmune Disease

Multiple Sclerosis and Propionic Acid: A Potential Treatment?

I’ve illustrated this post with a picture of Janus, the Roman god of, among other things, duality.  Every time I read about short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), I think of him. Over the years, I’ve written about the benefits of SCFAs many times. (Here’s…

Inflammatory Arthritis and the Gut

I’ve been keeping an eye out for anything new and interesting in the realm of the biome and arthritis – any kind of arthritis.  Following are some highlights from a recent article on the two way communication between the gut immune system and the…

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the Microbiome and…(ahhhh!) Mango

My regular readers know that I am always on the lookout for “things you can do now,” and that I get very excited when I find something that actually makes sense, even if it’s not entirely proven or the mechanism of action fully understood. …

Bile Acids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and the Microbiome: A Rapidly Developing Story

Back in January, I wrote about how bile acids are regulators of inflammation and thus, when dysregulated (either too high or too low), this dysregulation can lead to disease.  Bile is produced by the liver and excreted into the intestines to digest fat.  Gut…

The Promise of Helminths for Multiple Sclerosis

Today I get to write about something other than the bacterial microbiome!  Woopa! I was very happy to find a new paper on the possibilities of using helminths (helminth immunotherapy (HIT), as these authors call it) to prevent and alleviate multiple sclerosis (MS).[i]  …

Fiber: And You Thought This Was Simple (ha!)

Many times over the years I’ve written about prebiotic fibers and gut health.  What seems so simple at first glance (i.e. “eat more fiber”) turns out to be anything but…just like everything else having to do with the gut biome!  I just finished reading…

Another Step Forward: Ankylosing Spondylitis and the Microbiome

The evidence continues to mount pointing to microbiome alterations as being (one of?) the underlying cause of ankylosing spondylitis (AS).  Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about a long-term study on 150 patients with AS which showed distinct alterations in the biome.  A…

Lupus and Helminths: Preventive Promise?

I continue to monitor the macrobiome space, watching as the evidence (very) slowly but surely continues to mount in support of helminths’ ability to alleviate, or even prevent, the development of autoimmune diseases.  The latest news is that, in an animal model, Japanese researchers…

2019: A Top Post Roundup

As promised, I am writing my annual review of top stories from the previous year but this time, I’m not picking my favorites, I’m picking yours. I thought it would be fun to see which of my posts got the top views for the…

Alterations in the Bacterial Microbiome Associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Larger and Confirming Study

My long time readers know that at this time of year, I typically review my favorite stories from the prior year but I was so darn busy this holiday season, I simply did not have the time this past week.  I will try to…