Category: Autoimmune Disease

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)…

Diet, Your Brain and Autoimmunity

By now, we all know that chronic and/or neurodegenerative diseases like MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, autism are all inflammatory and probably all derive from alterations to the gut biome.  I’ve written about all of them many times now (some links provided in the previous…

Parkinson’s, Gut Issues and the Microbiome: A May 2020 Update

As you know, I’ve been closely following developments in the field of Parkinson’s disease (PD) research as I already have multiple friends diagnosed, and that, in their 40s and 50s.  (Here are just a couple of the many, many posts I’ve written over the…

An Introduction to a New “Old Friend”: Christensenella (to Treat Anxiety and Depression?)

Last week I found what amounts to a business news press release announcing that a microbiome company called LNC Therapeutics has licensed the use of a specific strain of a gut bacteria called Christensenella (which I had never heard of) from the National Research…

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…