Category: Autoimmune Disease

Common Toothpaste Ingredient Potentially Linked to Gut Damage Seen in IBD

How many of you have heard of triclosan [TCS]? I had not, until I spotted a paper out of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Hong Kong Baptist University, on its potential toxicity, re:  our gut bacteria.  … Continue Reading “Common Toothpaste Ingredient Potentially Linked to Gut Damage Seen in IBD”

L. reuteri: A Review of Its Many Known Benefits

A very happy New Year to you all. I hope your holidays were wonderful. First, an update on me.  You may have noticed that I have been writing posts less regularly. My new business has really taken off, and I am working insane hours. … Continue Reading “L. reuteri: A Review of Its Many Known Benefits”

Mechanism Discovered: How Stress Leads to Crohn’s Flare Ups

Today’s news is on a topic very near and dear to my heart, especially right now:  stress.  And the news isn’t good. Researchers at McMaster University have isolated a mechanism by which stress causes a flare up of Crohn’s disease.[i]  And surprise, surprise –… Continue Reading “Mechanism Discovered: How Stress Leads to Crohn’s Flare Ups”

Helminthic Therapy: A Review of the Current Status of Research

A couple of weeks ago, I found an interesting article in The Scientist that does a great job of summarizing the current status of helminth research.[i]  I have been too busy in my “real” life to read it though, until this past weekend. So,… Continue Reading “Helminthic Therapy: A Review of the Current Status of Research”

IBD, the Microbiome, Mental Health: Inflammation is the Key

The link between inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and mental health issues has long been observed, and I have covered the topic before on this blog.  (Look here and here, for example.) On the one hand, it makes sense:  living with persistent pain, diarrhea, fatigue,… Continue Reading “IBD, the Microbiome, Mental Health: Inflammation is the Key”

Helminths, Protozoa and More Helminths – a Research Trifecta!

Helminths, helminths and more helminths here at The Biome Buzz today. Study #1:  from the European Journal of Neurology which shows that infection with Toxoplasmosis (an infection with the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii)  has a protective effect against the development of multiple sclerosis (MS).  That… Continue Reading “Helminths, Protozoa and More Helminths – a Research Trifecta!”

Akkermansia Fans: The Day You Have Been Waiting For!!!

There are going to be some VERY happy biome buzzers out there today! I got pretty darn excited when I read over the weekend that the European Food Safety Authority (their version of the FDA) has confirmed that pasteurized Akkermansia municiphila is a safe… Continue Reading “Akkermansia Fans: The Day You Have Been Waiting For!!!”

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut:

The last time I wrote about research on the biome and rheumatoid arthritis was last February so it’s about time for something new and exciting.  A paper was just published by researchers at the University College London that shows that bacterial dysbiosis may lead… Continue Reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut:”

Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Some Promising News

Exciting news! It’s been ages since I had any good research on the macrobiome to report to you, and this paper is a all kinds of awesome. To start, the justification for this research: “The increased prevalence of auto-inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis,… Continue Reading “Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Some Promising News”

New Research into the Mycobiome and the Development of Crohn’s Disease

The biome buzz of last week surround newly published research out of the University of Utah.[i]  You’ll remember from previous posts on this subject (see here and here as two examples) that the mycobiome appears to play a big role in the development of… Continue Reading “New Research into the Mycobiome and the Development of Crohn’s Disease”