Autism and the Early Bacterial Microbiome

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

Dysbiosis, Fibromylagia (and Chronic Fatigue)…and Me

As many of you may know, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is thought to be  closely related to fibromyalgia… and as someone who suffers from the latter, any news on these two illnesses is near and dear to me. Inspired by the d-lactate findings I wrote about in my last two posts, I did some snooping … More Dysbiosis, Fibromylagia (and Chronic Fatigue)…and Me

Helminth Exposure and Autoimmune Disease: A Psychic Vision

I got a wonderful email this past Friday, and have been very much looking forward to sharing it with you all this week. A friend from the helminthic therapy world sent me a “Happy Anniversary” message, celebrating the 50th year since the publication of the first paper[i] noting that exposure to helminths is associated with … More Helminth Exposure and Autoimmune Disease: A Psychic Vision

Helminthic Therapy and “Outlaw” Innovation

A couple of days ago, a friend sent me a chapter from a book that he knew would greatly interest me.  The chapter is entitled, “Chronic Disease, New Thinking, and Outlaw Innovation: Patients on the Edge in the Knowledge Commons.”[i]  Well, in fact, I was even more interested than he knew:  the author, Dr. Stephen … More Helminthic Therapy and “Outlaw” Innovation

Stress and Autoimmune Disease: A Relationship that is Becoming More Defined

One of the big medical news stories of the week was the results of 30 years’ worth of research published in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), examining the connection between stress and the development of autoimmune disease.[i]  Over 1 million people in Sweden were tracked for 3 decades, and 100,000 of those … More Stress and Autoimmune Disease: A Relationship that is Becoming More Defined

Boys, Girls, Gut Bacteria..and Inflammation

This was a WOW for me. An international team of researchers have discovered that, in mice at least, immune cells in the brain react differently to changes in gut bacteria…and on whether or not they are fetuses or adults.[i] The absence of a maternal microbiome dramatically affects the microglia (the immune cells) of the brain … More Boys, Girls, Gut Bacteria..and Inflammation

Is PANS/PANDAS Yet Another Disease of the Bacterial Microbiome?

This will come as no surprise to those parents out there who have dealt with the nightmare symptoms of PANS or PANDAS in their children.  Researchers in Rome collected stool samples from 30 patients with PANS/PANDAS, aged 4-16 years old, and compared them to 70 unaffected normal peers.[i] “An altered bacterial community structure was detected … More Is PANS/PANDAS Yet Another Disease of the Bacterial Microbiome?