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
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
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
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
Last month I wrote about bacteriophages (phages, for short) and Parkinson’s Disease. If you remember, a phage is a virus that kills bacteria. Those researchers found an abnormally high number of phages had killed off good Lactobaccillus in PD patients: ““The depletion of Lactococcus due to high numbers of strictly lytic phages in PD patients … More Phages and Autoimmune Diseases
I have written before about the work of Dr. Jamie Lorimer, of Oxford University. I was very excited yesterday when a friend sent me his newest paper, which examines the history of the helminth/human relationship[i] A few favorite parts to share with you: When we first discovered germs, medical science came to view anything not … More Do Our Helminths Make Us Human?
Late last week, there was a little review of the evils of antibiotic use in pregnant woman and babies in the Australian version of The Conversation.[i] An incredible statistic: apparently half of Australian infants get at least one round of antibiotics by their first birthday – one of the highest rates in the world. Most … More Some Remarkable Antibiotic Facts
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
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
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?