Category: Autoimmune Disease

A Very Hopeful Huge Step Forward in IBD (and other diseases) Treatment

Good morning, Biome Fans.  Before I launch into today’s cool piece of research, I just wanted to let you all know that going forward, more often than not, I’ll only be blogging once per week, as opposed to the twice I’ve been doing for… Continue Reading “A Very Hopeful Huge Step Forward in IBD (and other diseases) Treatment”

They Thymus Gland, the Microbiome, and Early Immune System Training

Loads of times, I have talked about how our microbiomes are the earliest instructors for our immune systems, teaching how to distinguish good from bad, and self from non-self.  Many diseases are associated with lessons poorly learned:  autoimmune disease results from the immune system… Continue Reading “They Thymus Gland, the Microbiome, and Early Immune System Training”

Two New Studies on the Efficacy of Diet in Treating IBD

More good news for you all.  Two studies were released at once providing yet further support for the use of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) in inflammatory bowel disease.  As you know, my personal experience in curing my son of inflammatory bowel disease has… Continue Reading “Two New Studies on the Efficacy of Diet in Treating IBD”

Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1

It’s the last week of the year, so it’s time for the inevitable yearly round-up posts!  There’s a good article on Gut Microbiota for Health summarizing some of the major microbiota scientific breakthroughs this year.[i]  Of course, you read it first here on The… Continue Reading “Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1”

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Microbiome and Sugar: Yet More on the Importance of Diet

Many times on this blog (look here and here, as just 2 examples), I’ve looked at research regarding the relationship of what is currently consumed as food in the industrialized world and its relationship to gut disease.  The increase in the rate of inflammatory… Continue Reading “Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Microbiome and Sugar: Yet More on the Importance of Diet”

Probiotics for MS? Maybe yes, maybe no…

I keep pointing out to everyone how insanely complex is the human biome.  Everything affects everything else in a tangle that is beyond convoluted.  Well, just when you think you have something of a handle on that concept, some other piece of research comes… Continue Reading “Probiotics for MS? Maybe yes, maybe no…”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1

As I am always on the lookout for things we can do now, I was particularly interested in reading a new paper just published in the journal Nutrients which reviewed what we know about using probiotics together with omega-3 fatty acids to reduce chronic… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1”

The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends”

A very recent paper, published just this past May, caught my eye because of its title:  “Inflammatory bowel diseases, the hygiene hypothesis and the other side of the microbiota: Parasites and fungi.”[i]  How often on this blog have I talked about the incredible complexity… Continue Reading “The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends””

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”

Multiple Sclerosis and Helminths: A Phase 2 Clinical Trial

I’m treating myself this week, writing about two of my favorite things:  first a post on “things you can do now,” and now a clinical trial, this one on using helminths to treat multiple sclerosis.[i]  This was a phase 2 study at the University… Continue Reading “Multiple Sclerosis and Helminths: A Phase 2 Clinical Trial”