Category: Autoimmune Disease

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be…

The Two Sides of Bacteroides fragilis

Back in May, 2018, I wrote about Bacteriodes fragilis (B. fragilis), a species of bacteria some strains of which are toxic, some of which are highly beneficial.  The main thrust of that post was about how our immune system, when functioning properly, can recognize…

Neurodegnerative and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Prime Targets for Helminths

Within just a few weeks of each other, two papers have been published looking at the potential of using helminths to treat neurological conditions.  Not surprisingly, both focus on the powerful anti-inflammatory effect of helminths. (For those of you new to helminths:  these are…

Biofilms and the Mycobiome/IBD Connection: A Refresher and a Probiotic Treatment Finally?!

I’ve decided to start this week with some good news. A few days ago, the headline of a little op-ed sort of piece on a science-devoted website caught my eye:  “It’s Time to Highlight Our Fungus Friends in Our Microbiomes.”[i]  The author gives a…

Bloated? A Surprising Culprit May Be to Blame

This morning, I spotted an interesting little piece on Medical Daily entitled, “Bloated?  High-Fiber Foods Are Not to Blame; This Ingredient Is.”[i]  Curious to see what they were suggesting as a possible culprit (after all, bloating is the second most common complaint I hear…

Helminth Therapy: A Call to Action

An interesting opinion piece by Dr. William Parker, of Duke University, and colleagues at a couple of Czech Universities, just appeared in Trends in Parasitology.[i]  To summarize, the paper makes two key points: A.  These scientists hold the belief that the interaction between human…

Zeroing In On An Inflammatory Bowel Disease Culprit

When Harvard University talks, people listen (including me)!  So I paid particular attention to a fascinating bit of new research out just this week that definitely takes us a step closer to figure out what happens in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), in terms of  …

Eat Crickets! Delicious, Nutritious and Great for your Biome, Shows a Clinical Study

A couple of months ago, a friend sent me an article I finally had a chance to read, which describes a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study that looked at the effects of eating crickets on health and the gut biome.[i] Now don’t sit there rolling…

Two Stories Today…For the Price of One! Stressed You and Overfed You = Stressed And Overfed Gut Bacteria

Two incredibly cool news stories came out last week and since I can’t decide which to share with you today…I’ll share both. Story 1: As you all know, if you regularly read this blog, the exact cause of the current inflammatory epidemic plaguing those…

A Quick Update on the Mycobiome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A great article appeared last week on Gut Microbiota for Health,[i] on the overlooked mycobiome in digestive diseases.  I’ve written about this topic several times before and am always very happy to see new research focused on the topic. The authors of the paper[ii]…