Category: Autoimmune Disease

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”

Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

How many times on this blog have a talked about how insanely complex is the human biome?  Yesterday, I had one of those moments where I almost threw up my hands and thought, “I give up!”  Everything seems so damn contradictory.  Then, of course,… Continue Reading “Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers

I found a bunch of new research on helminths and will, over the next month or so, make my way through the papers.  I wanted to share first an article just published by researchers in Australia (where some of the best hookworm (Necator americanus)… Continue Reading “Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers”

Diet, Your Brain and Autoimmunity

By now, we all know that chronic and/or neurodegenerative diseases like MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, autism are all inflammatory and probably all derive from alterations to the gut biome.  I’ve written about all of them many times now (some links provided in the previous… Continue Reading “Diet, Your Brain and Autoimmunity”

Parkinson’s, Gut Issues and the Microbiome: A May 2020 Update

As you know, I’ve been closely following developments in the field of Parkinson’s disease (PD) research as I already have multiple friends diagnosed, and that, in their 40s and 50s.  (Here are just a couple of the many, many posts I’ve written over the… Continue Reading “Parkinson’s, Gut Issues and the Microbiome: A May 2020 Update”

An Introduction to a New “Old Friend”: Christensenella (to Treat Anxiety and Depression?)

Last week I found what amounts to a business news press release announcing that a microbiome company called LNC Therapeutics has licensed the use of a specific strain of a gut bacteria called Christensenella (which I had never heard of) from the National Research… Continue Reading “An Introduction to a New “Old Friend”: Christensenella (to Treat Anxiety and Depression?)”

Multiple Sclerosis and Propionic Acid: A Potential Treatment?

I’ve illustrated this post with a picture of Janus, the Roman god of, among other things, duality.  Every time I read about short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), I think of him. Over the years, I’ve written about the benefits of SCFAs many times. (Here’s… Continue Reading “Multiple Sclerosis and Propionic Acid: A Potential Treatment?”