Category: Bacterial Microbiome

The Microbiome, Its Circadian Rhythms…and Diabetes Risk

Not a day goes by that I don’t read something –  a synopsis, an article, an abstract, etc. – about the gut biome, and thus, every single day, I am astounded yet again at the incredible complexity. Last November, I wrote about research looking…

Antibiotics Early in Life: More on Their Detrimental Effects

Because I know how to have a good time, I spent a lot of time yesterday reading incredibly depressing articles, one after another, about the gut:  paper after paper about the differences in the gut microbiota of those on the autism spectrum, subsequent differences…

Glyphosate, Gut Bugs and Autism

A controversy I have been following:  what do we REALLY know about glyphosate (the chemical found in the herbicide, Roundup) and its effects on health.  As you all know, I like to look at the actual science, not the sensationalist media headlines.  Back last…

Two New Papers on Parkinson’s: More Connections to the Microbiome

Two new Parkinson’s disease (PD) studies to report to you, both on the involvement of the gut bacteria.  (It amazes me how rapidly the research on this seems to be progressing.) The first was published in the Annals of Neurology by German researchers.[i]  They…

Your Gut Bacteria…or Who’s Your Daddy?

Yet another topic of particular interest to me (yes, I know…I am interested in pretty much everything!) is the gut-brain axis.  I’m always looking for the latest on how one affects the other, as I reckon that this line of research is eventually going…

Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study

Many times now, I have written about propionic acid (PPA) and its likely role in causing autism (here and here, to give you just a couple of many examples).  In fact, one of the earliest posts on this blog was an introduction to you…

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)…

Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?

A few weeks back, a study came out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is worth reporting.[i]  It is one in a long line of similar studies which show that exposure to our “old friends” modulates the immune system in such a way…

Don’t Worry, Be Happy…You’ll Make Your Gut Biome Happy Too!

University of Texas Southwestern scientists looked at how serotonin – one of the “feel good” hormones (90% of which is actually produced in the gastrointestinal tract) – can reduce fatal intestinal infections.[i]  As serotonin is such a major player in the GI system, it…

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…