Category: Bacterial Microbiome

Propionic Acid: A Culprit in Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction?

As promised on Tuesday, today is the last post in my continuing propionic acid series  as we wrap up not-celebrating the Biome Buzz’ official First Annual Propionic Acid week.  Today’s post is about just how suspect it is for all our health. A study…

Ameliorating the Adverse Effects of Excess Propionic Acid

I am officially declaring this Biome Buzz’ first annual Propionic Acid Week! (Unfortunately, this is not a cause for celebration.) If you remember, propionic acid (PPA) is a short-chain fatty acid produced by gut bacteria.  Ordinarily, PPA , like the other SCFAs, is great…

Is There Any Doubt Left that Propionic Acid is a Cause of Autism? Apparently not

I first started to write about autism and propionic acid (PPA) not long after creating this blog, back in the fall of 2016.  In January 2017, I described to you some of the work of Dr. Derrick MacFabe, which as particularly fascinated me for…

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…

C.Difficle Infections…A Case of the “omes” Working Together?

As my regular readers know, I am particular interested in science that looks at how the various kingdoms of the human biome interact to promote health or disease.  Another interesting article came out recently that looks at how yeasts and bacteria work together to…

The Bacterial Microbiome and Immune Response to Vaccines

I love it when one of my readers contacts me to talk about a post, to show me something new or just wants to introduce him or herself and say hi.  As I’ve pointed out recently on the Biome Buzz Facebook page, we are…

5 Years to a Designer Bacterial Microbiome? My Money’s on Yes

My psychic powers are in overdrive after reading an article on Medical Express yesterday morning about research being presented at the upcoming American Chemical Society’s fall meeting.[i]  I truly believe this is the first step toward custom modeling of the human microbiome. Obviously, diet…

ADHD and the Microbiome…and a Nutritional Supplement

A small pilot study, done by New Zealand researchers, was just published[i] that has me pretty excited.  (I love studies that involve nutrition!) The research involved 17 children (aged 7 to 12), diagnosed with ADHD.  10 of these were given micronutrients supplements for 10…

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the Bacterial Microbiome

I first learned about the concept of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) a good 20 years ago, from my mentor who is a well-known functional medicine doctor.  I know some people are shocked by the idea but to me, it made sense from the get-go. …

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…