Category: cancer

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)…

Inflammation,the Microbiome and…Whole Body Vibration? (No, I’m Not Kidding You…)

Several years ago I was in a gym equipment store buying a cross trainer, and spotted a strange looking machine lying on the floor near the cash register.  I asked the assistant what it was:  “That’s a whole body vibrating machine,” he responded, “It’s…

More On the Microbiome and Bile Acids: Colon Cancer Prevention?

In February, I entitled a post “Bile Acids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and the Microbiome:  A Rapidly Developing Story.”  Well, that rapidly developing story has taken another leap forward.  A new paper was just published in the journal, Nature, that shows that a metabolite produced…

Gut Bacteria, the Immune System and the Development of Cancer

As I mentioned last week, there isn’t a whole lot of great new biome research coming out these days, for obvious reasons.  The only story over the last few days that really interested me was out of the University of Michigan, which looked at…

Breast Cancer: A Little Bit of Yogurt Seems to Go a Long Way

This past October, I wrote about probiotic use in breast cancer.  If you remember, that paper concluded that what few in vitro and in vivo studies we have look promising.  One piece of research mentioned in that paper is particularly pertinent to today’s post: …

Fiber: And You Thought This Was Simple (ha!)

Many times over the years I’ve written about prebiotic fibers and gut health.  What seems so simple at first glance (i.e. “eat more fiber”) turns out to be anything but…just like everything else having to do with the gut biome!  I just finished reading…

Bile Acids and Your Microbiome (It May Not Sound Sexy but…They are a Huge Factor in Health)

Ok, it’s time for me to tackle a topic that is totally new to me. Today’s subject:  bile acids.  It may not sound exciting but it turns out, bile acids have a huge part to play in your health, and that effect is based…

Organophosphates: Yet Another Environmental Toxin that Adversely Affects the Gut Biome and Health

Another popular request, courtesy of the survey I ran a couple of weeks ago, was for more information on how environmental toxins may affect the human biome.  I wrote about the herbicide, glyphosate (that’s found in Roundup), several months ago, and while the role…

Insomnia? Your Gut Bacteria May Be to Blame

And now for a subject I hate even thinking about:  sleep.  Unlike most people, I dread going to sleep at night.  I’m a terrible sleeper:  I wake up over and over, sometimes falling back to sleep quickly, but all too often, not.  I can’t…

Probiotics for Breast Cancer? (or…Talking About Needing More Research…)

I was surprised, but not surprised, by an article I read last night on the potential use of probiotics in treating breast cancer (BC).[i]  As several friends have already battled BC, this is a topic of particular interest to me.  I knew there was…