Category: cancer

Early Life Biome Depletion and a Lifetime of Health Issues

Yesterday, I found a great complimentary article[i] to my Tuesday post regarding lack of exposure to commensal organisms and the development of asthma in children.  This is another “it’s biome depletion not the darn ‘hygiene hypothesis’” kind of story! Background information:   babies are exposed…

Blastocystis: Harmless or Harmful? The Short Answer is…It Depends!

Here’s a topic I haven’t written about much: single-cell eukaryotes. A eukaryote is a living organism whose cells contain a nucleus (in which genetic material is contained) within a membrane.  Thus, in the world of living things, only bacteria and archaea (which is sort…

Food Allergy, the Microbiome and Epigenetics

Last week I wrote about how nitric oxide, a communication molecule naturally produced by our bodies, is also produced by the bacteria of our gut.  The molecule attaches to thousands of proteins in our bodies and can turn genes on and off, greatly affecting…

How Do the Microbiota Communicate with Their Host? Scientists Have Cracked the First Mechanism!

I don’t know if you remember but back in  December, I wrote about research into how phages (viruses that kill bacteria) can understand the language of bacteria, allowing them to spy on their fellow gut inhabitants, thereby optimizing their own existence.  Discoveries into inter-species…

Senescence, Aging…and the Microbiome: Part 2

As I promised last Thursday, I’ll finish talking about the article[i] on aging, the microbiome,  and senescence today. A quick summary of my last post:  the evidence currently available points to a depletion of the microbiota as we age (from diet (for example, older…

Senescence, Aging…and the Microbiome: Part 1

Yesterday evening, I read about a study[i] done by scientists at the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK, that fascinated me enough that it sent me into one of my I-can’t-stop-reading jags. First, a brief explanation:  senescent cells are old cells that have lost…

Leaky Gut and Leaky Brains…and Disease

If you remember, my last post was a quick update on what we currently know about the microbiome-depression link, and I mention leaky gut with a promise to write more about it this week.  Toward that end, on Friday evening, I read an article…

The Potential Anti-Cancer Power of “Parasites”

I have read the vast majority of papers ever written on the subject of therapeutic helminths, and cannot, for the life of me, remember reading one that specifically addresses their potential anti-cancer effects.  I knew that helminths’ inflammation-modulating effect should theoretically be highly beneficial…

Bacterial Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Case of the Missing Akkermansia?

Yesterday, I read a study[i] done on 55 people which showed substantial and distinct alterations of the gut bacteria in people with Alzheimer’s disease versus healthy controls.  More than that: the blood of those affected showed higher levels of bacterial toxins, meaning that their…

Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism

On an ordinary day, one of my posts on Facebook may reach 200 people.  A couple of weeks ago though, I noticed that one reached well over 1000.  It was regarding recent research out of Harvard, published in the journal, Nature, about the role…