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 in terms of lowering cancer risk, but today, for the first … More The Potential Anti-Cancer Power of “Parasites”

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 lining is inflamed and leaky, these toxins are able to … More Bacterial Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Case of the Missing Akkermansia?

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 of gut bacteria in multiple sclerosis.[i] My original post was of … More Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism

More on the Microbiome and Cancer: This Time Good News

A few days ago I wrote about how cancer is associated with the depletion of the human biome and subsequent chronic low-grade inflammation.  The news is grim indeed.  But today, I am posting about something at least a little positive on the cancer front.  Very exciting research is showing that by manipulating the bacterial microbiome, … More More on the Microbiome and Cancer: This Time Good News

Cancer

Warning:  I am not a ray of sunshine today. Yesterday, I was at the funeral of my very loved aunt, who just died of cancer.  I’ve also lost a grandmother and 3 friends to cancer (leukemia, brain, and liver)…and have had multiple scares with other friends and relatives (ovarian, breast, prostate, etc.), who, thank goodness, … More Cancer

Enhanced Immunity: A Benefit of a Natural Biome

Early last month, I read an abstract of a paper that demonstrated that formula feeding predisposes neonatal piglets to Clostridum difficile (CD) infection.[i]  (CD is a bacterial infection of the gut that causes profound diarrhea, inflammation of the gut, and if severe enough, can cause death.)  The scientists examined the feces of animals that were  … More Enhanced Immunity: A Benefit of a Natural Biome

TNF-Inhibitors: WTF

Back on April 6 of this year, I wrote a post  about an FDA report on medications used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases.  As a reminder: “‘Drugs used to treat Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders are among those with the greatest number of reported side effects filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…’ … More TNF-Inhibitors: WTF

Inflammaging: Yet Another Good Reason to Work on Biome Health

Inflammaging = age related chronic inflammation.  It’s become a really hot word – and it sums up a lot of new findings lately. This week, the big excitement is study just published in Frontiers in Immunology.[i]  Researchers in the Netherlands transplanted gut bacteria from young and old mice into young, germ-free mice, and measured immune … More Inflammaging: Yet Another Good Reason to Work on Biome Health