Category: Crohn’s Disease

IBD, the Microbiome, Mental Health: Inflammation is the Key

The link between inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and mental health issues has long been observed, and I have covered the topic before on this blog.  (Look here and here, for example.) On the one hand, it makes sense:  living with persistent pain, diarrhea, fatigue,… Continue Reading “IBD, the Microbiome, Mental Health: Inflammation is the Key”

Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Some Promising News

Exciting news! It’s been ages since I had any good research on the macrobiome to report to you, and this paper is a all kinds of awesome. To start, the justification for this research: “The increased prevalence of auto-inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis,… Continue Reading “Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Some Promising News”

New Research into the Mycobiome and the Development of Crohn’s Disease

The biome buzz of last week surround newly published research out of the University of Utah.[i]  You’ll remember from previous posts on this subject (see here and here as two examples) that the mycobiome appears to play a big role in the development of… Continue Reading “New Research into the Mycobiome and the Development of Crohn’s Disease”

Babies, Breast Milk and the Development of the Early Microbiome and Immune System

That the first few months of life are critical for the development of a healthy microbiome, which in turn, affects health life-long is now accepted as a self-evidient fact.  For those of you who, like me, have been following biome research for the last… Continue Reading “Babies, Breast Milk and the Development of the Early Microbiome and Immune System”

A Very Hopeful Huge Step Forward in IBD (and other diseases) Treatment

Good morning, Biome Fans.  Before I launch into today’s cool piece of research, I just wanted to let you all know that going forward, more often than not, I’ll only be blogging once per week, as opposed to the twice I’ve been doing for… Continue Reading “A Very Hopeful Huge Step Forward in IBD (and other diseases) Treatment”

Relating Bacterial Microbiome Structure to Specific Diseases: We’re One Step Closer

I wasn’t surprised to see this research out of Harvard University:  it was inevitable. Scientists at Harvard and the Joslin Diabetes Center have analyzed the genetic makeup of bacterial microbiomes and linked these DNA signatures directly to specific diseases.[i]   As more and more… Continue Reading “Relating Bacterial Microbiome Structure to Specific Diseases: We’re One Step Closer”

They Thymus Gland, the Microbiome, and Early Immune System Training

Loads of times, I have talked about how our microbiomes are the earliest instructors for our immune systems, teaching how to distinguish good from bad, and self from non-self.  Many diseases are associated with lessons poorly learned:  autoimmune disease results from the immune system… Continue Reading “They Thymus Gland, the Microbiome, and Early Immune System Training”

Diet and Your Gut Bacteria: Specific and Consistent Relationships Found

News flash (NOT!):  eating unhealthy food is bad for you. While that is not exactly revolutionary, there is still a lot we don’t know, like exactly how diet affects different bacteria of the human biome.  Thus, I am reporting to you an interesting study… Continue Reading “Diet and Your Gut Bacteria: Specific and Consistent Relationships Found”

The Two Faces of Candida

As you know, I like to keep up on research on all the different components of the human biome, so yesterday,  I read an article in the International Journal of Medial Microbiology about fungi.[i]  There were a bunch of really interesting facts which I’ll… Continue Reading “The Two Faces of Candida”

Crohn’s Disease and the Mycobiome: A Fungus Prevents Wound Healing

I was amazed by new research out of the Washington University in St. Louis done in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic.  Scientists discovered that a fungus called Debaryomyces hansenii, which is commonly used in the food industry to ripen the surfaces of cheese and… Continue Reading “Crohn’s Disease and the Mycobiome: A Fungus Prevents Wound Healing”