Category: Diet

More Fascinating Findings on Phages: Affects on Memory and Cognition

For today, a topic I haven’t had a chance to write about in months:  the virome.  Published last week in Cell Host & Microbe is an article that shows that a specific bacteriophage has been found to improve executive function and memory in both… Continue Reading “More Fascinating Findings on Phages: Affects on Memory and Cognition”

A Step Forward in Figuring Out the Microbiome/Weight Gain Connection

Today, for your reading pleasure, a quick summary of a super interesting article I spotted in the journal, Nature Metabolism, over this past weekend.  As you know from my (many) past posts on the topic of obesity, it is  NOT a simple question of… Continue Reading “A Step Forward in Figuring Out the Microbiome/Weight Gain Connection”

Multiple Sclerosis, the Microbiome and Meat Consumption: A Complex Interplay

We have a big dividing line – metaphorically – running through my kitchen:  on the one side is me with my beloved heaping salads; acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, cranberries and walnuts; mushroom risottos; cashew korma with basmati rice,  etc.  On the other,… Continue Reading “Multiple Sclerosis, the Microbiome and Meat Consumption: A Complex Interplay”

IBS and FODMAPS: Why the Variability in Response?

As my regular readers are more than aware, one of my biggest interests is personalized nutrition. In 2003, I started my son, Alex, on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet when his inflammatory bowel disease proved recalcitrant to the array of pharmaceuticals his gastroenterologist prescribed for… Continue Reading “IBS and FODMAPS: Why the Variability in Response?”

Direct Link Between Diet, the Microbiome and the Immune System Found

This is an awesome piece of research out of Harvard Medical School, along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Seoul National University, and Monash University in Australia.  They have essentially found a key piece of evidence that what you eat directly affects your immune system.[i]… Continue Reading “Direct Link Between Diet, the Microbiome and the Immune System Found”

Children, Allergies, the Microbiome and Heavy Metals

For your reading pleasure (NOT), two distressing pieces of research. New research out of Ohio State University is truly horrifying.[i]  These scientists have traced a link between low dose exposure to the heavy metal, cadmium, and the activation of the antibodies that cause allergies.… Continue Reading “Children, Allergies, the Microbiome and Heavy Metals”

Live to be 100? Fermented Foods, Healthy Aging and the Microbiome

Well, I just learned something new.  Did you know that, “Over a century ago, Elie Metchnikoff theorized that health could be enhanced and senility delayed by manipulating the intestinal microbiome with host-friendly bacteria found in yogurt”?[1]  I had absolutely no idea that healthy aging… Continue Reading “Live to be 100? Fermented Foods, Healthy Aging and the Microbiome”

Your Intestines on Excess High Fructose Corn Syrup (it’s not pretty)

Firstly, let me apologize for not forewarning you that I wouldn’t be posting last week.  I did this absolutely K-RAAAAZY thing last week – I took a vacation. I am not sure that in the almost 5 year history of this blog, such insanity… Continue Reading “Your Intestines on Excess High Fructose Corn Syrup (it’s not pretty)”

Another Very Interesting “Personalized Nutrition” Company: Introducing ZOE

I know from past surveys that many of you, like me, are super interested in personalized nutrition.  I just found another company that looks very promising: ZOE. The company has an impressive group of scientists at its helm.  To name just a few:  Tim… Continue Reading “Another Very Interesting “Personalized Nutrition” Company: Introducing ZOE”

Homing in on a Microbiome Culprit in ALS

And just like last week, the Weizmann Institute in Israel strikes again.  So much cutting edge research out of one place! As many of you may know from previous posts on this blog (look here and here, as just two of many examples), over… Continue Reading “Homing in on a Microbiome Culprit in ALS”