Helminths and Allergies: Another Look at an Immigrant Population

In my last post, I talked about how microbiome depletion results from immigrating to the United States (and subsequent dietary changes), which leads to obesity and metabolic diseases.  I promised to tell you more about immigrant studies on biome depletion so today I am addressing a paper from 2 years ago in which researchers describe … More Helminths and Allergies: Another Look at an Immigrant Population

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”

Boosting Levels of Akkermansia to Improve Glucose Metabolism

After my last blog post about microbiome changes in Alzheimer’s, including a depletion of the bacteria, Akkermansia, I became curious.  It is not as yet included in any commercial probiotic so I got to wondering if there were any known ways of boosting levels. I found an article[i] from just last year, a commentary actually, … More Boosting Levels of Akkermansia to Improve Glucose Metabolism

High on Helminths!

I just stumbled across beyond-cool research which unveils a whole new way helminths may work to reduce inflammation. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that helminths not only manipulate the endocannabinoid system of their hosts, but the organisms themselves produce natural cannabinoids in order to help ensure survival.[i] For those unfamiliar:  endocannabinoids … More High on Helminths!

Helminth Exposure and Autoimmune Disease: A Psychic Vision

I got a wonderful email this past Friday, and have been very much looking forward to sharing it with you all this week. A friend from the helminthic therapy world sent me a “Happy Anniversary” message, celebrating the 50th year since the publication of the first paper[i] noting that exposure to helminths is associated with … More Helminth Exposure and Autoimmune Disease: A Psychic Vision

Helminthic Therapy and “Outlaw” Innovation

A couple of days ago, a friend sent me a chapter from a book that he knew would greatly interest me.  The chapter is entitled, “Chronic Disease, New Thinking, and Outlaw Innovation: Patients on the Edge in the Knowledge Commons.”[i]  Well, in fact, I was even more interested than he knew:  the author, Dr. Stephen … More Helminthic Therapy and “Outlaw” Innovation

Obesity and the Microbiome: Narrowing in on the Culprits

An interesting study just came out of the University of Chicago, looking at how specific bacteria in the small intestine affect the absorption of fat from the diet.[i]  The work should, in the long term, have huge implications for the treatment of obesity and also, illnesses where malabsorption (like Crohn’s) is problematic. We know that … More Obesity and the Microbiome: Narrowing in on the Culprits

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