Category: Human Biome

More On Propionic Acid and Autism (or…I’m sorry, but I Can’t Help Myself…)

I know that everyone (including me) wants answers to the question “how do you fix a broken biome.”  I am always happy when I come across any information that may actually help people, especially since, at this point, there’s precious little known about how…

New Research into the Negative Side of Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Too Much of a Good Thing

I have spent a fair bit of virtual ink over the years talking about both the positives and the negatives of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), mentioning that indeed, you really can have too much of a good thing.  For example, as healthy as…

2019: A Top Post Roundup

As promised, I am writing my annual review of top stories from the previous year but this time, I’m not picking my favorites, I’m picking yours. I thought it would be fun to see which of my posts got the top views for the…

Alterations in the Bacterial Microbiome Associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Larger and Confirming Study

My long time readers know that at this time of year, I typically review my favorite stories from the prior year but I was so darn busy this holiday season, I simply did not have the time this past week.  I will try to…

Migraines and the Bacterial Microbiome: Are Probiotics a Solution?

For those of you who suffer migraines (or know someone who does): I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for an article relating those damn headaches to the gut biome.  (You knew it had to be coming…)  Considering that migraine is the…

High-Fat Meals, the Gut’s Endocrine System and Bacteria

As you know, there are certain topics that are of particular interest to me including autism; Parkinson’s; -omes, other than just the bacterial microbiome; neglected illnesses like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia; obesity; etc.; and of course, diet and its relationship to the organisms of…

Using Yeasts to Fight Yeasts

I like it when I can report on -omes other than the bacterial microbiome, especially when the research is about using a natural and benign substance to treat a serious pathogen in fighting disease.  In this case, researchers in the USA and India have…

Helminths and the Microbiome: An Anti-Inflammatory Partnership

It isn’t often that I find new research on helminths and equally rare to find one on the interactions of the various species of resident in the gut, so I was particularly pleased to find an actual human clinical study looking at how the…

Lactose: Food for Gut Infection/Dysbiosis?

This little article caught my attention.[i]  It’s an animal study so it may not be applicable to humans…but it’s certainly something on which I should keep an eye.  As you all know, I’m especially interested in the connection between food and gut bacteria. A…

FMT and Autism: A Status Report

Over the weekend I read an interesting little article on the status of fecal microbiota transplant as a therapy for treating autism.[i]  It most certainly is one of the more promising treatments:  the two clinical trials so far have had pretty spectacular results.  That’s…