Category: inflammation

COVID-19 and Probiotics: A (Successful) Clinical Study

With the COVID crisis continuing to rage on, I have been keeping an eye out for anything we can all do now.  Last week I wrote a post about the potential protective mechanisms afforded by helminths.   Today I’m covering a recent clinical trial using… Continue Reading “COVID-19 and Probiotics: A (Successful) Clinical Study”

ALS and the Microbiome: Yet Another Potential Connection

Earlier this year, another study was published showing alterations in the gut microbiomes of patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).[i]  And,yet again, it shows an imbalance in the ratio of protective microbial species to pro-inflammatory ones. The study included 50 ALS patients ranging in… Continue Reading “ALS and the Microbiome: Yet Another Potential Connection”

Helminths in the Time of COVID: A Protective Action?

As soon as I first read about the recognition by physicians that that death from COVID-19 was often caused by a cytokine storm – a massive inflammatory response to an invader, which causes major tissue damage – my first thought was, “I wonder if… Continue Reading “Helminths in the Time of COVID: A Protective Action?”

Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

How many times on this blog have a talked about how insanely complex is the human biome?  Yesterday, I had one of those moments where I almost threw up my hands and thought, “I give up!”  Everything seems so damn contradictory.  Then, of course,… Continue Reading “Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

A Hodgepodge of Probiotics/Prebiotics, ADHD, Critically Ill Patients on Ventilators, and More

As you know, I’m always looking for published clinical trials on things-that-can-help now, and thought that today, I’d cover one I’ve had on my to-read list for a while. Earlier this year, a double-blind, placebo controlled study was conducted on children and adults with… Continue Reading “A Hodgepodge of Probiotics/Prebiotics, ADHD, Critically Ill Patients on Ventilators, and More”

More on the Circadian Rhythm of the Gut Bacteria…and Its Relationship to Melatonin

Several months ago a very dear friend of mine had a cancer relapse. Coincidentally, I had been doing a little reading about new ideas surrounding cancer, including the causes and the treatment, and it turned out that my friend had been doing the same,… Continue Reading “More on the Circadian Rhythm of the Gut Bacteria…and Its Relationship to Melatonin”

Two New Papers on Parkinson’s: More Connections to the Microbiome

Two new Parkinson’s disease (PD) studies to report to you, both on the involvement of the gut bacteria.  (It amazes me how rapidly the research on this seems to be progressing.) The first was published in the Annals of Neurology by German researchers.[i]  They… Continue Reading “Two New Papers on Parkinson’s: More Connections to the Microbiome”

Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers

I found a bunch of new research on helminths and will, over the next month or so, make my way through the papers.  I wanted to share first an article just published by researchers in Australia (where some of the best hookworm (Necator americanus)… Continue Reading “Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers”

Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?

A few weeks back, a study came out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is worth reporting.[i]  It is one in a long line of similar studies which show that exposure to our “old friends” modulates the immune system in such a way… Continue Reading “Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?”

Diet, Your Brain and Autoimmunity

By now, we all know that chronic and/or neurodegenerative diseases like MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, autism are all inflammatory and probably all derive from alterations to the gut biome.  I’ve written about all of them many times now (some links provided in the previous… Continue Reading “Diet, Your Brain and Autoimmunity”