Category: inflammation

The “Hygiene Hypothesis” – A Phrase Whose Time Has Passed

Dr. William Parker of Duke University Medical School, an eminent researcher into the effects of helminths on the immune system among other specialties, wrote a commentary in 2014 in the British Medical Journal entitled, The “hygiene hypothesis” for allergic disease is a misnomer.[i]  His…

Blastocystis: Harmless or Harmful? The Short Answer is…It Depends!

Here’s a topic I haven’t written about much: single-cell eukaryotes. A eukaryote is a living organism whose cells contain a nucleus (in which genetic material is contained) within a membrane.  Thus, in the world of living things, only bacteria and archaea (which is sort…

More on Autism and the Microbiome…and a Clinical Study Using Probiotics

My Monday afternoon was devoted to reading two articles about the microbiome and autism.  The first was a chapter from a book on biological markers found in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.[i]  I’ve chosen what I thought were the top 10 points from this article…

Even Mild Stress May Cause Adverse Changes to Your Microbiome

This was a banner week, in terms of incredibly interesting bits of research popping up everywhere.  It was hard to figure out what to write about for today! I have ended up choosing a study out of Duke University looking at the effects of…

A Probiotic/Colostrum Pilot Study in Autism…Which Likely Has Clinical Implications in Other Inflammatory Illnesses

Yesterday, I read a cool little pilot study[i] out of the University of California, testing the tolerability and efficacy of a probiotic and bovine colostrum on a small group of children with autism.  And while the results on this population were interesting, as I’ll…

The Bacterial Microbiota in Mental Illness: A Shifting Paradigm?

So many studies have come out recently that are of interest that I had a hard time choosing the winner for today’s post.  I finally settled on an article[i] from the journal, Medical Sciences, on the potential use of microbiome manipulation in treating neuropsychiatric…

Have I Ever Mentioned that Diet is Key? or…Introducing Roseburia intestinalis

I was introduced to a new probiotic species this morning that sound like it holds a lot of promise:  Roseburia intestinalis.  I came across an article[i] on Gut Microbiota for Health describing research into the beneficial effects of butyrate-producing bacteria on atherosclerotic plaques and…

More Evidence for Industrialization Leading to Biome Depletion

Earlier this week, I wrote about a couple of new articles in the lay press about helminths.  When I posted this on Facebook, one of my readers commented that it reminded her of a blog post from this past November, about how the loss…

Helminths in the Lay Press: A Few Interesting Tidbits

A couple of articles about helminths have appeared recently in the lay press that struck me for various reasons. While it’s always great to see helminth therapy getting good press, unfortunately, there tends to be misinformation printed that can often do more harm than…

A Treatment for Leaky Gut Around a Corner or Two???

Last week, I posted a story on the Biome Buzz’ Facebook page about how a metabolite from pomegranates and berries has been found to reduce inflammatory bowel disease.[i]  Researchers at the University of Louisville discovered that the metabolite,  urolithin A (UroA) and a synthetic…