Category: inflammation

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…

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…

Another Means of Manipulating the Gut Bacteria to Prevent MS?

Today’s a post is a shout-out to all you fans of Akkermansia muciniphila, which I’ve focused on in several posts in the past.   (For example, here and here, among others.) There were some pretty wild and amazing findings in a recent study out of…

Parkinson’s, Fecal Transplant, Probiotics, Prebiotics…No Answers Yet

Yesterday morning, I got a comment on the Biome Buzz’ Facebook page, in response to last week’s post on the microbiome and the basal ganglia, that said, “Could you put it more simply and tell us what to do about it?  This is Facebook…

The Microbiome and the Basal Ganglia in …The Case of the Leaky Gut?

I recently read an article looking at the effects of bacterial microbiome alterations on particular circuits in the brain (the thalamo-cortico-basal ganglia)  that are associated with compulsive behavior, addiction, altered sensations and motor output.[i]  What struck me is how closely related seemingly unrelated disorders…

Histamine Intolerance and the Altered Micobiome

A week or so ago, a reader wrote to me asking if I had ever heard of an intolerance to fermented foods.  Indeed I had:  histamine intolerance.  I have worked with a very few nutrition clients over the years who have suffered from this…

Insomnia? Your Gut Bacteria May Be to Blame

And now for a subject I hate even thinking about:  sleep.  Unlike most people, I dread going to sleep at night.  I’m a terrible sleeper:  I wake up over and over, sometimes falling back to sleep quickly, but all too often, not.  I can’t…

The Bacterial Microbiome and Non-Native Fiber: A Halloween Tale

Today is Halloween here in the United States, so I figure it’s the perfect day for a super scary post about fiber. Not kidding.  This has me terrified. Dr. Liping Zhao is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers University…

The Gut Bacteria and Sunshine Connection

There were several big news stories last week in the biome world.   One I posted on the Biome Buzz’ Facebook page last Thursday (the 24th) is about how experiments (in a rodent model) demonstrate that the gut bacteria play a significant role in controlling…

Fermented Foods and Infant Health

Reading and writing about epidemiological research is not my favorite, but I spotted a study on Tuesday that captured my interest as it’s in the vein of “things you can do now,” which you all know IS my favorite. Looking to ascertain the health…