Category: inflammation

Helminths, Protozoa and More Helminths – a Research Trifecta!

Helminths, helminths and more helminths here at The Biome Buzz today. Study #1:  from the European Journal of Neurology which shows that infection with Toxoplasmosis (an infection with the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii)  has a protective effect against the development of multiple sclerosis (MS).  That… Continue Reading “Helminths, Protozoa and More Helminths – a Research Trifecta!”

Akkermansia Fans: The Day You Have Been Waiting For!!!

There are going to be some VERY happy biome buzzers out there today! I got pretty darn excited when I read over the weekend that the European Food Safety Authority (their version of the FDA) has confirmed that pasteurized Akkermansia municiphila is a safe… Continue Reading “Akkermansia Fans: The Day You Have Been Waiting For!!!”

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut:

The last time I wrote about research on the biome and rheumatoid arthritis was last February so it’s about time for something new and exciting.  A paper was just published by researchers at the University College London that shows that bacterial dysbiosis may lead… Continue Reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut:”

Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Some Promising News

Exciting news! It’s been ages since I had any good research on the macrobiome to report to you, and this paper is a all kinds of awesome. To start, the justification for this research: “The increased prevalence of auto-inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis,… Continue Reading “Helminths and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Some Promising News”

Buy One, Get One Free: Two Papers on the Bacterial Microbiome that Caught My Eye

Flash sale!!!  Two for the price of one today at The Biome Buzz! The first study that I want to share with you was performed in a collaboration between Japanese, Harvard and MIT scientists, and was published in the elite journal, Nature.[i]  The researchers… Continue Reading “Buy One, Get One Free: Two Papers on the Bacterial Microbiome that Caught My Eye”

New Research into the Mycobiome and the Development of Crohn’s Disease

The biome buzz of last week surround newly published research out of the University of Utah.[i]  You’ll remember from previous posts on this subject (see here and here as two examples) that the mycobiome appears to play a big role in the development of… Continue Reading “New Research into the Mycobiome and the Development of Crohn’s Disease”

More on the Biome Evils of Artificial Sweeteners

Ugh. I have so few guilty pleasures, what with calorie counts and nutrition information on everything.  As much as I am pining to finally taste a mocha frappacino at Starbucks, as soon as I see that 400+ calorie count, I just can’t bring myself… Continue Reading “More on the Biome Evils of Artificial Sweeteners”

Babies, Breast Milk and the Development of the Early Microbiome and Immune System

That the first few months of life are critical for the development of a healthy microbiome, which in turn, affects health life-long is now accepted as a self-evidient fact.  For those of you who, like me, have been following biome research for the last… Continue Reading “Babies, Breast Milk and the Development of the Early Microbiome and Immune System”

A Very Hopeful Huge Step Forward in IBD (and other diseases) Treatment

Good morning, Biome Fans.  Before I launch into today’s cool piece of research, I just wanted to let you all know that going forward, more often than not, I’ll only be blogging once per week, as opposed to the twice I’ve been doing for… Continue Reading “A Very Hopeful Huge Step Forward in IBD (and other diseases) Treatment”

They Thymus Gland, the Microbiome, and Early Immune System Training

Loads of times, I have talked about how our microbiomes are the earliest instructors for our immune systems, teaching how to distinguish good from bad, and self from non-self.  Many diseases are associated with lessons poorly learned:  autoimmune disease results from the immune system… Continue Reading “They Thymus Gland, the Microbiome, and Early Immune System Training”