Category: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Bile Acids and Your Microbiome (It May Not Sound Sexy but…They are a Huge Factor in Health)

Ok, it’s time for me to tackle a topic that is totally new to me. Today’s subject:  bile acids.  It may not sound exciting but it turns out, bile acids have a huge part to play in your health, and that effect is based…

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…

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…

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…

The Miracle of Mucus?

When giving a talk, Elaine Gottschall, the author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle (the book that lays out the specifics, and science, of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet) used to show 3 slides, illustrating the incredible mucus production in intestines afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease….

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be…

The Two Sides of Bacteroides fragilis

Back in May, 2018, I wrote about Bacteriodes fragilis (B. fragilis), a species of bacteria some strains of which are toxic, some of which are highly beneficial.  The main thrust of that post was about how our immune system, when functioning properly, can recognize…

Neurodegnerative and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Prime Targets for Helminths

Within just a few weeks of each other, two papers have been published looking at the potential of using helminths to treat neurological conditions.  Not surprisingly, both focus on the powerful anti-inflammatory effect of helminths. (For those of you new to helminths:  these are…

Biofilms and the Mycobiome/IBD Connection: A Refresher and a Probiotic Treatment Finally?!

I’ve decided to start this week with some good news. A few days ago, the headline of a little op-ed sort of piece on a science-devoted website caught my eye:  “It’s Time to Highlight Our Fungus Friends in Our Microbiomes.”[i]  The author gives a…