Category: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

COVID-19: A Gut Update

I continue to follow any new research on the relationship of the gut to COVID outcomes.  Late last week, I saw a review article on Medical Dialogs about the potential of using probiotics therapeutically to treat COVID.[i]  There was not much new in it… Continue Reading “COVID-19: A Gut Update”

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Microbiome and Sugar: Yet More on the Importance of Diet

Many times on this blog (look here and here, as just 2 examples), I’ve looked at research regarding the relationship of what is currently consumed as food in the industrialized world and its relationship to gut disease.  The increase in the rate of inflammatory… Continue Reading “Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Microbiome and Sugar: Yet More on the Importance of Diet”

Endocannabinoids as a Treatment for Gut Infections?

For today, a SUPER interesting paper out of the University of Utah, about how endocannabinoids, signaling molecules of our bodies that “look like” chemicals found in marijuana, can help us fight gut infections.[i]  This would finally explain why cannabis (the plant from which marijuana… Continue Reading “Endocannabinoids as a Treatment for Gut Infections?”

A New “FMT” Probiotic to Treat Ulcerative Colitis: A Clinical Trial

The results of a stage 1 clinical trial of a novel probiotic (created from purified human stool) in treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) were just published in the journal, Gastroenterology.[i]  I didn’t pay a huge amount of attention last week when I… Continue Reading “A New “FMT” Probiotic to Treat Ulcerative Colitis: A Clinical Trial”

The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends”

A very recent paper, published just this past May, caught my eye because of its title:  “Inflammatory bowel diseases, the hygiene hypothesis and the other side of the microbiota: Parasites and fungi.”[i]  How often on this blog have I talked about the incredible complexity… Continue Reading “The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends””

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”

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”

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”

Inflammation, Ketones and the Microbiome

Last week, an interesting biome story came out about research out of the University of California, San Francisco, in which scientists looked at the specific microbiome effects of a ketogenic diet.[i]  As many of you may know, this diet – very low in carbohydrates… Continue Reading “Inflammation, Ketones and the Microbiome”

Inflammatory Arthritis and the Gut

I’ve been keeping an eye out for anything new and interesting in the realm of the biome and arthritis – any kind of arthritis.  Following are some highlights from a recent article on the two way communication between the gut immune system and the… Continue Reading “Inflammatory Arthritis and the Gut”