Category: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Helminth Therapy: A Call to Action

An interesting opinion piece by Dr. William Parker, of Duke University, and colleagues at a couple of Czech Universities, just appeared in Trends in Parasitology.[i]  To summarize, the paper makes two key points: A.  These scientists hold the belief that the interaction between human…

Zeroing In On An Inflammatory Bowel Disease Culprit

When Harvard University talks, people listen (including me)!  So I paid particular attention to a fascinating bit of new research out just this week that definitely takes us a step closer to figure out what happens in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), in terms of  …

A Quick Update on the Mycobiome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A great article appeared last week on Gut Microbiota for Health,[i] on the overlooked mycobiome in digestive diseases.  I’ve written about this topic several times before and am always very happy to see new research focused on the topic. The authors of the paper[ii]…

And Yet Another Food Additive Becomes Suspect

Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about ways in which modern food processing may be related to our growing epidemic of obesity (or globesity, as those authors called it).  In that post, I mentioned that many food additives are potentially thought to …

And Yet MORE Evidence of the Efficacy of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

I continue to make my way through the stacks of articles I’ve collected these last few months and decided today to treat myself to a description of a paper from 2015 that used survey data to analyze the effects of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet…

Introducing Archaea: Another Important Member of Your Inner Ecosystem

It’s not often that I get to write about the more esoteric members of our gut biomes.  Our bacteria get the most hype in the scientific literature, but as you all know, there are many other kinds of residents of our inner ecosystems.  I…

An Obvious Solution to Treating IBD?

A short article about helminths and inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] was just published, and is absolutely worth a read (and post).[i]  I’d almost call it an op-ed piece.  It reads like this researcher is berating a medical system that is ignoring an obvious solution…

Early Life Biome Depletion and a Lifetime of Health Issues

Yesterday, I found a great complimentary article[i] to my Tuesday post regarding lack of exposure to commensal organisms and the development of asthma in children.  This is another “it’s biome depletion not the darn ‘hygiene hypothesis’” kind of story! Background information:   babies are exposed…

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…

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…