Category: Metabolic Syndrome

New Info on Akkermansia and Weight

On Tuesday, I posted info about how high levels of mucus-degrading bacteria, like Akkermansia, are associated with the development of inflammatory bowel disease.  If you’ll remember, in that study rodents were fed different forms of sugar for 7 days and the gut bacteria shifted… Continue Reading “New Info on Akkermansia and Weight”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1

As I am always on the lookout for things we can do now, I was particularly interested in reading a new paper just published in the journal Nutrients which reviewed what we know about using probiotics together with omega-3 fatty acids to reduce chronic… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1”

Disrupted Sleep: Bad for the Health of You and Your Microbiome

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago, have recently published research demonstrating that disrupted sleep leads to elevated blood pressure and alterations to the bacterial microbiome.[i]  I’ve been covering this subject for a while as I myself am a terrible sleeper, and have a… Continue Reading “Disrupted Sleep: Bad for the Health of You and Your Microbiome”

Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome

Today, for your reading pleasure, a kind of amazing 14 month long clinical trial out of Ben-Gurion University, in Israel![i]  As I am sure you all know, after dieting and losing weight, it is incredibly difficult to keep it off.  I read, not that… Continue Reading “Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome”

New Info on COVID, the Immune System and the Microbiome

With every passing weeks, it seems like more connections are being  made between the bacterial microbiome and severe COVID-19 infection.  A new paper was pre-published (not yet peer reviewed) late last week looking in  more depth at the microbiota in COVID and what’s happening… Continue Reading “New Info on COVID, the Immune System and the Microbiome”

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”

Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Maybe it’s me who’s weird (ok – it’s definitely me who’s weird!), but unlike many people it seems, I don’t find the idea of the organisms of the biome, including worms (helminths), repulsive, nor do I think fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is disgusting…as someone… Continue Reading “Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant”

The Microbiome, Its Circadian Rhythms…and Diabetes Risk

Not a day goes by that I don’t read something –  a synopsis, an article, an abstract, etc. – about the gut biome, and thus, every single day, I am astounded yet again at the incredible complexity. Last November, I wrote about research looking… Continue Reading “The Microbiome, Its Circadian Rhythms…and Diabetes Risk”

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,the Microbiome and…Whole Body Vibration? (No, I’m Not Kidding You…)

Several years ago I was in a gym equipment store buying a cross trainer, and spotted a strange looking machine lying on the floor near the cash register.  I asked the assistant what it was:  “That’s a whole body vibrating machine,” he responded, “It’s… Continue Reading “Inflammation,the Microbiome and…Whole Body Vibration? (No, I’m Not Kidding You…)”