Boosting Levels of Akkermansia to Improve Glucose Metabolism

After my last blog post about microbiome changes in Alzheimer’s, including a depletion of the bacteria, Akkermansia, I became curious.  It is not as yet included in any commercial probiotic so I got to wondering if there were any known ways of boosting levels. I found an article[i] from just last year, a commentary actually, … More Boosting Levels of Akkermansia to Improve Glucose Metabolism

GMO Probiotics?

A corollary truth to the conclusion of my last post, “Mother Nature knows best,” is that tinkering with her finely tuned system can cause massive changes downstream.  There’s definitely a biological butterfly effect to consider. (For those not familiar, the Butterfly Effect is defined as “The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how … More GMO Probiotics?

2 New Helminth Papers: IBD and Obesity

Two new papers have just come out that provide yet more proof of the importance helminths play in health and a modulated immune response. The first paper[i], published in the American Journal of Physiology, looked at using Hymenolepis diminuta (HD) to prevent inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers at the University of Calgary exposed young mice to … More 2 New Helminth Papers: IBD and Obesity

More Great Diet Research…or…Eat More Fiber

According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have type 2 diabetes.  Another 86 million American adults (more than 1/3 of the population) have pre-diabetes,  and within 5 years, up to 30% of these will develop it.[i]  The numbers are equally grim in other industrialized countries.  For example, according to the non-profit Diabetes UK, … More More Great Diet Research…or…Eat More Fiber

News Flash: Processed Foods are Not Good for You :-)

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, looked at how food preservatives affect the microbiota.[i]  Using a mouse model, over the course of 15 weeks, they noticed that a particular preservative they tested, “…temporarily perturbed the diversity of microbes in the mouse gut, but this change was transient…”    By week 5, there were statistically significant … More News Flash: Processed Foods are Not Good for You 🙂

New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations

This morning I stumbled across some interesting research on alterations in the microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).[i]  I have written before about recent studies suggesting that such alterations lead to the amyloid deposits in the brain that are characteristics of the disease. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with scientists in both Sweden and … More New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations

Helminths: More on Our Missing Old Friends

I just finished reading an interesting new article from the journal, Trends in Parasitology, “Can Parasitic Worms Cure the Modern World’s Ills?”[i]  A few highlights: The first subsection is entitled, “Worms Really May be Good for You, After All.”  (Um…yup.)   “…exposure to such persistent, tolerated infections…appears to be required early in life for induction of … More Helminths: More on Our Missing Old Friends