Category: microbiome

A Probiotic to Reduce Physiological Effects of Stress and Anxiety: Clinical Trial Results

Today’s good news is brought to you by researchers in Finland and Germany who are looking for natural means of alleviating the development of mood and stress-related disorders.[i]  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I sure as hell could use some… Continue Reading “A Probiotic to Reduce Physiological Effects of Stress and Anxiety: Clinical Trial Results”

Progress In Finding Targeted Bacteria to Potentially Treat a Variety of Issues

Again, trying to stay positive this month, for the sake of all our mental health:  the results of a recent large, international dietary study including Harvard physicians confirm yet again that a diet rich in plant-based foods is linked with a lower risk of… Continue Reading “Progress In Finding Targeted Bacteria to Potentially Treat a Variety of Issues”

FMT and Psychiatric Issues: What We Know Now

My long-time readers may remember my tirade from almost 4 years ago re:  the FDA denying patients the right to use natural treatments like helminths and fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) as they see fit.  I had been (and still am) incensed after reading a… Continue Reading “FMT and Psychiatric Issues: What We Know Now”

My Annual End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up: Your Top 5 Picks!

For my annual year-end post, I’ve decided to once again review YOUR top 5 choices of the year.  I guess I shouldn’t be shocked by what you were most interested, in what has been quite the remarkable year for the world.  Here’s to hoping… Continue Reading “My Annual End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up: Your Top 5 Picks!”

Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1

It’s the last week of the year, so it’s time for the inevitable yearly round-up posts!  There’s a good article on Gut Microbiota for Health summarizing some of the major microbiota scientific breakthroughs this year.[i]  Of course, you read it first here on The… Continue Reading “Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1”

Promising Research: A Probiotic to Battle Obesity and Glucose Metabolism Issues

I think this is a very timely post, considering that we are in the midst of holiday season when we all over-indulge and then, come New Year’s, swear we’ll lose all the pounds we’ve pack on!  Research out of Ireland, University College Cork, first… Continue Reading “Promising Research: A Probiotic to Battle Obesity and Glucose Metabolism Issues”

Stress, Depression, the Microbiome: A Possible Mechanism of Action Revealed!

For years, I’ve covered the developing story about the relationship between the gut biome and depression and mood disorders.  With a son diagnosed with autism, who has severe anxiety issues (like so many of my students with autism diagnoses), research into this is one… Continue Reading “Stress, Depression, the Microbiome: A Possible Mechanism of Action Revealed!”

The Gut’s Own Disinfectant

The human body is remarkable.  Some days it hits me right between the eyes! Before I explain recent findings out of the University of California, Davis[i], some background first.  As you may remember from previous posts, the mucus lining of the intestines protects the… Continue Reading “The Gut’s Own Disinfectant”

Isolating Which Bacterial Species Boost Immune Functioning

As you all know, I like to report on studies done in humans whenever possible, so here goes!  Scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, In New York City, conducted really interesting research on patients who had received bone marrow transplants as part of… Continue Reading “Isolating Which Bacterial Species Boost Immune Functioning”

The Bacterial Microbiome and Your Defense Against Viruses

Over the years, I’ve talked about Bacteriodes fragilis (B. fragilis) several times.  It is one of those bacterial species that has two faces: some strains are beyond good for us – and some not.  The non-toxic B. fragilis (NTBF) makes up about 1-2% of… Continue Reading “The Bacterial Microbiome and Your Defense Against Viruses”