Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism

On an ordinary day, one of my posts on Facebook may reach 200 people.  A couple of weeks ago though, I noticed that one reached well over 1000.  It was regarding recent research out of Harvard, published in the journal, Nature, about the role of gut bacteria in multiple sclerosis.[i] My original post was of … More Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism

Helminths and MS: A Recent Review Paper

This past September, an article[i] was published about using helminths as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.  It has several tidbits I found particularly interesting.  Here are 5 highlights: Research was done in the French West Indies over 20 years, which showed a marked increase in the incidence of MS as the population was treated for … More Helminths and MS: A Recent Review Paper

TNF-Inhibitors: WTF

Back on April 6 of this year, I wrote a post  about an FDA report on medications used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases.  As a reminder: “‘Drugs used to treat Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders are among those with the greatest number of reported side effects filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…’ … More TNF-Inhibitors: WTF

Salivary Bacteria and Inflammation

A really interesting new study looked at the bacterial contents of saliva and its relationship to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases.[i]  Salivary samples from healthy and IBD-afflicted individuals were given to germ-free mice.  After several weeks, the microbial content of the mice’ feces was examined, and amazingly, 20 different kinds of oral bacteria were … More Salivary Bacteria and Inflammation

Multiple Sclerosis: Looks Likely that it’s the Result of Altered Gut Bacteria

Trending this week in the world of the biome are two new papers[i] that  definitively show that not only does multiple sclerosis starts in the gut but also, how the gut bacteria make the immune system turn against brain nerve cells. The first paper, out of the University of California, San Francisco, showed that two … More Multiple Sclerosis: Looks Likely that it’s the Result of Altered Gut Bacteria

Bits and Pieces…

I’m really tired today and my brain is definitely even weirder than usual. (I was up about 10 times last night, and when I’d doze off, I kept dreaming of ways to fix the newest Star Wars movie (Rogue One) which we watched last night.  (Yeah –  just like the 3 prequels and Episode 7, … More Bits and Pieces…