Category: multiple sclerosis

2018: My Top 10 List of Favorite Stories!

My longer-time readers know that, as we close out another year, I like to take a look back at some of my favorite research stories from these past 12 months.  So here it is…Judy’s “the best of 2018” top 10 list, in chronological order:…

Leaky Gut and Leaky Brains…and Disease

If you remember, my last post was a quick update on what we currently know about the microbiome-depression link, and I mention leaky gut with a promise to write more about it this week.  Toward that end, on Friday evening, I read an article…

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…

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…

Some Research High Points of 2017

Well, it’s time yet again for the big New Year’s countdown of my  favorite biome research stories of the year!!! January:  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet study at Seattle Children’s Hospital on 10 pediatric patients with Crohn’s disease.  After only 12 weeks, 8 of the…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Uh oh…I’m in a Mood Again!

Sometimes I am 100% convinced that the world has gone crazy.  (Actually, every day I am convinced of that.  But some days it just boils over for me…) Now, you may think that someone who finds intestinal organisms utterly fascinating is a big one…

Loads More Research on the Microbiome and the Brain

There have been a few amazing articles on the biome and health in the last few days. A new study[i] just came out of Canada on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  They were looking to see whether or not the gut bacteria from humans with…

Denying Patients Helminths and Fecal Transplant: The Ethical Argument…otherwise known as “Judy’s in a Mood”

Periodically, I get to feeling pretty angry about the lack of progress in helping those with autism. This time of year, approaching Alex’s birthday, is always particularly bad for me, especially as, just a few weeks later, I mark the anniversary of his diagnosis…