Today’s post hits a little too close to home. I just read about a fascinating study done at Ohio State University that highlights something about which I am only too personally aware: the effects of stress on health.[i] In this particular case, researchers were looking at the connection between marital problems and health issues, and … More Stress, Inflammation and the Human Biome
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?
I have written before about the work of Dr. Jamie Lorimer, of Oxford University. I was very excited yesterday when a friend sent me his newest paper, which examines the history of the helminth/human relationship[i] A few favorite parts to share with you: When we first discovered germs, medical science came to view anything not … More Do Our Helminths Make Us Human?
Late last week, there was a little review of the evils of antibiotic use in pregnant woman and babies in the Australian version of The Conversation.[i] An incredible statistic: apparently half of Australian infants get at least one round of antibiotics by their first birthday – one of the highest rates in the world. Most … More Some Remarkable Antibiotic Facts
An interesting study just came out of the University of Chicago, looking at how specific bacteria in the small intestine affect the absorption of fat from the diet.[i] The work should, in the long term, have huge implications for the treatment of obesity and also, illnesses where malabsorption (like Crohn’s) is problematic. We know that … More Obesity and the Microbiome: Narrowing in on the Culprits
Warning: I am not a ray of sunshine today. Yesterday, I was at the funeral of my very loved aunt, who just died of cancer. I’ve also lost a grandmother and 3 friends to cancer (leukemia, brain, and liver)…and have had multiple scares with other friends and relatives (ovarian, breast, prostate, etc.), who, thank goodness, … More Cancer
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
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
I found such an interesting article[i] yesterday in the Wall Street Journal about new companies that offer microbiome testing in order to help optimize the diet. I’ve never had any doubt that this was the wave of the future (and in fact have posted about it before) but didn’t realize that the future is already … More Personalized Nutrition: The Future Has Arrived
I spent some time this week filing papers and abstracts that I’ve collected over the last few months and came across several that I am surprised I didn’t share with you at the time. (Then again, there are only so many hours in the day….or, as I say to my sons, “there’s only 1 Mommy.” … More Transferring IBS (and other diseases… and health) Via Fecal Microbiota Transplant