Stress, Inflammation and the Human Biome

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

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?

Obesity and the Microbiome: Narrowing in on the Culprits

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

Cancer

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

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

Transferring IBS (and other diseases… and health) Via Fecal Microbiota Transplant

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