Category: obesity

Gut Bacteria and Diabetes: Progress on Several Fronts

Several new studies have recently been published examining the relationship between gut bacteria and diabetes.  With one in ten people in the United States suffering from diabetes (which doesn’t include those with metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance, which would greatly inflate that number), we desperately need…

Response to Prebiotics Depends on Your Existing Gut Bacteria

This is a small, but I thought really interesting, study and I guess I’m not alone in finding it significant:  it was published in a premier medical journal, Gut.[i]  It’s a great illustration of the complexity of gut biome optimization because of the individuality…

Inflammatory Arthritis and the Gut

I’ve been keeping an eye out for anything new and interesting in the realm of the biome and arthritis – any kind of arthritis.  Following are some highlights from a recent article on the two way communication between the gut immune system and the…

Bile Acids and Your Microbiome (It May Not Sound Sexy but…They are a Huge Factor in Health)

Ok, it’s time for me to tackle a topic that is totally new to me. Today’s subject:  bile acids.  It may not sound exciting but it turns out, bile acids have a huge part to play in your health, and that effect is based…

New Research into the Negative Side of Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Too Much of a Good Thing

I have spent a fair bit of virtual ink over the years talking about both the positives and the negatives of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), mentioning that indeed, you really can have too much of a good thing.  For example, as healthy as…

2019: A Top Post Roundup

As promised, I am writing my annual review of top stories from the previous year but this time, I’m not picking my favorites, I’m picking yours. I thought it would be fun to see which of my posts got the top views for the…

High-Fat Meals, the Gut’s Endocrine System and Bacteria

As you know, there are certain topics that are of particular interest to me including autism; Parkinson’s; -omes, other than just the bacterial microbiome; neglected illnesses like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia; obesity; etc.; and of course, diet and its relationship to the organisms of…

Organophosphates: Yet Another Environmental Toxin that Adversely Affects the Gut Biome and Health

Another popular request, courtesy of the survey I ran a couple of weeks ago, was for more information on how environmental toxins may affect the human biome.  I wrote about the herbicide, glyphosate (that’s found in Roundup), several months ago, and while the role…

The Microbiome and the Basal Ganglia in …The Case of the Leaky Gut?

I recently read an article looking at the effects of bacterial microbiome alterations on particular circuits in the brain (the thalamo-cortico-basal ganglia)  that are associated with compulsive behavior, addiction, altered sensations and motor output.[i]  What struck me is how closely related seemingly unrelated disorders…

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be…