Category: Pregnancy

The Deworming Question: A Good Idea? Pointless? Detrimental? The Evidence Mounts…

Last month, a meta-analysis paper came out searching the medical literature through the year 2018, looking for evidence of the benefits promised by the worldwide efforts at deworming school children, recommended by all global advocacy organizations including WHO.  The authors, from the Department of…

Is There Any Doubt Left that Propionic Acid is a Cause of Autism? Apparently not

I first started to write about autism and propionic acid (PPA) not long after creating this blog, back in the fall of 2016.  In January 2017, I described to you some of the work of Dr. Derrick MacFabe, which as particularly fascinated me for…

Autism and Clostridia: Mounting Evidence of a Connection

As you know, I’ve been following the research of Dr. Derrick MacFabe for well over a decade now.  I’ve described it before on this blog, several times, including this first post 2 ½ years ago – to which, if you remember, Dr. MacFabe was…

Pre/Neonatal Probiotics and the Avoidance of Eczema and Allergies

Yet another article[i] was just published showing that dealing with inflammation issues while  a baby is still in the womb can make a huge difference on the risk of atopic (allergic) illnesses. In this case, researchers in New Zealand gave 474 pregnant (starting at…

The Prophylactic Use of Probiotics (to Combat Microbiome Alterations Due to C-section and Early Life Antibiotic Use)

The article I read yesterday was a natural follow-on from my last post, about autism and its relationship to perturbations in the gut microbiome. This one was about a double-blind, placebo-controlled study using probiotics to restore normal gut microbiota in infants who were either…

Eating Fiber During Pregnancy…Likely a Really Good Idea

Ok,  on Tuesday I promised you a markedly less depressing post next time.  So here goes!  (And please note irresistibly cute, happy photo of little piglets included…) A funny little coincidence this morning…. (But first, a quick primer on fiber, which I talk about…

More on the Question of a Fetal Microbiome

Back in early March, I wrote about the current scientific controversy regarding whether or not a fetal microbiome exists.  I promised to follow the argument and update you. Well, keeping to that promise, here’s an update: Just published is research[i] that shows that not…

Boys, Girls, Gut Bacteria..and Inflammation

This was a WOW for me. An international team of researchers have discovered that, in mice at least, immune cells in the brain react differently to changes in gut bacteria…and on whether or not they are fetuses or adults.[i] The absence of a maternal…

Yet More New (and Scary) Research on Maternal Immune Activation

An old doctor friend of mine used to always say, “Inflammation is inflammation.”  Truer words were never spoken.  Whether inflammation manifests as swelling because you just broke your leg or an autoimmune disease, ultimately, it’s all the same.  The only difference is, how long…

A Fetal Microbiome? Scientists are Divided

There is a big debate in the scientific world as to when the human microbiome actually starts.  To date, the going hypothesis has been that babies are sterile while in the womb, and then begin to acquire flora as they pass through the birth…