Category: Pregnancy

Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?

A few weeks back, a study came out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is worth reporting.[i]  It is one in a long line of similar studies which show that exposure to our “old friends” modulates the immune system in such a way… Continue Reading “Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?”

The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies

The big (biome) buzz of the last couple of weeks:  research just published out of Australia shows that the presence of a certain species of gut bacteria, Prevotella copri, in pregnant women protects babies from developing food allergies  – at least within their first… Continue Reading “The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies”

Breast Cancer: A Little Bit of Yogurt Seems to Go a Long Way

This past October, I wrote about probiotic use in breast cancer.  If you remember, that paper concluded that what few in vitro and in vivo studies we have look promising.  One piece of research mentioned in that paper is particularly pertinent to today’s post: … Continue Reading “Breast Cancer: A Little Bit of Yogurt Seems to Go a Long Way”

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… Continue Reading “Organophosphates: Yet Another Environmental Toxin that Adversely Affects the Gut Biome and Health”

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… Continue Reading “The Deworming Question: A Good Idea? Pointless? Detrimental? The Evidence Mounts…”

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… Continue Reading “Is There Any Doubt Left that Propionic Acid is a Cause of Autism? Apparently not”

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… Continue Reading “Autism and Clostridia: Mounting Evidence of a Connection”

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… Continue Reading “Pre/Neonatal Probiotics and the Avoidance of Eczema and Allergies”

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… Continue Reading “The Prophylactic Use of Probiotics (to Combat Microbiome Alterations Due to C-section and Early Life Antibiotic Use)”

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… Continue Reading “Eating Fiber During Pregnancy…Likely a Really Good Idea”