Category: Ulcerative Colitis

A New “FMT” Probiotic to Treat Ulcerative Colitis: A Clinical Trial

The results of a stage 1 clinical trial of a novel probiotic (created from purified human stool) in treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) were just published in the journal, Gastroenterology.[i]  I didn’t pay a huge amount of attention last week when I… Continue Reading “A New “FMT” Probiotic to Treat Ulcerative Colitis: A Clinical Trial”

The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends”

A very recent paper, published just this past May, caught my eye because of its title:  “Inflammatory bowel diseases, the hygiene hypothesis and the other side of the microbiota: Parasites and fungi.”[i]  How often on this blog have I talked about the incredible complexity… Continue Reading “The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends””

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”

More on the Circadian Rhythm of the Gut Bacteria…and Its Relationship to Melatonin

Several months ago a very dear friend of mine had a cancer relapse. Coincidentally, I had been doing a little reading about new ideas surrounding cancer, including the causes and the treatment, and it turned out that my friend had been doing the same,… Continue Reading “More on the Circadian Rhythm of the Gut Bacteria…and Its Relationship to Melatonin”

Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers

I found a bunch of new research on helminths and will, over the next month or so, make my way through the papers.  I wanted to share first an article just published by researchers in Australia (where some of the best hookworm (Necator americanus)… Continue Reading “Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers”

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… Continue Reading “Inflammatory Arthritis and the Gut”

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the Microbiome and…(ahhhh!) Mango

My regular readers know that I am always on the lookout for “things you can do now,” and that I get very excited when I find something that actually makes sense, even if it’s not entirely proven or the mechanism of action fully understood. … Continue Reading “Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the Microbiome and…(ahhhh!) Mango”

Bile Acids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and the Microbiome: A Rapidly Developing Story

Back in January, I wrote about how bile acids are regulators of inflammation and thus, when dysregulated (either too high or too low), this dysregulation can lead to disease.  Bile is produced by the liver and excreted into the intestines to digest fat.  Gut… Continue Reading “Bile Acids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and the Microbiome: A Rapidly Developing Story”

Fiber: And You Thought This Was Simple (ha!)

Many times over the years I’ve written about prebiotic fibers and gut health.  What seems so simple at first glance (i.e. “eat more fiber”) turns out to be anything but…just like everything else having to do with the gut biome!  I just finished reading… Continue Reading “Fiber: And You Thought This Was Simple (ha!)”

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