The Specific Carbohydrate Diet: A First-Line Treatment (Finally)

In January of this year, I wrote about a small study on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet out of Seattle Children’s Hospital.  8 out of 10 children went into remission after only 12 weeks on SCD, which is actually a very short time.  I just spotted an interview with Dr. Suskind, the lead researcher, on Helio … More The Specific Carbohydrate Diet: A First-Line Treatment (Finally)

Helminths at the Movies

Several years ago, I was interviewed by a then-graduate student at NYU’s film school.  Sharon Shattuck was studying documentary film making, and with her science background, had stumbled across and become interested in the concept of therapeutic helminths.  She took the train up from NY City, and we spent the afternoon together talking about helminths … More Helminths at the Movies

For Valentine’s Day: A Paper that I LOVED

“…the current generation is facing an epidemic of diseases associated with dysregulated inflammation…” says Dr. P’ng Loke and his colleague, Dr. Yvonne Lim, in an article[i] I just finished on the interactions of the microbiota and helminths.  This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite papers:  so many fantastic pieces of information in it! … More For Valentine’s Day: A Paper that I LOVED

Dr. Derrick MacFabe, Autism and The Metabolome

Many years ago, I first saw Dr. Derrick MacFabe speak at an autism conference.  It was among the most memorable talks I’ve ever seen.  Dr. MacFabe’s research centers around the cognitive and behavioral effects of bacterial metabolites (especially short chain fatty acids). Proprionic acid (PPA) is present in our diets, but more importantly, it is … More Dr. Derrick MacFabe, Autism and The Metabolome

Yet Another -ome

Last week, I read about the metabolome for the first time.  Funny word, I thought, reading it as meta….bolome.  Then, as I began to read through the article[i] I realized I was putting the accent on the wrong syllable.  Metabo – lome….as in metabo-lites! Doh. Someone needed a nap badly. The metabolome refers to the … More Yet Another -ome