Tag: antibiotics

Babies, Anxiety and the Gut Biome

Remember last Thursday, when I wrote about the relationship of the gut bacteria to the structure and function of the brain?    I mentioned in that post that, “In Western populations, Bacteroides and Prevotella species tend to dominate, with the former outnumbering the latter…

FMT and Autism: A Status Report

Over the weekend I read an interesting little article on the status of fecal microbiota transplant as a therapy for treating autism.[i]  It most certainly is one of the more promising treatments:  the two clinical trials so far have had pretty spectacular results.  That’s…

More Evidence that Adds to the Growing Promise of Phage Therapy

As many of you know, I am particularly fascinated by the promise of using bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria – as an alternative to antibiotics.  As they are specific to only one kind of bacteria, they leave other species unharmed. Unlike “broad spectrum…

The Miracle of Mucus?

When giving a talk, Elaine Gottschall, the author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle (the book that lays out the specifics, and science, of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet) used to show 3 slides, illustrating the incredible mucus production in intestines afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease….

The Two Sides of Bacteroides fragilis

Back in May, 2018, I wrote about Bacteriodes fragilis (B. fragilis), a species of bacteria some strains of which are toxic, some of which are highly beneficial.  The main thrust of that post was about how our immune system, when functioning properly, can recognize…

The Bacterial Microbiome and Immune Response to Vaccines

I love it when one of my readers contacts me to talk about a post, to show me something new or just wants to introduce him or herself and say hi.  As I’ve pointed out recently on the Biome Buzz Facebook page, we are…

Breast Cancer and Metastases: Is Dysbiosis a Factor?

Yesterday, I read an article[i] in the University of Virginia’s online newspaper about the work of a team of their scientists and graduate students that I thought worth sharing with you.  The paper[ii] was just published in the journal, Cancer Research, and while it…

Irritable Bowel: SIBO, Dysbiosis and Diet

In 2010, I read a paper in the journal, Nutrition, that really rocked my world:  “The concept of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in relation to functional gastrointestinal disorders.” [i]  To summarize one of its many key points:  we don’t know how to test…

Antibiotics in Early Childhood: The Road to Asthma and Allergy

When my son was just 36 hours old, he was re-hospitalized with a fever and put onto 5 days of IV antibiotics.  (You can read more about his history here.)  He was given more oral antibiotics right before his first birthday. Once I learned…

Food Processing: Another Suspect in the ‘Globesity’ Epidemic?

Last night, I read an article that fit absolutely perfectly into my unintentional but prominent theme of the last couple of weeks:  the relationship of the microbiome to weight issues…and to food:  “Food Processing, Gut Microbiota and the Globesity Problem.”[i]  Yup – we face…