Tag: autoimmune

Insomnia? Your Gut Bacteria May Be to Blame

And now for a subject I hate even thinking about:  sleep.  Unlike most people, I dread going to sleep at night.  I’m a terrible sleeper:  I wake up over and over, sometimes falling back to sleep quickly, but all too often, not.  I can’t…

The Gut Bacteria and Sunshine Connection

There were several big news stories last week in the biome world.   One I posted on the Biome Buzz’ Facebook page last Thursday (the 24th) is about how experiments (in a rodent model) demonstrate that the gut bacteria play a significant role in controlling…

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 Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be…

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…

Neurodegnerative and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Prime Targets for Helminths

Within just a few weeks of each other, two papers have been published looking at the potential of using helminths to treat neurological conditions.  Not surprisingly, both focus on the powerful anti-inflammatory effect of helminths. (For those of you new to helminths:  these are…

Biofilms and the Mycobiome/IBD Connection: A Refresher and a Probiotic Treatment Finally?!

I’ve decided to start this week with some good news. A few days ago, the headline of a little op-ed sort of piece on a science-devoted website caught my eye:  “It’s Time to Highlight Our Fungus Friends in Our Microbiomes.”[i]  The author gives a…

Bloated? A Surprising Culprit May Be to Blame

This morning, I spotted an interesting little piece on Medical Daily entitled, “Bloated?  High-Fiber Foods Are Not to Blame; This Ingredient Is.”[i]  Curious to see what they were suggesting as a possible culprit (after all, bloating is the second most common complaint I hear…

Helminth Therapy: A Call to Action

An interesting opinion piece by Dr. William Parker, of Duke University, and colleagues at a couple of Czech Universities, just appeared in Trends in Parasitology.[i]  To summarize, the paper makes two key points: A.  These scientists hold the belief that the interaction between human…

Zeroing In On An Inflammatory Bowel Disease Culprit

When Harvard University talks, people listen (including me)!  So I paid particular attention to a fascinating bit of new research out just this week that definitely takes us a step closer to figure out what happens in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), in terms of  …