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 born via c-section or given antibiotics early in life.[i] Before I … Read more

Stress and Our Missing Old Friends

Yesterday I devoted several hours to reading a fascinating article on the connection between stress and the microbiome.[i]  The conclusion:  the lack of exposure to our “old friends” (those commensal organisms with which humans co-evolved) has caused immune dysregulation, leading to a greater susceptibility to the adverse effects of stress…and that stress, in turn, has … Read more

Rectifying My Own Ignorance: The Gut Biome and Spondylitis

Even knowing that so many illnesses that seem so far removed from the gut actually start there (autism, Parkinson’s, depression, etc.), I am constantly amazed when I come across yet another one.  Today, I’m writing about an article I just finished reading on Ankylosing Spondylitis. According to the Spondylitis Association of America, “Common features of … Read more

Phages and Autoimmune Diseases

Last month I wrote about bacteriophages (phages, for short) and Parkinson’s Disease.  If you remember, a phage is a virus that kills bacteria.  Those researchers found an abnormally high number of phages had killed off good Lactobaccillus in PD patients: ““The depletion of Lactococcus due to high numbers of strictly lytic phages in PD patients … Read more