Tag: babies

Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

How many times on this blog have a talked about how insanely complex is the human biome?  Yesterday, I had one of those moments where I almost threw up my hands and thought, “I give up!”  Everything seems so damn contradictory.  Then, of course,… Continue Reading “Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

Antibiotics Early in Life: More on Their Detrimental Effects

Because I know how to have a good time, I spent a lot of time yesterday reading incredibly depressing articles, one after another, about the gut:  paper after paper about the differences in the gut microbiota of those on the autism spectrum, subsequent differences… Continue Reading “Antibiotics Early in Life: More on Their Detrimental Effects”

Glyphosate, Gut Bugs and Autism

A controversy I have been following:  what do we REALLY know about glyphosate (the chemical found in the herbicide, Roundup) and its effects on health.  As you all know, I like to look at the actual science, not the sensationalist media headlines.  Back last… Continue Reading “Glyphosate, Gut Bugs and Autism”

Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study

Many times now, I have written about propionic acid (PPA) and its likely role in causing autism (here and here, to give you just a couple of many examples).  In fact, one of the earliest posts on this blog was an introduction to you… Continue Reading “Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study”

Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?

A few weeks back, a study came out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is worth reporting.[i]  It is one in a long line of similar studies which show that exposure to our “old friends” modulates the immune system in such a way… Continue Reading “Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?”

The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies

The big (biome) buzz of the last couple of weeks:  research just published out of Australia shows that the presence of a certain species of gut bacteria, Prevotella copri, in pregnant women protects babies from developing food allergies  – at least within their first… Continue Reading “The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies”

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… Continue Reading “Babies, Anxiety and the Gut Biome”

Early Life Stress, the Microbiome and Children’s Behavior

Well, this will come as a complete shock to most of you.  (NOT)  The bacterial contents of children’s guts affects their behavior. One of the big biome stories of the last few days is that research out of Oregon State University and the University… Continue Reading “Early Life Stress, the Microbiome and Children’s Behavior”

More On Propionic Acid and Autism (or…I’m sorry, but I Can’t Help Myself…)

I know that everyone (including me) wants answers to the question “how do you fix a broken biome.”  I am always happy when I come across any information that may actually help people, especially since, at this point, there’s precious little known about how… Continue Reading “More On Propionic Acid and Autism (or…I’m sorry, but I Can’t Help Myself…)”

New Research into the Negative Side of Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Too Much of a Good Thing

I have spent a fair bit of virtual ink over the years talking about both the positives and the negatives of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), mentioning that indeed, you really can have too much of a good thing.  For example, as healthy as… Continue Reading “New Research into the Negative Side of Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Too Much of a Good Thing”