Tag: cancer

In Breaking Down Fiber, Our Gut Bacteria Do Us Yet Another Healthy Favor

And here is yet another reason why we love our good gut bacteria.  This research perfectly illustrates our symbiotic relationship with our old friends. As my regular readers know, there is so much we still don’t know about fiber:  exactly how does it benefit… Continue Reading “In Breaking Down Fiber, Our Gut Bacteria Do Us Yet Another Healthy Favor”

Isolating Which Bacterial Species Boost Immune Functioning

As you all know, I like to report on studies done in humans whenever possible, so here goes!  Scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, In New York City, conducted really interesting research on patients who had received bone marrow transplants as part of… Continue Reading “Isolating Which Bacterial Species Boost Immune Functioning”

More on the Circadian Rhythm of the Gut Bacteria…and Its Relationship to Melatonin

Several months ago a very dear friend of mine had a cancer relapse. Coincidentally, I had been doing a little reading about new ideas surrounding cancer, including the causes and the treatment, and it turned out that my friend had been doing the same,… Continue Reading “More on the Circadian Rhythm of the Gut Bacteria…and Its Relationship to Melatonin”

Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers

I found a bunch of new research on helminths and will, over the next month or so, make my way through the papers.  I wanted to share first an article just published by researchers in Australia (where some of the best hookworm (Necator americanus)… Continue Reading “Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers”

Inflammation,the Microbiome and…Whole Body Vibration? (No, I’m Not Kidding You…)

Several years ago I was in a gym equipment store buying a cross trainer, and spotted a strange looking machine lying on the floor near the cash register.  I asked the assistant what it was:  “That’s a whole body vibrating machine,” he responded, “It’s… Continue Reading “Inflammation,the Microbiome and…Whole Body Vibration? (No, I’m Not Kidding You…)”

More On the Microbiome and Bile Acids: Colon Cancer Prevention?

In February, I entitled a post “Bile Acids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and the Microbiome:  A Rapidly Developing Story.”  Well, that rapidly developing story has taken another leap forward.  A new paper was just published in the journal, Nature, that shows that a metabolite produced… Continue Reading “More On the Microbiome and Bile Acids: Colon Cancer Prevention?”

Gut Bacteria, the Immune System and the Development of Cancer

As I mentioned last week, there isn’t a whole lot of great new biome research coming out these days, for obvious reasons.  The only story over the last few days that really interested me was out of the University of Michigan, which looked at… Continue Reading “Gut Bacteria, the Immune System and the Development of Cancer”

Breast Cancer: A Little Bit of Yogurt Seems to Go a Long Way

This past October, I wrote about probiotic use in breast cancer.  If you remember, that paper concluded that what few in vitro and in vivo studies we have look promising.  One piece of research mentioned in that paper is particularly pertinent to today’s post: … Continue Reading “Breast Cancer: A Little Bit of Yogurt Seems to Go a Long Way”

Fiber: And You Thought This Was Simple (ha!)

Many times over the years I’ve written about prebiotic fibers and gut health.  What seems so simple at first glance (i.e. “eat more fiber”) turns out to be anything but…just like everything else having to do with the gut biome!  I just finished reading… Continue Reading “Fiber: And You Thought This Was Simple (ha!)”

Bile Acids and Your Microbiome (It May Not Sound Sexy but…They are a Huge Factor in Health)

Ok, it’s time for me to tackle a topic that is totally new to me. Today’s subject:  bile acids.  It may not sound exciting but it turns out, bile acids have a huge part to play in your health, and that effect is based… Continue Reading “Bile Acids and Your Microbiome (It May Not Sound Sexy but…They are a Huge Factor in Health)”