Interesting Bits and Pieces About Autism, Akkermansia and More Things You Can Do Now

I know you were all missing your Tuesday post from me. 🙂  I was on my way home from Florida, where we saw my son’s autism doctor. So with autism on my mind, I thought I’d share a little article[i] I found today that ties together several topics I’ve covered in the last month or … Read more

Gut Bugs and Metabolic Syndrome

According to JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), 35% of Americans now have metabolic syndrome (and 50% of those over 60 years old).[i]  Holy cow!  How’s that for incredible (and depressing) statistics?!  Well, how interesting for us gut-bug-lovers to learn that it looks very likely that bad gut bacteria may be the culprit. By … Read more

Diet and the Microbiome

I found a new article[i] this week, just published, on the influence of diet on the gut microbiome.  Pretty interesting stuff:  diet can cause temporary shifts within 24 hours of consumption. The article is too complex to describe in detail so just a few highlights: Protein:  “…gut bacterial changes may be responsible for the finding … Read more

Helminths and Heart Health

I spent my weekend working on an article on helminths for the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).  In going back through my binders full of 17+ years of research on helminths, I stumbled across an article I had completely forgotten about:  “Can worms defend our hearts?  Chronic helminthic infections may attenuate … Read more