Tag: health

The Two Faces of Candida

As you know, I like to keep up on research on all the different components of the human biome, so yesterday,  I read an article in the International Journal of Medial Microbiology about fungi.[i]  There were a bunch of really interesting facts which I’ll… Continue Reading “The Two Faces of Candida”

Short Term Increase in Prebiotic Fibers Makes a Big Difference

I’m on a bit of a fiber kick right now! A study just came out of the University of California, Irvin, which caught my interest.  Did you know that on average, Americans eat way less than 50% of the recommended daily intake of fiber?  … Continue Reading “Short Term Increase in Prebiotic Fibers Makes a Big Difference”

Crohn’s Disease and the Mycobiome: A Fungus Prevents Wound Healing

I was amazed by new research out of the Washington University in St. Louis done in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic.  Scientists discovered that a fungus called Debaryomyces hansenii, which is commonly used in the food industry to ripen the surfaces of cheese and… Continue Reading “Crohn’s Disease and the Mycobiome: A Fungus Prevents Wound Healing”

The Mycobiome, Diet and Weight

The big biome buzz over the last few days has been about research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham which showed, in a mouse model, that the fungi of the gut – the mycobiome – plays a major role in how processed… Continue Reading “The Mycobiome, Diet and Weight”

The Flu and the Microbiome: One Reason Those Over 60 Are More At Risk

Back in 2017, I told you about research out of Georgia State University which looked at the effect of probiotics (specifically, Lactobacillus casei) on influenza infection, in an animal model.  The research demonstrated that the probiotic was effective at warding off severe influenza and… Continue Reading “The Flu and the Microbiome: One Reason Those Over 60 Are More At Risk”

More Evidence that Microbiome Alterations (With a Little Genetic Help) are a Factor in Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the University of Oregon just published a paper in Scientific Reports that shows an incredible correlation between the gut bacteria and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.[i]  The study was done on mice that had been genetically engineered to carry genes (apolipoprotein E and… Continue Reading “More Evidence that Microbiome Alterations (With a Little Genetic Help) are a Factor in Alzheimer’s”

Healthy Aging and the Microbiome: A Surprising Finding

Here is an interesting, and really surprising, tidbit of research published in the journal, Nature Metabolism:  it turns out there is a distinct bacterial microbiome signature associated with healthy aging, which, in turn, predicts survival in older people.[i]  That’s not the surprising bit:  you’ll… Continue Reading “Healthy Aging and the Microbiome: A Surprising Finding”

Even at “Acceptable” Levels, Glyphosate Disrupts the Bacterial Microbiome (rodent study)

My regular readers know that I have been closely following the growing body of research into the effects of glyphosates on human health.  There has been huge controversy over this for years now.  While humans do not have the shikimate pathway that glyphosate (the… Continue Reading “Even at “Acceptable” Levels, Glyphosate Disrupts the Bacterial Microbiome (rodent study)”

Parkinson’s and the Bacterial Microbiome: An Early 2021 Update

Two new pieces of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research for me to share with you.You’ll remember that more and more research is showing that bacterial microbiome alterations are associated with the misfolding of the protein alpha-synuclein, which then makes it’s way into the brain causing… Continue Reading “Parkinson’s and the Bacterial Microbiome: An Early 2021 Update”

Goin’ Viral: More on Phages and the Microbiome

I’m excited!  More to report to you this week about other parts of the biome!  Tuesday was all about macrobiome/microbiome teamwork; today, I’m focusing on the virome. Researchers have found that certain bacteriophages (remember these are viruses that infect and kill bacteria, and are… Continue Reading “Goin’ Viral: More on Phages and the Microbiome”