Tag: health

Cancer, Diet and Gut Bacteria

On Monday, I read a little article on Medical Express about a multi-center research study done in Spain, just published in the journal, Nutrients, which took an in-depth look at the association between diet and the development of both breast and colorectal cancer.[i]   Thousands…

Yet MORE on Akkermansia, This Time as a Pasteurized Probiotic!

A few weeks back, I shared a post about a recent study that looked at using our old friend, Akkermansia muciniphila (a quick summary of some of the findings re:  this probiotic bacteria are in a postscript below) to improve glucose tolerance and insulin levels. …

Antibiotics in Early Childhood: The Road to Asthma and Allergy

When my son was just 36 hours old, he was re-hospitalized with a fever and put onto 5 days of IV antibiotics.  (You can read more about his history here.)  He was given more oral antibiotics right before his first birthday. Once I learned…

More on Helminths and the Prevention of Cancer

Last October, I wrote about a study that looked at the effects on cancer of the immune modulation afforded by helminths (intestinal worms), which are the main component of the mammalian macrobiome.  That paper provided a very positive initial review of the mechanisms by…

Bloated? A Surprising Culprit May Be to Blame

This morning, I spotted an interesting little piece on Medical Daily entitled, “Bloated?  High-Fiber Foods Are Not to Blame; This Ingredient Is.”[i]  Curious to see what they were suggesting as a possible culprit (after all, bloating is the second most common complaint I hear…

The Human Biome and What We Don’t know

My old mentor, a well known functional medicine physician, used to always conclude his talks with a quote by Vaclav Havel:  “Keep the company of those who seek the truth – run from those who have found it.”   I think about that concept every…

Constipation, Dysbiosis, Autism and a Prebiotic: A New Clinical Trial

The single most common gastrointestinal (GI) complaint I hear as a nutritionist, by a long way, is constipation…and the single best piece of advice I give my clients is “drink more water.”  It never ceases to amaze me how dehydrated most people are.  Invariably,…

Fibromyalgia: Yet Another Biome Related Illness

I’ve written before about recent findings that alterations in the gut bacteria are associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which is closely related to fibromyalgia.  For those of you unfamiliar, the symptoms of fibromyalgia include wide spread body pain, fatigue, impaired sleep, potentially cognitive…

More Steps Forward in Personalized Nutrition

A week ago, I read about another really interesting “personalized nutrition” study[i] again looking at the differences in the way people respond to food. 34 participants kept a record of everything they ate for 17 days, while the researchers looked at stool samples over…

Helminth Therapy: A Call to Action

An interesting opinion piece by Dr. William Parker, of Duke University, and colleagues at a couple of Czech Universities, just appeared in Trends in Parasitology.[i]  To summarize, the paper makes two key points: A.  These scientists hold the belief that the interaction between human…