Tag: health

The Microbiome and the Basal Ganglia in …The Case of the Leaky Gut?

I recently read an article looking at the effects of bacterial microbiome alterations on particular circuits in the brain (the thalamo-cortico-basal ganglia)  that are associated with compulsive behavior, addiction, altered sensations and motor output.[i]  What struck me is how closely related seemingly unrelated disorders…

Fibromyalgia and the Bacterial Microbiome

A couple of weeks ago, I asked all of you to let me know if there are topics of particular interest to them.  I’ll be covering a number of these suggestions in the next few weeks.  Thanks for all your feedback and keep it…

Histamine Intolerance and the Altered Micobiome

A week or so ago, a reader wrote to me asking if I had ever heard of an intolerance to fermented foods.  Indeed I had:  histamine intolerance.  I have worked with a very few nutrition clients over the years who have suffered from this…

Insomnia? Your Gut Bacteria May Be to Blame

And now for a subject I hate even thinking about:  sleep.  Unlike most people, I dread going to sleep at night.  I’m a terrible sleeper:  I wake up over and over, sometimes falling back to sleep quickly, but all too often, not.  I can’t…

The Bacterial Microbiome and Non-Native Fiber: A Halloween Tale

Today is Halloween here in the United States, so I figure it’s the perfect day for a super scary post about fiber. Not kidding.  This has me terrified. Dr. Liping Zhao is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers University…

The Gut Bacteria and Sunshine Connection

There were several big news stories last week in the biome world.   One I posted on the Biome Buzz’ Facebook page last Thursday (the 24th) is about how experiments (in a rodent model) demonstrate that the gut bacteria play a significant role in controlling…

Fermented Foods and Infant Health

Reading and writing about epidemiological research is not my favorite, but I spotted a study on Tuesday that captured my interest as it’s in the vein of “things you can do now,” which you all know IS my favorite. Looking to ascertain the health…

The Miracle of Mucus?

When giving a talk, Elaine Gottschall, the author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle (the book that lays out the specifics, and science, of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet) used to show 3 slides, illustrating the incredible mucus production in intestines afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease….

The Deworming Question: A Good Idea? Pointless? Detrimental? The Evidence Mounts…

Last month, a meta-analysis paper came out searching the medical literature through the year 2018, looking for evidence of the benefits promised by the worldwide efforts at deworming school children, recommended by all global advocacy organizations including WHO.  The authors, from the Department of…

Probiotics for Breast Cancer? (or…Talking About Needing More Research…)

I was surprised, but not surprised, by an article I read last night on the potential use of probiotics in treating breast cancer (BC).[i]  As several friends have already battled BC, this is a topic of particular interest to me.  I knew there was…