Tag: ibd

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet: A First-Line Treatment (Finally)

In January of this year, I wrote about a small study on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet out of Seattle Children’s Hospital.  8 out of 10 children went into remission after only 12 weeks on SCD, which is actually a very short time.  I just…

Antibiotics in Pregnancy = Increased Risk of IBD in Babies

The relationship between inflammatory bowel disease and antibiotic use in people has been well established.  In fact, just a week ago or so, I wrote about how low levels of the regulatory cytokine, IL-10, combined with antibiotic use, appears to make one more susceptible…

TNF-Inhibitors: WTF

Back on April 6 of this year, I wrote a post  about an FDA report on medications used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases.  As a reminder: “‘Drugs used to treat Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders are among those with the greatest number of…

Salivary Bacteria and Inflammation

A really interesting new study looked at the bacterial contents of saliva and its relationship to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases.[i]  Salivary samples from healthy and IBD-afflicted individuals were given to germ-free mice.  After several weeks, the microbial content of the mice’ feces…

And yet MORE on the Yeast/IBD Connection

Back in September, I wrote about a summary I’d stumbled across describing the current state of research into the connection between the mycobiome and inflammatory bowel disease.  Then, just a few days ago, I put up a link [i]on my Biome Buzz Facebook page…

More on the Mycobiome and IBD

I just finished reading a great blog post[i] (by a post-doc scientist at the NIH) on the current state of research into the mycobiome and its effects on inflammatory bowel disease.  I learned several new things…and some things are just so important, they’re worth…

Omega 3 Every Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Eighteen or so years ago, maybe 3 years after my son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism, I was sitting at a conference listening to a lecture on omega 3 fatty acids.  The talk really stuck with me for many reasons, especially when the speaker…

Immune Tolerance: A Great New Study

The biome buzz these past few days was on research that shows that the same bacteria can cause different immune responses in different gut environments.[i]  For many years, Helicobactor bacteria have been associated with stomach ulcers.  It was always strange though, in that, most…

Bits and Pieces…

I’m really tired today and my brain is definitely even weirder than usual. (I was up about 10 times last night, and when I’d doze off, I kept dreaming of ways to fix the newest Star Wars movie (Rogue One) which we watched last…

The Mycobiome, the Bacterial Microbiome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

An interesting piece of research[i] was present last week at a conference in Chicago.  Firstly, as I’ve talked about before on this blog, it’s important to remember that humans’ incredibly complex natural ecosystems have a mycobiome (native yeast population), just as we have a…