Tag: IBS

Diet and Your Gut Bacteria: Specific and Consistent Relationships Found

News flash (NOT!):  eating unhealthy food is bad for you. While that is not exactly revolutionary, there is still a lot we don’t know, like exactly how diet affects different bacteria of the human biome.  Thus, I am reporting to you an interesting study… Continue Reading “Diet and Your Gut Bacteria: Specific and Consistent Relationships Found”

Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases

One of the questions I get asked the most by my readers is “what prebiotic and/or probiotic is the best?”  Unfortunately, there is no good answer to that because we just don’t have the research to know.  To boot, everyone’s body is different.  Still,… Continue Reading “Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases”

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Bacterial Culprit

As a lifelong IBS  (irritable bowel syndrome) sufferer, I found this research to be particularly interesting. To date, in comparing fecal microbiome profiles of those with irritable bowel syndrome to those without, there have been no consistent findings.  Fecal samples reflect the bacteria in… Continue Reading “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Bacterial Culprit”

More on Inactive Probiotics as a Treatment…This time for IBS

My regular readers know I’ve been following the story of using “heat killed” probiotics to treat a variety of issues ranging from stress and PTSD (see here) to the detrimental effects on brain development from maternal immune  activation (see here).  I find this particularly… Continue Reading “More on Inactive Probiotics as a Treatment…This time for IBS”

Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Maybe it’s me who’s weird (ok – it’s definitely me who’s weird!), but unlike many people it seems, I don’t find the idea of the organisms of the biome, including worms (helminths), repulsive, nor do I think fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is disgusting…as someone… Continue Reading “Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant”

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be… Continue Reading “The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant”

Blastocystis: Harmless or Harmful? The Short Answer is…It Depends!

Here’s a topic I haven’t written about much: single-cell eukaryotes. A eukaryote is a living organism whose cells contain a nucleus (in which genetic material is contained) within a membrane.  Thus, in the world of living things, only bacteria and archaea (which is sort… Continue Reading “Blastocystis: Harmless or Harmful? The Short Answer is…It Depends!”

Bovine Immunoglobulins…Who Knew?! (Or should that be, who moo?)

As you all know, I’m always on the lookout for natural products that can improve immunity and the health of the biome.  Today I devoted myself to reading about bovine IgG and was truly amazed at how much research has been done on it. … Continue Reading “Bovine Immunoglobulins…Who Knew?! (Or should that be, who moo?)”

What Do We Really Know About Treating SIBO

This morning I got to thinking about some of my favorite papers of the past, and decided to pick one to write about today. In the spring of 2010, around the same time I saw Dr. Jeremy Nicholson present his findings – that the… Continue Reading “What Do We Really Know About Treating SIBO”

Transferring IBS (and other diseases… and health) Via Fecal Microbiota Transplant

I spent some time this week filing papers and abstracts that I’ve collected over the last few months and came across several that I am surprised I didn’t share with you at the time.  (Then again, there are only so many hours in the… Continue Reading “Transferring IBS (and other diseases… and health) Via Fecal Microbiota Transplant”