Tag: immunesystem

New Research into the Mycobiome and the Development of Crohn’s Disease

The biome buzz of last week surround newly published research out of the University of Utah.[i]  You’ll remember from previous posts on this subject (see here and here as two examples) that the mycobiome appears to play a big role in the development of… Continue Reading “New Research into the Mycobiome and the Development of Crohn’s Disease”

Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome, Gum Disease and More: An April 2021 Update

I have been following the research into Parkinson’s disease for years, having been forced to watch the inevitable physical decline in several friends now who developed the illness frighteningly early in life (40s and 50s).  See here and here for just a couple of… Continue Reading “Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome, Gum Disease and More: An April 2021 Update”

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”

L. reuteri and Immune Protection for Babies

Interesting new research on the relationship between the maternal microbiome and the immune system in infants was just published by in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science[i].  Using a mouse model, scientists from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine found that the… Continue Reading “L. reuteri and Immune Protection for Babies”

More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection

Another area of study that seems to be exploding recently is the relationship between the gut and neurodegeneration.  Just 3 months ago, back in November, I wrote about research from Cambridge University which described their finding that the immune system of the brain is… Continue Reading “More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection”

Isolating Which Bacterial Species Boost Immune Functioning

As you all know, I like to report on studies done in humans whenever possible, so here goes!  Scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, In New York City, conducted really interesting research on patients who had received bone marrow transplants as part of… Continue Reading “Isolating Which Bacterial Species Boost Immune Functioning”

Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?

A few weeks back, a study came out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is worth reporting.[i]  It is one in a long line of similar studies which show that exposure to our “old friends” modulates the immune system in such a way… Continue Reading “Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?”

Another Means of Manipulating the Gut Bacteria to Prevent MS?

Today’s a post is a shout-out to all you fans of Akkermansia muciniphila, which I’ve focused on in several posts in the past.   (For example, here and here, among others.) There were some pretty wild and amazing findings in a recent study out of… Continue Reading “Another Means of Manipulating the Gut Bacteria to Prevent MS?”

Fecal Microbiota Transplant: the Answer for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Ok, yeah…more on fecal microbiota transplants (FMT).  This is my obsession for the week. But after reading my last post…can you blame me?! In that post, in case you missed it, I talked about a new article reviewing the potential of FMT to treat… Continue Reading “Fecal Microbiota Transplant: the Answer for Alzheimer’s Disease?”

Probiotics for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia? Probably, but the Science Isn’t Yet There

As regular readers know, I’m always on the lookout for “things you can do now.”  I’m especially happy then when actual clinical trials happen as we can get some idea of the effectiveness of treatments.  About 18 months ago, a paper was published reviewing… Continue Reading “Probiotics for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia? Probably, but the Science Isn’t Yet There”