Tag: infants

Children, Allergies, the Microbiome and Heavy Metals

For your reading pleasure (NOT), two distressing pieces of research. New research out of Ohio State University is truly horrifying.[i]  These scientists have traced a link between low dose exposure to the heavy metal, cadmium, and the activation of the antibodies that cause allergies.… Continue Reading “Children, Allergies, the Microbiome and Heavy Metals”

Babies, Breast Milk and the Development of the Early Microbiome and Immune System

That the first few months of life are critical for the development of a healthy microbiome, which in turn, affects health life-long is now accepted as a self-evidient fact.  For those of you who, like me, have been following biome research for the last… Continue Reading “Babies, Breast Milk and the Development of the Early Microbiome and Immune System”

Household Chemicals and Microbiome Alterations in Babies (or…Join Me In My Misery)

In the last week, my son fell down the steps and broke his foot and my hot water tank failed, flooding my basement and ruining the floor of my professional offices. This, as you can imagine, has put me into a pretty bad mood… Continue Reading “Household Chemicals and Microbiome Alterations in Babies (or…Join Me In My Misery)”

Early In Life Exposure to Antibiotics and Altered Brain Development

Some might say it’s self-flagellation, but I can’t help myself reading the latest research into the effects of antibiotics early in life.  By now, my regular readers are all-too-familiar with my son, Alex’s, history.  For those new to The Biome Buzz, Alex is diagnosed… Continue Reading “Early In Life Exposure to Antibiotics and Altered Brain Development”

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”

Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study

Many times now, I have written about propionic acid (PPA) and its likely role in causing autism (here and here, to give you just a couple of many examples).  In fact, one of the earliest posts on this blog was an introduction to you… Continue Reading “Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study”

The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies

The big (biome) buzz of the last couple of weeks:  research just published out of Australia shows that the presence of a certain species of gut bacteria, Prevotella copri, in pregnant women protects babies from developing food allergies  – at least within their first… Continue Reading “The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies”

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… Continue Reading “Fermented Foods and Infant Health”

Allergy and Asthma Risk in Children: A Gut Bacteria Metabolite Culprit Identified

Two weeks ago, I wrote  about a retrospective study out of Loyola University in which researchers looked at the relationship of the early introduction of antibiotics to the development of allergy and asthma. If you recall, they found, “Exposure to these medicines in their… Continue Reading “Allergy and Asthma Risk in Children: A Gut Bacteria Metabolite Culprit Identified”

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… Continue Reading “Antibiotics in Early Childhood: The Road to Asthma and Allergy”