Tag: inflammation

The Two Faces of Candida

As you know, I like to keep up on research on all the different components of the human biome, so yesterday,  I read an article in the International Journal of Medial Microbiology about fungi.[i]  There were a bunch of really interesting facts which I’ll… Continue Reading “The Two Faces of Candida”

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”

Crohn’s Disease and the Mycobiome: A Fungus Prevents Wound Healing

I was amazed by new research out of the Washington University in St. Louis done in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic.  Scientists discovered that a fungus called Debaryomyces hansenii, which is commonly used in the food industry to ripen the surfaces of cheese and… Continue Reading “Crohn’s Disease and the Mycobiome: A Fungus Prevents Wound Healing”

Clear Pattern Emerges for Gut Bacterial Alterations in Parkinson’s Disease

Another step forward in sorting out the Parkinson’s disease (PD)/microbiome connection.  Researchers at the Quadram Institute in the UK conducted a meta-analysis of the gut microbiome in those with Parkinson’s disease.[i]  Prior to this work, there had not as yet been a consensus as… Continue Reading “Clear Pattern Emerges for Gut Bacterial Alterations in Parkinson’s Disease”

The Flu and the Microbiome: One Reason Those Over 60 Are More At Risk

Back in 2017, I told you about research out of Georgia State University which looked at the effect of probiotics (specifically, Lactobacillus casei) on influenza infection, in an animal model.  The research demonstrated that the probiotic was effective at warding off severe influenza and… Continue Reading “The Flu and the Microbiome: One Reason Those Over 60 Are More At Risk”

Spondyloarthritis and the Microbiome: An Early 2021 Update

As many of you seem particularly interested in research into the gut connection to spondyloarthritis, including Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), I have been keeping an eye out for anything interesting.  A few weeks ago I spotted a new study looking at microbiome differences in patients… Continue Reading “Spondyloarthritis and the Microbiome: An Early 2021 Update”

Healthy Aging and the Microbiome: A Surprising Finding

Here is an interesting, and really surprising, tidbit of research published in the journal, Nature Metabolism:  it turns out there is a distinct bacterial microbiome signature associated with healthy aging, which, in turn, predicts survival in older people.[i]  That’s not the surprising bit:  you’ll… Continue Reading “Healthy Aging and the Microbiome: A Surprising Finding”

Even at “Acceptable” Levels, Glyphosate Disrupts the Bacterial Microbiome (rodent study)

My regular readers know that I have been closely following the growing body of research into the effects of glyphosates on human health.  There has been huge controversy over this for years now.  While humans do not have the shikimate pathway that glyphosate (the… Continue Reading “Even at “Acceptable” Levels, Glyphosate Disrupts the Bacterial Microbiome (rodent study)”

Parkinson’s and the Bacterial Microbiome: An Early 2021 Update

Two new pieces of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research for me to share with you.You’ll remember that more and more research is showing that bacterial microbiome alterations are associated with the misfolding of the protein alpha-synuclein, which then makes it’s way into the brain causing… Continue Reading “Parkinson’s and the Bacterial Microbiome: An Early 2021 Update”

Helminths and Gut Bacteria: The Dynamic Anti-Inflammatory Duo

I have some fascinating new research to report to you on helminths, about which I haven’t written in quite awhile.  Last week, in my post about gut bacteria and bile acids, I talked, yet again, about the incredible complexity of the gut ecosystem:  today’s… Continue Reading “Helminths and Gut Bacteria: The Dynamic Anti-Inflammatory Duo”