Tag: inflammation

My Annual End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up: Your Top 5 Picks!

For my annual year-end post, I’ve decided to once again review YOUR top 5 choices of the year.  I guess I shouldn’t be shocked by what you were most interested, in what has been quite the remarkable year for the world.  Here’s to hoping… Continue Reading “My Annual End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up: Your Top 5 Picks!”

Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1

It’s the last week of the year, so it’s time for the inevitable yearly round-up posts!  There’s a good article on Gut Microbiota for Health summarizing some of the major microbiota scientific breakthroughs this year.[i]  Of course, you read it first here on The… Continue Reading “Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1”

The Bacterial Microbiome and Your Defense Against Viruses

Over the years, I’ve talked about Bacteriodes fragilis (B. fragilis) several times.  It is one of those bacterial species that has two faces: some strains are beyond good for us – and some not.  The non-toxic B. fragilis (NTBF) makes up about 1-2% of… Continue Reading “The Bacterial Microbiome and Your Defense Against Viruses”

The Bacterial Microbiome and Dementia: A Definitive Link

I’ve been covering the growing body of research confirming a link between Alzheimer’s disease and the biome since the inception of this blog years ago.  My grandmother – one of my best friends on earth – died of dementia years ago and the horror… Continue Reading “The Bacterial Microbiome and Dementia: A Definitive Link”

COVID-19: A Gut Update

I continue to follow any new research on the relationship of the gut to COVID outcomes.  Late last week, I saw a review article on Medical Dialogs about the potential of using probiotics therapeutically to treat COVID.[i]  There was not much new in it… Continue Reading “COVID-19: A Gut Update”

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Microbiome and Sugar: Yet More on the Importance of Diet

Many times on this blog (look here and here, as just 2 examples), I’ve looked at research regarding the relationship of what is currently consumed as food in the industrialized world and its relationship to gut disease.  The increase in the rate of inflammatory… Continue Reading “Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Microbiome and Sugar: Yet More on the Importance of Diet”

High Blood Pressure and the Microbiome

When I write about the incredible incidence of so many chronic illnesses, I always feel a little like the grim reaper.  But what can I do?! Inflammatory diseases are on the rise in the industrialized world and so many are being related to the… Continue Reading “High Blood Pressure and the Microbiome”

The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends”

A very recent paper, published just this past May, caught my eye because of its title:  “Inflammatory bowel diseases, the hygiene hypothesis and the other side of the microbiota: Parasites and fungi.”[i]  How often on this blog have I talked about the incredible complexity… Continue Reading “The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends””

New Info on COVID, the Immune System and the Microbiome

With every passing weeks, it seems like more connections are being  made between the bacterial microbiome and severe COVID-19 infection.  A new paper was pre-published (not yet peer reviewed) late last week looking in  more depth at the microbiota in COVID and what’s happening… Continue Reading “New Info on COVID, the Immune System and the Microbiome”

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”