Tag: obesity

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)”

Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy and Your Baby’s Microbiome

As a nutritionist, one of my (many) areas of interest is in research about the relationship of diet to health.  Today’s research, conducted  by scientists in Canada, actually shocked me.[i]  I did not know that the consumption of artificial sweeteners by pregnant women is… Continue Reading “Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy and Your Baby’s Microbiome”

Progress In Finding Targeted Bacteria to Potentially Treat a Variety of Issues

Again, trying to stay positive this month, for the sake of all our mental health:  the results of a recent large, international dietary study including Harvard physicians confirm yet again that a diet rich in plant-based foods is linked with a lower risk of… Continue Reading “Progress In Finding Targeted Bacteria to Potentially Treat a Variety of Issues”

Promising Research: A Probiotic to Battle Obesity and Glucose Metabolism Issues

I think this is a very timely post, considering that we are in the midst of holiday season when we all over-indulge and then, come New Year’s, swear we’ll lose all the pounds we’ve pack on!  Research out of Ireland, University College Cork, first… Continue Reading “Promising Research: A Probiotic to Battle Obesity and Glucose Metabolism Issues”

New Info on Akkermansia and Weight

On Tuesday, I posted info about how high levels of mucus-degrading bacteria, like Akkermansia, are associated with the development of inflammatory bowel disease.  If you’ll remember, in that study rodents were fed different forms of sugar for 7 days and the gut bacteria shifted… Continue Reading “New Info on Akkermansia and Weight”

Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome

Today, for your reading pleasure, a kind of amazing 14 month long clinical trial out of Ben-Gurion University, in Israel![i]  As I am sure you all know, after dieting and losing weight, it is incredibly difficult to keep it off.  I read, not that… Continue Reading “Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome”

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”

The Microbiome, Its Circadian Rhythms…and Diabetes Risk

Not a day goes by that I don’t read something –  a synopsis, an article, an abstract, etc. – about the gut biome, and thus, every single day, I am astounded yet again at the incredible complexity. Last November, I wrote about research looking… Continue Reading “The Microbiome, Its Circadian Rhythms…and Diabetes Risk”

Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers

I found a bunch of new research on helminths and will, over the next month or so, make my way through the papers.  I wanted to share first an article just published by researchers in Australia (where some of the best hookworm (Necator americanus)… Continue Reading “Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers”