Tag: obesity

The Microbiome and the Basal Ganglia in …The Case of the Leaky Gut?

I recently read an article looking at the effects of bacterial microbiome alterations on particular circuits in the brain (the thalamo-cortico-basal ganglia)  that are associated with compulsive behavior, addiction, altered sensations and motor output.[i]  What struck me is how closely related seemingly unrelated disorders…

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be…

Propionic Acid: A Culprit in Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction?

As promised on Tuesday, today is the last post in my continuing propionic acid series  as we wrap up not-celebrating the Biome Buzz’ official First Annual Propionic Acid week.  Today’s post is about just how suspect it is for all our health. A study…

Yet MORE on Akkermansia, This Time as a Pasteurized Probiotic!

A few weeks back, I shared a post about a recent study that looked at using our old friend, Akkermansia muciniphila (a quick summary of some of the findings re:  this probiotic bacteria are in a postscript below) to improve glucose tolerance and insulin levels. …

1st Clinical Trial Using Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Obesity

Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. First, a quick summary: the good news is that the first human trial was just conducted using fecal microbiome transplant (FMT) to treat obesity.  The bad news is that the treatment did not result in either…

Food Processing: Another Suspect in the ‘Globesity’ Epidemic?

Last night, I read an article that fit absolutely perfectly into my unintentional but prominent theme of the last couple of weeks:  the relationship of the microbiome to weight issues…and to food:  “Food Processing, Gut Microbiota and the Globesity Problem.”[i]  Yup – we face…

Evolutionary Mismatch, the Human Biome…and a Bit More on Obesity

Recently there was a lot of discussion on the Biome Buzz’ Facebook page in regards to a post on obesity, wherein some people expressed their opinions that our current epidemic of obesity is due to nothing more than people eating too much junk food. …

Can Helminths Help Alleviate the Obesity Epidemic? The Evidence (Slowly) Mounts

Remember last week when I told you all that I have a million great new pieces of research to write about?  Well, things have only gotten worse(or is it better?!) since then.  I found a bunch more stuff to keep us all very busy…

Biome Bliss: An Interesting New Prebiotic Supplement

A week ago or so, I got an email from a company that makes a really interesting prebiotic product.  They offered to let me try it out on myself, and after looking through their website, I readily agreed.  (I took my first dose this…

Introducing Archaea: Another Important Member of Your Inner Ecosystem

It’s not often that I get to write about the more esoteric members of our gut biomes.  Our bacteria get the most hype in the scientific literature, but as you all know, there are many other kinds of residents of our inner ecosystems.  I…