Tag: obesity

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)…

Cool New Research Using Phages to Treat Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

New research combines two of my big interests:  looking at ways to manipulate the biome to help reduce today’s epidemic of obesity AND using bacteriophages in a productive way. You’ll all remember that a bacteriophage is a virus that attacks a specific bacteria.  (I’ve…

Gut Bacteria, Exercise and Insulin Resistance

I found this really interesting:  did you know that some people “…do not respond or negatively respond to exercise in terms of insulin sensitivity and blood sugar balance for reasons that remain unknown”?  I did not, although I suppose I would have guessed as…

A Traditional Japanese Herb, Akkermansia muciniphila, and Health

One of my regular readers (you know who you are, S.!) has written to me several times asking about ways to increase the probiotic species Akkermansia muciniphila, which is not as yet available in probiotic form. I’ve written before about whatever research I could…

An Introduction to a New “Old Friend”: Christensenella (to Treat Anxiety and Depression?)

Last week I found what amounts to a business news press release announcing that a microbiome company called LNC Therapeutics has licensed the use of a specific strain of a gut bacteria called Christensenella (which I had never heard of) from the National Research…

Gut Bacteria and Diabetes: Progress on Several Fronts

Several new studies have recently been published examining the relationship between gut bacteria and diabetes.  With one in ten people in the United States suffering from diabetes (which doesn’t include those with metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance, which would greatly inflate that number), we desperately need…

Response to Prebiotics Depends on Your Existing Gut Bacteria

This is a small, but I thought really interesting, study and I guess I’m not alone in finding it significant:  it was published in a premier medical journal, Gut.[i]  It’s a great illustration of the complexity of gut biome optimization because of the individuality…

Inflammatory Arthritis and the Gut

I’ve been keeping an eye out for anything new and interesting in the realm of the biome and arthritis – any kind of arthritis.  Following are some highlights from a recent article on the two way communication between the gut immune system and the…

Bile Acids and Your Microbiome (It May Not Sound Sexy but…They are a Huge Factor in Health)

Ok, it’s time for me to tackle a topic that is totally new to me. Today’s subject:  bile acids.  It may not sound exciting but it turns out, bile acids have a huge part to play in your health, and that effect is based…

New Research into the Negative Side of Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Too Much of a Good Thing

I have spent a fair bit of virtual ink over the years talking about both the positives and the negatives of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), mentioning that indeed, you really can have too much of a good thing.  For example, as healthy as…