Tag: Pregnancy

Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study

Many times now, I have written about propionic acid (PPA) and its likely role in causing autism (here and here, to give you just a couple of many examples).  In fact, one of the earliest posts on this blog was an introduction to you… Continue Reading “Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study”

Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?

A few weeks back, a study came out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is worth reporting.[i]  It is one in a long line of similar studies which show that exposure to our “old friends” modulates the immune system in such a way… Continue Reading “Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?”

The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies

The big (biome) buzz of the last couple of weeks:  research just published out of Australia shows that the presence of a certain species of gut bacteria, Prevotella copri, in pregnant women protects babies from developing food allergies  – at least within their first… Continue Reading “The Maternal Microbiome and Risk for Food Allergy in Babies”

Breast Cancer: A Little Bit of Yogurt Seems to Go a Long Way

This past October, I wrote about probiotic use in breast cancer.  If you remember, that paper concluded that what few in vitro and in vivo studies we have look promising.  One piece of research mentioned in that paper is particularly pertinent to today’s post: … Continue Reading “Breast Cancer: A Little Bit of Yogurt Seems to Go a Long Way”

More On Propionic Acid and Autism (or…I’m sorry, but I Can’t Help Myself…)

I know that everyone (including me) wants answers to the question “how do you fix a broken biome.”  I am always happy when I come across any information that may actually help people, especially since, at this point, there’s precious little known about how… Continue Reading “More On Propionic Acid and Autism (or…I’m sorry, but I Can’t Help Myself…)”

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… Continue Reading “New Research into the Negative Side of Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Too Much of a Good Thing”

Organophosphates: Yet Another Environmental Toxin that Adversely Affects the Gut Biome and Health

Another popular request, courtesy of the survey I ran a couple of weeks ago, was for more information on how environmental toxins may affect the human biome.  I wrote about the herbicide, glyphosate (that’s found in Roundup), several months ago, and while the role… Continue Reading “Organophosphates: Yet Another Environmental Toxin that Adversely Affects the Gut Biome and Health”

The Deworming Question: A Good Idea? Pointless? Detrimental? The Evidence Mounts…

Last month, a meta-analysis paper came out searching the medical literature through the year 2018, looking for evidence of the benefits promised by the worldwide efforts at deworming school children, recommended by all global advocacy organizations including WHO.  The authors, from the Department of… Continue Reading “The Deworming Question: A Good Idea? Pointless? Detrimental? The Evidence Mounts…”

Is There Any Doubt Left that Propionic Acid is a Cause of Autism? Apparently not

I first started to write about autism and propionic acid (PPA) not long after creating this blog, back in the fall of 2016.  In January 2017, I described to you some of the work of Dr. Derrick MacFabe, which as particularly fascinated me for… Continue Reading “Is There Any Doubt Left that Propionic Acid is a Cause of Autism? Apparently not”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the Bacterial Microbiome

I first learned about the concept of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) a good 20 years ago, from my mentor who is a well-known functional medicine doctor.  I know some people are shocked by the idea but to me, it made sense from the get-go. … Continue Reading “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the Bacterial Microbiome”