Tag: toxins

Agricultural Chemicals and Autism: A Growing Link

This past weekend, I finished reading a paper in the journal, Environmental Research, which was an overview of what we know about the relationship of pesticide exposure to the development of autism.[i]  Interesting  that it came out of China, where, “According to University of… Continue Reading “Agricultural Chemicals and Autism: A Growing Link”

Helminths, Protozoa and More Helminths – a Research Trifecta!

Helminths, helminths and more helminths here at The Biome Buzz today. Study #1:  from the European Journal of Neurology which shows that infection with Toxoplasmosis (an infection with the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii)  has a protective effect against the development of multiple sclerosis (MS).  That… Continue Reading “Helminths, Protozoa and More Helminths – a Research Trifecta!”

Household Chemicals and Microbiome Alterations in Babies (or…Join Me In My Misery)

In the last week, my son fell down the steps and broke his foot and my hot water tank failed, flooding my basement and ruining the floor of my professional offices. This, as you can imagine, has put me into a pretty bad mood… Continue Reading “Household Chemicals and Microbiome Alterations in Babies (or…Join Me In My Misery)”

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)”

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”

More Evidence that Glyphosate May Harm Our Gut Bacteria

Today, more evidence on the detrimental effects of glyphosate on the microbiome, and subsequently, human health.  Researchers at the University of Turku, in Finland, developed a means of predicting whether or not a microbe is sensitive to the chemical.[i] Glyphosate is the active chemical… Continue Reading “More Evidence that Glyphosate May Harm Our Gut Bacteria”

Autism, (lack of) Detoxification, and the Altered Microbiome

Last week, on the Biome Buzz’ Facebook page,  I posted a story about new research showing that microbiome alterations seem to cause detoxification issues that play a role in the parthenogenesis of autism.[i]  Many of you asked me to explain the story in detail… Continue Reading “Autism, (lack of) Detoxification, and the Altered Microbiome”

Parkison’s and the Gut: An Update

I haven’t given you a Parkinson’s-and-the-biome update in several months now, and as yesterday I read a great review of the current status of our knowledge on the connection between the two, I figured it was time.[i] I am sure that most of you… Continue Reading “Parkison’s and the Gut: An Update”

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”