Today’s post summarizes an intriguing study on the role Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) may play in inhibiting breast cancer development. (1) I need to emphasize the word “may” as this study was done with rodents and not people. Like any hypothesis pertaining to health, we won’t know if this has applicability until subjected to clinical Read More →

Not Just For Vampires! Those who read my small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) series know that I credit garlic, along with probiotics and prebiotics, for helping me cure myself of it. I described my experience in the last post of that series. I’ve since received many emails from people about their experiences using this herb. Read More →

  Continuing with my coverage of regulatory tight-junction proteins and gut-barrier function, today I want to examine the role of a particular member of our beneficial gut flora community. A 2008 study examined which of the following gut bacteria contributed the most to gut-barrier function (1): Bifidobacterium breve Bifidobacterium infantis Bifidobacterium longum Lactobacillus acidophilus Lactobacillus delbrueckii Read More →

  Continuing from my post on probiotics and respiratory viruses, I want to review some trials that studied how probiotics can augment the effects of a flu shot. When the seasonal flu vaccine closely matches circulating influenza viruses, effectiveness against catching the flu ranges between 70-90% in healthy adults. Unfortunately, unlike wine, these statistics do Read More →

  Today I’m going to talk about some dietary changes that may offer some of you symptom relief from your gastrointestinal issues. This is not a cure for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. These disorders will require reducing gut pathogens and/or overgrowth of fungus like Candida Read More →

  It should surprise none of you that I consider weight dysregulation one of the many manifestations of gut dysbiosis. Obesity is associated with a whole host of disorders, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver. Much of what I’ve written about endotoxemia also applies to obesity. This isn’t to say that Read More →

    In this post, I discussed how unlikely it is that normal digestion of long-chain fatty acids is the source of the pathogens initiating arterial plaque formation. If anything, I showed how protective chylomicrons are in preventing just that. This then leaves us with increased intestinal permeability as the most likely source of translocating Read More →

  In the last post I wrote about how beneficial bacteria shapes our immunity. Today I want to review some studies in children examining the association between gut dysbiosis and allergic diseases. As I’ve mentioned, commensal gut flora not only maintain the integrity of the gut wall preventing endotoxins and other antigens from entering systemic circulation, Read More →