Today’s post will cover some of the research concerning the connection between gut dysbiosis and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that cause a whole host of challenges in afflicted children. Among these are difficulties with social interaction, communication, behavior and movement. Males are approximately four times more likely Read More →

  There are many things that negatively impact gut flora, including man-made chemicals. Therefore, I’m very skeptical of monocausal explanations for gut dysbiosis. Gut bacteria, like all living organisms, can be impacted by a whole host of factors as I’ve explained over the last several months. There is no one cause of gut bacterial death Read More →

  I’m sure most of you have heard or read about a recent study linking red meat consumption to heart disease. Entitled, Intestinal Microbiota Metabolism of L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis (1), it purports to show a new mechanism explaining how consuming red meat increases cardiovascular risk. First, let me thank my 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 →

  Fibromyalgia is a disease characterized by chronic wide-spread pain. These painful areas are spread throughout numerous points on the body. Other symptoms of this disorder are joint stiffness, gastrointestinal upset and mental distress: insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety and cognitive dysfunction. Estimates for the prevalence of fibromyalgia range from between 1% to 2% of the 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 →

  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 →

  This is part two of my three-part series on insomnia. Today I want to cover how disease and inflammation cause sleep problems. In part one, I discussed some habits that help you get a good night’s sleep. And for a number of you who have occasional sleeplessness, improving your sleep hygiene is all that’s Read More →

  Today I want to talk about depression and the evidence implicating increased intestinal permeability and endotoxins in this psychological disorder. Having discussed how endotoxemia impacts your hormonal system, it’s now time to explore what this can mean for your mental state. Wikipedia describes depression as: “…a state of low mood and aversion to activity Read More →

This is a very quick post to alert you to a recently published study reported in the journal Gut that found a significant association between strains of the pathogenic oral bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis and the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. This is highly relevant to my ongoing series on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth as well Read More →

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