Exercise Improves Microbe Mix in Lean People

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

healthy people

Baby, we were born to run. Despite that innate need to move, few of us do enough exercise for optimum health. Even our microbes will vary depending on movement. For example, endurance athletes harbor different microbes than sedentary people. A new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tracked changes in the guts of 32 non-exercisers who started a … Read More

Can Probiotics Clear Human Papillomavirus?

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

cancer

Imagine a virus that most people harbor at some point in their lives, usually unaware of it because our fine-tuned immune systems clear them, yet for an unlucky number–usually women—it can be a death sentence. The pathogen is called human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer. A German virologist named Harald zur Hausen won the Nobel prize for … Read More

Probiotics May Be the New Prozac

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

anxiety

Evolution carved out a special place for anxiety, an often helpful emotion which triggers cortisol release in fight-or-flight responses. Anxiety can save your life. But these days anxiety from uniquely modern stressors—health screenings, computer meltdowns, traffic jams, noise pollution and hundreds of other adverse events —lingers long after its usefulness. Chronic anxiety can kill you. This steady stream of stress damages … Read More

Travel Changes You, and Your Microbes Too

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

airplane travel

Travel can be rewarding, financially if it’s for work and emotionally when it’s for play or to visit loved ones. The downsides too are well-known: flight delays, uncomfortable seats, annoying seatmates and jet lag. Another to consider is how our microbes fare when flown across vast time zones to lands where even food and water are foreign to our ecosystems. … Read More

As Asthma Rates Rise, So Does Interest in Microbes

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

asthma and microbes

Progress is not always pretty. Polluted air, water and soil are part of the price tag on fast cars, potent drugs and cheap beef. Health can suffer. Faced with environmental toxins, our bodies secrete cytokines which induce multiple responses played out in the lungs, airways and immune system. This specific type of allergy named asthma is episodic or chronic inflammation of … Read More

Holiday Cheers for Probiotics

Guest BloggerMicrobiome Environment

gifts

It’s so easy to throw a ribbon on a box of candy or bottle of booze and call it your very merry holiday offering. Resist the ordinary. This year, invest your resources in gifts that will actually improve the health of those you care about (even though your annoying co-worker still merits ribbon candy.) Ideas with synbiotic sensibilities Kefir grains and … Read More

Can Microbes Lower Blood Pressure?

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

high blood pressure

Shake the salt habit, get off the couch and don’t forget your meds. Long the trifecta for managing high blood pressure, those rules demand revision as more of the planet (as many as one-third of adults) struggle with numbers that can lead to early death. One novel approach may lie with the gut-brain axis. In a nutshell: The sympathetic nervous … Read More

In Colon Cancer, Probiotics Pay It Forward

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

cancer

Why are rates of colon cancer (CRC) rising across the globe? Much blame goes to the “Western diet” with its red meat, processed foods and low fiber content, a deadly menu now exported into the remotest regions of the earth. Of course, our “Western medicine” via colonoscopy can find polyps and laser them out before cancer takes hold; prevention of … Read More

WANTED: Probiotics, Dead or Alive

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

probiotics

Much is made of the surviving numbers of live bacteria reaching our guts, whether through food or supplements. Yes,  live probiotics taking seed and growing into vigorous colonies promise to be good neighbors across the spectrum of health for humans. But much like a life well-lived, good things can follow in the wake of even dead probiotics. Metabolites alone can … Read More

Bill Gates Tackles the Microbiome

Guest BloggerMarket Trends, Microbiome Environment

The founder of Microsoft knows a thing or two about computers. And while showering his billions on fighting malaria and tuberculosis in the developing world, Bill Gates learned about pathogens. Now in a philanthropic pivot, he has turned his largess onto the good microbes. The Gates Foundation is contributing an astounding $100 million to the White House’s Microbiome Initiative. In … Read More