Bathing in Bacteria

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A biotech startup near MIT wants us to quit using deodorant and most other personal hygiene products. Instead, they want us to restore our healthy skin bacteria which in the end will–they promise– take care of grime and odors. Author Julia Scott took the challenge and hilariously reports the results in the New York Times Magazine in a May 2014 article … Read More

Probiotics Get to the Heart of the Matter

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High blood lipids can lead to blocked arteries and stroke. Often the fastest treatment is medication, most notably of the statin variety. However, as lipids reflect a slew of risk factors including genes, metabolism and environmental, other modes of prevention and treatment are used somewhat effectively: Low cholesterol diet Low fat diet Decreased simple carbohydrates Increased soluble fiber Increased exercise … Read More

Probiotics and Obesity

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The world’s children are fat in record numbers. From Kuwait to Mexico to the UK and beyond, families and health departments are struggling with costly and dangerous health problems related to overweight and obesity in children. Many young people are swallowing statins for high cholesterol and taking pills or even injecting insulin for what was once called “adult-onset diabetes.” We all … Read More

Cancer: Growth We can Live Without

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Cancer may be the most dreaded word in the English lexicon. Even as people survive longer with some cancers these days, thanks to early diagnosis and better treatments, a larger percentage of the global population will eventually get cancer. Indeed, more tumors pop up as we age–and we are living longer– and also the environment is swarming with carcinogens like never before in history. A quick … Read More

Peanut Butter With a Probiotic Twist

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Diarrhea kills as many a million children yearly. Food and water borne pathogens are the primary culprits. Many children will recover but when they are already malnourished or immunocompromised as is true in many developing countries, severe illness and even death can follow. Probiotics are being looked at to shore up the immune systems in such situations. If used exclusively, breastfeeding, with … Read More

Drink to Health with Kombucha

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Ready for a kombucha cocktail? Outside magazine reported on the new phenomenon in “Kombucha and the Booze-Free Kegger” in April 2014. Gloria Liu writes of “a small but rapidly growing new wave of kombucha taprooms that have cropped up in the past year in places like Colorado, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and North Carolina.” Liu visited several parties in Colorado: one … Read More

Role for Microbes in Allergies Considered

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Pregnancy may be the transfer point for a fetus’s first microbes, contrary to popular belief. This thesis is considered in an article in Clinical and Experimental Allergy in relation to appropriate microbiomes to avoid allergic responses. The authors also contend that disturbed gut microbe have been associated with allergic disease, but whether as the cause or effect of these diseases is … Read More

Can Probiotics Plug Leaky Gut in Athletes?

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For elite athletes–who always stretch limits– heat stress can interrupt workouts, cause sickness or even be deadly. Runners cross a finish line only to vomit or collapse onto a stretcher. World-class swimmers struggle in water that proves dangerously warm. Excess heat—caused either by outside temperatures or the metabolic fire within—stresses the body, blunting performance. Heat-stressed athletes often endure what is termed … Read More

Probiotics Not a Sure Thing for Hypertension

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  As many as a billion people on the planet struggle with high blood pressure which puts them at risk for heart attacks and stroke. A low-salt diet is the cornerstone of treatment; as many as half are salt-sensitive and will respond positively by ingesting less. Some experts think probiotics can help. The theory is that the by-products of probiotics … Read More

Pickles Pack Probiotics

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  Pickles are underrated. They pack a powerhouse of probiotics and so few calories they aren’t even worth counting. One downside: most are high in sodium. Therefore, if you are salt-sensitive and your blood pressure rises easily, search for low-salt varieties, which unfortunately may have the good bacteria removed. Pickles are made from “pickling” or brining with salt. Natural fermentation … Read More