Sweet News from the Microbiome

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If predictions from the International Diabetes Federation hold true, one in ten people on the planet will be diabetic by 2030.    Health institutions in countries across the globe are  desperately looking for solutions. A recent study hypothesized that probiotics may be a novel approach given that they appear to alter insulin resistance and diabetes development in rodents. Marie-Christine Simon tested … Read More

How Fast do Probiotics Work?

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Good question and a popular one, denoting a bit of impatience. We damage our health over years, but expect results from our remedies in days if not hours. The good news is that probiotics seem to get to work fast: feeding on a tangle of food fibers, fighting the natives for space and basically invading and setting up shop faster … Read More

Crybabies

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A colicky baby adds anxiety and additional trips to the doctor or hospital during a time in a parent’s life that should be joyous. Italian investigators asked whether supplementation with a strain of Lactobacillus reuteri in the first 3 months of an infant’s life could reduce the inconsolable crying of colic. Almost 600 bambini at 9 hospitals in Italy received … Read More

Probiotics Questioned in Crohn’s

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  Read what the British Dietetic Association has to say about dietary management of Crohn’s disease. The guidelines reviewed data regarding use of prebiotics and probiotics to induce or maintain remission; the search pulled studies from 1985 through 2009. Assessment of fifteen papers led the authors to conclude that the “the use of probiotics and prebiotics is not currently supported.” … Read More

HPV Cleared By Immune System

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the perpetrator blamed for precancerous lesions in cervical cells. A large percentage of young women are exposed to this virus through sexual contact.  A series of vaccines—Gardasil is one brand—target several strains which cause most cervical cancers. Not all cancers are caused by the strains so PAP smears are still recommended. Even so, many HPV infections … Read More

Probiotics Growing Up

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The new year already brings a gift to all probiotic practitioners or wannabes via Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  This prestigious journal representing a very august health entity has published a primer titled “A Clinician’s Primer on the Role of the Microbiome in Human Health and Disease.”   The 2014 review very nicely—and briefly–outlines evidence for the microbial role in various diseases … Read More

Diversity Wins Against Asthma

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Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs, has increased at a troubling pace. While outdoor environmental changes are prime suspects—industrialized nations have seen cases soar—innermost worlds are also being explored. Gut microbes are being questioned. For instance, it is known that when diversity of guy microbes is low during a baby’s first year of life, allergies are more likely.  … Read More

Role for Probiotics In Autism?

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Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by repetitive motions and impaired communication. While the cause of this devastating dysfunction is not clear, several theories are gathering steam: genetics, toxins, nutritional deficiencies and/or infections.  And in a strange twist, many with ASD also suffer with gastrointestinal problems. This link has led researchers to question how the two may be related. Just … Read More

Probiotics for Detox?

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Contamination in foods and feed is a major expense and incurs disease in crops, animals and humans alike. Scientists at the National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute in Iran looked at the potential for lactic acid bacteria and yeasts to eliminate, deactivate or reduce availability of this contamination. The paper available here shows the ability of microbes to act as … Read More

Cholesterol: A Numbers Game

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Heart disease is a global killer. One biomarker, cholesterol levels, receives much attention and is usually confronted when high with dietary change and increasingly with statin medications. Probiotics have shown some promise in this area. Researcher Douglas B. DiRienzo recently assessed 26 clinical studies and two meta-analyses. Significant reductions were seen with strains of lactobacilli, enterococci, and bifidobacteria.  A strain … Read More