The Microbiome and Multiple Sclerosis: Where Are We?

Guest BloggerMicrobiome Environment


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is not a killer. But this chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system severely damages the communication between nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord– leading to pain and debilitation. In essence, a protective sheath called myelin is attacked by the body’s own immune system, triggering an inflammatory response. As with many autoimmune … Read More

Exercise Improves Microbe Mix in Lean People

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Microbiome Environment

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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

Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Colonic Infusion Could Fight Obesity

Guest BloggerClinical Corner, Market Trends

Imagine a trash collector paying you for the privilege of hauling away the junk. Not happening. But that’s what our gut microbes do: they digest the stuff we can’t—fiber—and then create short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which are absolute manna for our metabolic health. Note: Counterintuitively, SCFAs are handled differently than fatty acids with long carbon chains, thus removing the fat connotation from … Read More