Human Microbiome

5 Surprising Facts About Your Immune System

5 Surprising Facts About Your Immune System

Your immune system is a complex network made up of an array of cells and biological compounds that work together to keep you healthy as your body comes into contact with foreign “invaders” of all sorts—bacteria, viruses, fungi, allergens, toxins, and more. Your immune system is tasked with identifying harmful substances and getting rid of them all while letting benign…

Feeling Sexy? It Could Be Microbes!

Feeling Sexy? It Could Be Microbes!

Here’s a different twist on Valentine’s Day! Your attraction to your sexy mate may have less to do with the clothes he/she wears, the sweet nothings he/she whispers and the chocolates he/she buys for you – and much more to do with his/her particular microbes! While flourishing science is replete with the fabulous abilities of microbes – everything from supporting…

Shed Pounds Slowly? Gut Bugs May Be Missing Link

Shed Pounds Slowly? Gut Bugs May Be Missing Link

Attempting to shed pounds but feeling a bit discouraged? I read some fascinating research that I hope will motivate you. Please give the healthy choices you’re making a bit more time! The study itself was published last week in the journal Cell Host & Microbe and was conducted by a team led by Jeffrey Gordon, Director of the Center for Genome…

Getting the Poop Scoop on Autism

Getting the Poop Scoop on Autism

A report in Science Daily entitled “Autism symptoms improve after fecal transplant, small study finds” caught my eye immediately. You see, in one of the episodes of my recent PBS special, Natural Health Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson, I interviewed a woman who had undergone fecal transplant with great success. She had been extremely ill with recurrent C. difficile bacterial infections…

Probiotics – Good Summer Bugs!

Probiotics – Good Summer Bugs!

Although obesity remains one of our most pressing health problems today I’m hoping that for many Americans as the summer days unfold it may be an easier time to let go of some extra weight. In the heat, heavy foods just don’t seem quite as inviting as they were when it was cold outside. Moving around in humidity is much…

Red Wine for Heart Health?

Red Wine for Heart Health?

Reducing your risk of heart disease may have just become a bit more fun. A new study done by researchers from China explores the actual mechanism of how a compound found in red wine, resveratrol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Resveratrol, found in peanuts, grapes, red wine and some berries has been touted as a health promoting substance,…

Variety of Veggies = Healthy Microbiome

Variety of Veggies = Healthy Microbiome

Over the last decade, a tremendous amount of research has been directed toward examining the family of bacteria and microbes we host in our digestive system known as the microbiome. From the multi-pronged Human Microbiome Project funded by the National Institutes of Health to the American Gut Project, the largest crowd sourced citizen science projects to date, valuable information is…

Thinking With Your Gut

Thinking With Your Gut

If you’ve been feeling emotionally taxed (pun intended – yes, this is the season) and/or mentally foggy, I have a suggestion for you. Increase your intake of fermented foods containing those good bacteria, probiotics. Recently I interviewed Dr. Emeran Mayer for my upcoming television special, Natural Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson. Dr. Mayer is professor of medicine at UCLA, a specialist…

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

As this year’s flu and cold season wanes down a bit, I found it heartening to read that science is focusing on a way to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections to help limit over-prescribing of antibiotics. Over the last decades doctors have been far too willing to offer a sad and miserable patient antibiotics, resulting in killing off many…

Probiotics Shine in the Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes

Probiotics Shine in the Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes

The University of South Florida here in Tampa is known for its world-class research and treatment of diabetes. Over the last 15 years grant monies have supported the Diabetes Center’s efforts to examine both prevention and environmental causes of this dramatically rising health risk. An interesting article in The Tampa Tribune just the other day reported exciting findings of a…