Tag: bacteria

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…

Is Dog-kissing for You? 

Is Dog-kissing for You? 

I really enjoyed sharing information about pet supplementation in a recent episode of Pet Talk on National Geographic Wild. I was featured in a segment on Episode 3 that originally aired March 4th. I believe it’s still available for viewing, and I think you’d really enjoy it, especially if you’re an animal lover like me. It offers a lot of…

Bacteria and the Elderly – Better Days Ahead

Bacteria and the Elderly – Better Days Ahead

Recently I was pleased to come across an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed the very positive shift away from overuse of antibiotics in nursing homes. Being the defender of the microbiome that I am, when I read that up to 70% of nursing home residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics every year and up to…

Back to School Health Tips

Back to School Health Tips

Goodbye to summer! I hope yours was enjoyable and relaxing. Here in Florida, we’re hoping that the heat will lift soon. The kids are headed back to their classes and with the new school year comes the inevitable increase in colds and flu. Lots of excited little human beings in an enclosed space together, laughing, touching and generally sharing their bacteria…

Changes in Gut Microbiome Precede Development of Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes involves the inability of beta cells in the pancreas to produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. As a result, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections and carefully monitor their food intake to properly regulate blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed during childhood in children who are genetically predisposed…

Give a Poop this Holiday Season with OpenBiome

“Give a sh!t. Save a life.” Literally. If you have yet to make end of the year charitable contributions, I have just the organization for you. OpenBiome’s slogan, although crude, couldn’t be more true. In an effort to raise funds the nonprofit organization is educating the public about the use of fecal transplants for treatment of refractory (resistant to treatment)…

Gut Bacteria and Leaky Brain Syndrome

You may have already heard about leaky gut syndrome (increased intestinal permeability)—damage to the intestinal lining that creates holes through which travel toxins, bacteria, and large food particles from the digestive tract—all of which are not meant to cross the intestinal lining and can trigger an inflammatory immune response that enters systemic circulation and can manifest disease processes in virtually…

Your Microbes and Your Home

On and in your body, at this very moment, are living over 100 trillion microbes working together—hopefully—to help protect you from disease. From person to person, these microbes differ, although certain core sets of bacteria groups tend to be common across all people. While many researchers are hard at work advancing our knowledge about the microbes covering our skin and…

Ultra-Low Diversity of Gut Microbes During Critical Illness

The intestinal tract is a main source of health-care associated pathogenic infections, not surprisingly due to the high concentration of microbes residing there.1 The GI tract is also considered to the primary reservoir for the emergence of antibiotic resistance of such infections.2 In patients with prolonged critical illness, the risk of developing a gut-derived sepsis (blood infection) is increased. In…

Watch Me Today on the Dr. Oz Show!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be on the Dr. Oz show today discussing the importance of the trillions of bacteria that reside in your gut and how the composition of those bacteria determines whether or not you will gain weight. That’s right—your extra pounds are not entirely your fault. If you have been on the diet roller coaster…