Gut Microbiota & Cardiovascular Disease

Gut Microbiota & Cardiovascular Disease

Research on the microbiome has increased significantly in recent years, looking at its many functions in health and immunity.  There is greater recognition of the central role of the gut microbiota in chronic disease, particularly autoimmunity, obesity and metabolic dysfunction.  Now researchers are examining cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its connection to the microbiota. The Gut […]

Harm from Alzheimer’s Drugs Revealed

Here is another sad example of a medication causing harm, though it did not receive much coverage in the news media.  It’s another reminder that reliance on conventional medicine to fix chronic, inflammatory conditions is not yielding the best results. Recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a review of medications used for […]

Butyrate & BDNF for Brain Health

Butyrate & BDNF for Brain Health

The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or other dementia is expected to soar with the baby boomer generation.  The 2016 report by the Alzheimer’s Association reveals the alarming trend: Alzheimer’s already affects 5 ½ million Americans (and their caregivers) By 2050, it’s expected to rise to 14 million people Medicare spends 2.5 times […]

Next Generation Probiotics: Bacillus

Found throughout the environment in soil and water, Bacillus bacteria are gram-positive, rod-shaped and form spores.  While the Bacillus family includes a few pathogenic strains, the large majority of are not harmful. Bacillus bacteria have a history of use in traditionally fermented foods, such as natto and iru. They also have been used for treating […]

Glyphosate, Pesticides and Consequences

Glyphosate, Pesticides and Consequences

Background Recently, RoundUp® has been in the news regarding its contamination of oats and Cheerios™, and a lawsuit by a California man who developed cancer after using RoundUp® in his job.  RoundUp® is an organophosphate pesticide, and glyphosate is one of its active ingredients.  Its use has greatly expanded since 1974, from weed control, to its […]