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 […]

Food as Medicine: Turmeric, a Potent Example

Food as Medicine: Turmeric, a Potent Example

Turmeric, a brightly colored spice common in Indian cuisine, has become more widely known and heavily researched in recent decades.  Its health benefits are wide ranging, as indicated by thousands of research studies, including human trials.    Research is revealing its mechanisms of action in many chronic conditions and multiple forms of cancer.   Turmeric is […]