How Does Eating Organically Grown Food Affect The Gut-Microbiome?

An apple a day … yes, we all know, keeps the doc away. But how does eating an organically grown apple versus a conventionally grown apple affect the body’s microbiome? A new study, published in Frontiers of Microbiology, aimed to find out. The results showed the bacterial composition and microbialRead …

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Maternal Exposure to Non-nutritive Sweeteners Negatively Impacts Progeny’s Microbiome and Liver Health

Yet another study shows the damage that zero-calorie sweeteners pose to the gut microbiome. About 20% of people above age two in America consume two diet soft drinks per day.  A majority of diet soda drinkers are women. Multiple clinical have shown have detrimental health effects related to non-nutritive sweetenersRead …

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Gut Microbiome Connected to Effectiveness of Immunotherapies for Cancer

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A growing amount of research shows that the gut microbiome has a dramatic affect on anti-tumor immunity. Just how the intestinal microbiota limits tumor expansion has remained somewhat elusive. This new study, published in Nature Commutations, shows why certain immune checkpoint inhibitors, used in cancer treatment, don’t always work. It’sRead …

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New Study by Valter Longo, PhD: Fasting Mimicking Repairs Gut and Reduces Inflammation

The science surrounding fasting is reaching new levels of understanding. In this new study, well-known researcher Valter Longo, PhD, study author and the director of the USC Longevity Institute at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and professor of biological sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts

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Population Study Links Specific Gut Bacteria and Mental Health

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You’ve no doubt read the link between gut bacteria and mental health. But do you know which gut bacteria have neuroactive potential? The evidence in this new study shows that gut-bacteria depletions of specific microorganisms are consistent in individuals with depression. A recent population-level study on the link between gutRead …

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Are Infectious Complications Following Probiotics an Underestimated Problem?

Probiotics seem to be everywhere. From dietary supplements to chocolate bars, these products are designed to improve one’s microbiome. Yet, there have been few serious evaluations of complications related to probiotic ingestion. This study presents a synthesis and critical evaluation of the reports and series of cases on the infectiousRead …

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The Gut-Brain Axis: Influence of Microbiota on Mood and Mental Health, with Jeremy Appleton, ND

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In this commentary, published in Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, by Jeremy Appleton, ND, he explains the gut-brain axis and its bidirectional communication network that links the enteric and central nervous systems. As he discusses, this network is not only anatomical, but it extends to include endocrine, humoral, metabolic, and

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Microbiota-Mediated Regulation of the Immune System in a Prenatal Immune Activation Model of Autism

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In what is being described as cutting-edge research, published in the Journal of Immunology, scientists from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggest that a mother’s microbiome during pregnancy plays a critical role in determining the child’s risk of developing autism-spectrum disorders. The study raises the possibility that autismRead …

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