Could Gut Inflammation Be Causing Your Depression?

The hypothesis began in the early 1900’s with psychiatrist Henry Cotton, whose first line of therapy for mental illness was the removal of decaying teeth. If unsuccessful, Cotton moved on to removing other potentially infected body parts – including the colon – to relieve psychiatric disorders. Fast-forward 100 years and it turns out Dr. Cotton […]

Gutbliss Weekly Review – November 2, 2015

  Washing dishes by hand, instead of by dishwasher, decreases food allergies in children, and the benefits increase when families eat food directly from the farm. Pediatrics   Scientists request international efforts for microbiome research. Yet some scientists are skeptical, including University of Michigan microbiologist, Pat Schloss, who tweeted, “We have a global effort. It’s […]

Using the Microbiome to Diagnose Colon Cancer

A fascinating study published in Microbial Ecology took a close look at the bacteria in the feces of 19 patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) and 20 healthy controls. They found remarkable differences between the two groups: fecal samples in people with CRC showed signs of an imbalanced microbiome, with higher levels of pathogens and lower […]

Gutbliss Weekly Review – October 19, 2015

1. Colon cancer linked to specific gut bacteria. Altering the specific gut bacteria associated with cancers may be a viable strategy for treatment and prevention American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Meeting   2. Bank your stool and preserve your health. This cutting-edge medical therapy could be a real fix for microbial depletion and a plausible way to achieve […]

Bank Your Stool for Better Health

In his October 9th New York Times Op-ed, Moises Velasquez-Manoff asks the question: “Why [aren’t] doctors [working] harder to prevent [the collateral damage of antibiotics], not with store-bought probiotics, but with ‘microbial restoration’?” The microbial restoration he’s referring to is the process of using your own stool (autologous fecal transplant) to recolonize your gut when […]

Gut Bacteria Play an Important Role in IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 15-20% of Americans and is the most common GI condition, yet we still don’t know what causes it. The medical community often categorizes IBS symptoms as stress-related, but a recent study shows that although stress may be a contributing factor, gut bacteria play an important, and maybe even causative role. […]

Laxatives, Fiber and Cancer Risk

Almost 1 in 5 Americans use laxatives regularly, but not all laxatives (or laxative users!) are the same. Stimulant laxatives – the most popular kind– may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), while fiber laxatives may reduce the risk. A study from Washington State recently validated this concept when they found […]