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Microbiome

The Pros of Prebiotics

Dr. Veronica Anderson | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Veronica Anderson

By now, most people are aware of the many benefits of probiotic supplementation, including improved digestive health. However, a relatively new area o...

Friends With Benefits -- Getting to Know Your Gut Microbiome

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition When we're hungry, we often hear famili...

Carolyn Gregoire

Sauerkraut Might Be The Secret To Curing Social Anxiety

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.10.2015 | Science

Can you eat your way to an anxiety-free existence? It might sound outlandish, but the idea that your diet can have a huge effect on your emotions ...

Could a Microbe Transplant Make You Thinner? (and Other Amazing Things About Bacteria and Antibiotics)

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2015 | Science
Techonomy

We are in the earliest days of understanding the human microbiome -- the communities of microbes that live in and on our bodies -- but already scientists are getting a sense of the incredible complexity of this ecosystem and its interaction with us.

Nurture Your Gut Bacteria -- Improve Your Mood and Health

David Perlmutter, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Perlmutter, M.D.

Like so many, I was led to believe that bacteria were basically to be considered agents of disease. But current science is revealing another side of the story. As it turns out, the bacteria living within your intestines are not just keeping you healthy, they are keeping you alive!

Are Germs To Blame For Your Toddler's Tantrum?

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.28.2015 | Science

Could germs be to blame for your toddler's temper tantrums? The complex ecosystem of microbes living in the gastrointestinal tract is known to chan...

This Is What Happens After You Die

By Moheb Costandi | Mosaic | Posted 05.21.2015 | Science

(Photo: © Lightning + Kinglyface and Jess Bonham) Most of us would rather not think about what happens to our bodies after death. But that br...

From Germ Theory to the Microbiome: Why Microbes Still Rule Our Lives

Alanna Collen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Alanna Collen

We now have an opportunity to shift the focus from simply diagnosing and treating ill health to understanding, curing and preventing it. Caring for our microbes gives us a chance to conquer this new wave of illness, and live healthier, happier lives.

Yes, Your Beard Might Be As Dirty As A Toilet Seat. No, You Don't Have To Shave It.

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living

If you’re a bearded man or love someone who has a beard, you may have recently heard the horrifying news rattling around the Internet that there is ...

Autism: Maybe It's Not What We've Been Told

John Rodakis | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
John Rodakis

I believe we are on the verge of a paradigm shift in autism where the new view is that, while some genetic factors may be important, the underlying condition is more of an acquired syndrome that arises from externally-induced changes in metabolism, immune function, and the microbiome.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: We Can Win This Battle!

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

Thyroid disease is an epidemic affecting up to 20 percent of American women. The most common cause of low thyroid today is an autoimmune condition c...

Congrats: You Are Officially a Superorganism

Max Lugavere | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Max Lugavere

One of the most interesting fields of study today is the gut-brain axis, a burgeoning topic with vast implications that we are now, for the first time, starting to appreciate.

Treating the Root Cause of IBS: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

The small intestine is full of bacteria, and that's a good thing: We need a robust population of bacteria in both the small and large intestine to stay healthy. But when there are too many of the wrong kind of bacteria in the inappropriate place, symptoms like the above arise.

Carolyn Gregoire

What The Bacteria In Your Gut Have To Do With Your Physical And Mental Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Strange but true fact: Our bodies are made of more bacteria than human cells, and the gut alone contains trillions of microbes (bacteria and fungi). I...

How The Body Maintains A Healthy Balance Of 'Friendly' Gut Bacteria

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.15.2015 | Science

Hippocrates once said, "Bad digestion is the root of all evil." Now, a growing body of research suggests that the ancient Greek physician was, if a b...

The Microbiome Diet: Evolving Past Paleo

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to the microbiome. You could be a vegetarian who eats all those grains and legumes that the Paleo people demonize -- and be extremely healthy. The key is to keep supporting your little friends inside -- your microbiome.

Stop Killing The Good Guys! Protect Your Child's Microbiome From Antibiotic Overuse

Aviva Romm | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Aviva Romm

There's no doubt that antibiotics are a good thing. They save lives every day. As with many things, however, more is not always better. And this is certainly the case with antibiotics.

Think You Alone Control Your Body? This Video Will Set You Straight

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Science

When you think of yourself, you probably think of a single individual. In reality, you're a collection of human cells plus the community of microorgan...

A Single Kiss Can Transfer WAY More Germs Than You Ever Knew

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.17.2014 | Science

Kissing just got a whole lot less romantic--at least for germaphobes. A new study shows that a single French kiss can transfer up to 80 million ba...

Multi-institutional Collaborative Clinical Trial to Examine Health Benefits of Integrative Lifestyle Practices at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI) study will use latest mobile health sensors and genomic/cellular/metabolomics biomarkers ...

4 Summer Foods That Can Help Trim Your Waist

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

I've learned that there are certain foods that produce and nourish "friendly" bacteria and others that help eliminate the unfriendly bacteria that might be making it difficult for you to lose weight.

The Cure for Everything

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

If we are to have any chance at adapting and staying healthy in the toxic world that we've inherited and continue to create, we need to use the one thing that can adapt faster and more efficiently than we can, the human microbiome.

Lynne Peeples

To Lead A Longer Life, Go With Your Gut

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green

The best predictor of our lifelong health may well be the bacteria that live within us. Specifically, the trillions of microbes that colonize our bodi...

How Bacteria in Our Gut Can Guide GI Treatment

Colleen R. Kelly, M.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Colleen R. Kelly, M.D.

Even though greater access to mass DNA sequencing technology and the emergence of bioinformatics has given us the ability to study the four pounds of microorganisms that make up the microbiome in greater detail, there's still much more that we can learn about the body's "unsung organ."

Trust Your Gut

Ann Reid | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

Quick: What do you say when someone tells you that your entire body is covered in bacteria? A) "Yuck!" or B) "Yay!" If your answer was A, you're not alone, but your gut would certainly disagree.