Connecting the dots in MS

Prof. Westall’s hypothesis that pieces of bacteria found in the gut can trigger an autoimmune reaction seems to be consistent with the limited the empirical data from Prof. Borody’s research with the 3 multiple sclerosis patients who have recovered after they received fecal transplants for their chronic constipation.  Their unexpected and dramatic recovery implies that […]

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Gut microbiota different in lean and obese humans and mice

A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings discussed a finding where obese humans and mice had fewer Bacteriodes and more Firmicutes bacteria in their gut. The researchers recommended further research to determine if modifying the bacteria in the gut microbiota could be a way to treat overweight people. The researchers indicated that certain combinations […]

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Sharp rise in consumer awareness of probiotics

In March and April 2011, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) surveyed 1,000 adults and found that 81 percent of respondents were aware that probiotics could be beneficial to the digestive tract. This result is up from 2009 when around 72 percent of respondents said that they were aware that probiotics could be good for […]

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