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AGEs, Inflammation, and Hippocampal Atrophy

AGEs, Inflammation, and Hippocampal Atrophy

You've heard me speak extensively about the toxic role of sugar and carbohydrates in terms of brain health. I've even gone so far as to say that elevated blood sugar is correlated with shrinkage of the brain...
Dramatic Weight Gain After Fecal Transplant

Dramatic Weight Gain After Fecal Transplant

We are now learning that differences in the various species of bacteria that live within the intestines actually have a profound role in regulating metabolism. For example, researchers have demonstrated that...
Depression, The Microbiome & Leaky Gut

Depression, The Microbiome & Leaky Gut

One of the things I explore in depth in Brain Maker is the notion that even depression is now considered an inflammatory disorder. We now understand that inflammatory markers, the same that we see elevated i...
AGEs and Leaky Gut

AGEs and Leaky Gut

A variety of factors conspire to lead to leakiness of the gut and this plays a fundamental role in inflammation. We know that, for example, things like stress and environmental toxins can lead to leakiness o...
Gut Bacteria & BDNF

Gut Bacteria & BDNF

What if I told you that your gut bacteria have a large role to play in levels of BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which acts like growth hormone for the brain? In this video we look at probiotic s...
Hygiene Hypothesis

Hygiene Hypothesis

Is there such a thing as being too clean? Could our obsession with cleanliness actually be doing more harm than good to our overall health? A new study from Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health find an int...
Evolution of the Microbiome – Comparing the Ancestral and Modern Microbiome

Evolution of the Microbiome – Comparing the Ancestral and Modern Microbiome

We now understand that it's not just a question of living in a rural versus a urban environment, but we have actually changed our gut bacteria in going from ancient times to more modern times. We now have th...
Microbial Diversity – Comparing The Richness Of Gut Microbiota

Microbial Diversity – Comparing The Richness Of Gut Microbiota

What a humbling notion it is to consider the fact that 99% of the DNA contained within the human body is actually DNA that is associated with the bacteria that live within us. When we consider how the human ...
How Gut Bacteria Protect The Brain

How Gut Bacteria Protect The Brain

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) acts as a gatekeeper, protecting the brain from various toxic elements while allowing the entrance of various life-sustaining nutrients like water, glucose, amino acids, and g...
Artificial Sweeteners Threaten Your Health

Artificial Sweeteners Threaten Your Health

It seems self evident that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages would be associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D). And in fact, this has been demonstrated in multiple studies. This is und...