Microbiome

Which Probiotics Actually Work?

Josh Gitalis | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada
Josh Gitalis

The lactobacillus species is one of the most researched. Among the lactobacillus family is one particular strain, lactobacillus GG (also known as Culturelle), which has solid research backing up its use for acute diarrhea, traveller's diarrhea, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and colic.

Are You One With Nature? Check Your Hands

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Last week an American team of researchers published a paper in which they looked at the microbial content of human hands. They not only found distinct differences in the bacteria between the two groups, but they were also able to identify quite possibly a new way to test for a truly natural being or a Westernized wannabe.

Probiotics May Improve Symptoms of Autism

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

A collaboration of over 20 American researchers found a possible answer although at first glance, it seemed ludicrous. The team looked at the bacteria in the gut of both normal and autistic children in the hopes of identifying any changes. Indeed, there were.

Good Germs May Help Fight This Deadly Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg While the overall success of chemotherapy is rising, the challenge of the double-edged sword with respect to the immune system has led scientists to wonder if the side effects can be resolved by good germs. Last week, the answer was revealed -- at least in mice. ALSO ON HUFFPOST:

What Your Mouth Says About You

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgHalloween is almost here and people of all ages will be finding new and inventive ways to conceal their normal appearance and present a façade that may scare, amuse or entice a crowd. Yet no matter how effective the disguise might be, masking hair, eye and skin colour, there will always be one aspect that cannot be hidden: the nature of one's oral microbiome.

Thinking of Going Gluten-Free? Why Your Gut Will Thank You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

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One Man's Poo Is Another Man's Prescription

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFecal therapy is here to stay. With the number of options to treat acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders shrinking, a means to not only treat but also cure cannot be disregarded. People may never get used to the smell of fecal microbiota therapy, but I know they'll definitely get used to the benefits. Let's rePOOPulate.

The Problem With Studying Autism and Diet

Michael Kruse | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada
Michael Kruse

While it is understandable that the public is interested in the ongoing story of why ASD patients have so many problems with their gut and diet, we cannot leap beyond the conclusions from one study and overgeneralise.  This study, like any good science, leaves us with more questions than answers

An Unlikely New Ally in the Fight Against Acne

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In the last few years, there has been a different approach to controlling acne through a natural process of using good germs to control bad ones. Yet a group of researchers based out of UCLA published an article in Nature last week that took the use of probiotics to an entirely different level.

Germs May Hold the Key to Infant Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Should pregnant women have a natural or caesarean birth and afterwards, should they breastfeed or use formula? The debate has been at a standstill for quite some time yet thanks to a relatively new branch of science, there may be a means to resolve the disquiet.

This Christmas, Give a Holiday Germ Card

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada
Jason Tetro

The holidays are approaching and there's that one person on our list for whom we have no idea what to give. It's a common problem that is usually resolved with the purchase of a gift card from a local retailer. Now there's a new kind of gift card with a rather unique offer: an understanding of one's own microbiome.