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Asthma and allergies are less common among Amish children because of exposure to animal microbes, scientists say

8/21/2016 - Many have speculated about the causes behind the exceptional health outcomes in the Amish community, where autoimmune disease, allergies, asthma and other chronic health conditions are virtually nonexistent. One formidable explanation is that the Amish don't vaccinate their children, while another recently...

The human gut is responsible for protecting you against cancer, obesity and infections

4/7/2016 - The science emerging on the functionality of the human gut, as well as the importance of beneficial bacteria, is nothing short of amazing. Aside from processing food, the gut and its microorganisms (which total in the trillions), play a factor in whether an individual develops cancer or becomes overweight. Researchers...

BP oil spill killed off beach microbes, damaging entire ecosystem

12/1/2015 - The 2010 BP (Deepwater Horizon) oil spill caused long-lasting damage to the microbial ecosystem of Gulf beaches, suggests a study conducted by researchers from Georgia Tech and published in the ISME Journal on February 17. The April 2010 spill was the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. It...

Gut microbes - are yours making you fat?

7/31/2015 - Did you know that your gut is interacting with bacteria every day to do more than help you digest food and that the gut is unique to every individual? Scientists have only recently become more aware of the existence of a complex network of nerves that line our stomach and gut and they are referring...

Autoimmune epidemic in USA skyrockets: We are destroying our gut microbes and wondering what is wrong

6/25/2015 - Online health boards and blogs are exploding with thousands of "threads" and panicky forums of mostly women who are pleading for help with autoimmune "epidemic" symptoms like fatigue, joint pain and hair loss. But it may not be what's wrong with THEM, it's what's wrong with what they're putting in their...

Like any ecosystem, our bodies host trillions of bacterial cells that affect our everyday health

4/21/2015 - The human body contains trillions of cells and not all of them are human; in fact, many of them are microbial, organisms which are so minuscule that the human eye cannot detect them. Microbes are made up of bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists and viruses, each of which have their own set of unique...

Male and female gut microbes react differently to diet

8/14/2014 - Males and females are different in many ways, one of which is their gut flora. Recent research has illustrated that even when the diets are the same, the gut microbes of men and women will react differently. This is significant, because it points to the fact that we need to tailor nutrition-based health/disease...

How microbes in the gut influence anxiety, depression

5/5/2014 - We may not give much thought to the 100 trillion microbes living within our guts, but new discoveries within psychiatry have found that these organisms can profoundly affect our moods. In fact, psychiatrists are now exploring the possibility of manipulating these microscopic populations with the goal...

Why antibiotics are bad for your health

11/3/2013 - With winter rapidly approaching in the northern hemisphere, millions of people will sooner or later rush to the doctor for a prescription against the symptoms of a cold or influenza. But is taking medication, often antibiotics, really a wise choice? Even though modern medicine still has no cure for...

Soil microbes are the immune system that protects plants, crops from disease

5/11/2011 - New research conducted by the US Department of Energy (USDE) provides even more proof that synthetic pesticides and herbicides are completely unnecessary when the right balance of natural microbes are present and flourishing in soil. Gary Anderson and his colleagues from both the USDE and Wageningen...

You have been lied to about germs

3/10/2011 - We have been taught to fear germs, pathogens, viruses, and bacteria that invade us from out there. This is the Pasteur model of disease contagion. This creates a dependency on Big Pharma to protect us from invading microbes, each having one form (monomorphic) and creating one specific disease. Pasteur`s...

Microbes Mutated in Outer Space Become Far More Dangerous

2/12/2008 - Salmonella bacteria sent into outer space responded to the altered gravity by becoming more virulent, with changed expression of 167 different genes, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "These bugs can sense where they are by changes in their environment,"...

Microbes transform “safest” PBDEs into more harmful compounds (press release)

8/18/2006 - Bacteria in the soil can transform the most commonly used flame retardant compound in the United States into more toxic forms that could be harmful to humans, according to a new laboratory study published today on the Web site of the American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science & Technology....

Probiotic Microbes Could Be a Key to Good Health (press release)

8/9/2006 - Medical researchers are finding that one of the keys to good health could be living in our guts – specifically, in the world of microbes that live in our digestive tracks. Researchers are discovering that this “good” bacteria helps not only to stimulate digestive health, but may stimulate a healthy...

Seeds of life on Earth may have come from Mars or other planets

2/15/2005 - Some interesting new warnings are surfacing about the possibility of life on Earth contaminating the study of life on Mars and, simultaneously, the possibility that life on Mars could contaminate life on Earth when probes someday bring samples of material back from Mars. When we talk about life here...

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