Gut health and asthma link

New study out.  Perhaps doctors need to look into probiotics and stress management for breast feeding new mommies.  But something tells me a new drug will be developed instead.

Babies who have acquired four key bacteria in their gut by the age of three months may be protected against asthma, a new study suggests…The study showed lower levels of four specific gut bacteria – Faecalibacterium, Lachnospira, Veillonella and Rothia – in three-month-olds who were later found to be at an increased risk for asthma. However, differences in levels of these bacteria were negligible by the time children reached one year, meaning the first three months were the critical time period for a baby’s developing immune system. “It shows there’s a short, maybe 100-day window for giving babies therapeutic interventions to protect against asthma,” said study lead co-author Professor Stuart Turvey, Pediatrics Professor at the University of British Columbia.”

gut health and multiple sclerosis

A new study…

“The gastrointestinal tract may seem like an odd place to look for insight into a neurologic disease, but a small study has identified an association between two types of bacteria found in the gut and the development of multiple sclerosis…MS has more in common with inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and some of the other immune diseases than neurodegenerative diseases,” Dr. Jangi said. “In all of those autoimmune diseases, the immune system is attacking its own tissues because it has been activated by some bacteria, virus or environmental trigger. We don’t know what causes MS, and one thought is that there is a bacteria in your body that may predispose you or contribute to you getting MS. The gut has more bacteria than any other part of the body, so it makes sense to look there…The investigators found that the average abundance of Methanobrevibacter was seven times greater in patients with MS than in the control group, but not every MS patient had the bacteria. Methanobrevibacter has been increasingly linked to multiple inflammatory states, but its ability to drive immune responses is not well understood, according to Dr. Jangi. “Methanobrevibacter also live in the healthy gut, but they seem to be increased in MS patients,” he said. “Is that because in MS, the gut is not working that well that it lets the Methanobrevibacter grow more readily or is the bug somehow associated with causing the disease? It is a chicken-and-egg problem…“

CDC: Flu shot may not match new strain

Another reason to be proactive about immunity and take care of your gut health.

I’ve wondered if the flu shot is making the virus worse each year. If a virus by its very nature will find a way to survive, are we collectively forcing it to get stronger and nastier each year? Who knows.  I just wonder.

“A sampling of flu cases so far this season suggests the current flu vaccine may not be a good match for the most common seasonal flu strain currently circulating in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The U.S. health agency issued an advisory to doctors noting that flu virus samples the agency took from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22, showed that just under half were a good match for the current influenza A (H3N2) component contained in flu shots for the 2014-2015 season, suggesting the virus has drifted.”

Antibiotic Resistance

When my body first adjusted to being without pain meds, my immune system went through some chaos. I caught everything. I assume much of it had to do with the dramatic change in my gut health.  I now (knock on wood) have a better immune system.  I think RSDers often are more prone to picking up things. Here’s a blog about preventing antibiotic resistance.  I also have my little tricks…

If I feel i am coming down with something, I turn to Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (internally) and/or Thieves Oil (topically).  I think keeping my gut health as a priority has helped me stay healthy most of the time.