The Large Intestine: Your Body’s Command Center

The human body is a marvelous structure. All of its different organs work around the clock to keep it alive and moving. In order to achieve this feat, they work together and allocate labor so that each organ gets to do what it’s good at: the liver is trusted on to filter out toxins from […]

Ask Eirik: What Types of Medicines Can Help Restore the Health of Homo Sapiens?

Quite recently, I was contacted by a person who was thinking about investing in companies that seek to develop wellness products that could one day be used to treat human disease. He was interested to know what types of products that I believed would bring the most benefit to the greatest number of people. In […]

Autoimmunity Originates in the Gut

The global prevalence of autoimmune conditions such as type-1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease has increased rapidly over the most recent decades. These types of diseases are no longer extremely rare; they are starting to become quite common. Chances are you know at least one person who’s got an immune system that has spun […]

The Fallacy of Personalized Nutrition

Personalized nutrition is a fancy term that’s being thrown around a lot lately. If you go on Google and search around for new diet trends, then chances are you’ll come across articles on this dietary concept. Some of these articles will likely tell you that personalized nutrition will soon be a well-known and dominant concept […]

Why You Should Think Twice Before Using Probiotics

I’ve talked a lot about probiotics here on the site in the past. In my earlier articles on this topic (e.g., here, here), I’ve made the case that many probiotic products likely do more harm than good. In today’s article, I’m not going to take another in-depth look at the pros and cons of probiotic […]

The Human Microbiome: 20 Reasons Why Microbes Are Important

The trillions of microorganisms that live in and on you affect pretty much everything that goes on inside your body. They affect your eyesight, how well your liver functions, your cognitive abilities, and the workings of your digestive system, among other things. If you’re a regular reader of Darwinian-Medicine.com, this is something you undoubtedly know. […]

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Gut Bacteria Can Do

The microbiome is all the rage these days. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, you’ve undoubtedly picked up on the fact that the microbes that dwell deep in your intestine have a profound impact on your health and well-being. You probably know that they affect your metabolism, digestion, mental […]

Always Hungry? Your Gut Bacteria Are Probably to Blame

Conventional health & fitness wisdom says that the three main ingredients that are needed to produce weight loss are self-discipline (“Resist your cravings!”), willpower (“Get off your butt and start moving!”), and calorie counting (“Just eat less!”). The fat loss advice that has grown out of this belief system is “eat less, move more”, which […]

Ask Eirik: How Many Bacteria Are There in Sauerkraut?

A few months back, I was contacted by a British TV production company called Ricochet. They were in the process of planning the third season of a show called Superfoods: The Real Story and were looking for a scientific project about sauerkraut – one of the foods they focus on in season 3 – that […]

Do Gut Bacteria Control Your Appetite? 15 Questions With Dr. Joe Alcock

Did you happen to see the wave of news stories on the microbiome-host appetite connection that recently swept across the internet? You probably did, as it was pretty hard to miss. Articles claiming that the bacteria that dwell deep in our guts affect our eating behavior and dietary preferences were popping up all over the […]

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