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In this world of information overload, it is hard to make informed and educated decisions. This is no truer than for science, with the tsunami of pseudoscience and non-expert "experts" making their way into our newsfeeds, news stories and every day lives. Whether it be Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop energy stickers or Pete Evans' claims, fake science is all around us, and it is critical to identify. 

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow from South Australia, and I research the incredible world of the gut and its glorious ecosystem of bacteria, viruses and fungi... also known as the 'gut microbiome'. We now know that you are more bug than human, with more bacteria in our gut than cells in our body, and with the use of germ-free mice and powerful genomic analysis we are starting to understand their importance in not only diseases affecting the gut, but those affecting our mood, weight and our ability to sense pain. 


So why write this blog instead of journal articles or conference papers? Well, I firstly want to debunk some myths that are out there, but most importantly I want to share with you some surprising thoughts and insights into how those pesky little buggers in your gut might be the puppeteers of your brain as well as the drivers of health and disease. I want to show you that #pooisNOTtaboo, instead a source of intense, and barely understood knowledge with the potential to influence our susceptibility to disease and act as a hugely beneficial target for drug development. So, it is time to #siftthroughtheshit and champion the mountains of incredible, and reliable, research that is out there! 

 
 

October 21, 2019

If you have made it this far through my blog, it should come as no surprise to you that I am a stickler for evidence. But, in this world of information overload and where technology allows agenda, spin, fluff and misinformation to go vital with great velocity than ever...

September 26, 2019

Scientists have long known the gut hosted a huge number of microorganisms from bacteria, fungi and viruses - but the exact makeup of this ‘Gut Microbiome’ was uncertain. That all changed with the Human Microbiome Project. Equipped with better knowledge of the gut micro...

The side effects of cancer therapy have long been considered a necessary yet unavoidable aspect of undergoing otherwise lifesaving treatment. However, research published in EBioMedicine (by regular #pooisNOTtaboo bloggers Hannah and Kate) now suggests that a centuries...

Many studies that look at the microbiome assess how the microbiome changes due to a certain illness or condition, or how the microbiome of a sick person differs from a healthy person. So we see if certain species increase or decrease. However, what if we don’t even kno...

September 7, 2018

Since our obsession began with the microbiome, probiotics have increasingly been pushed into the spotlight for their potential health benefits. Now lining the aisles of our shopping centres, chemists and health food shops, probiotics have infiltrated our daily lives......

August 21, 2018

The bottom line on probiotic supplements in healthy people 

If you are a beer lover, than we might have some good news for you! A team from Singapore has successfully engineered beer containing probiotics! In this new breakthrough, researchers are suggesting that this n...

If you’ve had a read of this blog before, or done any reading about the microbiome, you would know that there are a LOT of scientists researching how the gut microbiome affects our health, what our microbiome is made up of and how it changes. But how do scientists actu...

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would be aware of the amazing range of things your gut microbiome can affect. From heart health to mood, we think the bacteria living in your intestine might play an important role. However, that is all while you are alive....

July 18, 2018

With the recent advances, and subsequent price drops, in the technologies used to sequence gut bacteria, tests originally designed for laboratory investigations are increasingly marketed to the general public. Admittedly, it was a no-brainer for many tech start-ups to...

Articles on this blog have addressed the all-encompassing hype for the microbiome we have seen over the last few years. This is great for drawing attention to the importance of gut health, however we’ve also seen some over-hyped breakthroughs, and a hope that the micro...

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