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#siftingthroughtheshit to give you reliable, unbiased and mind blowing research on your gut bacteria

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! 

 
 

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...

March 21, 2018

Lynch syndrome (previously known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer, HNPCC) is a type of inherited cancer syndrome in which an affected individual is genetically predisposed to a number of cancers. Although primarily associated with colorectal cancer, the mu...

March 15, 2018

Cancer therapy is an ever-changing beast, with new targeted agents, immunotherapies and wonder drugs popping up in science literature on a daily basis. One would think that we are almost at a point of being able to treat people with cancer effectively, but unfortunatel...

Alternately described as the “ultimate probiotic” or for the more squeamish, “a bit gross”, faecal microbiota transplants (FMT) have recently been getting plenty of media coverage. Hailed by some as a miracle cure for conditions as wide ranging as obesity, auto-immune...

February 14, 2018

This post is just in time for Valentine's Day! 

With the increasing ease at which the complexities of the microbiome can be investigated, more and more diseases are becoming linked to changes in its composition. Next on the list of diseases is heart health, and it’s a b...

September 13, 2017

There is an ever increasing plethora of information about our gut microbes, with these little critters thought to be involved in things from obesity to Parkinson's disease. It is therefore not surprising that their involvement in cancer is an area of intense interest,...

August 17, 2017

Almost every surface is our body is covered in microorganisms. But by far the largest collection of bacteria are in our gastrointestinal tract - our gut. Collectively, these trillions of microbes are called the gut microbiota, and with all the products they release and...

August 17, 2017

The bugs that colonise our gut (the microbiota) are in constant communication with the rest of our body. Eat a carb-heavy meal, or go out for a few too many drinks, it shifts in it composition. Have a course of antibiotics and you'll notice big differences in the bacte...

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