#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! 


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......

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...

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...

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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