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A picture of health...

This image accurately sums up my life since I was 16! Despite experiencing numerous symptoms varying from sickness and exhaustion to headaches and skin problems, every medical test I had came back "normal".  This was generally seen as a good thing and a sign that there were no real issues and the symptoms I was experiencing were superficial. Sadly, new research shows that this was far from the truth. Recent research Recent research into psoriasis, for example, has shown a significant number of comorbidities linked to the condition. Cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer, anxiety, depression, and inf

Could a gluten-free diet make you a better tennis player? ;)

According to Novak Djokovic, cutting out foods containing gluten, such as bread, pasta and pizza, has made him the tennis ace he is today. Novak is so passionate about the impact food intolerance had on his life that he has written a book Serve to Win, about how his diet changes altered his health and his tennis. Intolerance athletes Novak is not the only performance athlete to suffer from food intolerances. In fact, a number of athletes have benefitted from food intolerance testing; Paula Radcliffe for example suffered from "carb loading" with all the wrong carbs, despite working with leading UK nutritionalist. She was eventually diagnosed with intolerance to eggs, chicken, wheat, tomatoes

Living in a microbial world & I am a microbial girl...

Hello! I am Lianne Campbell MSc, a citizen scientist fascinated by emerging research into the human microbiome. ​ At the tender age of 16, I was diagnosed with an 'autoimmune' condition and regularly suffered with various health problems such as sickness, allergic reactions, fatigue and joint pain. Since then I have read everything and anything relating to autoimmune conditions, including my entire medical records which showed that my health started to deteriorate after three rounds of the broad spectrum antibiotic Amoxicillin for tonsillitis. Interesting. After years of living in a perpetual loop of short-term remission due to conventional medication, I decided to take matters into my own h

Biome Books

There are some really cool, thought provoking microbiome books out there so I thought I'd take the opportunity to share some of the books I'

Food for thought...

Every day I read or hear another story about how changes in diet have resulted in dramatic changes to someone's health. I particularly love this video from Dr Terry Wahls, a medical physician from America who controlled and reversed her multiple sclerosis with diet after seven years of deterioration on the best conventional treatments available. She went from being wheelchair bound to cycling, horse riding  and living life to the fullest after changing her diet. Terry is a real inspiration and one of the best things about her is her experience with conventional treatments; she studied medicine and became and physician, and then experiencing conventional medicine as a patient for years before

Microbiome making headlines!

The field of human microbiome research has exploded in the last decade. This has resulted in the microbiome dominating headlines in almost every scientific journal, and now making an appearance in Time Magazine, Forbes, The Economist, The New Yorker, and National Geographics. According to the National Microbiome Initiative, 'Microbiomes are the communities of micro-organisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans, and the atmosphere. Microbiomes maintain healthy function of these diverse ecosystems, influencing human health, climate change, food security, and other factors. Dysfunctional microbiomes are associated with issues including human chronic diseases such as obesity, diabete

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