How your body beats disease-causing pathogenic bacteria. It was about 130 years ago – in the late 1880s – that the term pathogen was first used to describe a microbe that can cause disease. Perhaps it was no coincidence that, around the same time, Russian zoologist Ily Ilyich Mechnikov began his groundbreaking work investigating the […]
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While some microbes are tiny, others can be monumental. It’s impossible to know for certain, but we’ve seen back-of-the-envelope estimates that suggest there may only be around 1,000 people in the US whose height is over 7 feet. Although humans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, heights tend to fall into a relatively […]
Our bodies are home to trillions of microorganisms that play a critical role in digestion, the synthesis of vitamins, and our immune function. But, how much are we able to harness our microbiome to take control of our health? In a previous post, we discussed how nature, nurture, and plain old chance can influence your […]
We are excited to welcome Dr. Vincent Pedre to the uBiome Doctor’s Corner blog. Dr. Pedre is a top Functional Medicine specialist, and the acclaimed author of Happy Gut. Enjoy this interview with him to learn how you might be able to incorporate microbiome health and wellness into your own practice!
Microbial photography. It’s a thing. Right now, there’s a good chance that you have a sophisticated digital camera in your pocket, in the shape of a smartphone. There’s also a high likelihood that it has a lens on both its front and back surfaces, enabling that extraordinary 21st-century technological breakthrough, the selfie. We’re not sure […]
Bookstores and their bathrooms. One of the most delightful aspects of writing these weekly newsletters is the tips we receive from readers and other members of the uBiome team. Sometimes they take us to the most unexpected places, but today’s tip must surely rank at the very top of unexpected place-ness. One of our team […]
Let’s hear it for everyone in bacterial businesses. On Monday, the United States will pay tribute to American workers by giving many the day off. Labor Day is always the first Monday in September, and this year it falls on September 3rd. Just as you might expect, we at uBiome naturally take our hats off […]
Bacterial life on the 3rd rock from the sun. Imagine for a moment that the sun was the size of a yoga ball. The moon would then be roughly the same diameter as the tiny sphere on the end of a sewing pin. In spite of this 400:1 size differential, for a few minutes yesterday, […]
It’s National Breastfeeding Month. Party like it’s, uh, August. Just as it has been every year since 2011, August is National Breastfeeding Month, brought into being (we were going to say “conceived,” but obviously thought better of it) through a proclamation from the United States Breastfeeding Committee. You’re right, there really is a committee for […]
The bacterium that loves boiling water. 50 years ago, the summer of love was segueing into the fall. The Beatles were on their way to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with “All You Need Is Love.” And a microbiologist named Thomas Brock was spending a lot of time in Yellowstone National Park, conducting […]
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