Can parasites prevent autoimmune diabetes?

A guest post by Moises Velasquez-Manoff.   Coronado Biosciences, a company seeking FDA approval for a type of medicalized parasite, recently announced the beginning of a very interesting trial on Type 1 diabetes. Coronado is running a number of studies with a whipworm called Trichuris suis, which is native to pigs. It’s testing the parasite…

Hunter-Gatherers of Namibia

Long-term diet-microbiome study among the San in Namibia. We will spend 9-12 months in eastern Namibia near the town of Tsumkwe (near Botswana border). Working with 4-5 San villages, we will study the current impact of diet on the gut microbiome. The study will also include working with several of the San villages to revert…

Dirtying up our diets

This article originally appeared as an Op-ed in the New York Times.   OVER 7,000 strong and growing, community farmers’ markets are being heralded as a panacea for what ails our sick nation. The smell of fresh, earthy goodness is the reason environmentalists approve of them, locavores can’t live without them, and the first lady…