About Lucy Mailing

Lucy Mailing, MD/PhD student

Support our AIP study for eczema and psoriasis!

By |2019-07-02T00:49:53+00:00June 12th, 2019|

Support our AIP study for eczema and psoriasis! BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT I am so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with Rob Abbott and Angie Alt to perform a small pilot study of the autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet in eczema and psoriasis! This has truly [...]

The Best of DDW 2019

By |2019-07-02T02:04:45+00:00June 12th, 2019|

The Best of DDW 2019 BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Digestive Disease Week in San Diego, California! DDW is the largest international meeting on digestive health and gastroenterology, and it was great to take a break from writing [...]

Highlights from Experimental Biology 2019

By |2019-07-02T01:27:50+00:00April 22nd, 2019|

Highlights from Experimental Biology 2019 BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT Two weeks ago, I attended Experimental Biology (EB) in Orlando, Florida, and enjoyed lots of great talks on the gut microbiota, prebiotics, gut barrier function, aging, and more! I finally had a chance to put together some of [...]

What the latest research reveals about SIBO

By |2019-07-02T02:04:06+00:00March 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What the latest research reveals about SIBO    BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT Is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth really as prevalent as we think it is? Does breath testing accurately diagnose SIBO? Read on as I discuss several recent studies that challenge our assumptions about SIBO. “Science is not [...]

The benefits of comprehensive stool testing

By |2019-07-02T01:31:42+00:00January 31st, 2019|

The benefits of comprehensive stool testing BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT This article was originally published in June 2018 and was updated in January 2019 to include the latest research and a more thorough analysis of available stool tests. I used to recommend Doctor’s Data CSAP, but now [...]

Gluten intolerance or gut dysbiosis? The role of the gut microbiome in celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity

By |2019-07-02T01:35:55+00:00December 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Gluten intolerance or gut dysbiosis?  The role of the gut microbiome in celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT Disclosure: I went gluten-free in 2015 and found that it significantly improved my eczema and mental clarity. I have not yet formally attempted to reintroduce gluten, [...]

Probiotics: helpful or harmful for leaky gut?

By |2019-07-02T01:38:30+00:00November 10th, 2018|

Probiotics: helpful or harmful for leaky gut? BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT Intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut”, is associated with a wide range of chronic conditions, including allergies, obesity, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, skin conditions, and more. People often turn to probiotic supplements to help heal a leaky gut. [...]

Is a high-fat or ketogenic diet bad for your gut?

By |2019-07-02T02:03:26+00:00October 16th, 2018|

Is a high-fat or ketogenic diet bad for your gut? BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT Ketogenic diets are becoming increasingly popular for everything from weight loss to cancer therapy. Many people have expressed concern about the impact that this has on the health of the gut and the gut [...]

The complete guide to soil-based probiotics

By |2019-07-02T02:00:47+00:00September 21st, 2018|

The complete guide to soil-based probiotics  BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT Soil-based probiotics have been touted for their ability to improve digestion, stimulate the immune system, and help maintain a healthy gut microbiota. On the other hand, some people believe that SBOs should be avoided at all costs, due [...]

Individualizing Medicine: Takeaways from CIMCON18

By |2019-07-02T02:08:02+00:00September 15th, 2018|

Individualizing Medicine: Takeaways from CIMCON18 BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT This past week, I headed to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for the annual Individualizing Medicine Conference! It was my third year attending, and it’s been fascinating to see how the conference has evolved over the years. (You can [...]

Are probiotics useless? A microbiome researcher’s perspective

By |2019-07-02T02:11:42+00:00September 8th, 2018|

Are probiotics useless? A microbiome researcher's perspective  BY LUCY MAILING, MD/PHD STUDENT A pair of groundbreaking studies have just been published that have led many to call into question the safety and utility of probiotic supplements. Published in the prestigious journal Cell, these studies suggest that probiotics don’t always colonize [...]

Coconut Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

By |2018-08-06T18:25:28+00:00August 6th, 2018|

Coconut Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream There’s nothing like some homemade paleo ice cream with fresh, locally-grown mint! It’s nice to have a treat occasionally, and with this coconut milk ice cream, it doesn’t have to derail your health. In fact, mint has been used for thousands of years as a [...]

Highlights from the Ancestral Health Symposium 2018!

By |2018-07-26T20:48:11+00:00July 25th, 2018|

Highlights from the Ancestral Health Symposium 2018! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I often get to attend academic conferences to network and share my research. Well, this was a bit different. Last week, I attended the Ancestral Health Symposium 2018, a much more casual [...]

The 16 essential vitamins and minerals for gut and skin health

By |2018-07-02T22:20:09+00:00July 2nd, 2018|

The 16 essential vitamins & minerals for gut & skin health This is an exclusive preview from “The definitive gut-skin axis guide”, a 40+ page integrative, evidence-based guide to healing the root cause of gut and skin disease. If you subscribe to my email list, I’ll be sure to send you [...]

Savory gooseberry sauce

By |2018-06-08T15:36:04+00:00June 7th, 2018|

Savory gooseberry sauce My husband Steven could honestly be a professional chef if he wanted to be. We made this at our Airbnb in Minneapolis last week, and it received glowing reviews from all the other guests who happened to pass through the kitchen. If you’ve ever felt deprived on a [...]

I found my health and my purpose – a guest story for Mark’s Daily Apple

By |2018-05-25T17:02:46+00:00May 25th, 2018|

I found my health and my purpose – a guest story for Mark’s Daily Apple I regained my health and reversed my eczema in great part thanks to popular health bloggers like Chris Kresser and Mark Sisson. When conventional doctors had no answers for me, I turned to their evidence-based articles [...]

Choline, SIBO, and pregnancy – a guest post for Chris Kresser

By |2018-05-25T16:43:49+00:00May 25th, 2018|

Choline, SIBO, and pregnancy – a guest post for Chris Kresser As many of you know, I work part-time as a research assistant for Chris Kresser, a world-renowned pioneer of functional medicine. A few weeks ago, I was pulling some research together for Chris on the importance of choline during pregnancy. [...]

An integrative approach to acne

By |2019-02-01T22:38:10+00:00May 12th, 2018|

An integrative approach to acne Acne affects between 79 to 95 percent of adolescents and 40 to 54 percent of adults in Western societies. Yet anthropological studies have found that acne is virtually non-existent in hunter-gatherer cultures.1 This suggests that genetic factors are not the primary driver of acne – and [...]

8 things I learned from EB 2018 (and my favorite eats in San Diego)

By |2018-04-27T18:57:40+00:00April 27th, 2018|

8 things I learned from EB 2018 (and my favorite eats in San Diego) I am fortunate to get to attend a few scientific conferences every year as part of my graduate studies. It’s a great opportunity to share some of my research, meet experts in the field, and get out [...]

Discovering my gut microbiome

By |2019-02-04T22:24:53+00:00April 20th, 2018|

Discovering my gut microbiome Disclosure: I was not asked to write this article by uBiome. I was planning to share my microbiome data and asked uBiome if they would be willing to give my readers a discount on their Explorer kits since I’m excited about their mission and the work they [...]

The evidence behind the autoimmune protocol diet (and how to try AIP)

By |2018-04-13T19:29:56+00:00April 13th, 2018|

The evidence behind the autoimmune protocol diet (and how to try AIP) For a long time, I thought I was just stuck with eczema. I’d had the itchy, scaly skin rash for nineteen-some years, and my allergist and dermatologist just kept giving me stronger and stronger steroid creams. In 2013, my [...]

AIP Banana Bread Blondies

By |2018-04-13T16:38:31+00:00April 4th, 2018|

AIP Banana Bread Blondies With two accidental allergen exposures, the dragging on of winter and dry air, and the stress of moving my prelim defense a month earlier, I recently had a small flare around my mouth. While I was hoping my eczema was gone for good, it’s the first real [...]

How exercise impacts your gut – Part 4: Gut disease

By |2018-03-28T22:42:09+00:00March 28th, 2018|

How exercise impacts your gut  - Part 4: Gut disease In the first three articles of this series, I discussed how exercise beneficially impacts the gut microbiota, the gut immune system, and gut barrier function. In this article, I discuss what this means for diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel [...]

How exercise impacts your gut – Part 3: Gut barrier function

By |2018-03-15T17:07:26+00:00March 15th, 2018|

How exercise impacts your gut - Part 3: Gut barrier function Did you know that acute exercise causes leaky gut? In the first two articles of this series, I discussed how exercise impacts the gut microbiota and the gut immune system. In this article, I’ll discuss how acute and chronic exercise [...]

Book review: The Dental Diet by Dr. Steven Lin

By |2018-03-07T15:21:42+00:00March 7th, 2018|

Book review: The Dental Diet by Dr. Steven Lin Disclosure: I was not paid to write this review. I happened to pick up this book recently, and thought it was extremely accessible, highly informative, and worth sharing with my readers! Are you convinced that tooth decay just comes down to bad [...]

Chocolate chocolate chunk cookies

By |2018-02-28T12:43:07+00:00February 27th, 2018|

Chocolate chocolate chunk cookies It’s not easy to find nut-free, double chocolate paleo cookies, especially without a ton of added sugar! Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8-12 minutes Makes: 36 small cookies Allergens: contains eggs Ingredients: ½ cup oil of choice (I used ¼ cup butter, ¼ cup coconut oil) [...]

How exercise impacts your gut – Part 2: The gut immune system

By |2018-02-21T16:01:24+00:00February 20th, 2018|

How exercise impacts your gut - Part 2: The gut immune system Did you know that 70% of your immune system resides in your gut? In part 1 of this series, I discussed how exercise impacts the gut microbiota. Gut microbes are in constant communication with the immune system, so it’s [...]

How exercise impacts your gut – Part 1: The microbiome

By |2018-02-20T20:47:42+00:00February 12th, 2018|

How exercise impacts your gut - Part 1: The microbiome The community of trillions of microbes in the gut, collectively called the gut microbiota, has connections to virtually every organ in the body. It’s a crucial part of host physiology – providing defense against pathogens, aiding in digestion, stimulating the immune [...]