About Lucy Mailing

Lucy Mailing, MD/PhD student

Probiotics: helpful or harmful for leaky gut?

By |2018-11-10T00:50:43+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. [...]

Are probiotics useless? A microbiome researcher’s perspective

By |2018-09-15T19:06:45+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 [...]

The benefits of comprehensive stool testing

By |2018-09-10T22:18:13+00:00June 17th, 2018|

The benefits of comprehensive stool testing Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Doctor’s Data, or any stool-testing company, and received no financial incentives to write this article. Update 9/10/18: In light of recent studies, I am increasingly using a combination of comprehensive stool analysis, PCR-based stool testing, organic acids testing, and [...]

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 [...]

Exercise is Medicine: highlights from ACSM 2018 (and my favorite eats in Minneapolis!)

By |2018-06-02T23:03:53+00:00June 2nd, 2018|

Exercise is Medicine: highlights from ACSM 2018 (and my favorite eats in Minneapolis!) This past week, I traveled to Minneapolis for the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting. This was my second year attending ACSM, a five-day conference that brings in over 6,000 attendees from around the world to share [...]

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 |2018-05-12T19:45:47+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 [...]

Discovering my gut microbiome

By |2018-09-10T22:40:49+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 [...]

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 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 [...]

The benefits of a ketogenic diet

By |2018-02-21T16:18:33+00:00February 6th, 2018|

The benefits of a ketogenic diet Ketogenic diets have been getting increasing attention in the media and the scientific literature. The high fat, low carb, moderate protein diets mimic the physiology of fasting and provide a wide variety of benefits. During the winter or in times of food scarcity, our ancestors [...]

Herb roasted salmon

By |2018-01-31T12:53:33+00:00January 31st, 2018|

Herb-roasted salmon This is my favorite dish to make on a busy night because it only takes 5 minutes to prep and throw in the oven! Plus, salmon is incredibly delicious, nutrient-dense, and a great source of omega-3 fats. Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Makes: 4 servings Allergens: [...]

Could cancer be a metabolic disease?

By |2018-01-25T19:54:27+00:00January 25th, 2018|

An evidence-based approach to cancer treatment and prevention Many people view cancer as unpredictable – that some people are just “unlucky”, and it’s largely random who gets diagnosed. It’s not surprising, given the prevailing view among medical professionals that cancer is first and foremost a genetic disease. But emerging evidence suggests [...]

The problem with iron supplements and iron-fortified foods

By |2018-01-17T20:28:31+00:00January 17th, 2018|

The problem with iron supplements and iron-fortified foods Has excess iron fostered an epidemic of gut dysbiosis? Learn why iron is such a crucial nutrient to get right. Iron-deficiency is a major global health issue, affecting more than two billion people worldwide.1 Iron is a vital component of hemoglobin and myoglobin, [...]

All about SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

By |2018-02-21T16:10:38+00:00January 10th, 2018|

All about SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth I increasingly meet people who have symptoms that are unmistakably characteristic of SIBO: bloating, poor digestion, fatigue, skin conditions, GERD, cognitive dysfunction, and more.  Yet most people and even many doctors have never even heard the term before. As a result, SIBO is underdiagnosed [...]