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MEBO - UBIOME study 2018



MEBO Gut Microbiome Study
"Microbial Basis of Systemic Malodor and PATM Conditions (PATM)"
Funded by uBiome Research Grant

"Microbial Basis of Systemic Malodor and PATM Conditions (PATM)"

Dynamics of the Gut Microbiota in
Idiopathic Malodor Production

Started May 2018 - Ongoing

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MEBO Metabolic Malodor Survey (international) for Dr Hazen click here
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survey for ANYONE who identifies with METABOLIC MALODOR

begun : Oct20
end : no ending for now

Regular readers will know that Dr Stan Hazen et al at Cleveland Clinic are developing a TMA-blocker pill, as they proposed in a 2011 paper that TMAO is a factor in CVD. Recently Dr Hazen and colleagues contacted MEBO as they have always thought they could also help with TMAU. This survey is to give them an idea of the 'state of the community'. It is a "version 1". They may not even look (though they have access permission), but it could be useful to give them an overview of the community

MEBO had a zoom call with Dr Hazen and his team in October. Another zoom call is planned when they have time

This is a GOOGLE FORMS survey

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current participants : 113 (update 18dec20)

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to control body & breath odor in 2014?

Not everyone has the same cause of BO/BB, so the treatment to control odor is not always the same for everyone. Not everyone has TMAU, and some are more concerned with other types of FMO3 body odor also resulting in halitosis (bad breath), generalized body odor, vaginal odor, and/or bromhidrosis (underarm, external groin area, feet). Some of the causes of breath and body odor may be localized, like the dorsal tongue, tonsillitis, tonsilloliths, or bacteria on the feet, for example, these are things that your dentist, podiatrist, gynecologist, and/or medical doctor can help with.

However, most difficult-to-control odor comes from within. It usually originates in the intestinal flora. Some of the metabolic pathways (FMO3 and others) that could be deficient work with, but are not limited to, the metabolism of TMA, sulfur (hydrogen sulfide),
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volatile fatty acids (scroll down to see all posts on short chair fatty acids), alcohols, auromatic ring compounds, sugars, dairy and others. See medical paper about the emerging role of H2S in the colon - 2003 paper, "Emerging role of hydrogen sulfide in colonic physiology and pathophysiology" suggesting H2S as human "gasotransitter." Unfortunately, there are limited tests available, such as the blood test for diabetes and the TMAU test. In addition, in some cases, the sufferer's metabolism may not be working well at metabolizing to a non-odorous state certain odorous chemicals that we get from food and drugs, see post “FMO3 Odor (not necessarily TMAU)." When we mention “drugs” we are referring to some (not all) prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, alcohol, marijuana, and street drugs. Also see PowerPoint presentation made for MEBO by Dr. Elizabeth Shephard, who is currently undergoing government funded research for a therapeutic for TMAU odor, "Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine," and "FMO3 - a protein that can multi-task."

Your gastroenterologist can help look for digestive disorders that may be producing odor, such as H pylori or GERD, for example. Unfortunately, the existence of others test for odor conditions are unknown to our community. This is why the MEBO community around the world work so hard to pursue research, and the raising awareness campaign is very much a part of this pursuit.

RE DIET: Aside from the diabetic diet and diets recommended by gastroenterologists for digestive health, there really isn't any other diet published in professional journals specifically for odor conditions, other than the low choline diet for TMAU sufferers. Coincidentally, the low choline diet is also somewhat low in proteins and sulfur, so this diet also may help those sufferers whose gut flora may be producing too much odorous chemicals from these food sources or from medications. As we know, the human body needs protein, choline, fats (the good kind), and carbs (as opposed to simple sugars). Even if an attempt is made to completely eliminate any of these in everyday diet, eventually our bodies will scream out with strong, uncontrollable hunger urges for these foods; otherwise, we will become very ill and potentially die. So, the solution to successfully stay on a diet as a lifestyle change, food from these food groups need to be consumed. Therefore, in order to control odor, each sufferer would need to decrease the amount of the foods that produce body/breath odors while trying to consume food that keep us healthy and odor-free.





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