The gut bacteria affect the brain’s blood vessels

I’m obsessing on some research[i] I read about last week.  “A study in mice and humans suggests that bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain’s blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy.  The research…adds to an emerging picture that connects intestinal microbes … More The gut bacteria affect the brain’s blood vessels

Metformin and Chronic Illness: A Life Extension Fan Letter

I’ve been a huge fan of Life Extension for many years.  I guess that their bad attitude appeals to me.  I am, after all, often pretty cranky myself about traditional modern medicine…in case you hadn’t noticed.  And yeah, I kinda do have a V for Vendetta “Disobey” sign hanging in my office…  🙂 For many, … More Metformin and Chronic Illness: A Life Extension Fan Letter

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Microbiome

A few days ago, I got a great email from a woman suffering from ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) with 5 links to information on the relationship of the gut bacteria to the illness.  For those unfamiliar with the term “myalgic encephalomyelitis: it is synonymous with chronic fatigue syndrome, with ME being preferred by those … More Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Microbiome

Early Life Trauma, the Biome and the Brain

Researchers at UCLA have shown that gut microbes affect specific brain regions associated with processing sensory information in the body.[i]  The study also shows that signals from the brain can inversely affect the composition of the gut microbes, in a two-way biochemical street. Prior to this study, scientists had already established the following: In mice, … More Early Life Trauma, the Biome and the Brain

A Probiotic Bacteria in PTSD and Autism

I just found an article[i] in Scientific American describing a study in which the probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus reuteri (derived from human breast milk), is being used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  40 veterans suffering from PTSD are in a clinical trial in which half are given the probiotic to drink, half are controls and … More A Probiotic Bacteria in PTSD and Autism

More New Research on the Gut-Brain Connection in Parkinson’s

As I’ve mentioned before, already having 2 friends with Parkinson’s has made me particularly interested in anything that might help.  Recently, research[i] came out showing that people who have had an operation called a truncal vagotomy – in which sections of the vagus nerve are removed – have a 40% less chance of developing Parkinson … More More New Research on the Gut-Brain Connection in Parkinson’s

My Trip to Moscow

Well, to sum it all up, my week in Moscow was a remarkable experience in so many different ways.  The city is magnificent – one of those places that is so saturated in history, that it permeates everything.  You feel it in your bones.  I strolled through Red Square, explored the Kremlin, glared at the … More My Trip to Moscow