Category: ALS

Homing in on a Microbiome Culprit in ALS

And just like last week, the Weizmann Institute in Israel strikes again.  So much cutting edge research out of one place! As many of you may know from previous posts on this blog (look here and here, as just two of many examples), over… Continue Reading “Homing in on a Microbiome Culprit in ALS”

Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gut Bacteria: Zeroing in on the Culprits (and the Solution)

My regular readers know that there is a (rapidly) growing body of evidence linking alterations in the bacterial microbiome to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, (PD), Alzheimer’s and ALS.  (I have provided you links to just 3 of many previous posts on these topics.)  No… Continue Reading “Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gut Bacteria: Zeroing in on the Culprits (and the Solution)”

More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection

Another area of study that seems to be exploding recently is the relationship between the gut and neurodegeneration.  Just 3 months ago, back in November, I wrote about research from Cambridge University which described their finding that the immune system of the brain is… Continue Reading “More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection”

ALS and the Microbiome: Yet Another Potential Connection

Earlier this year, another study was published showing alterations in the gut microbiomes of patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).[i]  And,yet again, it shows an imbalance in the ratio of protective microbial species to pro-inflammatory ones. The study included 50 ALS patients ranging in… Continue Reading “ALS and the Microbiome: Yet Another Potential Connection”

Diet, Your Brain and Autoimmunity

By now, we all know that chronic and/or neurodegenerative diseases like MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, autism are all inflammatory and probably all derive from alterations to the gut biome.  I’ve written about all of them many times now (some links provided in the previous… Continue Reading “Diet, Your Brain and Autoimmunity”

ALS or no ALS? The Bacterial Microbiome May the Key

Those who read this blog regularly know that there are some topics that particularly interest me:  autism, Parkinson’s, the obesity epidemic, so-called mental illnesses, dementia, to name just a few.  Another obsession of mine is ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) which, for all my life… Continue Reading “ALS or no ALS? The Bacterial Microbiome May the Key”

Neurodegnerative and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Prime Targets for Helminths

Within just a few weeks of each other, two papers have been published looking at the potential of using helminths to treat neurological conditions.  Not surprisingly, both focus on the powerful anti-inflammatory effect of helminths. (For those of you new to helminths:  these are… Continue Reading “Neurodegnerative and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Prime Targets for Helminths”

In Honor of Ice Bucket Challenge Month: ALS and Akkermansia (yet again)

You know how it’s inevitable that when you learn something new, suddenly you see it everywhere?  Akkermansia muciniphila…I first mentioned it in a post back in May 2017, and things kind of revved up from there.  These days, it feels like it’s taking the… Continue Reading “In Honor of Ice Bucket Challenge Month: ALS and Akkermansia (yet again)”

Leaky Gut and Leaky Brains…and Disease

If you remember, my last post was a quick update on what we currently know about the microbiome-depression link, and I mention leaky gut with a promise to write more about it this week.  Toward that end, on Friday evening, I read an article… Continue Reading “Leaky Gut and Leaky Brains…and Disease”

Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism

On an ordinary day, one of my posts on Facebook may reach 200 people.  A couple of weeks ago though, I noticed that one reached well over 1000.  It was regarding recent research out of Harvard, published in the journal, Nature, about the role… Continue Reading “Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism”