Category: Anxiety and PTSD

Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?

A few weeks back, a study came out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is worth reporting.[i]  It is one in a long line of similar studies which show that exposure to our “old friends” modulates the immune system in such a way…

Gut Bacteria and Memory: Can Manipulating the Former Modulate the Latter?

A friend of mine who is a neurologist recently pointed out to me that while we  are all very familiar with diseases associated with the loss of memory, ie. Alzheimer’s, there are others that are associated with hyper-memory, including PTSD.  In these latter cases,…

A New Gut-Brain Connection: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

I continue to monitor any new research into the connection of the gut biome to “mental illnesses.”  My son, Alex, who is diagnosed with autism, suffers from terrible anxiety at times.  It’s heart breaking to see.  Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is generally considered a…

An Introduction to a New “Old Friend”: Christensenella (to Treat Anxiety and Depression?)

Last week I found what amounts to a business news press release announcing that a microbiome company called LNC Therapeutics has licensed the use of a specific strain of a gut bacteria called Christensenella (which I had never heard of) from the National Research…

A Metabolite Direct Link Between the Gut and the Brain: Think Autism, Parkinson’s, etc….

Today’s post describes what may be a critical finding in defining at least one mechanism whereby gut microbes directly affect the brain.  Those interested in developmental disorders, like autism; Parkinson’s; Alzheimer’s; chronic fatigue; etc. should pay particular attention as, according this article, this information…

Babies, Anxiety and the Gut Biome

Remember last Thursday, when I wrote about the relationship of the gut bacteria to the structure and function of the brain?    I mentioned in that post that, “In Western populations, Bacteroides and Prevotella species tend to dominate, with the former outnumbering the latter…

Your Brain and Your Microbiota…Which Forms Which?

This is a great follow up to my post on Tuesday about the relationship of personality to the gut bacteria.   Today I’m covering a new study from UCLA which looks at how the gut bacteria affect the actual structure and function of the brain.[i]…

Early Life Stress, the Microbiome and Children’s Behavior

Well, this will come as a complete shock to most of you.  (NOT)  The bacterial contents of children’s guts affects their behavior. One of the big biome stories of the last few days is that research out of Oregon State University and the University…

Organophosphates: Yet Another Environmental Toxin that Adversely Affects the Gut Biome and Health

Another popular request, courtesy of the survey I ran a couple of weeks ago, was for more information on how environmental toxins may affect the human biome.  I wrote about the herbicide, glyphosate (that’s found in Roundup), several months ago, and while the role…

Glyphosate and Human Health: Is the Bacterial Microbiome the Connection?

In various posts, I’ve explored different potential mechanisms that may play a part in the epidemic of biome alterations we have experienced in the industrialized world, including diet, formula feeding, chronic stress, and so forth.  Another potential mechanism, environmental toxins, is another area of…