Category: depression

Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases

One of the questions I get asked the most by my readers is “what prebiotic and/or probiotic is the best?”  Unfortunately, there is no good answer to that because we just don’t have the research to know.  To boot, everyone’s body is different.  Still,… Continue Reading “Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases”

Even at “Acceptable” Levels, Glyphosate Disrupts the Bacterial Microbiome (rodent study)

My regular readers know that I have been closely following the growing body of research into the effects of glyphosates on human health.  There has been huge controversy over this for years now.  While humans do not have the shikimate pathway that glyphosate (the… Continue Reading “Even at “Acceptable” Levels, Glyphosate Disrupts the Bacterial Microbiome (rodent study)”

FMT and Psychiatric Issues: What We Know Now

My long-time readers may remember my tirade from almost 4 years ago re:  the FDA denying patients the right to use natural treatments like helminths and fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) as they see fit.  I had been (and still am) incensed after reading a… Continue Reading “FMT and Psychiatric Issues: What We Know Now”

Stress, Depression, the Microbiome: A Possible Mechanism of Action Revealed!

For years, I’ve covered the developing story about the relationship between the gut biome and depression and mood disorders.  With a son diagnosed with autism, who has severe anxiety issues (like so many of my students with autism diagnoses), research into this is one… Continue Reading “Stress, Depression, the Microbiome: A Possible Mechanism of Action Revealed!”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1

As I am always on the lookout for things we can do now, I was particularly interested in reading a new paper just published in the journal Nutrients which reviewed what we know about using probiotics together with omega-3 fatty acids to reduce chronic… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1”

Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Maybe it’s me who’s weird (ok – it’s definitely me who’s weird!), but unlike many people it seems, I don’t find the idea of the organisms of the biome, including worms (helminths), repulsive, nor do I think fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is disgusting…as someone… Continue Reading “Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant”

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… Continue Reading “A New Gut-Brain Connection: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”

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

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

Your Personality and Your Gut Bacteria: Mirror Reflections?

I posted the news last week on the Biome Buzz’ Facebook page, about research out of Oxford University in the UK[i] which connected personality type to specific microbiome patterns.  The story has gotten huge coverage in the world of the biome, so I reckon… Continue Reading “Your Personality and Your Gut Bacteria: Mirror Reflections?”