Category: depression

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…

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be…

Probiotics for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia? Probably, but the Science Isn’t Yet There

As regular readers know, I’m always on the lookout for “things you can do now.”  I’m especially happy then when actual clinical trials happen as we can get some idea of the effectiveness of treatments.  About 18 months ago, a paper was published reviewing…

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…

Helminth Therapy: A Call to Action

An interesting opinion piece by Dr. William Parker, of Duke University, and colleagues at a couple of Czech Universities, just appeared in Trends in Parasitology.[i]  To summarize, the paper makes two key points: A.  These scientists hold the belief that the interaction between human…

Probiotics, Depression and Anxiety: A New Meta-analysis

One of the more common questions I get asked is “what probiotics are good for my condition?”  Believe me, it does not make me happy to have to say, over and over again, “If only we knew.” I am always glad, therefore, to read…

Transferring Autism Via Microbiota Transplant: A Clinical Study

In recent years, researchers have found they that by transferring the gut microbiome from animal to animal, they can also transfer particular “disease” states.  Take obesity, for instance – just one example of many – researchers transferred the gut microbiota from lean mice fed…

The Microbiome and Mental Illness: An Old Story that is Too Far From its Happy Ending

I just finished reading an article from 2018 on mental health and the microbiome that describes some of where we are now, knowledge-wise, and where we need to be before psychobiotics become a treatment norm.[i]  There were multiple pieces of information in it which…

Anorexia: Yet Another Microbiome Induced Autoimmune Illness?

I’ve written a fair amount lately about the association of obesity to bacterial microbiome alterations, but have thus far, only had the chance to write a few times about the relationship of dysbiosis to anorexia nervosa (AN).  In my frenzy of reading these last…

Even Mild Stress May Cause Adverse Changes to Your Microbiome

This was a banner week, in terms of incredibly interesting bits of research popping up everywhere.  It was hard to figure out what to write about for today! I have ended up choosing a study out of Duke University looking at the effects of…