Category: depression

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…

The Bacterial Microbiota in Mental Illness: A Shifting Paradigm?

So many studies have come out recently that are of interest that I had a hard time choosing the winner for today’s post.  I finally settled on an article[i] from the journal, Medical Sciences, on the potential use of microbiome manipulation in treating neuropsychiatric…

More Evidence for Industrialization Leading to Biome Depletion

Earlier this week, I wrote about a couple of new articles in the lay press about helminths.  When I posted this on Facebook, one of my readers commented that it reminded her of a blog post from this past November, about how the loss…

Stressed? Depressed? Theres a Psychobiotic for That

Yesterday morning a story made its way through the British press about a probiotic, newly available commercially, which, in a 2016 clinical trial, successfully alleviated stress, increased feelings of happiness and boosted memory.  The probiotic, Zenflore, is being called the first commercially available “psychobiotic”: …

Your Annual New Year’s Resolution Reminder: Eat a Healthy Diet

Since eating a healthy diet is the most important factor in maintaining a healthy and happy inner biome, I thought I’d catch you up on some of the latest papers out there. I spotted another “most popular medical stories of 2018” article on Medical…