Stress and Our Missing Old Friends

Yesterday I devoted several hours to reading a fascinating article on the connection between stress and the microbiome.[i]  The conclusion:  the lack of exposure to our “old friends” (those commensal organisms with which humans co-evolved) has caused immune dysregulation, leading to a greater susceptibility to the adverse effects of stress…and that stress, in turn, has … More Stress and Our Missing Old Friends

More On the Parkinson’s/Gut Bug Connection

This past Thursday I promised you the 2nd big story of last week: We’ve known for a while that Parkinson’s seems to start with an “infection”  in the gut.  I’ve talked about this several times on this blog.  Well, it looks like there is a very close association between Parkinson’s and Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), the … More More On the Parkinson’s/Gut Bug Connection

When Your Gut Talks, Your Brain Listens or…The REAL Sixth Sense

Two papers just came out, each showing – in different ways – how the gut is directly connected to the brain.  My gut feeling  is that this is going to be critically important research in the future. We already knew that the gut lining contained over 100 million nerve cells, and that the gut talks … More When Your Gut Talks, Your Brain Listens or…The REAL Sixth Sense

Schizophrenia and the Mycobiome: A Pilot Study

I don’t often find articles of interest about organisms of the human biome other than bacteria, but yesterday, I came across one looking at the mycobiome in schizophrenia that is definitely worth writing about.  I’ve actually covered research by this research team in the past. Several  years ago, they looked at people with schizophrenia and … More Schizophrenia and the Mycobiome: A Pilot Study

Stress, Inflammation and the Human Biome

Today’s post hits a little too close to home.  I just read about a fascinating study done at Ohio State University that highlights something about which I am only too personally aware:  the effects of stress on health.[i] In this particular case, researchers were looking at the connection between marital problems and health issues, and … More Stress, Inflammation and the Human Biome

Stress and Autoimmune Disease: A Relationship that is Becoming More Defined

One of the big medical news stories of the week was the results of 30 years’ worth of research published in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), examining the connection between stress and the development of autoimmune disease.[i]  Over 1 million people in Sweden were tracked for 3 decades, and 100,000 of those … More Stress and Autoimmune Disease: A Relationship that is Becoming More Defined