Category: Immune System-Brain Connection

Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome, Gum Disease and More: An April 2021 Update

I have been following the research into Parkinson’s disease for years, having been forced to watch the inevitable physical decline in several friends now who developed the illness frighteningly early in life (40s and 50s).  See here and here for just a couple of… Continue Reading “Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome, Gum Disease and More: An April 2021 Update”

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”

More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection

Another area of study that seems to be exploding recently is the relationship between the gut and neurodegeneration.  Just 3 months ago, back in November, I wrote about research from Cambridge University which described their finding that the immune system of the brain is… Continue Reading “More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection”

The Bacterial Microbiome and Dementia: A Definitive Link

I’ve been covering the growing body of research confirming a link between Alzheimer’s disease and the biome since the inception of this blog years ago.  My grandmother – one of my best friends on earth – died of dementia years ago and the horror… Continue Reading “The Bacterial Microbiome and Dementia: A Definitive Link”

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… Continue Reading “Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?”

Don’t Worry, Be Happy…You’ll Make Your Gut Biome Happy Too!

University of Texas Southwestern scientists looked at how serotonin – one of the “feel good” hormones (90% of which is actually produced in the gastrointestinal tract) – can reduce fatal intestinal infections.[i]  As serotonin is such a major player in the GI system, it… Continue Reading “Don’t Worry, Be Happy…You’ll Make Your Gut Biome Happy Too!”

ALS or no ALS? The Bacterial Microbiome May the Key

Those who read this blog regularly know that there are some topics that particularly interest me:  autism, Parkinson’s, the obesity epidemic, so-called mental illnesses, dementia, to name just a few.  Another obsession of mine is ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) which, for all my life… Continue Reading “ALS or no ALS? The Bacterial Microbiome May the Key”

Parkinson’s, Gut Issues and the Microbiome: A May 2020 Update

As you know, I’ve been closely following developments in the field of Parkinson’s disease (PD) research as I already have multiple friends diagnosed, and that, in their 40s and 50s.  (Here are just a couple of the many, many posts I’ve written over the… Continue Reading “Parkinson’s, Gut Issues and the Microbiome: A May 2020 Update”

Bee Products, Autism and Propionic Acid

Almost 2 years ago, I first wrote about the gut health benefits of honey bee products  in a post about research into why queen bees live so much longer than their workers.  It turned out that they are fed exclusively with royal jelly, the… Continue Reading “Bee Products, Autism and Propionic Acid”

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”