Category: Immune System-Brain Connection

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Parkison’s and the Gut: An Update

I haven’t given you a Parkinson’s-and-the-biome update in several months now, and as yesterday I read a great review of the current status of our knowledge on the connection between the two, I figured it was time.[i] I am sure that most of you…

The Promise of Helminths for Multiple Sclerosis

Today I get to write about something other than the bacterial microbiome!  Woopa! I was very happy to find a new paper on the possibilities of using helminths (helminth immunotherapy (HIT), as these authors call it) to prevent and alleviate multiple sclerosis (MS).[i]  …

Early Life Stress, the Microbiome and Children’s Behavior

Well, this will come as a complete shock to most of you.  (NOT)  The bacterial contents of children’s guts affects their behavior. One of the big biome stories of the last few days is that research out of Oregon State University and the University…

Another Means of Manipulating the Gut Bacteria to Prevent MS?

Today’s a post is a shout-out to all you fans of Akkermansia muciniphila, which I’ve focused on in several posts in the past.   (For example, here and here, among others.) There were some pretty wild and amazing findings in a recent study out of…