Category: Mental Health

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…

L.reuteri and Immune Tolerance

A few days ago, a fun article[i] appeared on Gut Microbiota for Health which listed their most popular articles in 2018.  Contrary me:  I looked through all 10 and found that the last one on the list was way the most interesting. In your…

2018: My Top 10 List of Favorite Stories!

My longer-time readers know that, as we close out another year, I like to take a look back at some of my favorite research stories from these past 12 months.  So here it is…Judy’s “the best of 2018” top 10 list, in chronological order:…

Helminths and Autism: The Only Clinical Study

From the earliest days of this blog, I have talked about the too-often-ignored (and non-existent-in-most-people) macrobiome.  Over the last few years, I’ve covered research papers that demonstrate over and over that helminths – intestinal worms, which are the predominant organisms of the mammalian macrobiome…

Autism and the Microbiome: A Summary of What We Know Now

Two days ago, I spotted a short commentary[i] in the journal, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, from this past August, which really caught my attention. Here is why:  it was written by 3 researchers in the department of neurology at Rutgers University’s medical school…

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…

Interesting Bits and Pieces About Autism, Akkermansia and More Things You Can Do Now

I know you were all missing your Tuesday post from me. 🙂  I was on my way home from Florida, where we saw my son’s autism doctor. So with autism on my mind, I thought I’d share a little article[i] I found today that…

Leaky Gut and Leaky Brains…and Disease

If you remember, my last post was a quick update on what we currently know about the microbiome-depression link, and I mention leaky gut with a promise to write more about it this week.  Toward that end, on Friday evening, I read an article…

Depression and the Microbiome: A Brief Update

A few days ago, the website Psychiatry Advisor, had a very nice review article[i] of our current understanding of probiotics’ effects on depression. I’ve written about this before, obviously, but want to always keep you updated on all the latest.  Besides, this is also…

Bacterial Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Case of the Missing Akkermansia?

Yesterday, I read a study[i] done on 55 people which showed substantial and distinct alterations of the gut bacteria in people with Alzheimer’s disease versus healthy controls.  More than that: the blood of those affected showed higher levels of bacterial toxins, meaning that their…

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…