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

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 ties together several topics I’ve covered in the last month or … More Interesting Bits and Pieces About Autism, Akkermansia and More Things You Can Do Now

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 gut lining is inflamed and leaky, these toxins are able to … More Bacterial Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Case of the Missing Akkermansia?

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

Autism and the Early Bacterial Microbiome

Last month, a review paper[i] came out on the implications of the disruption of the  bacterial microbiome in autism.  I was hoping to find something new in it and was not disappointed. A few highlights. As the bacterial microbiota are crucial for the production of many important vitamins, they “…can exert an important influence over … More Autism and the Early Bacterial Microbiome

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

Prebiotics in Autism: A Positive Study

Almost daily, I read some kind of research supporting the benefits of prebiotics.  (I cover this topic regularly:  for example, here and here.) Yesterday morning, I was extremely glad to learn that an actual study was recently done on children with autism.[i]  It’s always exciting for me to find actual in vivo autism studies…especially when … More Prebiotics in Autism: A Positive Study