Category: Mental Health

Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

How many times on this blog have a talked about how insanely complex is the human biome?  Yesterday, I had one of those moments where I almost threw up my hands and thought, “I give up!”  Everything seems so damn contradictory.  Then, of course,… Continue Reading “Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

A Hodgepodge of Probiotics/Prebiotics, ADHD, Critically Ill Patients on Ventilators, and More

As you know, I’m always looking for published clinical trials on things-that-can-help now, and thought that today, I’d cover one I’ve had on my to-read list for a while. Earlier this year, a double-blind, placebo controlled study was conducted on children and adults with… Continue Reading “A Hodgepodge of Probiotics/Prebiotics, ADHD, Critically Ill Patients on Ventilators, and More”

Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Maybe it’s me who’s weird (ok – it’s definitely me who’s weird!), but unlike many people it seems, I don’t find the idea of the organisms of the biome, including worms (helminths), repulsive, nor do I think fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is disgusting…as someone… Continue Reading “Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant”

Antibiotics Early in Life: More on Their Detrimental Effects

Because I know how to have a good time, I spent a lot of time yesterday reading incredibly depressing articles, one after another, about the gut:  paper after paper about the differences in the gut microbiota of those on the autism spectrum, subsequent differences… Continue Reading “Antibiotics Early in Life: More on Their Detrimental Effects”

Glyphosate, Gut Bugs and Autism

A controversy I have been following:  what do we REALLY know about glyphosate (the chemical found in the herbicide, Roundup) and its effects on health.  As you all know, I like to look at the actual science, not the sensationalist media headlines.  Back last… Continue Reading “Glyphosate, Gut Bugs and Autism”

Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study

Many times now, I have written about propionic acid (PPA) and its likely role in causing autism (here and here, to give you just a couple of many examples).  In fact, one of the earliest posts on this blog was an introduction to you… Continue Reading “Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study”

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?”

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”

Gut Bacteria and Memory: Can Manipulating the Former Modulate the Latter?

A friend of mine who is a neurologist recently pointed out to me that while we  are all very familiar with diseases associated with the loss of memory, ie. Alzheimer’s, there are others that are associated with hyper-memory, including PTSD.  In these latter cases,… Continue Reading “Gut Bacteria and Memory: Can Manipulating the Former Modulate the Latter?”

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”