Category: Mental Health

Probiotics and Autism: Another Clinical Trial

Several times before I have mentioned that the best studied probiotic in the world is Visbiome (the new name for the formulation that used to go by the name VSL#3).  Look here and here, as just a couple of examples. Over 70 clinical studies… Continue Reading “Probiotics and Autism: Another Clinical Trial”

An Aging Microbiome, Cognitive Decline and the Promise of Fecal Transplant

This is definitely the biggest biome buzz of the week: An international team of researchers just published a study on aging and the microbiome.  Some articles covering it are calling it the fountain of youth:  fecal transplant is showing promise for treating cognitive decline… Continue Reading “An Aging Microbiome, Cognitive Decline and the Promise of Fecal Transplant”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 2

In part 2 of this look at what we currently know about the benefits of probiotic and omega supplementation on chronic, low-grade inflammation, we’ll be looking at the most common and best studied probiotics, alone and in combination.[i]  As I mentioned in Tuesday’s Part… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 2”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1

As I am always on the lookout for things we can do now, I was particularly interested in reading a new paper just published in the journal Nutrients which reviewed what we know about using probiotics together with omega-3 fatty acids to reduce chronic… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1”

Anxiety Disorders in Autism (and Not in Autism) and Things You Can Do Now

On Thursday, I have an appointment with an orthopedist to look at a hand injury I sustained a couple of weeks ago, working with one of my adult students with autism.  Unknowingly, I said a word which ended up triggering a massive attack of… Continue Reading “Anxiety Disorders in Autism (and Not in Autism) and Things You Can Do Now”

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”