Category: Mental Health

Helminth Therapy: A Call to Action

An interesting opinion piece by Dr. William Parker, of Duke University, and colleagues at a couple of Czech Universities, just appeared in Trends in Parasitology.[i]  To summarize, the paper makes two key points: A.  These scientists hold the belief that the interaction between human…

Probiotics, Depression and Anxiety: A New Meta-analysis

One of the more common questions I get asked is “what probiotics are good for my condition?”  Believe me, it does not make me happy to have to say, over and over again, “If only we knew.” I am always glad, therefore, to read…

Transferring Autism Via Microbiota Transplant: A Clinical Study

In recent years, researchers have found they that by transferring the gut microbiome from animal to animal, they can also transfer particular “disease” states.  Take obesity, for instance – just one example of many – researchers transferred the gut microbiota from lean mice fed…

Stressed? Spend Time Outdoors to Get Your Mycobacterium vaccae

For the last couple of years, I’ve followed the research of a team out of the University of Colorado, who have been looking into treating stress and anxiety by using microbiotic organisms, and have even been exploring the idea of creating a vaccine to…

Two Stories Today…For the Price of One! Stressed You and Overfed You = Stressed And Overfed Gut Bacteria

Two incredibly cool news stories came out last week and since I can’t decide which to share with you today…I’ll share both. Story 1: As you all know, if you regularly read this blog, the exact cause of the current inflammatory epidemic plaguing those…

A Quick Update on the Mycobiome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A great article appeared last week on Gut Microbiota for Health,[i] on the overlooked mycobiome in digestive diseases.  I’ve written about this topic several times before and am always very happy to see new research focused on the topic. The authors of the paper[ii]…

The Microbiome and Mental Illness: An Old Story that is Too Far From its Happy Ending

I just finished reading an article from 2018 on mental health and the microbiome that describes some of where we are now, knowledge-wise, and where we need to be before psychobiotics become a treatment norm.[i]  There were multiple pieces of information in it which…

Anorexia: Yet Another Microbiome Induced Autoimmune Illness?

I’ve written a fair amount lately about the association of obesity to bacterial microbiome alterations, but have thus far, only had the chance to write a few times about the relationship of dysbiosis to anorexia nervosa (AN).  In my frenzy of reading these last…

Nutritional Treatments and Autism: Too Little Research but…Here’s Some of What We Currently Know

Well – I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed!  A brief internet search yesterday morning, in which I was looking for new and interesting research, led me to 10 papers that I want to read and write about for you.  Considering that it takes quite a…

More on Autism and the Microbiome…and a Clinical Study Using Probiotics

My Monday afternoon was devoted to reading two articles about the microbiome and autism.  The first was a chapter from a book on biological markers found in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.[i]  I’ve chosen what I thought were the top 10 points from this article…