Category: Mental Health

Probiotics and Oxytocin: A Promising Therapeutic Combo for Autism

As my regular readers know, I love to report the results of double-blinded, randomized, placebo controlled trials in human to you: they represent bringing us a major step forward toward better treatments for, well, everything.  Today’s paper is on a subject near and dear… Continue Reading “Probiotics and Oxytocin: A Promising Therapeutic Combo for Autism”

Homing in on a Microbiome Culprit in ALS

And just like last week, the Weizmann Institute in Israel strikes again.  So much cutting edge research out of one place! As many of you may know from previous posts on this blog (look here and here, as just two of many examples), over… Continue Reading “Homing in on a Microbiome Culprit in ALS”

Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gut Bacteria: Zeroing in on the Culprits (and the Solution)

My regular readers know that there is a (rapidly) growing body of evidence linking alterations in the bacterial microbiome to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, (PD), Alzheimer’s and ALS.  (I have provided you links to just 3 of many previous posts on these topics.)  No… Continue Reading “Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gut Bacteria: Zeroing in on the Culprits (and the Solution)”

The Price for a High Sugar Diet Early in Life – Memory Issues Later

Today’s post is about interesting research out of the University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Georgia, looking at the relationship of sugary drinks early in life to cognitive issues later on.[i]  Here’s a fact that I didn’t know:  according to the… Continue Reading “The Price for a High Sugar Diet Early in Life – Memory Issues Later”

Feelings and the Microbiome: How Wisdom and Loneliness Affect Microbiota Health

I’ll lay off the prebiotics for today, and give you something completely different, to start off this new month. We all know by now about the bi-directional relationship between the brain and the gut.  I’ve talked about it plenty of times on this blog,… Continue Reading “Feelings and the Microbiome: How Wisdom and Loneliness Affect Microbiota Health”

Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases

One of the questions I get asked the most by my readers is “what prebiotic and/or probiotic is the best?”  Unfortunately, there is no good answer to that because we just don’t have the research to know.  To boot, everyone’s body is different.  Still,… Continue Reading “Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases”

Microbiome Alterations by 12 Months and the Development of Behavioral Issues

One of the many subjects being studied that are of particular interest to me is the long-term effect of alterations to the early, developing microbiome.  There is little doubt at this point that at the very least, the bacterial microbiome, is a huge factor… Continue Reading “Microbiome Alterations by 12 Months and the Development of Behavioral Issues”

More Evidence that Microbiome Alterations (With a Little Genetic Help) are a Factor in Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the University of Oregon just published a paper in Scientific Reports that shows an incredible correlation between the gut bacteria and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.[i]  The study was done on mice that had been genetically engineered to carry genes (apolipoprotein E and… Continue Reading “More Evidence that Microbiome Alterations (With a Little Genetic Help) are a Factor in Alzheimer’s”

Even at “Acceptable” Levels, Glyphosate Disrupts the Bacterial Microbiome (rodent study)

My regular readers know that I have been closely following the growing body of research into the effects of glyphosates on human health.  There has been huge controversy over this for years now.  While humans do not have the shikimate pathway that glyphosate (the… Continue Reading “Even at “Acceptable” Levels, Glyphosate Disrupts the Bacterial Microbiome (rodent study)”

More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection

Another area of study that seems to be exploding recently is the relationship between the gut and neurodegeneration.  Just 3 months ago, back in November, I wrote about research from Cambridge University which described their finding that the immune system of the brain is… Continue Reading “More on the Gut Immune-Brain Immune Systems Connection”