Category: Parkinson’s Disease

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)”

Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome, Gum Disease and More: An April 2021 Update

I have been following the research into Parkinson’s disease for years, having been forced to watch the inevitable physical decline in several friends now who developed the illness frighteningly early in life (40s and 50s).  See here and here for just a couple of… Continue Reading “Parkinson’s Disease, the Microbiome, Gum Disease and More: An April 2021 Update”

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”

Clear Pattern Emerges for Gut Bacterial Alterations in Parkinson’s Disease

Another step forward in sorting out the Parkinson’s disease (PD)/microbiome connection.  Researchers at the Quadram Institute in the UK conducted a meta-analysis of the gut microbiome in those with Parkinson’s disease.[i]  Prior to this work, there had not as yet been a consensus as… Continue Reading “Clear Pattern Emerges for Gut Bacterial Alterations in Parkinson’s Disease”

Parkinson’s and the Bacterial Microbiome: An Early 2021 Update

Two new pieces of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research for me to share with you.You’ll remember that more and more research is showing that bacterial microbiome alterations are associated with the misfolding of the protein alpha-synuclein, which then makes it’s way into the brain causing… Continue Reading “Parkinson’s and the Bacterial Microbiome: An Early 2021 Update”

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”

Protection of Pathogenic Bacteria in the Gut? Mind your Taurine

I am on a good news roll!  How’s this for cheering?  Scientists from the National Institute of Health have discovered that the nutrient taurine – which is an amino acid found naturally in our bodies and also in foods like meat and fish –… Continue Reading “Protection of Pathogenic Bacteria in the Gut? Mind your Taurine”

My Annual End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up: Your Top 5 Picks!

For my annual year-end post, I’ve decided to once again review YOUR top 5 choices of the year.  I guess I shouldn’t be shocked by what you were most interested, in what has been quite the remarkable year for the world.  Here’s to hoping… Continue Reading “My Annual End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up: Your Top 5 Picks!”

Two New Papers on Parkinson’s: More Connections to the Microbiome

Two new Parkinson’s disease (PD) studies to report to you, both on the involvement of the gut bacteria.  (It amazes me how rapidly the research on this seems to be progressing.) The first was published in the Annals of Neurology by German researchers.[i]  They… Continue Reading “Two New Papers on Parkinson’s: More Connections to the Microbiome”