Tag: ALS

Neurodegnerative and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Prime Targets for Helminths

Within just a few weeks of each other, two papers have been published looking at the potential of using helminths to treat neurological conditions.  Not surprisingly, both focus on the powerful anti-inflammatory effect of helminths. (For those of you new to helminths:  these are…

In Honor of Ice Bucket Challenge Month: ALS and Akkermansia (yet again)

You know how it’s inevitable that when you learn something new, suddenly you see it everywhere?  Akkermansia muciniphila…I first mentioned it in a post back in May 2017, and things kind of revved up from there.  These days, it feels like it’s taking the…

Leaky Gut and Leaky Brains…and Disease

If you remember, my last post was a quick update on what we currently know about the microbiome-depression link, and I mention leaky gut with a promise to write more about it this week.  Toward that end, on Friday evening, I read an article…

Gut Bacteria and Neurological Disorders: Uncovering the Exact Mechanism

On an ordinary day, one of my posts on Facebook may reach 200 people.  A couple of weeks ago though, I noticed that one reached well over 1000.  It was regarding recent research out of Harvard, published in the journal, Nature, about the role…

March 22: A Day for More Brooding

I have always been a brooder.  My brain pretty much never shuts down anyway, and once I latch onto something that upsets me, I’m like a pit bull – I don’t let go.  So what am I still contemplating?  (Actually, better said…fuming over?)  Yes,…

ALS, Icebuckets and the Gut Biome

Several years ago, my Dad had a co-worker die of ALS:  he was only 42 or so.  My Dad tried to talk him into trying helminths.  After all, what did he have to lose?  And there is some speculation there that ALS may have…