Tag: biome

Big News on the Gut-Brain Connection

The big biome news of the week was a study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that found a 3-way communication process between gut bacteria, cortisol (our “stress hormone”) and brain metabolites (which can greatly alter brain development).[i]  The findings are early…

Schizophrenia and the Gut

In my last post, I mentioned illnesses that are now associated with alterations in the microbiome, and included schizophrenia in that list.  Out of curiosity, I’d looked it up a few days prior to writing that post.  Sure enough, I found quite a bit,…

Early Life Trauma, the Biome and the Brain

Researchers at UCLA have shown that gut microbes affect specific brain regions associated with processing sensory information in the body.[i]  The study also shows that signals from the brain can inversely affect the composition of the gut microbes, in a two-way biochemical street. Prior…

A Probiotic Bacteria in PTSD and Autism

I just found an article[i] in Scientific American describing a study in which the probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus reuteri (derived from human breast milk), is being used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  40 veterans suffering from PTSD are in a clinical trial in which…

More New Research on the Gut-Brain Connection in Parkinson’s

As I’ve mentioned before, already having 2 friends with Parkinson’s has made me particularly interested in anything that might help.  Recently, research[i] came out showing that people who have had an operation called a truncal vagotomy – in which sections of the vagus nerve…

My Trip to Moscow

Well, to sum it all up, my week in Moscow was a remarkable experience in so many different ways.  The city is magnificent – one of those places that is so saturated in history, that it permeates everything.  You feel it in your bones….

Diet and the Microbiome

I found a new article[i] this week, just published, on the influence of diet on the gut microbiome.  Pretty interesting stuff:  diet can cause temporary shifts within 24 hours of consumption. The article is too complex to describe in detail so just a few…

Alex and Autism: His Perfect Storm

As promised, a little about Alex’s hellishly awful start to life.  Looking back – which I really, really try not to do, as it only causes me pain (but I’ve had some emails of readers asking so here goes) – it does seem as…

The Oral Microbiome and…Cancer risk?!

There was an interesting article[i] on Live Science last week, about the link between the kinds of bacteria in your mouth and your risk of certain cancers, as presented by a an New York University researcher, Jiyoung Ahn, at a talk she gave on…

Yet Another Brood, re: IBD…Or…Another Big Judy Eye Roll

Ok, so…remember how I’ve told you that I was a brooder?  And that I didn’t let go of things once I’m angry or upset?  And, um, remember that I have been kinda fuming over that post[i] from a few weeks ago by Dr. Mercola?…the…