Tag: immunesystem

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…

Even Mild Stress May Cause Adverse Changes to Your Microbiome

This was a banner week, in terms of incredibly interesting bits of research popping up everywhere.  It was hard to figure out what to write about for today! I have ended up choosing a study out of Duke University looking at the effects of…

Helminths in the Lay Press: A Few Interesting Tidbits

A couple of articles about helminths have appeared recently in the lay press that struck me for various reasons. While it’s always great to see helminth therapy getting good press, unfortunately, there tends to be misinformation printed that can often do more harm than…

Helminths and Autism: The Only Clinical Study

From the earliest days of this blog, I have talked about the too-often-ignored (and non-existent-in-most-people) macrobiome.  Over the last few years, I’ve covered research papers that demonstrate over and over that helminths – intestinal worms, which are the predominant organisms of the mammalian macrobiome…

Stress and Our Missing Old Friends

Yesterday I devoted several hours to reading a fascinating article on the connection between stress and the microbiome.[i]  The conclusion:  the lack of exposure to our “old friends” (those commensal organisms with which humans co-evolved) has caused immune dysregulation, leading to a greater susceptibility…

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…

Depression and the Microbiome: A Brief Update

A few days ago, the website Psychiatry Advisor, had a very nice review article[i] of our current understanding of probiotics’ effects on depression. I’ve written about this before, obviously, but want to always keep you updated on all the latest.  Besides, this is also…

When Your Gut Talks, Your Brain Listens or…The REAL Sixth Sense

Two papers just came out, each showing – in different ways – how the gut is directly connected to the brain.  My gut feeling  is that this is going to be critically important research in the future. We already knew that the gut lining…

Stress and Autoimmune Disease: A Relationship that is Becoming More Defined

One of the big medical news stories of the week was the results of 30 years’ worth of research published in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), examining the connection between stress and the development of autoimmune disease.[i]  Over 1 million people…

Microbial Good Versus Evil…How Do Our Immune Systems Know?

Like me, many of you may have regularly pondered the question, “How does the human body know which bacteria are good and which are pathogenic?”  🙂  Until today, I had never read anything explaining the mechanism. Researchers at Caltech are trying to come up…