Tag: mentalhealth

Antibiotics Early in Life: More on Their Detrimental Effects

Because I know how to have a good time, I spent a lot of time yesterday reading incredibly depressing articles, one after another, about the gut:  paper after paper about the differences in the gut microbiota of those on the autism spectrum, subsequent differences…

Propionic Acid and Autism: A Mechanistic Study

Many times now, I have written about propionic acid (PPA) and its likely role in causing autism (here and here, to give you just a couple of many examples).  In fact, one of the earliest posts on this blog was an introduction to you…

Maternal Stress, Autism and a Possible Preventative Probiotic Treatment?

A few weeks back, a study came out of the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is worth reporting.[i]  It is one in a long line of similar studies which show that exposure to our “old friends” modulates the immune system in such a way…

Bee Products, Autism and Propionic Acid

Almost 2 years ago, I first wrote about the gut health benefits of honey bee products  in a post about research into why queen bees live so much longer than their workers.  It turned out that they are fed exclusively with royal jelly, the…

Gut Bacteria and Memory: Can Manipulating the Former Modulate the Latter?

A friend of mine who is a neurologist recently pointed out to me that while we  are all very familiar with diseases associated with the loss of memory, ie. Alzheimer’s, there are others that are associated with hyper-memory, including PTSD.  In these latter cases,…

A New Gut-Brain Connection: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

I continue to monitor any new research into the connection of the gut biome to “mental illnesses.”  My son, Alex, who is diagnosed with autism, suffers from terrible anxiety at times.  It’s heart breaking to see.  Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is generally considered a…

An Introduction to a New “Old Friend”: Christensenella (to Treat Anxiety and Depression?)

Last week I found what amounts to a business news press release announcing that a microbiome company called LNC Therapeutics has licensed the use of a specific strain of a gut bacteria called Christensenella (which I had never heard of) from the National Research…

A Metabolite Direct Link Between the Gut and the Brain: Think Autism, Parkinson’s, etc….

Today’s post describes what may be a critical finding in defining at least one mechanism whereby gut microbes directly affect the brain.  Those interested in developmental disorders, like autism; Parkinson’s; Alzheimer’s; chronic fatigue; etc. should pay particular attention as, according this article, this information…

Babies, Anxiety and the Gut Biome

Remember last Thursday, when I wrote about the relationship of the gut bacteria to the structure and function of the brain?    I mentioned in that post that, “In Western populations, Bacteroides and Prevotella species tend to dominate, with the former outnumbering the latter…

Your Brain and Your Microbiota…Which Forms Which?

This is a great follow up to my post on Tuesday about the relationship of personality to the gut bacteria.   Today I’m covering a new study from UCLA which looks at how the gut bacteria affect the actual structure and function of the brain.[i]…