Tag: mentalhealth

The Latest News on the Link Between Autism, Inflammation, Maternal Immune Activation, and the Microbiome

There have been two papers recently on the growing understanding of the relationship between autism and inflammation.  Both, ultimately, point to maternal immune activation (inflammation present in the mother leading to inflammation in her baby) as being the key factor. I’ve covered this topic… Continue Reading “The Latest News on the Link Between Autism, Inflammation, Maternal Immune Activation, and the Microbiome”

L. reuteri: A Review of Its Many Known Benefits

A very happy New Year to you all. I hope your holidays were wonderful. First, an update on me.  You may have noticed that I have been writing posts less regularly. My new business has really taken off, and I am working insane hours. … Continue Reading “L. reuteri: A Review of Its Many Known Benefits”

Mechanism Discovered: How Stress Leads to Crohn’s Flare Ups

Today’s news is on a topic very near and dear to my heart, especially right now:  stress.  And the news isn’t good. Researchers at McMaster University have isolated a mechanism by which stress causes a flare up of Crohn’s disease.[i]  And surprise, surprise –… Continue Reading “Mechanism Discovered: How Stress Leads to Crohn’s Flare Ups”

Helminthic Therapy: A Review of the Current Status of Research

A couple of weeks ago, I found an interesting article in The Scientist that does a great job of summarizing the current status of helminth research.[i]  I have been too busy in my “real” life to read it though, until this past weekend. So,… Continue Reading “Helminthic Therapy: A Review of the Current Status of Research”

Bacteria to Assess and Correct Neurotransmitter Imbalances in the Gut? The Future Looks Promising

Today a quick note about a novel and seriously interesting bit of research. As many of you likely know, your gut bacteria are responsible for synthesizing much of your neurotransmitters. For example, 95% of the serotonin in your body is produced in your digestive… Continue Reading “Bacteria to Assess and Correct Neurotransmitter Imbalances in the Gut? The Future Looks Promising”

IBD, the Microbiome, Mental Health: Inflammation is the Key

The link between inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and mental health issues has long been observed, and I have covered the topic before on this blog.  (Look here and here, for example.) On the one hand, it makes sense:  living with persistent pain, diarrhea, fatigue,… Continue Reading “IBD, the Microbiome, Mental Health: Inflammation is the Key”

Live to be 100? Fermented Foods, Healthy Aging and the Microbiome

Well, I just learned something new.  Did you know that, “Over a century ago, Elie Metchnikoff theorized that health could be enhanced and senility delayed by manipulating the intestinal microbiome with host-friendly bacteria found in yogurt”?[1]  I had absolutely no idea that healthy aging… Continue Reading “Live to be 100? Fermented Foods, Healthy Aging and the Microbiome”

Saccharomyces boulardii: Protection Against Dysbiosis and Cognitive Decline

Several months ago I came across a paper[i] that really interested me on the probiotic yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii,  and its effect on cognitive declines associated with gut dysbiosis,  but I am so swamped with work that I never got a chance to read it. … Continue Reading “Saccharomyces boulardii: Protection Against Dysbiosis and Cognitive Decline”

Agricultural Chemicals and Autism: A Growing Link

This past weekend, I finished reading a paper in the journal, Environmental Research, which was an overview of what we know about the relationship of pesticide exposure to the development of autism.[i]  Interesting  that it came out of China, where, “According to University of… Continue Reading “Agricultural Chemicals and Autism: A Growing Link”

Probiotics and Oxytocin: A Promising Therapeutic Combo for Autism

As my regular readers know, I love to report the results of double-blinded, randomized, placebo controlled trials in human to you: they represent bringing us a major step forward toward better treatments for, well, everything.  Today’s paper is on a subject near and dear… Continue Reading “Probiotics and Oxytocin: A Promising Therapeutic Combo for Autism”