More On the Parkinson’s/Gut Bug Connection

This past Thursday I promised you the 2nd big story of last week: We’ve known for a while that Parkinson’s seems to start with an “infection”  in the gut.  I’ve talked about this several times on this blog.  Well, it looks like there is a very close association between Parkinson’s and Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), the … More More On the Parkinson’s/Gut Bug Connection

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 contained over 100 million nerve cells, and that the gut talks … More When Your Gut Talks, Your Brain Listens or…The REAL Sixth Sense

Is a Virus the Ultimate Cause of Parkinson’s?

Many of you may not yet be familiar with the term bacteriophage.  These are viruses that infect bacteria:  literally the word means “bacteria eater.”  I’ve been reading about their  use in treating bacterial infection, as an alternative to antibiotics, especially in this age of growing antibiotic resistance.[i] Just last month, a clinical study was published … More Is a Virus the Ultimate Cause of Parkinson’s?

New Information on the Microbiome and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Yet more research[i] has just been published showing the bacterial microbiome’s connection to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  A variety of bacteria (including ones found in the mouth) produce amyloid proteins (known as bacterial amyloids) similar to the ones produced naturally by our neurons.  (Remember, as I’ve described in a previous post, that amyloid … More New Information on the Microbiome and Neurodegenerative Diseases

New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations

This morning I stumbled across some interesting research on alterations in the microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).[i]  I have written before about recent studies suggesting that such alterations lead to the amyloid deposits in the brain that are characteristics of the disease. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with scientists in both Sweden and … More New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations

Cutting Inflammation to Reduce the Risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

I just spotted a little article[i] about “four modifiable risk factors” that can potentially “…cut the growing global incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD…”  As I’ve written about before, both AD and PD are very personal to me:  my Grandmother died of dementia and I currently have 3 friends diagnosed, in their … More Cutting Inflammation to Reduce the Risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s