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 to the adverse effects of stress…and that stress, in turn, has … More Stress and Our Missing Old Friends
I know you were all missing your Tuesday post from me. 🙂 I was on my way home from Florida, where we saw my son’s autism doctor. So with autism on my mind, I thought I’d share a little article[i] I found today that ties together several topics I’ve covered in the last month or … More Interesting Bits and Pieces About Autism, Akkermansia and More Things You Can Do Now
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 from the journal Microorganisms entitled, “Leaky Gut, Leaky Brain?,”[i] and was … More Leaky Gut and Leaky Brains…and Disease
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 a good lead in for my next post, which I am … More Depression and the Microbiome: A Brief Update
Yesterday, I read a study[i] done on 55 people which showed substantial and distinct alterations of the gut bacteria in people with Alzheimer’s disease versus healthy controls. More than that: the blood of those affected showed higher levels of bacterial toxins, meaning that their gut lining is inflamed and leaky, these toxins are able to … More Bacterial Alterations in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Case of the Missing Akkermansia?
My regular readers know that I often quote my original guru, the famous functional medicine doctor, Sidney Baker. Another of his truisms: when looking at a patient, consider whether or not the patient has too much of something, or too little of something. Yes, it’s a very simple concept – and I can’t tell you … More Probiotics as Antibiotics? What a Great Idea!
Even knowing that so many illnesses that seem so far removed from the gut actually start there (autism, Parkinson’s, depression, etc.), I am constantly amazed when I come across yet another one. Today, I’m writing about an article I just finished reading on Ankylosing Spondylitis. According to the Spondylitis Association of America, “Common features of … More Rectifying My Own Ignorance: The Gut Biome and Spondylitis
Over the last two weeks or so, there’s been a lot of negative press about probiotics. We’ve been through this before though, you and I…and I’m sure we’ll go through it again. Some study or another makes a controversial claim and the media jumps all over it because it grabs people’s attention. I’ve waffled about … More Yet More Anti-Probiotic Hype
I don’t often find articles of interest about organisms of the human biome other than bacteria, but yesterday, I came across one looking at the mycobiome in schizophrenia that is definitely worth writing about. I’ve actually covered research by this research team in the past. Several years ago, they looked at people with schizophrenia and … More Schizophrenia and the Mycobiome: A Pilot Study
Last month, a review paper[i] came out on the implications of the disruption of the bacterial microbiome in autism. I was hoping to find something new in it and was not disappointed. A few highlights. As the bacterial microbiota are crucial for the production of many important vitamins, they “…can exert an important influence over … More Autism and the Early Bacterial Microbiome