Tag: PTSD

Anxiety Disorders in Autism (and Not in Autism) and Things You Can Do Now

On Thursday, I have an appointment with an orthopedist to look at a hand injury I sustained a couple of weeks ago, working with one of my adult students with autism.  Unknowingly, I said a word which ended up triggering a massive attack of… Continue Reading “Anxiety Disorders in Autism (and Not in Autism) and Things You Can Do Now”

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,… Continue Reading “Gut Bacteria and Memory: Can Manipulating the Former Modulate the Latter?”

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… Continue Reading “A New Gut-Brain Connection: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”

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… Continue Reading “Stressed? Spend Time Outdoors to Get Your Mycobacterium vaccae”

L.reuteri and Immune Tolerance

A few days ago, a fun article[i] appeared on Gut Microbiota for Health which listed their most popular articles in 2018.  Contrary me:  I looked through all 10 and found that the last one on the list was way the most interesting. In your… Continue Reading “L.reuteri and Immune Tolerance”

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… Continue Reading “Stress and Our Missing Old Friends”

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… Continue Reading “Stress and Autoimmune Disease: A Relationship that is Becoming More Defined”

A Probiotic Vaccine Against Anxiety and PTSD?!

In May 2017 I wrote about some really exciting research into the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus reuteri (which is derived from human breast milk) in both PTSD and autism.  If you remember, I mentioned that a clinical trial would be conducted on 40 veterans with… Continue Reading “A Probiotic Vaccine Against Anxiety and PTSD?!”

Helminths and Mental Health – Research Desperately Needed

I was very excited to see  a new paper[i] by Dr. William Parker and his colleague, Henry Kou, at Duke University, looking at the effects of the loss of our helminths and the relationship to mental illness.  The paper is, in some ways, a… Continue Reading “Helminths and Mental Health – Research Desperately Needed”

More New Bacterial Microbiome Research that You Need to Know About

Two new pieces of research came out this week which I need to share. The first I found particularly fascinating.  We know that there is a bi-directional interaction between the central nervous system and the bacterial microbiome, but HOW nerves direct bacteria was unknown. … Continue Reading “More New Bacterial Microbiome Research that You Need to Know About”