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  • Writer's pictureRobert O Young DSc, PhD, Naturopathic Practitioner

The Gut Brain & Head Brain Connection in Neurological Degenerative Dis-ease

New Study Links Gut Bacteria and Neurodegenerative Conditions

Summary: A new study reports on an association between specific gut brain bacteria species and the manifestation of neurodegenerative disorders in the head brain, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS which effects millions of people worldwide.

Lead scientific investigator, Czyz at the University of Florida is testing hundreds of strains of bacteria found in the human gut to see how they affect protein aggregation in the C. elegans worm. The group is also investigating how bacteria associated with neurological-degeneration cause protein mis-folding at the molecular level.

Worms colonized by E. coli bacteria: Credit - University of Florida

All neurodegenerative diseases can be traced to problems with the way proteins are handled in the body. If proteins are mis-folded, they build up and accumulate in tissues. These protein aggregates, as scientists call them, interfere with cell functioning and lead to neurodegenerative disorders.

Looking at the microbiome is a relatively new approach to investigating what causes neurodegenerative diseases. In their study, they were able to show that specific species of bacteria play a role in the development of neurological-degenerative conditions.

You can find the entire published research article at:

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Gabi Bliss
Gabi Bliss
May 10, 2021

This explains why after 2 weeks of living with and caring for and sharing food (not my usual fare) with an alzheimer's patient I began to develop degeneration myself! I was previously maintaining a very raw diet, but after being in her flat with mould, asbestos, dirty cats and dogs and eating smoked salmon and other fast foods I had a brain crash. I had also had first antibiotics in 15 years and pharmaceutical treatments to cure hep C for 6 months. After years of never being ill the combination of stress, drugs, bad food and moldy bedding gave me memory loss. It has taken 2 years, tons of green smoothies, blueberries and avocados to turn it around, but luckily…

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