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Microbiome Special Issue

From eNewsletter 12/6/2023

DID YOU KNOW that a study from Frontiers in Nutrition suggests that one probiotic strain you will be hearing much more about for obesity and glucose control is called Akkermansia muciniphila?


The authors also suggest that those with dermatitis and asthma also exhibit low levels of gut-derived Akkermansia muciniphila.


This strain is available via supplementation but should never be taken unless you are working with a knowledgable health professional. Please direct any questions to Steve at his direct email address.


23andMe Data Breach

According to 23andMe, hackers accessed the personal information of about 6.9 million people who opted-in to 23andMe’s DNA Relatives feature, which allows customers to automatically share some of their data with others.


To be clear, this opt-in feature is not required for us to get your raw data to populate our Pure Genomics platform. This is feature is optional within 23andMe's platform.


Nevertheless, this is deeply concerning and now we know why 23andMe has not been allowing customers to access their raw data over the last few weeks. Hopefully, it will not be too much longer. Please direct all inquiries to 23andMe.


The Gift of Wellness

Struggling for gift ideas this holiday season? From consultation gift certificates to human and pet supplements, what better gift can you give than the gift of wellness?


State of the Microbiome: Now and the Future For paid NCI Well Connect members only.


Your Microbiome and Your Psyche

Steve: Science is now coming around to the idea that your microbiome, specifically the balance of good and bad bacteria of all of your biomes, is linked to neuropsychiatric disorders. A new, wide ranging study that appears in Nature: Molecular Psychiatry covers this subject impeccably.


Brain-body crosstalk constitutes a bidirectional network that facilitates the regulation and maintenance of overall homeostasis in the body by enabling communication between the brain and peripheral organs. This crosstalk involves various components, including the central nervous system (CNS), peripheral nervous system, neurotransmitters, chemical signaling, hormones, feedback loops and homeostasis, and mind–body connection associated with emotions. A comprehensive understanding of brain–body crosstalk is crucial for unraveling the underlying mechanisms contributing to the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric disorders.


While our gut microbiomes get most of the attention, the authors of this study leave no stone unturned when linking microbiota to neuropsychiatric disorders. They examine the latest research regarding various microbiota types, including oral, nasal, lung, gut, skin, bladder, and vagina microbiota.


As the image above shows us, even without listing gut microbiota-related dysfunction disorders, there are myriad dysfunction disorders already determined for other organ microbiomes.


The authors implore that it is essential to comprehensively understand the role of the predominant gut microbiota as well as other microbiota in neuropsychiatric disorders.


Here is the entire study for those interested in reading it.


Steve Minsky MS, HWC

As a Health and Wellness Counselor, Steve analyzes and offer solutions to optimize human functioning not only with food, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More info on Steve's services.


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