Happy Bugs Wednesday


You have nice guts and an exquisite brain dear.

We now know that the bacteria living in our guts play a key role in keeping our bodies healthy. These microbes can even be transferred from one gut to another to alleviate illnesses. In recent years, researchers have even posited that these microscopic creatures may play a role in dictating how our brains work.

A new study published February 4 in the journal Nature Microbiology puts us a little closer to understanding the gut-brain connection. The study found a correlation between depression and lower amounts of two kinds of bacteria in more than 1,000 Belgian individuals.

The presence of the two groups of bacteria, Faecalibacterium and Coprococcus, was correlated with higher quality of life indicators—which can include things like bodily pain and physical functioning—in the subjects. And individuals with diagnosed depression had less Coprococcus and another group of bacteria, Dialister, in their guts, even after factoring in antidepressants’ effects on these microrganisms.


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18 Responses to Happy Bugs Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    I went into the settings and flipped a couple switches, see what happens.


  2. Micki says:

    Oh, great. More snow overnight. I shoveled a pathway from garage to the street yesterday, for no particular reason, but awakened to its “disappearance.” Supposed to be partially sunny today, with another blast tomorrow.

    As one official weather watcher stated, “It’s difficult to measure the snow’s depth because of persistent wind from the Fraser River Valley….Drifts in some areas are up to 4 feet…. We (meteorologists) call that insidious northeast blast the Fraser Outflow…it’s keeping daytime temperatures in Whatcom County an average 13 degrees below normal for mid-February.


    • Carol says:

      Sounds like here, it’s been snowing but the snow on the pool deck and front porch deck is only about 3″ while there are deep drifts against those two decks. Still windy today, more snow being rearranged.

      I shoveled the back deck this morning, only about an inch with frozen slush under it that I couldn’t push anywhere. My clean deck from about three days ago is a mess again.


  3. Micki says:

    Post immediately appeared this time, but still had to key in address and name…the auto-fill gremlins want to include my last name…but I delete it, and they leave me alone…until next post. 😉


  4. Carol says:

    I’m happy to hear Micki has to put in her info, too. I was beginning to wonder if some Firefox or Windows 10 update screwed something up. Guess it’s just Word Press.


  5. Micki says:

    Yay! I was just out shoveling again — more than 12″ — and three strapping teenagers happened by with a powered-snow removal gizmo, plus their shovels. They offered, shyly but professionally, to clear the driveway, front walk for, “oh, around 15 dollars.”

    Deal! However, I will gladly give them more than that sum. Yessssssssss! I love it when kids take initiative, are willing to work, and have the gumption to accept rejection, because that’s what some people give them!

    These kids are so nice! 😉


  6. Micki says:

    On another topic (non-weather! haha!)…I read an article in the B’ham Herald this morning about a significant uptick in theft around Whatcom County. What’s stolen? Catalytic converters…

    According to a story by the Wall Street Journal, one of the reason’s thieves have been targeting catalytic converters is that the price of palladium — a silvery white precious metal found in the converters — has climbed more than 50 percent since mid-August. According to Apmex, the world’s largest retailer of precious metals, palladium is worth $1,410.20 per ounce — 7.5 percent more than gold ($1311.20 per ounce).


  7. Micki says:

    Today is my younger daughter’s birthday.

    She and her husband are in New Zealand to celebrate.


  8. Den says:

    It’s been raining steady since last might and due to remain until next week.
    Dampness persists.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Snow overnight; about 6 cm.

    Autofill visible.


  10. jim hitchcock says:

    If it helps, Micki, I blamed a Canadian customer today for sending the snow your way.


  11. David B. Benson says:

    Westbound I-90 closed.

    You can leave Seattle but you can’t come back.


  12. Carol says:

    At last, MARGARITAS! It’s been quite some time since my last one. I’m going out tomorrow w/ Pete and family to the Mexican place. I said no because no way I want to eat at 6:30 pm., I always have my dinner by 2:00 p.m. Plus I didn’t want to drive, it would be dark on the way home, and who knows how the roads will be. They’re picking me up. OK, then!


  13. David B. Benson says:

    Foggy and slippery on the way to the Nuevo Vallarta.


  14. Den says:

    Just when is a good time to see your optometrist:


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