Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fecal transplant eases symptoms of Parkinson's

Editorial: " Why we need to respect bacterial culture"

Diabetes and even obesity, as well as Parkinson's disease, might be cured just by replacing the bacteria in your gut.
A FEW years ago, John Gillies had trouble picking up his grandchild. He would stand frozen, waiting for his Parkinson's disease to relinquish its hold and allow him to move. Then in May 2008, Gillies was given antibiotics to treat constipation, and astonishingly his Parkinson's symptoms abated. What on earth was going on?
Thomas Borody, a gastroenterologist at the Centre for Digestive Diseases in New South Wales, Australia, put Gillies on antibiotics because he had found that constipation can be caused by an infection of the colon. "He has now been seen by two neurologists, who cannot detect classic Parkinson's disease symptoms any more," says Borody.
Borody's observations, together with others, suggest that many conditions, from Parkinson's ...
This is an article in New Scientist:

You have to be a subscriber to read the rest of the article, but it's an exciting concept. 

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