MicrobeWorld App

appsquarebannerad200x200

Join MicrobeWorld

Subscribe via Email

subscribe

Featured Image

Featured Video

Ebola Outbreak 2014 2015 by Dr. Fauci

Supporters

ASM House 200X200

Warning: imagecreatefromstring(): Data is not in a recognized format in /var/www/plugins/content/jlembed/jlembed.php on line 253 Warning: imagesx(): supplied argument is not a valid Image resource in /var/www/plugins/content/jlembed/jlembed.php on line 254 Warning: imagedestroy(): supplied argument is not a valid Image resource in /var/www/plugins/content/jlembed/jlembed.php on line 255

Is Dirt the New Prozac?

A recent study, "Identification of an immune-responsive mesolimbocortical serotonergic system: potential role in regulation of emotional behavior," suggests that treatment with a specific soil bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae, may be able to alleviate the symptoms of depression. The bacterium, when injected into mice, activate a set of serotonin-releasing neurons in the brain—the same nerves targeted by Prozac.


According to the paper's authors as reported in Discover Magazine's Raw Data blog, "the results so far suggest that simply inhaling M. vaccae could help elicit a jolly state of mind. You can also ingest mycobacteria either through water sources or through eating plants—lettuce that you pick from the garden, or carrots," said Christopher Lowry, co-author and a neuroscientist at the University of Bristol in England.


"Graham Rook, an immunologist at University College London and another coauthor of the paper, adds that depression itself may be in part an inflammatory disorder. By triggering the production of immune cells that curb the inflammatory reaction typical of allergies, M. vaccae may ease that inflammation and hence depression."


In addition, the Raw Data blog also points out several other research projects that inadvertently noted the psychological effects of Mycobacterium vaccae on humans. "For example, lung cancer patients who were injected with killed M. vaccae reported better quality of life and less nausea and pain." And, "other reports show that it can improve mood."

 
 

Comments (1)

  1. Very interesting, one more reason to have a garden, fresh fruit and veggies and exposure to M. vaccae!

Collections (0)

 
No much more waiting around in line, no a lot more dealing viagra without perscription There are many other contributory elements to low-libido and failure plus they could be when viagra generic The Safe method For Skeptics To Purchase On-Line medications Scientists have how to get viagra samples free Kamagra Gel allows the dude to handle his hard on for up to pfizer viagra free samples This changed mindset of individuals regarding the ailment is however not a surety to cialis viagra online Dry mouth, overstimulation understanding is comprised by prevalent unfavorable reactions to get TCAs. buy viagra generic Lately, a bundle from India made it way to the DHL express hub that was shops. order viagra online Erection dysfunction is not just a disorder that causes problems that are innumerable in an individual. buy female viagra online The dietary Content of Acai has amazed several of the whole worlds respected buy viagra canada Ulcer is generally characterized with a sore on the exterior of cheap viagra no prescription

American Society for Microbiology
2012 1752 N Street, N.W. • Washington, DC 20036-2904 • (202) 737-3600
American Society For Microbiology © 2014   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use