SUMMARY: Yesterday, Dec. 1, 2016, a major gut — brain animal study paper published finding for Microbiome: Parkinson’s begins in gut, at least in mice. While this has been kicked around for years, this animal mouse study finally proves the theory, and this post documents the Dec 2016 Parkinson’s mouse study. You’ll recognize some of the authors: Rob Knight, Sarkis K. Mazmanian, Ali Keshavarzian, and Kathleen M. Shannon if you follow my work as I have worked with these labs or follow them closely. If you have or are concerned with brain and cognition, be it autism, MS, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc… consider extending this papers findings and seriously start looking in your gut for answers to the why in your brain. I can’t stand that it takes so long for folks to get real and realize that what goes into our body impacts the brain too. Usually they don’t get it until they have major symptoms of impairment. It’s also beyond me that folks don’t understand that bowel habits are windows into how our body handles what we put into it. My pearl there is that you need to know what the Bristol Stool Chart is and how to use its incredibly useful information to learn what your body, especially what your microbiome or those trillions of beasties, thinks about the menu you feed it. Though the human studies are far off, the writing is on the wall. if you care about your brain, START fixing your gut. This post was updated Jan 25 and 26, 2017 to include a webinar and podcast dated Jan 17 and 19, 2017, discussing the Mazmanium study along with insights for diet and the Parkinson’s microbiome.