2 thoughts on “Gut Bacteria May Affect Bipolar Disorder & Schizophrenia

  • January 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I found this article to be very interesting and informative, and I thank you for writing it. The only thing in your article that I question is the accuracy of your statement about levels of Lactobacillus phage phiadh being slightly higher among patients with schizophrenia who were also taking valproate (Depakote). The paper that you linked to did say that levels of Lactobacillus phage phiadh were correlated with administration of valproate, but it seems from my reading of the paper that Lactobacillus phage phiadh wasn’t detected in any of the patients who were taking valproate: “None of the 6 individuals taking valproate had Lactobacillus phage phiadh in their pharynx as opposed to 17 of the 35 individuals who were not receiving valproate (χ2 = 4.98, P = .026).” Can you check to be sure that your description of how Lactobacillus phage phiadh levels and valproate administration are correlated with one another is correct?

    • January 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      You are absolutely correct. Thank you for catching the mistake and letting me know!


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