Scientific American Online While previous work has shown that probiotics can improve the moods of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome or irritable bowel syndrome, Nature Magazine (which sciam borrowed by permission) reported an article on new initial research on mice that shows a yogurt probiotic by the name of Lactobacillus rhamnosus cheers up anxiety in mice in stressful situations. If this shows up as a positive influence in depressed people, this could revolutionize mental health care for the better. I know from earlier readings, that if you eat an apple a day, it truly improves your immune system and gives you a more cheerful outlook on life. When I developed fibromyalgia, I spent the first 5 years pretty much in screaming-out-loud pain, 24/7. You also have another side effect--sleep disturbance in probably 95% of fibro cases. So at 3 am, 5 years into a life of near total disability, I saw an ad on tv that claimed older people were feeling better by taking a specially-concocted vitamin combo that you could get a week's supply of their product free if you paid shipping and handling. Well, I did, and it chased most of my pain away, but not each of my harsh case of fibro's accompanying syndromes, of which I suffered 11. I was, however, thrilled to get most of my life back. Since then, I've read the reason people are in a generally healthy and happy perspective at Thanksgiving could be on account of the fact that turkey has a special good chemical in it that helps people relax and get a good night's sleep called tryptophan. On account of that, many turkey recipes are included in books that benefit fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, Chron's, and other autoimmune conditions in which the sufferer can't sleep and gets pain or aggravation out of it. Wise people actually serve turkey to guests when important decisions need to be made. It just sets people's minds at rest and their hearts in a good mood. Maybe we should have listened a little harder to Benjamin Franklin, who recommended the turkey as America's National Bird. We do not understand all there is to know about food science, but scientists may be on the trail of good things for humanity. I hope everyone takes a minute to read the above article, and if any solid particular food cheers you up, please mention it. It's a fantastic article.