This 2014 study was a misguided example of looking solely at the presenting parts of a person’s condition rather than the whole historical person.
What did this study’s researchers decide after finding:
“Alcohol-dependent subjects..remained with high scores of depression, anxiety, and alcohol craving after a short-term detoxification program.”
Was it that the detox program didn’t work because it dealt with suppressing symptoms rather than addressing causes?
The researchers decided:
“Gut microbiota seems to be a previously unidentified target in the management of alcohol dependence.”
So, the researchers proceeded on some trendy, in-vogue aspect of their patients with which to tinker.
The researchers ignored that the correlation of the new treatment course didn’t show causation. They also ignored underlying causes for the ineffectiveness of the preceding treatments of symptoms.
Hard to see how the reviewer believed that this study would advance science.
Meanwhile, the researchers continued to ignore the elephants in the room: the relationships of the patients’ histories and their pain.
http://www.pnas.org/content/111/42/E4485.full “Intestinal permeability, gut-bacterial dysbiosis, and behavioral markers of alcohol-dependence severity”