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Microbes For Mental Health Remix

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When I first published in 2014 my Slideshare presentation "Microbes for Mental Health,"  the notion that our gut microbiome (the micro-organisms that inhabit our intestinal tracts) dramatically influences many aspects of health and disease was novel, particularly among mainstream psychiatrists.  A mere 3 years later, more and more patients and clinicans alike are embracing the concept.  The following is excerpted from my 2014 blog.  The information is just as fresh and vital today as it was then. 

Probiotics have become a mainstay of many of our treatment protocols based on our current unifying theory behind the contemporary rise in diseases of civilization: heart disease, diabetes, dementias, depression, obesity, cancer, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, pain, psoriasis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and so forth. To review:

  • Chronic degenerative conditions (Diseases of Civilization – DOCs) are on the rise and have overtaken infections as the major source of death and illness.
  • This epidemiological transition is due, at least in part, to environmental changes that have increased the disease liability of genetic profiles that were previously benign.
  • These DOCs are associated with increased systemic inflammation stemming from inappropriate stressor-response mechanisms.
  • Much of this inflammation is generated and/or perpetuated by the gut-brain axis.
  • Gut-brain axis derived inflammation leads to disruptions in psycho-neuro-immunological (PNI) balances.
  • Pathophysiological mediators – neurotransmitter, immune cells, adrenal function, hormones, & growth factors - of PNI disturbances can be measured and treated.

We recommend probiotics so often because they, among other things, help "seal & heal" a leaky gut and thereby reduce the spread of inflammation; they "right-size" the immune response by reducing pro-inflammatory chemicals and increasing anti-inflammatory chemicals; and help restore a healthier balance of microbial powers in your gastro-intestinal tract.

I hope you enjoy my new Slideshare: Microbes for Mental Health






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