I was giving a lecture to a group of psychiatric fellows recently, and I got to my slide on folate. I get excited about this topic, and so I rambled on about the one-carbon cycle, and SAMe, methylcobalamin, and the MTHFR mutation. As I looked away from my slides, I could see the vacant stares
Gut Health and Mood
Over 90% of the cells in our body are non-human. This microbial ecology, found largely in our digestive system, is intricately connected to processes in our bodies that make us healthy – or make us chronically ill. Modern life is wreaking havoc on the healthy balance required for health – including brain health. We are nature and nature is us. See how the latest science supports this truth.
With two decades of literature supporting the cytokine theory of depression, we finally have the first study examining “proteomic changes” or inflammatory markers in unmedicated patients. Observations of depression induced by pharmaceuticals designed to rev up the inflammatory response, and relief from those designed to diminish it have dovetailed with data suggesting that inflammatory cytokines
This post first appeared on GreenMedInfo.com. Sometimes science gets things wrong. With acknowledgement of these fundamental misapprehensions, whole swaths of dogma have to be unraveled, deconstructed, and rebuilt. The sooner the better. Ten years ago, science assumed that immunity was in the body, not the brain, which was thought to have “immune privilege.” What does
I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Five to Thrive/iHeart Radio about how food influence can enhance mood. It was a great conversation! How big of an influence does food have on our mood? Not only find out the answer to that question, find out which diet guest Kelly Brogan, MD, recommends to most
“We barely know what we are doing when it comes to probiotic supplementation,” I admitted to my patient, “but we do know that we are on the verge of the most sophisticated understanding of human health and disease since the dawn of medicine, and it comes down to our symbiotic relationship to our body’s microbes.”
We know that gut bacteria are critical for nutrient absorption and for immunity, and I have discussed their role in mental health and wellness, but this study and others explore how we may be set up from very early in life to deal with a suboptimal intestinal environment. Mice stressed by fox odor, temporary restraints,