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    Default How Microbes Influence our Minds

    Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji
    November 20, 2013

    We think of ourselves as autonomous individuals with a will of our own, but microbes in our gut turn out to have more say on how we feel and behave than we know.

    Communication between the gut and the brain has long been acknowledged and has led to the gut being dubbed the ‘second brain’. This gut-brain communication was previously thought to be regulated by neural, endocrine and immunological signalling, but now research is focusing on how the gut microbiota impact such signalling in what is now being termed the microbiome-gut-brain axis (see below).

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    Default Re: How Microbes Influence our Minds

    Reading about the effects of gut microbes more and more. Fascinating.

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    I find it fascinating also Julieanne........

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    Reesacat, this is a very important article to me. One of the first things that bipolar medications do is disrupt the gut. Every bipolar person I know is put on Prilosec. When I found out that it was interfering with my absorption of nutrients, I went off it and started taking a probiotic. That's all I needed to fix my indigestion. I may have been fixing a lot more than my gut. The probiotic may have helped me come off bipolar medications with unexpected ease. You wouldn't believe the horror stories of withdrawals shared on the bipolar forums. I was terrified, but it turned out to be easy for me.

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    I do think a combination of amino acids and probiotcs would make it easier to get off those kinds of medications -- I am so glad they helped you!

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    This is an area of medical science that I'm sure with further research and development, will prove to be one of the biggest break-throughs in modern disease treatments. IF it goes there. Thanks Reesa
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    Very informative article and further proof of the importance of the "gut/brain" connection. It is becoming more evident that antibiotics and harmful chemicals are the culprits in the destruction of gut flora, leading to physical and mental complications. Now, the question becomes....what can be done to change things?

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    Wow, Tara, that's a fascinating possibility. I'm so glad it worked for you!

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    Here is another article on probiotics to go along with this thread. It refers to probiotics as psychobiotics.

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/psy...r-brain?page=1

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    Tara, when that story arrived in my in-box this morning I planned to post it in the Emotional Health forum, which I intend to do now, since it will get lost here. But thanks for finding it!
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