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    Default Psychobiotics: Bacteria For Your Brain?

    Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D.
    January 21st 2014

    Every functional medicine psychiatrist has case stories of the 'probiotic cure' – of a patient with debilitating symptoms, often obsessive compulsive range, whose symptoms remitted completely with dietary change and probiotic supplementation. Is this voodoo or is it based on a growing understanding of the role of the microbiome in mental health and behavior? For two decades now, pioneering researchers have been substantiating inflammatory models of mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Research has focused on markers that indicate immune distress in an important subset of patients, many of whom are labeled "treatment resistant." Through this body of literature, we have identified that depression can be induced, in animals and in humans through inflammatory agents, that it is correlated with blood levels of inflammatory markers, in a linear way (more markers = worse depression), and that symptoms can be reversed through pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories.

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    Excellent article, thanks, Islander. Be sure to click on the link "microbiome in mental health and behavior" in the above article for further information on the role of inflammation in depression. I have found that in bipolar disorder, inflammation, elevated blood glucose, and elevated cortisol all have to be treated simultaneously to maintain mood stability. I stumbled upon probiotics as the relief for indigestion caused by bipolar medications. I didn't know at the time what a huge impact our gut flora have on mental health.

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    I entered the field of mental health at a time when the belief was that mental illness was the result of chemical imbalances in the brain. That belief dies hard. The statement, "You are what you eat" has never been truer!
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