Neurology of the Gut

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Neurology of the Gut

19 Jul, 2016

Medical and scientific research is increasingly drawing the link between many neuro-degenerative diseases (ALS, MS, Alzheimer’s, etc.) and the health of the microbiomes of one’s gut. Often expelled by the ‘traditional’ medical community as a theory for homeopaths, the relationship between overall health and the influence of the microbiome on health is getting the attention it deserves. It seems that for the toughest diseases neurological diseases, the gut might be the cures for these diseases, thus looking away for a neuro-centric cause to the impetus behind the neurodegeneration.

In “The Role of Microbiome Diversity in Brain Health and Inflammation,” an interview of David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, and Robert Rountree, MD. Dr. Perlmutter is in private practice and an Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine. The interview between the two physicians outlines areas where the microbiomes can provide the answers to a variety of neurological diseases and the previous issues doctors and researchers had encountered when focusing only on the brain. According to Dr. Perlmutter: “The biggest issue that [he] has seen is the body of science that we were not expecting, in terms of its application to medicine—the role of the microbiome in the influence of every aspect of human health, physiology, and pathology…We finally have the ability to get possibly to the cause of so many of our pernicious maladies. Examples are diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS], autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and depression.”

As an example, ALS research focus is being redirected south, towards the body’s gut, and “It is possible that the reason we have not yet found an answer for Alzheimer’s disease, for ALS, for the root cause of multiple sclerosis [MS], for Parkinson’s, or for autism, is that we have been looking in the wrong place.” A myriad of problems, aside from neurological ones, are now being linked to the overgrowth of microbiomes and fungi in the gut from soreness, inflammation, and infection. For a full link to the interview see the link the below. And for more information regarding gut health, research on Candida albicans is a good place to begin. 

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