The Gut/Brain Connection Update
 
Dear Valued Client,

In 2007, we introduced the gut/brain connection. We explained in detail how the gastrointestinal tract and the brain are interconnected. In 2008, we can now share with you irrefutable evidence to prove the connection as well as provide you with the how-to if you suspect that gastrointestinal problems may be contributing to adverse neurological events.

Gut/Brain Connection Update
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a label we now give 8.7% of children between the ages of 8 and 15 years. Over 1 in 10 children take stimulant medications. Autism affects 1 in 166 children. Major depression has a lifetime prevalence of 1 in 10. Alzheimer's disease will affect 30% of people over 85 years old and is expected to rise three-fold by 2050. Psychiatric or psychotropic medications are the number two-selling class of prescription drugs.

Taken as a whole, depression, bipolar disease, anxiety, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychoses, attention deficit disorder, autism, Alzheimer's, and more
pose a significant burden to society in terms of individual suffering, loss of optimal social functioning, and economic costs.

Could it be that we are looking in the wrong place for the answers to our epidemic of neurological and psychiatric disorders? Could it be that our psychotropic medications attempt to control the smoke while ignoring the fire? Could it be that these are, in fact, not primary brain disorders at all, but systemic disorders that affect the brain? And could it be that therapies primarily aimed at altering brain function through antidepressants, stimulants, anti-psychotics, and seizure medications may miss the primary mechanisms or disturbances that manifest as behavioral, mood, or neurologic symptoms?

Aside from the fact that recent studies question the effectiveness of antidepressants, conventional medicine is becoming more convinced that the communication between the brain and the body is bi-directional and that although mind-body medicine has been studied and accepted as legitimate, it provides only a one dimensional view of the interaction between brain and body.(Excerpts taken from an editorial written by Mark Hyman, MD for the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.)

Please click here to read the entire piece.

Highlights include: The "Second Brain," Psychological Burden of Gut/Brain Interaction, Link Between Food Intolerance and GI Disorders, and What You Can do to Help Yourself (including screening methods).


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