Gut Microbes and the Brain

In the past decade or so there’s been growing realization of the importance of the bacteria that lives in our intestinal tract. Mostly it’s been focused on digestive issues, but some have long claimed that they also effect our mental health. The US National Institute of Mental Health commissioned a study on that aspect and they’re presenting the evidence for that link in a symposium next week. There are still some questions, of course, but it should at least open the way for further study and potential treatments for mental health issues that don’t seem to respond to conventional measures.

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