Most people tend to think of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis, and other diseases, such as diabetes, as incurable. The advice of the medical industry for people suffering from these kinds of issues is, at best, a maintenance program to attempt to manage the symptoms.
But surprising research has begun to appear indicating that what is happening in your digestive system affects your entire body in surprising ways.
Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain and a new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life, has talked about how gut microbes impact your neurological health. He says that the bacteria that live in your gut “manufacture neurochemicals, for example. Things like dopamine and serotonin.”
Perlmutter goes on to talk about how these gut microbes manufacture vitamins and “maintain the integrity of the lining of your gut” which is important because of it’s impact on inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a key component in a wide variety of brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and autism.
In some ways, this gives even more credence to Dr. Candace Pert’s assertion that your body is your subconscious mind. (Dr. Pert was the discover of the opiate receptor.)
As interesting as the research on the impact of gut microbes on neurological health is research out of Amsterdam. Dr. Max Niewdorp has published studies about the impact of changes in the microorganisms in the human body that happen with type 2 diabetes.
“In one trial, he was able to reverse type 2 diabetes in all of the 250 study participants by doing fecal transplantations on them. Remarkable as it may sound, by changing the makeup of the gut bacteria, the diabetes was resolved.”
Note that this reversal happened in every single one of the study participants.
Dr. Joseph Mercola gives two pieces of advice to protect and help the microbes in your gut help you: limit use of antibiotics to only times when they are absolutely necessary and eat a healthy diet. Dr. Mercola specifically advises to primarily eat “whole, raw organic, non-genetically modified (GM) foods, along with traditionally fermented and cultured foods.”
Science may very well be telling us that good health often fundamentally comes through your digestive system.