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Do gut bacteria live in our brain?
11-14-2018, 10:22 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Quote:We know the menagerie of microbes in the gut has powerful effects on our health. Could some of these same bacteria be making a home in our brains? A poster presented here this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience drew attention with high-resolution microscope images of bacteria apparently penetrating and inhabiting the cells of healthy human brains. The work is preliminary, and its authors are careful to note that their tissue samples, collected from cadavers, could have been contaminated. But to many passersby in the exhibit hall, the possibility that bacteria could directly influence processes in the brain—including, perhaps, the course of neurological disease—was exhilarating.

“This is the hit of the week,” said neuroscientist Ronald McGregor of the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the work. “It’s like a whole new molecular factory [in the brain] with its own needs. … This is mind-blowing.”

The brain is a protected environment, partially walled off from the contents of the bloodstream by a network of cells that surround its blood vessels. Bacteria and viruses that manage to penetrate this blood-brain barrier can cause life-threatening inflammation. Some research has suggested distant microbes—those living in our gut—might affect mood and behavior and even the risk of neurological disease, but by indirect means. For example, a disruption in the balance of gut microbiomes could increase the production of a rogue protein that may cause Parkinson’s disease if it travels up the nerve connecting the gut to the brain.

Talking hoarsely above the din of the exhibit hall on Tuesday evening, neuroanatomist Rosalinda Roberts of The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), told attendees about a tentative finding that, if true, suggests an unexpectedly intimate relationship between microbes and the brain.

Read the rest at https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/...our-brains

Very interesting, but I'm not that surprised
11-15-2018, 12:29 PM #2
Strigoi Diavolul
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That's why gut flora affects mood.

Un Strigoi printre noi
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11-15-2018, 01:47 PM #3
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Recently had problems with candida overgrowth. At first I tried conventional doctors, they put me on antidepressants but I still had athlete's foot symptoms on my feet and hands.
After some digging I stumbled on candida and found I had most of the symptoms, so I tried the diet / took probiotics and started to feel better in about a month. The establishment is just now realizing there's a connection between gut and brain? Diet and illness? :/
11-15-2018, 02:25 PM #4
Strigoi Diavolul
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Great conditioner

Un Strigoi printre noi
11-15-2018, 09:11 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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I love coconut oil! yay.gif But for a candida diet you have to involve some hardcore measures if it's bad enough.

I think they're going to be blown away by what they find about the gut / brain connection and the immune system for starters. I hope they dig deeper into this, I've been getting after it for a decade at least chuckle.gif
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11-16-2018, 03:12 AM #6
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(11-15-2018, 12:29 PM)Strigoi Wrote:  That's why gut flora affects mood.

That's right.
Bacteria living in the human gut have strange influence over mood, depression and more, but it has been unclear exactly how belly-dwelling bacteria exercise remote control of the brain (SN: 4/2/16, p. 23). Now research in rodents suggests that gut microbes may alter the inventory of microRNAs — molecules that help keep cells in working order by managing protein production — in brain regions involved in controlling anxiety.
11-16-2018, 04:05 PM #7
Elegant Fail Member
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Another similar thread here, wish I could find it again. It was about the majority of serotonin is produced in the gut, not the brain.
Anonymous Kritter Show this Post
11-17-2018, 01:31 AM #8
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^TH^IS^ and antidepressants only mask the symptoms.
11-17-2018, 03:22 AM #9
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Antidepressants are evil. Only take them if everything, like low carb and Carnivore diets have failed. They take about - weeks to work and cause side effects that can last years after quitting them.

What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
11-17-2018, 07:17 PM #10
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Doing the healthy diet thingy for a long time however, should if I break down and eat crap food... i.e. wheat, sugar, and anything with tyramine... it damn near kills me.

It's as if I lose the enzymes required to break this or that down.


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11-17-2018, 10:33 PM #11
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I have been around for a few years as a reader and I became a better person for it- My husband says I have become cold and distant but I feel stronger.
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11-17-2018, 10:36 PM #12
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(11-17-2018, 10:33 PM)Lone Wolf Wrote:  I have been around for a few years as a reader and I became a better person for it- My husband says I have become cold and distant but I feel stronger.
11-17-2018, 11:05 PM #13
Octo Mother Superior
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#metoo So much stronger
11-17-2018, 11:10 PM #14
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(11-17-2018, 10:33 PM)Lone Wolf Wrote:  I have been around for a few years as a reader and I became a better person for it- My husband says I have become cold and distant but I feel stronger.

I finally empowered yo ass gurl!


And took it away wif my bees *snap* just like that.



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