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Stress, Depression, & The Bacteria In Your Gut


We've blogged about the Brain-Gut and it's relation to the Austism spectrum disorders; now the "microbiome", a term coined by an American molecular biologist, which means "the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space" is the trending way to describe the relational system that may have an impact on virtually every facet of our mental and physical being.

In this fascinating video, Professor John F. Cryan's of University College Cork...
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Vegans, Vitamin B12 & Depression, Top 10 Controversial Posts

C.R. writes: As someone who used to be vegetarian and even vegan for many years in my past, I remember being leery of people telling me my diet might be lacking certain nutrients. I'd point to studies which showed how healthy a balanced and well-thought out vegetarian diet was.

Was my diet balanced and well-thought out? Only occasionally.

This week we got a comment on a post (
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The Incredible Brain-Gut Link & Your Diet

By now, we all know that our digestive tracts are packed with beneficial and not-so-beneficial bacteria that form part of our inner habitat.

What you may not know is that these bacteria act on and influence a range of seemingly strictly-mental functions.

The latest: A new study, reported here on PsychCentral, shows that the bacteria in our guts actually influence which foods we choose to eat. These bacteria outnumber our own cells as much as...
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Emotional Instability: Help For Borderline Traits

We're continuing our discussion about borderline personality traits with author Debbie Corso of DBT Path. I

In these posts, Debbie will give us insight into self-sabotaging behaviors as well as practical skills that can help us move forward.

Today we're discussing the trait of emotional instability.

This is one of the primary symptoms I suffered from and quite common.

Being extremely emotionally sensitive, and not having tools to manage the intense effect which even minor events can have on our emotions, results in emotional instability. This may include mood swings, impulsiveness, and often, an inability to follow through on things such as goals, school, and work.

People with this trait feel like they're at the mercy of their emotions.
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Vitamin “S” Prevents Depression

A God In Therapy Post...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could pop a vitamin and stave off depression? Research shows that supplements ranging from fish oil to Vitamin B12 may be helpful to depression, but what ultimately emerges from such studies is the fact that there isn't one magic bullet.

A more holistic approach, using a combination of therapies in a personalized treatment plan for each individual, is what we recommend. Talk therapy using one or more methods, diet and nutrition, exercise, group therapy, and medication are all options.

But no matter the treatment approaches used, we always recommend one particular, yet underused, modality be included:
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Anorexia, Obsession, And Searching For The Meaning Of Life

More candid insights from Kelsey Osgood, author of How To Disappear Completely:

On The Anorexic Spectrum

I have come to believe that there is something like a spectrum for anorexics. On the one end are people like me, who start out knowing full well that they’re experimenting with dangerous behaviors and who covet the label of anorexic, and on the other are people whose anorexia develops with them having no prior knowledge of the disease and are horrified by their diagnosis.
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Omega 3/Fish Oil Supplements Cause Cancer

Several studies over the years, ranging from well-executed to flawed, have shown that supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil capsules might benefit everything from the functioning of the heart to mental health and the brain.

We've mentioned a few times the possibility of fish oil to help symptoms of schizophrenia. And how a meta-analysis (a study of over 70 studies!) showed that giving kids fish oil supplements boosts I.Q. And how Omega 3 fatty acid deficiencies may be associated with depression.

Now, a new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle confirms a 2011 study which shows a strong link between taking fish oil supplements and developing prostate cancer.
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Want Some Answers About Autism? Listen To What Moms Say!

Dr. Martha Herbert has been doing revolutionary work on autism and the brain-gut connection. Diet, toxic chemicals, environment—little escapes her notice. 

Now, other researchers may be catching on.

A few days ago a new study  about the brain-but connection to autism was the subject of a news article here at PsychCentral.

And it's good news. The more studies which confirm Dr. Herbert's understanding of autism (which is broader than the brain-gut connection but definitely includes the brain-gut connection) the more other medical professionals will be "given permission" to treat autism holistically, taking into account mind, body, and soul instead of just the mind.
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