Dr. Emeran Mayer is a Gastroenterologist, Neuroscientist, and Distinguished Research Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Today he discusses bidirectional communication within the brain-gut microbiome system. The data Dr. Mayer presents is critical to understanding how the gut and the brain are interconnected. He shares information about the proper lifestyle to produce healthy communication between the brain and the gut.
IN THIS EPISODE:
- [01:38] Dr. Mayer explains why he wrote his first book and what he learned from being a first-time author
- [04:08] The medical community is gradually changing how it views the body and the brain. There are definite connections between emotional well-being and physical health
- [06:00] Dr. Mayer explains the bidirectional connections between the brain and the gut
- [08:20] Western medicine has taken one view, but ancient healing systems have always viewed the gut as the place diseases start
- [13:24] When the environment in our gut changes, chemicals provide feedback to the brain.
- [17:52] Several different therapies are being developed. An example is nutritional psychiatry
- [21:41] Dr. Mayer leaves us with his prescription for a healthier gut through diet and exercise
- The gut has a substantial role in our overall health. There are direct links between the gut and the brain.
- Eating a plant-based diet, vigorous exercise, interrupting a sedentary lifestyle during the day, and meditation is vital to longevity.
- Holistic medicine has been on the right track by examining our gut’s role in overall wellness.
Emeran A Mayer is a Gastroenterologist, Neuroscientist, and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Executive Director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Resilience at UCLA and Founding Director of the Goodman Luskin Microbiome Center at UCLA. He is one of the pioneers and leading researchers in bidirectional communication within the brain-gut microbiome system with wide-ranging applications in intestinal and brain disorders. Dr. Mayer has published 410 scientific papers, co-edited three books, published the best-selling The Mind-Gut Connection book in 2016 and the Gut Immune Connection book in June 2021, and is currently working on a PBS documentary about the mind-gut connection. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 David McLean award from the American Psychosomatic Society and the 2017 Ismar Boas Medal from the German Society of Gastroenterology and Metabolic Diseases.
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