Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of Wheat Belly and Grain Brain that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable biological link between mind and body.
We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut - the decision we made because it "felt right"; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling when we're stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and, more recently, the microbiome - the microorganisms that live inside us - communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, executive director of the UCLA Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, offers a revolutionary look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health.
The Mind-Gut Connection describes:
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Although The Mind-Gut Connection is thorough and informative, Emeran Mayer's dated stance (and skewing) on the topics of animal fat and sugar intake are rather depressing. He cites the umbrella term 'fat' for multiple studies without any exact specification, while opting to use the term 'refined sugar' in order to draw a distinction between manmade and naturally occurring sugar. Not once does he delve into the topics of damaged fat, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, or unsaturated fat, even when drawing conclusions about the certain 'fad diets' in question. The way he leans more toward sugar-gorging as opposed to eating meat leads me to question some of his other beliefs and credibility.
Although this is par for the course, I honestly expected more from a seemingly progressive book written by an accomplished medical doctor. Luckily, there will always be the Mark Hyman's of the world fighting the good fight.
Most of the book is already known or speculative. Save your money, since you are what you eat period.
There are a few interesting things that we already know, and they are repeated each chapter to the tune of an infomercial.
Highly recommended authoritative summary, opinion and outlook of brain-gut-microbiome science, still in its infancy but not so immature not to provide guidance founded on science, by a world expert in academic neuro-gastroenterology that ends on very practical, actionable advice, in line with the helpful highly readable approach throughout the book.
I appreciate the clear distinctions between current knowledge from human data that definitely applies to most of us versus the non-human data and the non-data-derived expert advice that probably applies. This is appropriate and in contrast to other popular health/wellness books and advice that far too often present mere deductions, speculations or worst, ideologically motivated or profit-oriented wishful thinking as science, misleading and ultimately disappointing the innocent and fellow ideologues.
For the future, one wishes for regular revisions to the book as research advances to confirms and refutes today's impressions and fine-tune advice for healthier, better living. @DrChristianSpee
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