Brain and Gut Have a Strong, 2-way Communication System
"The brain and gut have a strong, two-way communication system referred to as the gut-brain axis. Each are essential to the other. Studies have found that brain development is abnormal in the absence of the gut microbiome. However, a recent review stated that research hasn't yet figured out which exact gut bacterium are crucial for brain development.
"Further investigation is uncovering how interlinked the gut is to the brain, however, including our mood and mental health, says Katerina Johnson, a researcher of the microbiome-gut-brain axis at the University of Oxford." Source: BBC: Microbes & Me; The Life Inside All of Us
The Gut Brain Connection and Beyond
In a way, we are more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells and DNA from microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi --in and on our bodies-- than there are human cells and DNA. The harmony of the ecosystem that these tiny compatriots create is vital to our health, including basic mental functioning as well as intelligence. The allopathic medical system that poisons our internal enviroment with drugs and vaccines has disrupted our health by disrupting our microbiome. The field of Functional Medicine is emerging to approach healthcare in this new light. This new perspective also sheds light on the importance of the oath "Do No Harm." Source: The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
Rejecting the Paradigm of Vaccination
"As citizens of this capitalist nation, we cannot rely on corporate-sponsored news media for the truth. We must source it from trusted independent outlets, informed experts, and even going to the available science, ourselves. It is time to reclaim our health, and that of our families, once and for all. When we outsource our native wisdom, our belief in the fundamental strength of our minds and bodies, to corporations whose primary fiduciary responsibility is to their shareholders, we are sacrificing ourselves, and our children. Women and children are the sheep being led off the ledge. I have written about a known 4,250% increase in fetal demise during the 2009/10 flu season, about evidence-based inefficacy and risks of the pertussis vaccine pushed on pregnant women, about Gardasil killing healthy girls across the globe, fear mongering about SIDS that is actually caused by a visit to the pediatrician, and of the corruption of an infant's birthday by the Hepatitis B vaccine. In rejecting the paradigm of vaccination, it is important to grasp the nature of the political beast that is pushing vaccines into the arms (legs and buttocks) of every American." - Kelly Brogan, MD. Source CDC: You're Fired. Autism Cover Up Exposed.
The Unreported Health Benefits of Measles
Almost overnight, measles went from being characterized as a natural rite of passage necessary for strengthening immunity to a deadly infection against which we have only one hope against complete destruction: 100% vaccine uptake. The truth is that measles and other childhood infections may actually protect against life-threatening conditions like cancer and heart disease.
The research on the potential health benefits of measles shows it is not a juggernaut of death; a characterization that serves corporate profits and advances health policies that endanger bodily integrity.
Suppressing natural exposures with man made ones --administered through novel routes like injections-- along with adjuvants and biologicals to which our bodies have no evolutionary precedent for exposure, results in immunological imbalance or dysfunction. This is having a wide range of deleterious downstream effects... Full article at GreenMedInfo
Trillions of Beneficial Microbes Within our Intestinal Tract
Commensal bacteria underlie, in part, our nutritional status, immune function, and psychological well-being. The trillions of beneficial microbes within our intestinal tract convert dietary nutrients, inhibit pathogen colonization, regulate immune processes, and produce neural signals.
Advances in our understanding of the importance of microbes have motivated the commercial development of products intended to boost “good” commensals and confer health benefits. Probiotic dietary supplements contain live beneficial microbes hoped to subsequently colonize the gut. Prebiotic nutrients are thought to enhance good gastrointestinal microflora by preferentially nourishing beneficial microbes. Even “psychobiotics” are being explored to ameliorate symptoms of psychiatric illness. These live organisms influence the brain through metabolites and neuroactive compounds... ScienceMag.org
Are we Human, or are we Bacteria?
Bacteria are the oldest living organisms on the planet. As simple single-celled microorganisms, they absorb nutrients from their environment, grow until they have doubled in size…then they divide. They have only one long strand of DNA that encodes all their traits and genetic functions. When they divide, this strand is replicated. Given a nutrient rich environment, bacteria can multiply very rapidly to large numbers.
Most people know that their digestive tracts are home to what are commonly referred to as “the friendly bacteria.” The actual number is over 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) bacteria including other symbiotic microbes. Counting the gut, the bacteria in anatomical cavities such as our sinuses, and then the large numbers on our skin, these microbes outnumber human cells by a factor of 10 to 1!
Even more striking is that the microbial genes of this “human microbiome” (as renamed by the National Institutes of Health in 2007) outnumber human genes by a factor of 100 to 1! Since all life is carried out by genetic information, this amazing statistic begs the question—are we more bacterial than we are human?
The biomass of the human microbiome actually outweighs the human liver. As previously unsuspected functions of the human microbiome are being discovered, scientists are now speaking of it as the body’s “forgotten organ.” Unlike medicine’s strictly anatomical understanding of what and where an organ is located, the human microbiome is “disseminated.” This word refers to the amazing fact that microbes occupy every square millimeter of our skin. They live in all the nooks and crannies of our body (sinuses, vagina, and ear canals, etc.) as well as the entire surface area of our gastrointestinal tract—which is estimated to be equal to that of two tennis courts!
This evolving picture of the human microbiome is challenging our antiquated ideas of the “location” and origins of various diseases and disorders. For instance, “neurological/brainbased” disorders such as depression or autism may very well have their true root origins in the gut! Science now knows that there are more neuronal cells in the GI tract than in the human brain, making the gut a kind of “second brain.” These second brain neurons are tightly wired to the first brain.
All neuronal cells “talk” to one another through the production of chemical messages called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine. The big discovery here is that the microorganisms in our gut also make these neurotransmitters! During times of stress, our gut bacteria may be talking to our “first brains” through the neurons located in lining of our GI tract! Anxiety may indeed be a “gut feeling” coming from our human microbiome.
The following chart represents a current sampling of human microbiome functions in regulating and maintaining health... Full article at Riordan Clinic
Rejecting Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy
Dr Kelly Brogan, MD: Women have permitted doctors and pharmaceutical companies privileged access to their fierce and primitive drive toward protecting a pregnancy. They have been made to feel fear, convinced that they need the support of the apparatus of allopathic medicine to get them through this perilous trial.
I’d like to take a moment to pause. Take a deep breath. And ask the women reading this to look inside and to check if that compass is there. Ask if they can hold it gently in their hand and trust that their bodies and minds know how to guide them, when properly supported and cared for.
If you must relinquish your power to doctors, I recommend finding one who acknowledges the awesome dangers of blindly following medical doctrine. Outsourcing our health to pharmaceutical companies is an extremely myopic approach to securing lasting wellness. I’d like to show you that the guiding authorities you have been led to believe are acting in your best interest are guilty of some pretty heinous crimes of abuse and neglect, and never more so than in the pregnant population.
For ethical reasons, pharmaceutical products cannot be studied in a randomized manner in pregnancy, severely limiting our ability to look at short or long-term outcomes. The surprising news is that vaccines, the pharmaceutical product in question, have never been studied in a truly placebo controlled manner, in single, or multiple deliveries, and not for long-term outcomes, even in a general population. Full article
Why Everything You Learned About Viruses is Wrong!
Groundbreaking research indicates that most of what we believed about the purportedly deadly properties of viruses like influenza is based on nothing more than institutionalized superstition and myth.
Germ theory is an immensely powerful force on this planet, affecting everyday interactions from a handshake, all the way up the ladder to national vaccination agendas and global eradication campaigns.
But what if fundamental research on what exactly these 'pathogens' are, how they infect us, has not yet even been performed? What if much of what is assumed and believed about the danger of microbes, particularly viruses, has completely been undermined in light of radical new discoveries in microbiology?
Some of our readers already know that in my previous writings I discuss why the "germs as our enemies" concept has been decimated by the relatively recent discovery of the microbiome. For in depth background on this topic, read my previous article, "How The Microbiome Destroyed the Ego, Vaccine Policy, and Patriarchy." You can also read Profound Implications of the Virome for Human Health and Autoimmunity, to get a better understanding of how viruses are actually benefificial to health.
In this article I will take a less philosophical approach, and focus on influenza as a more concrete example of the Copernican-level paradigm shift in biomedicine and life sciences we are all presently fully immersed within, even if the medical establishment has yet to acknowledge it. Full article at GreenMedInfo
Stanford Medical School and OSU Collaborating to Study Connection Between Autism and Microbiome
CORVALLIS, OR – An Oregon State University researcher is part of a $1.94 million grant to look for possible connections between the human microbiome and autism spectrum disorder.
The goal is to use data from the microbiome – the community of organisms that live in a person’s gut – in the search for new treatments for autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.
In the United States, roughly one child in 70 has autism spectrum disorder; boys are four times as likely as girls to have the condition. Symptoms usually appear by age 2.
Maude David, an assistant professor in Oregon State’s colleges of Science and Pharmacy, will collaborate with researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Second Genome, a company based in South San Francisco, California, on a two-year project funded by a federal Small Business Innovation Research grant.
The grant will support the study of key metabolites produced by microbes in patients with central nervous system disorders, particularly autism. Some of those metabolites may be able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain from toxins in the bloodstream, and negatively affect the central nervous system.
Certain microbial strains are either lacking or severely decreased in children with autism spectrum disorder. Full article
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Gut Microbiome May Offer Way to Ease or Halt Brain Inflammation
Metabolites produced by microbes in the gut can ease inflammation in the central nervous system by limiting the damage done by microglia, an immune cell of the brain, an early study reports. Its scientists suggest this gut-brain axis may open new avenues to treatment.
“These findings provide a clear understanding of how the gut impacts central nervous system resident cells in the brain,” Francisco Quintana, PhD, of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and study lead author in a press release. “Now that we have an idea of the players involved, we can begin to go after them to develop new therapies.”
The study “Microglial control of astrocytes in response to microbial metabolites” was published in the journal Nature.
Two types central nervous system cells — microglia and astrocytes – are known to regulate inflammation and neurodegeneration in neurologic diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS).
Microglia are the key immune cells of the central nervous system, patroling it for damaged cells and other materials in need of clearance. But microglia can impair and damage neighboring non-immune cells, the astrocytes, by releasing neurotoxic factors — such as the so-called VEGF-B — which were shown to worsen disease in a mouse model of MS.
BWH researchers have been investigating how the gut microbiome — the natural collection of microbes leaving within our gut — may influence the brain.
In this study, they found that byproducts released by gut-microbes as they break down dietary tryptophan — an amino acid (the building block of proteins) found in meats, dairy, fruits, and seeds — work to suppress the pro-inflammatory profile of microglia, halting their ability to promote via pathways pro-inflammatory activities in astrocytes.
Importantly, the team confirmed results working with brain tissue from MS patients. Full article
Woman with MS Embraced Holistic Medicine, Now a Healthy Triathlete
In 2008, Aurora Colello suddenly went blind in her right eye after experiencing some pain for days. A doctor told her that she had optic neuritis, inflammation of the optic nerve. He ordered an MRI, which showed that she had 10 lesions in her brain, the largest affecting her optic nerve. She had multiple sclerosis.
She was told that she'd never recover her sight in that eye and would wind up in a wheelchair within five years. As a 35-year-old mother of four children aged one through seven, she panicked and went into deep despair thinking her life was over.
But her husband managed to encourage her to fight the disease and pray to God for a solution. She was very angry at God at first, but her husband's encouragement to fight the MS pushed her to become proactive with her MS and pray. After all sorts of research on the internet, including getting involved with MS forums, she became discouraged.
The feedback was all too negative. Everyone was on pharmaceuticals, and Aurora's research on their adverse side effects convinced her that she should avoid them.
So she emailed everyone she knew, asking if anyone knew of a person afflicted with MS with whom she could speak, she wound up with 20 names of people located all around the world, all of whom were also on pharmaceutical medications, except for one who lived nearby.
He told Aurora about a holistic clinic in Southern California's Encinitas. It's the Center for Advanced Medicine, which operates outside of the Big Pharma box.
Aurora paid a visit to the clinic and was placed on a table where one of the doctors began massaging her neck. She protested vehemently that she wasn't there for a massage; she had MS and needed help!
The naturopathic doctor explained that he was massaging the area around her optic nerve that runs through the neck to help relieve the inflammation. That combined with following what was prescribed at the center would return her eyesight.
Then they ran blood tests on her, and to her horror, Aurora discovered that she was deficient in every mineral and vitamin that should be in her body. She was given a dietary plan and loads of supplements.
At first, Aurora thought that she was being conned. But with the AMA doctors hounding her to start gulping down dangerous drugs, she tried the holistic natural protocol that the center had given her.
To her amazement, her vision began returning in a few days. After two weeks, her vision was back and even better than before. Her contact lens prescription had to be changed to accommodate her improved vision. That was the clincher. She was through with mainstream medicine and going alternative.
Aurora had one minor relapse after deviating from her diet, enough to convince her to get back on the program instead of thinking that she was cured completely. And she joined a gym and started working out, an activity which she feels is vital for handling MS.
Now she participates in all three marathon events that comprise grueling triathlons: long-distance runs, ocean swims and cross-country bicycling.
Source: Natural News See also Overcoming MS
Missing Link Found Between Brain, Immune System
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA., June 1, 2015 - In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer's disease to multiple sclerosis.
- Vessels directly connecting brain, lymphatic system exist despite decades of doctrine that they don't
- Finding may have substantial implications for major neurological diseases
- Game-changing discovery opens new areas of research, transforms existing ones
- Major gap in understanding of the human body revealed
- 'They'll have to change the textbooks'
Full article at the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Bacterial Ecosystems Divide People Into 3 Groups, Scientists Say
In the early 1900s, scientists discovered that each person belonged to one of four blood types. Now they have discovered a new way to classify humanity: by bacteria. Each human being is host to thousands of different species of microbes. Yet a group of scientists now report just three distinct ecosystems in the guts of people they have studied.
Blood type, meet bug type.
“It’s an important advance,” said Rob Knight, a biologist at the University of Colorado, who was not involved in the research. “It’s the first indication that human gut ecosystems may fall into distinct types.”
The researchers, led by Peer Bork of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, found no link between what they called enterotypes and the ethnic background of the European, American and Japanese subjects they studied. Full article at Cornucopia.org