• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (July 5, 2016)
Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system.
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 we get 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 by and large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota—the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract—communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies.
The Mind-Gut Connection describes:
• Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health
• The importance of early childhood in gut-brain development, and what parents can do to help their children thrive
• The role of excessive stress and anxiety in GI ailments and cognitive disorders
• How to “listen to your gut” and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you
• and much more.
About Emeran Mayer, MD
Emeran A. Mayer, MD, has studied brain-body interactions for the last forty years. He is the executive director of the Oppenheimer Center for Stress and Resilience and the codirector of the Digestive Diseases Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for the past twenty-five years, and he is considered a pioneer and world leader in the areas of brain-gut microbiome. He lives in Los Angeles.
Find out more about Dr. Mayer and his book at his website.
Where do I start with this?
I’m a nerd, I totally admit that. I like learning stuff, and I really like learning health stuff. So this sounded right up my alley.
The word “provided” is used 5 times in the first 3 paragraphs.
Ok, I was willing to overlook that.
Then I got to the part where he’s telling me I have gonads, and I ACTUALLY HAD TO LOOK IT UP because I was pretty sure I didn’t have gonads. In Dr. Mayer’s defense, this is really society’s fault and not his, since technically gonads means either testes or ovaries, but the world sorta leaves that out and just uses it with reference to the male species. Anyway.
I eventually got past that, and kept reading. And then realized I’d read three chapters, and all I’d taken away from it was that I do in fact have gonads, and the brain and the gut do a lot of talking.
The rest of it is science mumbo-jumbo about microbiota, hormones, cytokines, the enteric nervous system, and gut sensations.
Have I lost you yet? (Now you know how I feel.)
Actually, that’s not entirely fair. There’s a little smattering of interesting historical information, and a few anecdotes about how different cultures have different diets and how they’re healthier than Americans.
In truth, there’s a lot of good information in this book…..if you’re someone who wants to know all the sciency stuff. If you actually want to know why certain foods are good, how to listen to your gut, and how to be healthy….it’s there, but you have to get through 7ish chapters of science first.
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