Medical Facts & Findings

Meet Your Second Brain: The Gut

How what’s going on in your gut could be affecting your brain.

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Stunning scientific discovery finds that gut bacteria control your brain chemistry, altering moods and more.

The human gut alone hosts approximately 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes of many different species, which are collectively known as the gut microbiome or microbiota (our body’s overall microbiome also includes microbes living on the skin and in other parts of the body). Studies have shown that the gut microbiome plays a key role in regulating everything from digestion and metabolism to immune function and even mood, but the mechanisms of this action remain largely a mystery.

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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of “gut feelings?” There’s growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.

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Gut-Wrenching New Studies Reveal the Insidious Effects of Glyphosate

Increasing exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, may be at least partially to blame for rising rates of numerous chronic diseases in Westernized societies, according to recent research.

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The Connection between Dirty Diapers and Childhoold Health

Cesarean sections and breast feeding can have lifelong effects on a baby’s health, and researchers may have uncovered why.  It’s all about the bugs. Or, to be more precise, the bacteria that live in the gut to help digest food and, it turns out, perform a host of other important functions.

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Bacterial Cells Don’t Actually Outnumber Human Cells In Our Bodies

If you’ve ever read anything about the colonies of bacteria that live on and inside you, you’ll no doubt have come across the neat little ‘fact’ that microbial cells outnumber human cells in your body by a ratio of around 10:1. You’ll find it in scientific papers, magazine articles, TED talks, and popular science books, and while it does a good job at illustrating just how crucial bacteria are to the existence of human beings, it isn’t actually even remotely true.

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The most frightening thing about teen suicide

It shows that approximately 50 per cent of young suicide victims had experienced a recent stressful life event, such as family conflict or a relationship breakdown. In contrast, just over 20 per cent of the group had a diagnosed mental disorder.

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Teen suicide in Australia is a “national emergency”

In 2016, we learned the suicide rate in Australia is the highest it’s been in 10 years. The Causes of Death report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed 3,027 people died from self-harm in 2015. That’s more than eight people every day. One person every three hours.

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