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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:
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
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By Brian Corbin on 12-10-17
Thought I was getting cutting edge info but...
The book started out fantastic with info about the gut microbiome. The further I got, however, the fix for our problems turned out to be a vegan/vegetarian propaganda piece. I don't know how someone with such new info on the microbiome can still rely so heavily on the "fat is causing heart disease" dogma. It had so much promise but was a complete dud by the end. Disappointing.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Ian B. on 08-15-16
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.
32 of 37 people found this review helpful