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The Gut-Immune Connection

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Studies have shown that regions with low COVID 19 fatality rates eat large quantities of fermented foods. This is a perfect example of the gut-immune connection, and how food really is medicine!
Air Date: 5/14/21
Duration: 32:41
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Dr. Emeran Mayer
Dr. Emeran Mayer was born in a small town in Bavaria where his family ran a Confectionary business since 1873. After an agonizing decision against taking over the family business, he finished Medical School at the Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich, completed his residency training at the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, Canada before moving to Los Angeles.

There he worked under the late John H. Walsh to study the role of gut-brain interactions and with James Meyer on the role of stomach emptying at the prestigious Center for Ulcer Research and Education and completed his specialty training in Gastroenterology at UCLA.

Mayer has had a passion for adventures, mountaineering, and documentary filmmaking throughout his life starting in high school. During his college years, he participated in several professional film expeditions, including stays with the Yanomamis in Venezuela, and the Asmat and Dani people in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. He climbed some of the highest mountains in the US (Denali), South America (Aconcagua in Argentina, Chimborazo in Ecuador, Pico de Orizaba in Mexico), and Mont Blanc in Europe. In 2015, he was an associated producer in a documentary film about a new ecological view of health and disease, In Search of Balance.

Throughout his career – both in his research and clinical practice, Mayer has pursued a Buddhist philosophy of interconnectedness, balance, and compassion. He has explored ancient healing practices of primal people around the world, of Native Americans and those in the Traditional Chinese and Aryuvedic tradition, and has always strived to integrate the wisdom of these traditions with the discoveries of modern science.

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  • Book Title: The Mind-Gut Connection, The Gut-Immune Connection
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/emeranamayer/
  • Guest Twitter Account: @emeranamayer
The Gut-Immune Connection

Studies have shown that regions with low COVID 19 fatality rates eat large quantities of fermented foods. This is a perfect example of the gut-immune connection, and how food really is medicine!

Dr. Emeran Mayer is a gastroenterologist, lecturer, author, editor, neuroscientist, documentary filmmaker, and professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Throughout his career – both in his research and clinical practice, Mayer has pursued a Buddhist philosophy of interconnectedness, balance, and compassion. He has explored ancient healing practices of primal people around the world, of Native Americans and those in the Traditional Chinese and Aryuvedic tradition, and has always strived to integrate the wisdom of these traditions with the discoveries of modern science.

Today we'll talk about his latest book The Gut-Immune Connection, how gut microbes are active participants in the communications between your brain and your gut, 
Why a diet that is optimal for your gut microbes is also best for your brain health, How to “listen to your gut” and be mindful of the signals your body is sending you, and of course, kimchi.