In a lab in Ireland, a group of scientists stand around a stainless steel table. One of them is holding a device, not unlike a small turkey baster. His free hand plunges into a box on the table and retrieves a mouse.
Using his device, he administers the brown solution within…rectally.
This unfortunate soul has just received a fecal microbiota transplant. The donor was not another mouse but a human being. And the person in question had symptoms of severe depression.
Jonathan speaks to John Cryan, author of the study that showed a relationship between gut and brain. In this episode, we learn more about his fascinating research, how microbes may affect our brain, and to eat to appease your gut bugs.
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00:00 - Introduction
02:05 - Quickfire questions
03:26 - Are there links between the gut and the brain?
06:31 - The gut-brain axis
09:17 - How do gut bacteria affect our brains?
11:12 - Why does John call the microbiome “the chamber of secrets”?
14:20 - Does the microbiome explain drug side effects?
15:51 - Are there links between our microbiomes and mental health?
20:40 - If we improve our microbiome health can we improve our mental health?
24:58 - Can food help improve the microbiome and thus improve mental health?
28:33 - Microbiome’s effect on behavior
29:54 - Actionable advice
34:43 - Microbiome in adolescence
37:18 - Summary
38:26 - Goodbyes
38:48 - Outro
Episode transcripts are available here.
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This podcast was produced by Fascinate Productions.