The Microbiome and the Gut-Brain-Immune Axis and It's Effect on Mental Health, Autoimmune Conditions, and Neurodegeneration
All interested healthcare providers and the general public.
More studies are showing that our brain’s immune cells are deeply connected to the microbes that live on and in our body. More studies have linked the microbiome to mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, attention problems, autism spectrum disorder, and neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as autoimmune problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and multiple sclerosis.
The good news is there is much we can do to shift the mix of microbes from disease-promoting to health-promoting. In this lecture, Dr. Wahls will discuss the impact of our microbiome on our brain, mood, and immune cells. She will also discuss specific steps you can take to improve the microbiome and create health.
Terry Wahls, MD is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of several books, including The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine. Full biography.
Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.
- 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)