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BrainWash Podcast with Guest David Perlmutter

The brain we develop reflects the life we lead. 

– the Dalai Lama.

Makes sense, right?

Strangely, this is a contentious opinion in the world of neuroscience. 

And it’s part of why Dr. David Perlmutter not only left the practice of mainstream neurology 10 years into his residency and opened his own practice, but recently wrote a book with his son about the effects of our lifestyles on our neural structures.

What You Need to Know About SSRIs and Your Gut Health

In 2017, one study reported that one in six Americans takes an SSRI for a mental illness every day. That was nearly two years ago – would you surmise that that number has gone up or down?

Even if that number stayed exactly the same, that’s a heavy load of the population taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. 

Since the gut’s microbiota is responsible for 95% of the body’s serotonin production, researchers have gotten curious recently about the effect of taking SSRIs on the gut’s bacteria population. 

Since the gut is born sterile, the diverse collection of bacterial species living in the gut is heavily influenced by the bacteria in our environments, in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and of course, in the medication we take.

Dr. Pedram Shojai

NY Times Best Selling author and film maker. Taoist Abbot and Qigong master. Husband and dad. I’m here to help you find your way and be healthy and happy. I don’t want to be your guru…just someone who’ll help point the way. If you’re looking for a real person who’s done the work, I’m your guy. I can light the path and walk along it with you but can’t walk for you.