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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

on Monday, Nov. 18th

Just when you thought we were well on our way to understanding the human mind, turns out we’ve been leaving something out of the loop. Rob Stein of National Public Radio reveals:

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of “gut feelings?” There’s growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.

“I’m always by profession a skeptic,” says Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But I do believe that our gut microbes affect what goes on in our brains.”

Read or listen at NPR: Shots (Health News From NPR).

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