The Immune Mind review: How mental and physical health combine

Illustration of the human gut microbiota.

What goes on in the gut microbiome (illustrated) may affect brain health

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The Immune Mind
Monty Lyman (Torva)

At university, I had two roommates with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a painful condition affecting the digestive system. Both also had anxiety. But there was a key difference between them that stuck with me. While one found IBS treatments attenuated her anxiety, the other found relief through the opposite approach: her stomach pain only eased after seeing a psychiatrist. It was an astonishing lesson for me in the complexity of the relationship…

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