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


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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