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Inflammation and depression

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Marco, May 12, 2015.

  1. Marco

    Marco Grrrrrrr!

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    This is a nice easy read covering a number of issues we discuss here :

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...sts-say-illness-caused-inflammation-body.html
     
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  2. Bob

    Bob

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    Coincidentally, I came across this yesterday...

    Is depression a kind of allergic reaction?
    A growing number of scientists are suggesting that depression is a result of inflammation caused by the body’s immune system
    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...-allergic-reaction-inflammation-immune-system

    Also...

    Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘could fight depression’
    Scientists to launch £5m study that explores links between immune disorders and mental illness – and could lead to new treatments
    http://www.theguardian.com/science/...drugs-could-fight-depression-immune-disorders
     
  3. natasa778

    natasa778 Senior Member

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    This is also very interesting, just out

     
  4. SOC

    SOC Senior Member

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    Say what? o_O I wouldn't be surprised if inflammation is related to depression, nor do I consider it unlikely that probiotics might reduce inflammation and thereby reduce depression risk. It's possible. But probiotics changing people's thoughts? Seriously? Are all the little newly happy gut microbes whispering their happy little thoughts into our ears? Oooooh! Mind control by probiotic. :rolleyes:

    I think somebody is conflating so-called depression resulting from poor self-talk with so-called depression from abnormal neurochemistry. Poor self-talk requires psychotherapy to correct and I doubt gut microbes, no matter how happy with their new diet, make good psychotherapists. Disturbed neurochemistry is an organic issue that requires some kind of physical, not talk-based, therapy. Happy gut microbes might help there. That could eliminate a sad mood, but in that case the sad mood is physically-based, not negative-thinking-based.

    Yes, yes, I know mind and body are linked. I'm not saying they're not. I am saying that we can't think ourselves well and we don't change our thoughts by taking probiotics. Mood maybe, and feelings, but not thoughts directly.
     
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