“Gut biology” refers to the various yeasts, molds, fungi, “good bacteria”, “bad bacteria, and/or parasites that are found there. It may include viruses as well.
The “gut” refers to everything from your mouth to your anus. It includes the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, and the colon (or the large intestine, as the colon is sometimes called).
The gut is a very active biological place. It is the most active biological place in your body by far. This is true ALWAYS (for every human being).
Every human being has many hundreds of billions of “individual units” of biological life in their gut. Yes… You! Are host to all of these “individual units” of biological life. You carry them around with you in your gut. You carry around “at least ten times” more “individual units” of biological life in the gut than the number of cells that are in your entire body.
Some “wonder” if there is a connection in regard to “gut biology” and mental illness.
Well, there is no need to “wonder” any more.
This question has been answered for once and for all.
The Connection Between Gut Biology And Mental Illness
Many hundreds of alternative doctors and many thousands of persons have contributed to answering the question of “Is there a connection in regard to “gut biology” and mental illness?”
Yes! There IS most definitely a connection in the above regard.
I personally am one of the above mentioned contributors in regard to providing an answer to the question “Is there a connection between “gut biology” and mental illness?”
In the late 1990’s I personally answered the question “Is there a connection between “gut biology” and bipolar disorder?”
YES, there is.
Incidentally, a strong argument can be made that the person that could first solidly answer the above question would have to be a person with a bipolar diagnosis. (I fully qualified in this regard, having had hundreds of severe mood episodes over the thirty four years that I was heavily symptomatic of this illness.)
In August 1999, as the result of original discovery I also answered the question of “Is there a connection between “gut biology” and a state of depression?”
YES, there is. And it is a strong one.
I knowingly risked my life in August 1999 to find the above answer. (This story will soon be told in another blog that I am working on.)
In regard to schizophrenia, I personally did not generate the answer to “Is there a connection between “gut biology” and schizophrenia?” (I could not personally answer this question. I am not schizophrenic.)
However, during the course of my travels to find better answers to mental illness, about nine years ago in Kentucky I did run into a rather profound anecdotal story in regard to gut biology and schizophrenia. In my mind, this anecdotal story did end the search for an answer to the question of “Is there a connection between “gut biology” and schizophrenia?” YES, there is. (This story will be told in another blog.)
In regard to autism, I also did not generate the answer to “Is there a connection between “gut biology” and autism?” However, I did read about a double blind study in 1996 in the U.K. that did make the connection between “gut biology” and autism. (This study was done by Glenn Gibson in 2006.)
Gut Biology, Antibiotics, and Candida
In truth virtually all cases of mental illness have a solid connection to numerous problems in the gut. Some of these numerous “gut problems” are “gut biology problems” in nature.
Antibiotic medications are a major causative factor in regard to the “gut biology” problems that underlie mental illness. This fact is commonly known in alternative medicine. It is also a fact the conventional medicine steadfastly continues to ignore.
Antibiotics use is not the only causative factor of the “gut biology” problems that underlie mental illness. However, antibiotics use is definitely the most common one. Who today has not taken a single course of antibiotics in their life? If you have taken a single course of antibiotics, you are a likely candidate in regard to having “gut biology” problems since.
Taking antibiotics orally can have a lasting negative effect on the biological terrain in the gut. A single course of antibiotics can “mess up” your “gut biology” for decades. It can mess up your “gut biology” until effective corrective action is taken.
Incidentally, no conventionally trained doctor knows anything about “effective corrective action” of “gut biology”. Even many alternative doctors do not quite yet “have things right” in this regard. Ignorance of how to achieve and maintain “good gut biology” is rampant in America amongst both doctors and patients alike. (Thankfully, this knowledge is growing. The Internet is a big reason for this.)
Once one’s population of “good gut bacteria” is lost, it is often not that easy to get it back. Just taking probiotics supplements such acidophilus or bifidus bacteria is not normally “enough to get the job done” in regard to changing one’s gut biology from “really bad” to “really good”.
Good bacteria such as acidophilus or bifidus bacteria cannot, and do not, always “win the war” against the “bad gut biology” that they face when they reach the gut. Often too many of the bacteria in probiotic supplements are killed off before they do “enough good”.
However, even if such probiotics supplementation really seems to help a person to feel better… doing so is still not enough to reach “optimal gut biological health”. Reaching “optimal gut biological health” requires that a number of actions be taken. It never requires just one.
The use of antibiotics often leads to a yeast condition called candidiasis (also called “candida” or “candida overgrowth”). The aforementioned may be true the great majority of the time.
Candida overgrowth as a result of orally taking antibiotic medication is a situation that applies to many hundreds of millions of people worldwide. If you have chronic depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia it is EXTREMELY likely (if not a certainty) that this issue of candida overgrowth applies to you.
Antibiotic medication causes candida overgrowth in a manner that the person taking such medication almost always “has no idea that it led to such”.
I do not intend to tell the whole story here. To do so I would have to literally write a book.
I cannot recommend that readers of this blog begin to educate themselves on the gut and on “gut biology” issues. I recommend this because problematic gut and “gut biology” issues underlie almost every type and every case of mental illness.
The book “No More Heartburn” by Dr. Sherry Rogers is a great place! to start in the above regard. Books written by Bernard Jensen, Alyce Sorokie, Dr. Jonathan Wright, Jordan Rubin, Elizabeth Lipski, and other authors are good places to become self-educated as well. And many egroups and websites on the Internet are great places to learn about the gut and “gut biology” issues in addition to reading books.
Big Pharma Knows Exactly What It Is Doing
How could it be that conventional doctors are making millions of people sick?
Well, this is how…
Medical school curriculum is heavily influenced and controlled by Big Pharma.
Persons that attend medical schools to become doctors are intentionally being mis-educated by Big Pharma.
Conventional medical doctors are not being taught in medical school that after prescribing antibiotics to a patient, this same patient MUST undergo a full course of “gut biology” correction.
What the above means is that conventional medical doctors are unwittingly either (1) causing, or (2) greatly contributing to “gut biology” problems.
These doctor-caused “gut biology” problems underlie the vast majority of cases of mental illness.
Big Pharma’s goal at all times is to increase industry profits as much as is practical or possible to do so.
The best way to do the above (and achieve the best fiscal results, of course) is to have the doctors attending medical school trained to be “their unwitting stooges” to “make us all at least a little sick”.
The “biggest tools” in Big Pharma’s arsenal in the above regard are vaccines and antibiotics. (Of course, the use of both is heavily promoted.)
Big Pharma knows what is going on in regard to “gut biology”.
Big Pharma is aware that antibiotics seriously mess up “gut biology”.
Big Pharma is also aware that a course of antibiotics virtually decimates practically the entire population that you may have of any “good bacteria” in your gut. (Big Pharma should know this. It is both scientific and biological fact.)
Biology in the gut competes for food, water, oxygen (sometimes), and space.
Big Pharma is aware that when antibiotics decimate the “good bacteria” in your gut, various “bad bacteria”, yeasts, molds, fungi, and/or parasites “take over”.
The population of “bad biology” in your gut increases after a course of antibiotics you have taken is completed. And when the population of this “bad biology” in your gut increases, it “crowd outs” the “good stuff”.
A high population of “bad biology” in the gut of a person makes it nearly impossible for a small number of “good bacteria” to repopulate to an adequate level of “good gut biology” on their own.
Big Pharma is completely aware that “good gut biology” is ESSENTIAL to optimal digestive, mental, and physical health.
Big Pharma’s Hidden Agenda
Big Pharma simply does not care about people becoming healthier. They do not care about “gut biology” issues at all. All that they care about is the money they make, and the more the better. And to do this, they are willing to do anything, including intentionally making people sick (as long as they think that they can get away with this).
Big Pharma is not simply promoting antibiotics just for the money made selling these particular medications.
Big Pharma has another far more insidious hidden fiscal agenda here as well. It is one that involves them making far more money than simply from selling antibiotic medications.
Big Pharma knows that if a person has “bad gut biology” it ALWAYS means that he or she also has a high toxic load. Bad gut biology releases a myriad of toxins on a daily basis.
Some of this toxic release from bad gut biology gets “absorbed into us”. It results in a person having “a high toxic load”.
This high toxic load burdens the liver, the brain, and the body as a whole… as these poisons are circulated throughout every organ and cell in your body.
A high toxic load also burdens one’s “functional nutrient status” as well.
Toxins need to be dealt with adequately on a daily basis (or you will become sick or even die). They either (1) need to be “locked up” such that their harm to you is minimized, or (2) they need to be mobilized and excreted out of the body.
Doing either of the above processes is a “nutrient dependent equation”. Dealing with toxins takes certain nutrients. And these nutrients are “used up” in the process of doing so.
All detoxification pathways in the body are “nutrient dependent”. One author I respect (Sidney MacDonald Baker, M.D.) that I read on detoxification stated that about 70% of one’s metabolic intake (food and water) is often used, and USED UP, in the process of “sanitation” (cleaning up waste products and toxins on a daily basis).
Besides this issue of high toxic load, Big Pharma also knows that if a person has “bad gut biology” it ALWAYS means that he or she has a significant degree of malabsorption (of essential nutrition) as well.
Big Pharma is “licking its lips” as a result of the malabsorption that they are causing with antibiotics. They have been “licking their lips” for decades in this regard.
Big Pharma knows that “malabsorption” is VERY good for their bottom line. This is because malabsorption means that people will be undernourished, regardless of whether they eat enough good food or not.
Big Pharma knows that over a span of years (or decades) a high toxic load and a lack of essential nutrition in the body… can cause or contribute to virtually every mental or degenerative illness under the sun.
The over-prescription of antibiotics, while ignoring the fact that these medications have a very detrimental effect on gut biological health, is making millions of people “sick” with a myriad of different mental, physical, and degenerative illnesses in a very sneaky way.
The American Public Is Waking Up
The connection between antibiotics use, bad gut biology, and mental illness has been made by hundreds of alternative doctors and tens of thousands of persons over the past few decades.
Some gut and “gut biology” issues are “almost common knowledge” today, especially in communities and areas of the United States that are a bit more progressive than others.
Evidence in regard to “good gut biology” being ESSENTIAL to optimal digestive, mental, and physical health exists in dozens of books going back for a few decades at least.
Evidence in the above regard also exists in hundreds, if not thousands, of websites on the Internet.
In addition to the above, evidence in the above regard also exists in tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of anecdotal cases that have been generated over the past few decades as well.
My own anecdotal “gut story” regarding “bad gut biology” absolutely cements the connection between “bad gut biology” and bipolar disorder, and “bad gut biology” and a state of depression.
The Perfect Crime (Almost)
Antibiotics are making people sick in a manner that Big Pharma thinks that it “won’t get caught”. (Big Pharma apparently assumes that the American public is either too stupid, too lazy, or too brainwashed on TV to do so.)
The “perfect crime” is being committed here. It is a crime that has led to the rapid decline in health in America ever since the regular prescription of antibiotics became “the norm” in medicine. And it is a crime that has made Big Pharma trillions of dollars over the years.
Well, Big Pharma… I have some bad news for you. Your “perfect crime” was not so perfect after all.
You finally got caught.
Antibiotic medication IS a major causative factor in “bad gut biology”. There is no doubt about this. The anecdotal evidence is absolutely overwhelming in this regard. (And it has been absolutely overwhelming for many years.)
“Bad gut biology” IS a major causative factor in depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism… if not every mental illness “under the sun”.
I wonder what Americans are going to think of drug oriented medicine when they realize what I and a number of other people now know.
What do we know?
We know for certain that the explosion of mental illness over the past four decades or so WAS NOT simply due to the erosion of the quality of our national food supply, or the fact that hidden food allergies are rampantly “undiagnosed”.
The explosion of mental illness over the past four decades or so WAS NOT simply due to the myriad of toxins that have seeped into our water, our food, and the air.
The explosion of mental illness in America over the past forty years or so had a sneaky “hidden cause”… and one with intent behind it (at least for the past few decades or so).
This “hidden cause” for explosion of mental illness in America since the 70’s WAS the damage antibiotics cause to “good biology” in the gut.