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Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system.

We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut - the decision we made because it "felt right"; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling we get when we're stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has by and large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota - the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract - communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies.

The Mind-Gut Connection describes:

· Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health

· The importance of early childhood in gut-brain development, and what parents can do to help their children thrive

The role of excessive stress and anxiety in GI ailments and cognitive disorders

How to "listen to your gut" and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you

· and much more.

About the Author

Emeran Mayer

Emeran A. Mayer, MD, PhD (emeranmayer.com) , has studied brain body interactions for the last 40 years, with a particular emphasis on brain gut interactions. He is the executive director of the Oppenheimer Center for Stress and Resilience (uclacns.org) and the Co-director of the Digestive Diseases Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of more than 300 scientific publications and several books, and his research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for the past 25 years. He is considered a pioneer and world leader in the areas of brain gut microbiome interactions, chronic visceral pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders, and is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Paul D. MacLean Award from the American Psychosomatic Society.

Mayer also has a longstanding interest in ancient healing traditions and has been involved in documentary film productions about the Yanomami people in the Orinoco region of Venezuela, the Asmat people in Irian Jaya, and most recently in the documentary "In Search of Balance".

He has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR) , on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the documentary "In Search of Balance." His work has been written about in the Atlantic, Scientific American, the New York Times, the Guardian, and major European media outlets. He lives in Los Angeles.

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