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Re: Beneficial Gut Bacteria & ADHD

Re: Beneficial Gut Bacteria & ADHD2010-11-20T23:33:44+00:00

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About 20 years the big thing was “The Yeast Syndrome” written by John Trowbridge, M.D. and Morton Walker, D.P.M.

That was about the wrong gut bacteria affecting symptoms including, among other things, anxiety, depression hyperactivity (in children) and poor memory. I suppose if Adult ADD was known, it might be in that list, too.

Basically the theory is, because of the processed foods we consume and the antibiotics that are frequently over-prescribed, our beneficial bacteria is replaced by several different strains of bacteria and yeast, specifically a fungus called candida albicans. That one can be toxic and produce some of these symptoms, including “interfering with brain physiology…and cause great difficulty with brain function” according to the book. That’s just the Reader’s Digest (no pun intended) version of the premiss. I’m not saying this premiss is right or wrong, I’m just throwing it out there.

I was primarily interested in the theory because of my life long search into why I was feeling the way I did: the diagnosis of depression and anxiety did not improve my outlook at all. We all know now why I thought that.

To promote beneficial gut bacteria, there is a program where eating specific foods (especially garlic) helps to change that balance.

I don’t know if there is any validity to any of this, when when you’re desperate to feel better, you will try anything. And besides, eating healthier is probably a good thing anyways.

Hope this helps…and good luck