Available June 8, 2021
In his acclaimed book, The Mind-Gut Connection, physician, UCLA professor, and internationally recognized scientist Dr. Emeran Mayer offered groundbreaking evidence of the critical role of the microbiome in neurological and cognitive health, proving once and for all the power and legitimacy of the “mind-body connection.” Now, in The Gut-Immune Connection, he proposes an even more radical paradigm shift: that the brain gut microbiome system is at the center of the majority of chronic diseases that defines our 21st-century public health crisis.
Cutting-edge research continues to advance our understanding of the function and impact of the billions of organisms that live in the GI tract, and in Dr. Mayer’s own research, he has amassed evidence that the “conversation” that takes place between these microbes, the gut and our various organs and bodily systems is critical to human health. When that conversation goes awry, we are at an increased risk of becoming seriously ill.
Combining clinical experience with up-to-the-minute science, The Gut-Immune Connection offers a comprehensive look at the link between alterations to the gut microbiome and the development of the most common chronic diseases of today, like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as susceptibility to infectious diseases like Covid-19. Dr. Mayer argues that it’s essential we understand the profound and far-reaching effects of gut health and offers clear-cut strategies and practical advice to reverse the steady upward rise of these illnesses, including a model for nutrition to support the microbiome. In The Gut-Immune Connection, he also points out the startling connections between the deterioration of the microbiome of our gut and the soil, our own health, and the health of the soil, the environment and the planet.
But time is running out: A continuation of the upward trend of chronic diseases, affecting younger age groups, and the increasing risk of pandemics is only a few decades away if we don’t make critical changes to our food supply, including returning to sustainable practices that maintain the microbial diversity of the soil, and that have less damaging effects on the climate. To turn the tide of chronic and infectious disease tomorrow, and at the same slow the catastrophic consequences of climate change, we must shift the way we live today.