The Hygiene Hypothesis: Microorganisms and Depression

The Hygiene Hypothesis: Microorganisms and Depression



this program is brought to you by Emory University it may not be immediately apparent what something that seems emotional and sort of cognitive like major depression has to do with something that seems very from down in the dirt like microorganisms that live in the mud and live in unprocessed food and that's what I think it's interesting about the argument that's made in this paper is that in fact these organisms that we were always in contact with in our ancestral environments appeared have played a very large role in turning down inflammation in the body and in the brain and one thing we now know about depression is that even in people that are medically healthy as a group people with major depression have markedly increased rates of inflammation and so we know that all sorts of inflammation based disorders increase when people are separated from these microorganisms that turn down inflammation and there is a lot of now circumstantial evidence that major depression may be one of those disorders linked inflammation that gets exacerbated in environments that are too clean that don't have enough contact with microorganisms that just naturally helped us turn down the inflammatory processes that make honorable people depressed the preceding program is Emory University

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