Mental Microbes Make Mainstream Media

In the last two months, two major health/fitness publications have released feature stories about the close link between microbiome balance, gut-brain-axis function, and mood states such as depression, anxiety, and stress.

On Dec 21, 2017, SHAPE magazine ran a story entitled, The Surprising Way Your Brain and Gut are Connectedcan your microbiome affect your risk of mental illness? Experts weigh in.

On January 19, 2018, Men’s Health magazine ran a story entitled, “Could the Bacteria In Your Gut Be Tanking Your Mood? The connection between your gut and brain is stronger than you may think.

Having worked in the area of “mental wellness” (stress, burnout, vigor) for most of my career (almost 20 years – yikes!) – it is extremely gratifying to see how these ideas are starting to hit the mainstream consciousness (out of the lab and into the public where people can actually benefit from them).

Lots of very exciting things to come – including targeted natural therapies to help people restore microbiome balance and optimize their entire gut-brain-axis to improve mental wellness and physical health.

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  1. patricia bowerman

     /  January 26, 2018

    Hello Shawn,

    Hope all is well with you. I’m holding my breath in anticipation of the recording of the Zoom webinar you did yesterday.

    With the emphasis on gut/brain axis health regarding mental health is there any info on GBA and cancer? Four friends here diagnosed with breast cancer in eight months and all within a short distance of me. All in various stages of treatment. One in her 50’s, second occurrence and spread to bones and lungs. Doctors don’t seem to be attempting to treat this time. Shocking really. If there are resources I can share with Amare products to build them up during or after chemo/surgery I will pass it along.

    All the best, Patricia

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Hi Patricia – this is a good question – it’s a complicated area (gut-brain-axis involvement in cancer) – but many pharma companies are investing heavily in this area (immune modulation via microbiome manipulation to fight cancer) – so the therapies are coming for sure. I also talked about some of these areas in a recent Zoom/webinar that is posted at – maybe helpful?

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