Gut Bacteria and Mood: The Shit Republicans Feed Us Is Depressing

The information in this post is factual and I have included a most recent reference to some current research. However, I have used the infomation contained in this post to prove a point that, unlike the work I describe here that shows that certain gut bacteria are correlated to positive mood, the shit that is constantly fed to us by the Republican party and the ultra conservative press must contain the wrong kind of bacteria because it depresses everyone.

An ever increasing body of research points to an effect of gut microbiota on the central nervous system (CNS). The lactic acid bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus could have a direct effect on neurotransmitter receptors in the CNS in normal, healthy individuals. GABA is the main CNS inhibitory neurotransmitter and is significantly involved in the regulation of many physiological and psychological processes. Alterations in central GABA receptor expression are implicated in the pathogenesis of anxiety and depression, which are highly comorbid with functional bowel disorders. In laboratory animals chronically fed L. rhamnosus there are observable brain region specific alterations on GABA expression. Of significance is the fact that the test mice had reduced levels of stress hormones and reduced anxiety and depression-related behaviors. This is measured by the amount of time the mice spend out in the open or walking across narrow walkways, activities that are normally associated with increased anxiety in mice. These findings highlight the important role of bacteria in the bidirectional communication of the gut–brain axis and indicates that certain
types of gut bacteria may prove to be therapeutically useful in stress related disorders such as anxiety and depression.

In other words if you eat happy shit you'll be happy, if you dine on the nasty crap that the Teapublicans feed us you will be depressed and suffer anxiety and panic attacks.

Bravoa, et al. 2011. Ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulates emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerve. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. ePubAugust 29

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