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Streptococcus Bacteria: The Hidden Cause of Psychiatric Disorders Almost No One Considers

Streptococcus Bacteria: The Hidden Cause of Psychiatric Disorders Almost No One Considers

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  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is launching a study to see whether Streptococcus bacteria, which cause strep throat, may also be responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children
  • While many tend to assume that you have no control over psychiatric problems such as OCD, it’s important to realize that your lifestyle can override genetic predispositions and may be part of the underlying cause of the chemical imbalance or dysfunction giving rise to your psychiatric symptoms
  • You have two brains: one inside your skull and one in your gut. Both are created from identical tissue and are connected via your vagus nerve. Your gut actually produces more of the neurotransmitter serotonin—thought to play an important role in OCD—than your brain does, so maintaining a healthy gut may have tremendous benefit for your psychological health
  • One of the best ways to optimize your gut flora is to regularly consume traditionally fermented foods, such as cultured vegetables. Simple guidelines are included

By Dr. Mercola

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is launching a study to see whether Streptococcus bacteria, also understand what is strep throat and what causes it, scarlet fever, and other infections such as pneumonia, may also be responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children.


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