The immunology of mind control (Part IV)

Show simple item record Lamb, Gregory V. Karsas, Maria Green, Robin J. 2020-05-13T14:41:19Z 2020-05-13T14:41:19Z 2019-12
dc.description.abstract The brain reaches down into the bowels. That reality is shocking and not what neuroscientists want to hear. However, one has to develop a propensity for uncleanliness in order to hold the vulnerability of our existence in our hands. It is not just about neural connections and bacterial cross-talk. It goes far beyond that to the innate processes which revive our consciousness and programme our most primitive behaviour. Microbes affect our sleep. They also affect how we socialise and how we eat. They accomplish this through simple mechanisms, for example by lowering the threshold of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis, and in this way disturbing the body and mind with cortisol and inflammation. Yet, it goes deeper than this. By gaining access to the homeostatic arsenal, microbes prevent the brain from regenerating during sleep and from laying down new memories. This throws the psyche and, eventually, the human spirit off course and the individual becomes isolated and depressed. This is wonderful news for a symbiont turned rogue. en_ZA
dc.description.department Paediatrics and Child Health en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lamb, G., Karsas, M. & Green, R.J. 2019, 'The immunology of mind control (Part IV)', Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 232-237. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-3607
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Allergy Society of South Africa en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019, Allergy Society of South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Brain en_ZA
dc.subject Bowels en_ZA
dc.subject Neuroscientists en_ZA
dc.subject Consciousness en_ZA
dc.subject Mind control en_ZA
dc.subject Immunology en_ZA
dc.title The immunology of mind control (Part IV) en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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