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When Life Gives You Parkinson’s Podcast Recap — Understanding the gut-brain connection

When Life Gives You Parkinson’s Podcast Recap — Understanding the gut-brain connection
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After some research of my own, I discovered the appendix actually helps the immune system detect and eliminate harmful microorganisms, while regulating gut bacteria.

What’s the connection to Parkinson’s? Well, it turns out a healthy appendix contains alpha-synuclein. Alpha-synuclein is the key protein that builds up in the brains of people with Parkinson’s.

The news about the appendix and Parkinson’s further confirms much-discussed theories that there is a direct connection between gut health and brain health.

One of the researchers focused on better understanding the importance of gut health and our microbiome as it relates to Parkinson’s disease is Dr. Silke Cresswell. She is an assistant professor in the division of Neurology at UBC.

In this Extra Dosage episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s, I sat down with her at the Djavad Mowfaghian Centre for Brain Health  at UBC for the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre . We discuss microbiome, the appendix, diets, constipation and what she’s uncovered in her research.
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