When Life Gives You Parkinsonâ€™s Podcast Recap â€” Understanding the gut-brain connection
|globalnews.ca 12 Dec 2018 at 10:57|
After some research of my own, I discovered the appendix actually helps the immune system detect and eliminate harmful microorganisms, while regulating gut bacteria.
Whatâ€™s the connection to Parkinsonâ€™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 Parkinsonâ€™s.
The news about the appendix and Parkinsonâ€™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 Parkinsonâ€™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 Parkinsonâ€™s, I sat down with her at the Djavad Mowfaghian Centre for Brain HealthÂ at UBC for the Pacific Parkinsonâ€™s Research Centre . We discuss microbiome, the appendix, diets, constipation and what sheâ€™s uncovered in her research.