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Exciting implications of the neuro-immune link no one is talking about Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

Keith Pochick, MD, in an August 13, 2016 KevinMD post, comments on a recent research paper from the University of Virginia which "may pound the final nail into the coffin of the long-standing medical dogma which rigidly labels diseases as organic or psychiatric".

According to Dr. Pochick:

...The researchers and reviewers of this paper assert that the immune system exerts effects on the brain...what if the reverse is also true?

...After nearly four decades on this Earth and a decade and a half in clinical medicine, I am absolutely certain that the brain influences the health of the body, and the body influences the health of the brain. Every health problem is an organic one. Every health problem is a psychiatric one.

The author queries:

...What if the dopamine and endorphins released after a challenging exercise session are making you even healthier than we thought? What if the serotonin and dopamine released while you eat a meal lovingly prepared by a family member are exerting beneficial effects on your immune system? What if the serotonin released when you perform an act of kindness makes you more likely to fight off infections? What if the dopamine and oxytocin released during satisfying sex with someone you love helps your immune system recognize and destroy cancer cells?

...Couldn't this discovery (and my creative daydreaming) help explain why happy people are generally healthier, and why depression can bring physical illness?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:50
 


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