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Online Course: Gut-Brain Axis in Mental Health and Clinical Practice: Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Interventions

This is a stand-alone section of the larger program “Human Microbiome and Dysbiosis in Clinical Disease”

Presenter: Dr Alex Vasquez (BS, DC, ND, DO [USA], FACN, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine) is author of more than 120 professional publications including several articles in leading science and medicine journals; Dr Vasquez started studying nutrition and functional medicine since the inception of functional medicine in the early-mid 1990s and has presented and published on a wide range of topics. Several of "DrV"'s articles specific to dysbiosis can be downloaded via the links provided below. 

Videos: All ICHNFM videos are professionally prepared, recorded and edited; of note, the videos and transcripts in this program have been edited at least twice by Dr Vasquez and have also undergone independent review by accreditors and professional reviewers. 

  • Part 1 Introduction & Biological Plausibility: This video of approximately 2 hours introduces and contextualizes discussions on the "Gut-Brain Axis" (BGA); the 4 major GBA pathways are introduced and discussed in preparation for the clinical applications in Video #2. 

  • Part 2 Clinical Protocols and Interventions: This major 4-hour video production covers the nuances and clinical approaches relevant to the Gut-Brain Axis for each of the following: 

    1. Depression / anxiety / stress

    2. Brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury

    3. Autism / Schizophrenia / Bipolar

    4. Neurodegeneration, eg, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Dzs

    5. Hyperphagia / obesity / insulin resistance

    6. Multiple sclerosis

    7. PANDAS and (pediatric) obsessive-compulsive disorder

    8. Brainstem encephalitis 

    9. Migraine

    10. Fibromyalgia / complex regional pain syndromes / CFS-SEID​

Published transcript of videos: The transcripts from these videos have been reviewed, edited, and embellished with updates and additional citations and images titled Deciphering the Gut-Brain Axis in Clinical Practice.