Understanding The Mind, Stress, Religion & Placebos with Dr. Emeran Mayer

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Dr. Emeran Mayer

Understanding The Mind, Stress, Religion & Placebos


We’re living during a REALLY exciting time when it comes to understanding how the human body works. From how our brains actually function to knowing which foods to stay away from, it’s clear that much of what we grew up learning often missed the mark, or was wrong altogether.

One discovery I’ve found fascinating is how all parts of the body are SO interconnected. All of the trauma, experiences, and even the religions (and other groups) we’re a part of help shape how our body develops at the cellular level. Pretty crazy, right? This is because all these life events help to create our self-image, which we now know plays a key role in encoding our DNA. 

My guest today is one of the pioneers who helped bring this to light: Dr. Emeran Mayer. In Part 2 of this very special interview, the two of us dive even deeper into some of the most exciting findings of his 40+ year career. 

And believe me, you won’t want to miss it!

“There’s no life without interconnectedness.” @emeranamayer  

World-renowned gastroenterologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Emeran Mayer’s new book, THE GUT-IMMUNE CONNECTION: How Understanding The Connection Between Food & Immunity Can Help Us Regain Our Health. Dr. Mayer is one of the world’s foremost experts on the gut-brain connection and for over the past 40 years, his research and published work has offered groundbreaking evidence of the critical connection between the brain and the gut. In his new book, Dr. Mayer proposes a radical paradigm shift, in which he puts the gut microbiome and the gut based immune system at the center of the current epidemic of chronic non-infectious diseases.

He draws on the latest science, including his own research, to show the link between changes in our diet, the gut microbiome, gut health, and the increased prevalence of many chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, as well as susceptibility to infectious diseases like Covid-19. Mayer makes a strong case for the interconnectedness between all organs and the microbes in our bodies, and between the prominent role of the food we eat (including how it’s grown) in altering these connections.

Dr. Mayer is also the executive director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and the co-director of the Digestive Diseases Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for the past twenty-five years, and he is considered a pioneer and world leader in the area of brain-gut microbiome interactions.

In order to achieve your full potential, your mind and body need to be working together at the highest level. That’s why I’m excited to take the guidance Dr. Mayer gives in this interview and put it into practice. I know it can help take your mind and body to new heights too.

Join me in Episode 1,139 with the one, the only, Dr. Emeran Mayer!

“Typically an emotional feeling does not stay by itself, it’s not an isolated feeling, it always has a motor response.” @emeranamayer  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How does being part of a religion affect your health?
  • What is the difference between an emotion and a belief system?
  • Even if you’re eating healthy but you’re always stressed, how will that affect you?
  • What are psychobiotics?
  • How does a placebo affect the body and the immune system?
  • Is there a lot of research in the world of supplements?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What the mind actually is.
  • The effects of religion and purpose have on your mind.
  • The biggest breakthroughs Dr. Mayer has discovered in his 40 years of research.
  • Why Dr. Mayer wants the world to stop using the word “placebo.” 
  • The key changes to make today to improve your health.
  • And much more…
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