Plants, the microbiome, and mental health | Christopher A. Lowry | TEDxMileHigh


NOTE FROM TED: The relationship between diet, mental health and the microbiome remains an ongoing field of study. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: If you suffer from mental illness, you’ve probably heard this well-meaning advice: “eat healthy & get some sunshine.” But do you know WHY this works? In this mind-blowing talk, neuroscientist Christopher A. Lowry explains his cutting-edge research and offers practical advice for preventing & treating depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You won’t think about plants the same way again! Christopher A. Lowry, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder with a secondary appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Lowry’s research program focuses on interventions for the prevention and treatment of disorders including anxiety, depression, and PTSD, with an emphasis on the role of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in stress resilience, health, and disease. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

17 thoughts on “Plants, the microbiome, and mental health | Christopher A. Lowry | TEDxMileHigh”

  1. Not just mental health but physical health too! I believe bacteria will be the solution to all of our health issues. This planet is chocked full of different strains of bacteria and we have it on and in us doing so many different things that we don’t completely understand. When we learn what the different strains of bacteria can do we’ll know which bacteria we need to correct the problem. No more pharmaceuticals that have terrible side effects and may not help anyway.

    1. That actually wont work at all, just the opposite. Meat actually contains only pathogenic bacterial strains, but not friendly gut bacteria strains. Especially bad if meat is not organic or wild caught, as they contain hormones, antibiotics (which kill good gut bacteria, but leave pathogenic ones like deadly Candida – produce 100 known toxins, negatively affecting every aspect of our lives), pesticides, herbicides, fungicides & rodenticides (latter 4 are ~ 75-80% heavy metals w deadly neononic chemical poisons.
      Hope this clarifies things for you!

  2. 30 different plants at the grocery store has got to cost more than $30. From my understanding once you blend the plants, they start to lose their vital nutrients after two or three days; and will start to oxidize. If any doctor in the near future is going to recommend a green diet for depression and anxiety it’s going to be a naturopathic or nutritional psychiatrist more than likely not covered by insurance. The government would never approve of this, it would hurt the pharmaceutical industry and their wallets. They’ve already shut down Scientists that have discovered Foods that can cure cancer. Let food be thy medicine.

  3. I was cured with antibiotics meant for a sinus infection. I knew it was caused by five foods. If I ate any of them I would get severe depression for three days. Sunflower seeds also gave me debilitating, unlocalized back pains along with severe depression. One day I had severe fatigue and went to the doc. He though I had COPD.
    At the office I noticed my sinuses were tender, but not painful. The doc believed me and gave me three courses of antibiotics. I was totally cured of severe depression and could eat whatever I wanted.

  4. Se empieza MIERCOLES por la mañana,se pone en un vaso tantos granos de arroz como KG quieras perder y se llena el vaso por la mitad de agua.Por la noche hay que beber el agua dejando los granos de arroz y volviendo a llenar la mitad del vaso con agua.

    JUEVES por la mañana en ayunas,media hora antes de desayunar se bebe el agua dejando los granos y se vuelve a llenar la mitad del vaso con agua.

    VIERNES,en ayunas se bebe el vaso de agua con los granos de arroz.

    NOTAS : Siempre hay que utilizar el mismo vaso sin lavarlo,hay que tapar el vaso con un platito,se comer lo que te apetece y beber mucha agua,es necesario creer en esta simpatia y lo mas importante,poner los granos por KG y no mas de lo necesario porque esos KG se bajan y jamas se recuperan,y si te pasas puede ser peligroso para la salud.

    Una vez que lo hayas hecho,tienes que publicarlo en algun medio,y a partir de entonces comenzara a funcionar

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