In the April issue of Science News, Laura Sanders covers recent studies that have begun turning up tantalizing hints about how microbes, the bacteria living in the gut, can alter the way the brain works. “What we need to do,” Bordenstein says, “is add microbes to the ‘me, myself and I’ concept.”
This brain and stomach connection should be studied in the cause of child “mental illness” (1 in 60 autistic) of today.
Maybe this provides a rationale for therapeutic fasting, both the short (5-7 days) Randolph allergy fast, with successive provocative food testing, and the long Nikolayev (21 days +) fast and successive vegetarian diet. Both of these have been around for decades and are probably regarded with horror by Big Time Psychiatry (Theron Randolph was an allergist, Nikolayev a resident of the old USSR).