Ep. 17 The Mind-Gut Connection

In This Episode

Dr. Melissa Hunt is back! Today, she has come to talk to us about the connection between the brain and the gut. Neal and Dr. Hunt talk about the path of physiology that leads to GI disorders, and how the endocrine system is involved.

We’ll also explore the long term effects of GI disorders, the use of pre- and probiotics, why hyper-sanitation is actually bad for us, the FODMAP diet, and fecal transplants.

Topics Discussed

  • Communication between the gut and brain
  • How people exhibit stress
  • The parasympathetic nervous system
  • The different GI problems
  • Celiac and IBD
  • When it’s time to see a doctor
  • The microbiome
  • Pre and probiotics
  • Hyper-sanitation leading to more autoimmune diseases
  • The FODMAP diet
  • Fecal transplants
  • Controlling IBS

All About Melissa Hunt

Melissa Hunt is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the department of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her clinical practice in cognitive-behavioral therapy, she conducts research on the best approaches for stress management, and into the causes and treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and chronic health problems, especially GI disorders.

As a clinical scientist, her emphasis is on translating basic psychological science into treatments that are effective, acceptable, and accessible to patient populations.


Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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