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The Gut Brain Link in Autism, Depression and Mental Health


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The Gut Brain Link in Autism, Depression and Mental Health: A Seminar.
Mike Ash, BSc (Hons), DO ND, DipION
London (September 2007)

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In this seminar Mike Ash explores the relationship between the immune system, its master controlling molecules: cytokines and their impact on brain function and behaviour. The gastro-intestinal tract contains the largest collection of immune tissue in the body and the second largest collection of neural tissue. The complex interactions between these sophisticated sensory tissues and their environmental colleagues – bacteria, phages and yeast and the food we eat – will be explored in the context of understanding the ever-increasing problems of autism and depression.

Practical and clinically proven strategies to modify adverse immune responses in these vulnerable groups is given as a means to improving health outcomes, mood and behaviour in patients, young and old.

This fascinating seminar by Mike Ash on CD, is aimed at health professionals and individuals with an advanced interest in the treating of autistic spectrum disorders and depression.

Speaker Profile

Michael Ash BSc DO ND DipION Osteopath / Naturapath / Clinical Nutritionist began in clinical practice in 1982 when he founded the Eldon Health Clinic, this evolved into a large integrative medicine practice with in excess of 10,000 private patients. An osteopath, naturopath and clinical nutritionist he has embraced the evolving culture of integrative medicine and has been a representative pioneer of functional medicine within the UK.
During his 25 years of practice he has developed health and function improving strategies for elite athletes, patients with metabolic problems, immune disturbances and gastrointestinal health problems as well as many other diverse health disturbances. Since 1999 he has researched, lectured, published on the mucosal immune system within the gastro intestinal tract and its effect on the health of the body. During this time he has pioneered nutrition based immunotherapeutics and has developed a special interest in patients with autism, neurodevelopmental problems, functional bowel problems and recurrent pregnancy loss associated with immune disruption. He sold his clinic in 2006 to concentrate on research and clinical strategies and lectures both nationally and internationally. He devises clinical strategies and develops and tests the hypothesis as well as supporting many individuals seeking optimal health. He assists with nutritional supplement product development and functional food evolution from concept to application. He remains in contact through his Integrative Health Consultancy Business.