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Inflammation and the Gut–Brain–Mood Connection: A New Perspective in Psychiatry and Sexual Dysfunction 

Inflammation and the Gut–Brain–Mood Connection: A New Perspective in Psychiatry and Sexual Dysfunction
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Inflammation and the Gut–Brain–Mood Connection: A New Perspective in Psychiatry and Sexual Dysfunction
Author(s):

Katherine Falk

, Barbara Bartlik

, and Janet Mindes

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190225889.003.0014
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date: 07 May 2021

Inflammation, oxidative stress, dysbiosis, and increased gut permeability (leaky gut) are now understood to be among the causative factors in depression, other psychiatric illnesses, and sexual dysfunction. This new appreciation of psychiatric illness as a systemic illness, occurring in the body as well as in the brain, offers new ways to understand and treat sexual problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome and erectile dysfunction. Leaky gut can be caused by medications such as antibiotics, NSAIDS, or aspirin; drinking alcohol; or the proinflammatory standard American diet. As conventional treatments for these conditions do not address sources of systemic inflammation, this integrative medicine approach is of great value for clinicians and can help relieve the suffering of patients and their loved ones.

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