Where does the 'Self' reside yeah? How very interesting. I've already ordered her book with much anticipation.
As for probiotics, I've coincidentally been eating natural Greek yoghurt for the past few days. I've noticed a positive effect with 'regularity' and 'quality'. Gee, finding non offensive words can be tenuous. ha ha
My view atm, is that 'real' food has a better chance at stabilizing mood because I've tested it on myself. As anecdotal evidence goes, the results were pretty amazing.
I cut out sugar, including flour as it's a simple sugar, and as much 'unhealthy' fats as possible. (Fats are essential for metabolizing proteins and carbs) Within 48 hrs, my sleep was better and my mood was calmer. After 5 days, I was having quality sleep like nothing I remember, and I couldn't believe how calm and 'with-it' I was.
The problem for me was the addictive factor. I soon learned how difficult it was to keep those pangs at bay and fell off the wagon after 7 days.
I agree with Ms Enders about needing an holistic approach from the scientific community when it comes to research. Just focusing on the gut, brain or liver isn't enough as they all work together.
Great thread Lee!