The proper functioning of the vagus nerve is what allows us to feel calm and relaxed and thus is one of the most important determinants of our physical and emotional wellbeing. In this podcast, I’ll discuss the many roles of the vagus - from peacemaker, overseer of many bodily functions, activist against inflammation, filter of sensory input to influencer of social communication (all the subtleties of communication beyond the words we say). While learning how to access calm from the body is useful for everyone, understanding the vagus nerve can help connect a lot of physical and brain related symptoms for those with psychiatric conditions and provide endless opportunities for healing.
I start this episode with briefly discussing the startling statistics on student mental health and the stories our culture tells for why students are receiving more psychiatric diagnoses and even dropping out of college. Mainly I focus on the rarely considered - but, I argue - very common root cause to mental health issues in college students - mold toxicity from dorms. I explain how physiologically someone can go to college thriving and having great hope for the future to living in a dorm with mold (seen or unseen) and then go on to become diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD or even bipolar disorder...or simply loose motivation and energy for school and drop out. I also discuss other potential symptoms, how one can acquire testing for mold toxicity without a physician and what treatment for mold toxicity can look like.
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