Is Brain Fog Caused By Your Microbiome? with Dr. Todd LePine

Episode 16 38m


Many of us have experienced an inability to sustain our train of thought, difficulty focusing, the feeling like you’re living in a daze, and other types of brain fog. So what causes brain fog? The key insight is that your brain is not just some object sitting on the top of your shoulders. Your brain is an organ that’s connected to everything else happening in your body. And fixing your brain starts with fixing your body. When it comes to brain fog, that usually means attending to your gut health.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Todd LePine to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to treating brain fog. They explain why brain fog is so inextricably linked to gut health and how brain fog can be triggered by a range of things from diet to allergies to autoimmune conditions to environmental toxins and much, much more.

Dr. LePine graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in Integrative Functional Medicine. He is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. Prior to joining The UltraWellness Center, he worked as a physician at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, for 10 years. Dr. LePine’s focus at The UltraWellness Center is to help his patients achieve optimal health and vitality by restoring the natural balance to both the mind and the body. His areas of interest include optimal aging, bio-detoxification, functional gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, autoimmune disorders and the neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders.

Dr. LePine teaches around the world, and has given lectures to doctors and patients at American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG), the University of Miami Integrative Medicine Conference, The Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, and is on the faculty for American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Dr. LePine is the head of the Scientific Advisory Board for Designs for Health and a consultant for Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory. He enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking, camping and golfing in the beautiful Berkshires, and is a fitness enthusiast.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. LePine discuss:

  • Brain fog is not a condition, it is a symptom
  • Gut fermentation is as a common cause of brain fog
  • How gluten, dairy, diet, food sensitivities, and gut dysbiosis can lead to brain fog
  • Other reasons for brain fog including infections, tick infections, allergies, environmental toxins, autoimmune conditions, and more
  • The relationship between the immune system and the gut
  • How Dr. LePine worked with and treated a patient experiencing brain fog
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Dr. Todd LePine(00:00): Certain foods may trigger brain fog and it is something that I think is intimately connected to the gut. Dr. Mark Hyman(00:11): Welcome to the Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman and that's Farmacy with an F, F-A-R-M-A-C-Y, a place for conversations that matter. And today we have a special episode of the Doctor's Farmacy house call with one of my colleagues from the UltraWellness Center, Dr. Todd LePine. You probably know him by now. He's an extraordinary physician. He's been a doctor of functional medicine longer than I have, which is a long, long time. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School. He teaches all around the world. He's one of the smartest guys I know and he's just an awesome physician. And we get to talk..

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Ep. 16 - Is Brain Fog Caused By Your Microbiome? with Dr. Todd LePine