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Join Julie Reardon, MD for an in-depth review and discussion of a cutting edge approach to brain health & research on microglia cells in the brain. We will reference the work of Donna Jackson Nakazawa in her book ‘The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine’ and the connection between brain and body. In Integrative and Functional Medicine we recognize our health does not occur in silos.


“Until recently, microglia were thought to be merely the brain’s housekeepers, helpfully removing damaged cells. But a recent groundbreaking discovery revealed them to be capable of terrifying Jekyll and Hyde behavior. When triggered—and anything that stirs up the immune system in the body can activate microglia—they can morph into destroyers, impacting a wide range of issues from memory problems and anxiety to depression and Alzheimer’s. Under the right circumstances, however, microglia can be coaxed back into being angelic healers, able to repair the brain in ways that help alleviate symptoms and hold the promise to one day prevent disease.”

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