by Kelly Brogan, M.D.
June 12, 2015
We have entered a time in the history of modern medicine that is
awkward at best, and intolerable at worst.
We've gone too far down
the wrong path, once again. We've made a lot of silly mistakes in
the past from thinking the world is flat, to doctors endorsing
Making mistakes is ok!
What's not ok,
however, is a failure to acknowledge the error of our ways when it
We thought that one gene caused one illness that would
be cured by one pill.
The anti-climax of the Human Genome Project, an effort to sequence
our entire genetic code, taught us that there was more to the story
of our individual uniqueness, our propensity toward health or
illness, than was in those 25,000 protein-coding genes.
This somewhat rude
awakening gave birth to
the field of epigenetics, i.e. to
environmental, lifestyle, nutritional, and mind-body factors that
are beyond or 'above' (epi-) the control of the genes.
We thought that chemicals were only dangerous in big doses.
An entire burgeoning field of toxicology now endorses the role of
the endocrine system in the toxic effects of even small doses of
chemicals, which can synergize together to wreak havoc in dose
ranges as low as parts-per-billion and which regulators still don't
consider in toxicological risk assessments.
We thought that germs were the enemy and that exposure to germs
The emergence of an unstoppable tidal wave of literature on the role
the microbiome has disproven
germ-theory and rendered it at best quaintly reductionist.
What about basic
We must have that
In a stunning report entitled,
Structural and Functional Features of Central
Nervous System Lymphatic Vessels, Antoine
Louveau et al make an announcement about basic anatomy that has
eluded scientists and clinicians up until this point.
The brain has a
lymphatic system, one of the
primary purposes of which is to connect it to
the immune system. Which is
confirmation that it is not "privileged" as was once assumed.
I've written before about
the discovery of the role for immune messengers in healthy brain
modeling, and the
bold statement that:
"The link between
environmental factors, the immune response, and neurological
dysfunction is not completely clear at present, but it is
receiving increasing attention and support… the sheer number of
immune molecules that could be important for nervous system
development and function is staggering.
progress has been made in the past 10 years in our appreciation
that immune molecules play critical roles in the healthy brain,
the large majority of immune molecules have not yet been studied
for their presence and function in the brain.
For the immune
molecules that we know are important, almost nothing is
understood about their mechanisms of action."
Why hasn't this message
made it to those who still believe we can safely manipulate human
behavior through psychotropic drugs, or that our infants, children,
and teens shouldn't be concerned about the effects of
immunostimulatory vaccines on brain function.
Products that were
developed without even basic knowledge of this relevant anatomy, let
alone the implications for the role of the immune system in
The authors of the lymphatics paper state:
"The discovery of the
central nervous system lymphatic system may call for a
reassessment of basic assumptions in neuro-immunology and sheds
new light on the aetiology of neuro-inflammatory and
neurodegenerative diseases associated with immune system
I do believe it's time
for that reassessment.
It's time for disciplines
psychoneuro-immunology to take
shape - those which honor the known and unknown complexities of the
human organism, in its environment.
When we have more questions than answers, we are obliged through
ethical principles, to tread cautiously.
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