This post is only peripherally related to CLL in that it touches on the effects of inflammation on the gut/brain interface, but I'm sure will be of particular interest to anyone who has suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Nicholas Talley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research (Acting) and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia briefly outlines potentially huge possibilities from developing a better understanding of how our gut influences our mind:
I'm not aware of any specific studies on whether CLL patients have more gut related health issues than the general population and whether that is subsequently reflected in increased anxiety. Is anyone aware of any such studies? It might be an interesting field of study once more groundwork has been laid down as explained in Nicholas Talley's article, give the suspicions regarding the influence of low grade inflammation in CLL patients and our lower immunity to pathogens in food. Could be an area to watch for future developments...
Photo: Looking good enough to eat - a banksia bloom about to flower