FUMS 081 - Butts, Guts, and MS with Neurogastroenterologist Dr. David Levinthal


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As part of the rich buffet of joy that MS lays out for us, problems with your gut and pooping have to be right at the top of the charts - or the shit-list, if you will.

Just to state it for the record, not everyone with MS will have these issues - as we know, MS isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. But it is something that a lot of people deal with, which is why we’re covering it here.

So my guest today is Dr. David Levinthal, the Director of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. Dr. Levinthal got his doctorate in Neuroscience and has a particular interest in functional and motility disorders of the GI tract, and GI symptoms that arise in the context of neurological disorders, including MS.

So as far as gut issues and MS are concerned, it’s safe to say that he knows his shit!

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • What are the GI issues which commonly affect people with MS?
  • How neural circuitry interacts with the gut
  • Why are these issues overrepresented in people with MS?
  • Current experiments with brain stimulation
  • New developments, treatment options, and Dr. Levinthal’s current focus
  • What on earth is the Bristol Stool Chart?!

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