Course overview

Sex, Moods, and the Microbiome

This course covers research supporting the theory that gut microbiota may be a key in treating mood disorders and sex hormones.

Sharon Norling, MD, MBA, ABIHM, DAAMA

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2017 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • A dysfunction in the gut-brain axis has been shown by a multitude of studies linked to neuropsychological, metabolic disorders such as obesity, immune, and endocrine disorders. Altered microbiota has been linked to depression and autism spectrum disorder, and GI disorders including IBD and IBS. Microbes produce neurotransmitters. An increasing number of studies are showing connections between the gut microbiota, and stress, depression, and anxiety. The phrase ‘psychobiotics’ is used to describe an emerging class of probiotics related to moods. These bacteria are capable of producing and delivering neuroactive substances such as GABA and serotonin, which act on the brain-gut axis. More than 50 percent of the body’s dopamine and 95 percent of the body’s serotonin are produced in the gut, along with 30 other neurotransmitters. It is clear that gut microbiota may be a key in treating mood disorders and sex hormones!
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Identify the impact of the microbiome in GI health and brain function
    • Discuss the influence of probiotics on moods
    • Explain the relationship of sex hormones and the microbiome

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Sharon Norling, MD, MBA, ABIHM, DAAMA

About Sharon
Sharon Norling, MD, MBA is a leading expert in functional medicine. As a medical doctor she is nationally board-certified in OB/GYN, Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Norling graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and trained at USC and UCLA. Her life’s work has been to keep people healthy and safe.

Dr. Norling’s expertise is based on her years of clinical experiences, her faculty position at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and her research. Importantly, she is a skilled and highly trained compassionate physician who finds the root cause of symptoms and illnesses. During her years in healthcare she has been nurse, medical doctor, hospital administrator, advocate and a dismissed and misdiagnosed patient.

She has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary Alternative Medicine Policy. She has served in multiple leadership roles as Medical Director and senior management in two large healthcare organizations. Her roles have brought her in direct contact with all levels of business, government and healthcare.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.