Show #277 – Neuroinflammation and Mental Health with Brendan Vermeire

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And on this week’s show!

On this week’s show, I have the wonderful Brendan Vermeire, aka the Holistic Savage, on the show to talk about his passion for mental health. We are talking about neuroinflammation specifically and a variety of root causes – including a modern life of less resistance building and then we move through to interventions to support the healing of the body as well as the building of resilience. Clue: Many of them are painfully simple! 

Brendan is a Mental and Metabolic Health Scientist & Researcher, Functional Medicine Educator, Writer, and Speaker. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Nutrition Coach, Master Personal Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit Trainer. He began his career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at the age of 18 after disappointingly being medically discharged from the United States Navy Seal training pipeline due to an injury. After being exposed to the power of functional lab testing in the start of his career, he began intensely pursuing that as a career path which has led him to be widely regarded as one of the top leading experts in Metabolic Health and Functional Education.

He is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners, and the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.TM, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health.

When he’s not educating doctors/practitioners/professionals, helping clients overcome their most severe health struggles, or producing cutting-edge scientific education, Brendan enjoys all things fitness and is probably working out. He also enjoys anything in nature and any activities that expand his heart, mind, and soul.


Questions I asked Brendan:

  • You want to change the way the world views mental health – just a small goal there 😉 What do you see that isn’t working in the main, when it comes to mental health? 
  • What are some of the things at the heart of mental health presentations and brain inflammation that are most often overlooked in patient care? 
  • And once something has caused the inflammation, what can be some of the cascade effects? (if we can touch on learning difficulties/ADD/anxiety/nervous system haywire – all the unfortunate things!)
  • Is this why you have a huge community of what you call ‘self healers’? Is it a case of people unable to get the results and support they need to pave the way for lasting healing, so they start looking elsewhere? 
  • What role does epigenetics play in neuroinflammation? 
  • Someone comes to you with neuroinflammation – what do you do (and I’d love if we could do a budget option and a ‘pull out all stops testing’ option to be mindful that not everyone can spend tons of money on testing – feel free to mention your mental map panel and why you created it)
  • Let’s look at key ways we know the brain is inflamed? Key root causes and then key fixes that can be real game-changers (this will take a big chunk o’ time. )
  • When root causes are environmental or nervous system triggered – how can we create lasting resilience? Can we ever stop being that canary or person who’s easily triggered?

About Brendan Vermeire:

Brendan is a Mental and Metabolic Health Scientist & Researcher, Functional Medicine Educator, Writer, and Speaker. He is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Nutrition Coach, Master Personal Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit Trainer.

He began his career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at the age of 18 after disappointingly being medically discharged from the United States Navy Seal training pipeline due to an injury. After being exposed to the power of functional lab testing in the start of his career, he began intensely pursuing that as a career path which has led him to be widely regarded as one of the top leading experts in Metabolic Health and Functional Education.

He is the proud owner and founder of the Metabolic Solutions Institute for Functional Health and Fitness Practitioners, and the Metabolic Solutions Research & Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to ‘changing the way the world views mental health’ through advancing the science of Mental Health Dysfunction. He is also the creator of The Mental M.A.P.TM, a cutting-edge Lab Panel for Mental Health.

When he’s not educating doctors/practitioners/professionals, helping clients overcome their most severe health struggles, or producing cutting-edge scientific education, Brendan enjoys all things fitness and is probably working out. He also enjoys anything in nature and any activities that expand his heart, mind, and soul.


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Other helpful links:

Website: https://www.metabolicsolutionsllc.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metabolicsolutionsllc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_holistic_savage/


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Lismore Library

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