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The Gut-Brain Axis in Depression: A Holistic Approach with The Body Code, Emotion Code, and Morphogenic Field Testing

June 23, 20233 min read

The Gut-Brain Axis in Depression: A Holistic Approach with The Body Code, Emotion Code, and Morphogenic Field Testing 

Rob and Paula Smith 


Depression, a widespread and multi-dimensional disorder, is recognized by the World Health Organization as a significant cause of disability, affecting over 264 million individuals globally. In the United States, the National Institute of Mental Health reported an estimated 21 million adults experiencing a major depressive episode in 2021. 

Understanding depression extends beyond psychological analysis to encompass physiological and social factors. As proponents of holistic health care, we offer unique perspectives on depression, particularly emphasizing the importance of the gut-brain axis. 

The Role of Stressors in Depression 

Depression often arises from a complex interplay of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors. A significant area of focus is the adverse effect of chronic stressors on the nervous system. Persistent stress disrupts the body's equilibrium, resulting in an overproduction of stress hormones like cortisol, which can contribute to depression. 

The Gut-Brain Axis in Depression 

Recent research has shed light on the profound connection between gut health and mental health, termed the gut-brain axis. The gut microbiota, the trillions of microorganisms residing in our digestive tract, communicates with the brain via various pathways, influencing our mood and mental health. Disruptions in this microbiota, due to factors like diet, stress, or antibiotics, may contribute to depression. 

Holistic Assessment of the Body 

We utilize methods such as, The Body Code and Emotion Code which are holistic healing systems developed by Dr. Bradley Nelson. They combine diverse healing methods like energy healing, applied kinesiology, and magnet therapy to uncover and address imbalances in the body causing physical and emotional discomfort. 

The Body Code system checks for six types of imbalances, including energetic, circuitry, pathogen, nutritional, structural, and toxicity imbalances. Many of these can be attributed to unresolved emotional energies or trapped emotions, as described in the Emotion Code. These trapped emotions can disrupt the body's energy field and contribute to depression. 

We also use Morphogenic Field Testing utilizing the body's energy field to gather data about overall health status. This approach can provide insights into nutritional deficiencies and environmental exposures that might be influencing mental health. 

Implementing Protocols for Depression 

Treating depression holistically involves identifying and addressing the specific imbalances at the root of the condition. Through the Body Code and Emotion Code, trapped emotions can be located and released. 

Morphogenic Field Testing aims to customize protocols to meet everyone’s unique needs. By assessing the body's responses to different energy signatures, we can formulate a personalized plan, including dietary recommendations, supplementation, and lifestyle modifications. This approach might involve changes to mitigate exposure to environmental toxins, improve gut health, or provide targeted nutritional support. 

Importantly, gut health optimization is crucial in managing depression. Probiotics, prebiotics, and a fiber-rich diet can help restore a healthy gut microbiota, potentially improving mental health. Additionally, lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and stress management techniques, can support a healthy gut-brain axis. 


Depression necessitates a multifaceted, tailored approach for effective management. Understanding the significance of the gut-brain axis, coupled with the tools offered by the Body Code, Emotion Code, and Morphogenic Field Testing, we can create a more holistic strategy for dealing with depression. Our ultimate goal is not just to alleviate symptoms but to identify and address the root causes, ensuring a more sustainable and healthier future. 

To learn more about our holistic approach to addressing depression and optimizing gut-brain health, visit our website at We offer a range of services, including The Body Code, Emotion Code, and Morphogenic Field Testing, to identify and address the root causes of depression. Located in Mendota Heights, near the Saint Paul area, our dedicated team is ready to support you on your journey to improved mental well-being. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards holistic healing.

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Robert Smith

Rob has a masters degree in Human Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences as well as 23 certifications in the following areas: energy healing, core conditioning, lower back rehabilitation, corrective exercise, breathing coach, postural restoration, golf biomechanic, myoskeletal alignment techniques, personal training, nutritional microscopy, sports nutrition, bio-cellular analysis and nutrition and lifestyle coaching

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