The Microbiome and the Gut-Brain Connection

Lee Memorial Health System is offering a series of free lectures designed to cover a variety of health care topics to help improve your physical and mental well-being. These interactive and informative lectures are presented by Dr. Sal Lacagnina, vice president of health and wellness and medical director of the wellness centers in Cape Coral and Fort Myers.

The microbiome is the environment within the GI tract made up of trillions of bacteria which supports health. We are now coming to understand the importance of bacteria living within us and know that they not only protect us from harmful bacteria, but they also produce necessary vitamins, hormones and other substances that we rely on for good health.

In this month’s lecture, Dr. Lacagnina will discuss the foods we eat and the liquids we drink and how they directly affect the health of beneficial bacteria in our gut. It will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at Cape Coral Hospital – Room A – 636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. Seating for the lecture is limited and reservations are requested. Please call the Health and Wellness registration line at 424-3234 or via email to

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