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Discover and Ramp Up Your Second Brain

by Paul Fassa
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(The Best Years in Life) Two heads are better than one is an old saying that relates to brainstorming with another. But scientific studies are discovering another aspect of increasing mental acuity and restoring or maintaining mental and emotional stability. It comes with acknowledging and nurturing your “second brain”.  But it's it's not in your skull, it's in your gut.

Your gut may be your most important organ when it comes to mental health. The awareness of intestinal flora deficiencies as the root causes of a wide spectrum of mental problems is constantly expanding.

Gut flora is the term for micro-organisms that live in the gastrointestinal tract. There are 100 trillion of them compared to our 10 trillion cells. If the intestines were opened and spread out to expose their inner linings, they would cover a tennis court. So we need lots of good guys in the gut. They have been categorized by mainstream medicine as good for digestion, which is important. But they're more important than that.

We have a symbiotic relationship with all these friendly bacteria that cover so much territory. Not only do they deter invading pathogens or kill some of the bad guys, but they also signal other aspects of our immune system in other parts of our bodies. That colony of helpful bacteria is sometimes called our "forgotten organ."

The relationship of friendly gut flora to pathogenic bacteria needs to be rather lopsided, around 85% good guys to 15% bad guys. When it goes the other way, all sorts of physical and mental problems arise. When it comes to the immune system in general, probiotic bacteria in the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract account for up to 80% of our immune system.

Second Brain Aspects of Gut Flora

Mentally, disorders ranging from ADD to autism in children and depression to mental fogginess in adults have been connected to intestinal flora imbalances that create inflammation of the gut and elsewhere. This is known as the "gut-brain axis".

Physically, a gut flora imbalance allows pathogenic bacteria and fungi to infect our bodies. Candida yeast overgrowth occurs, and guess what, people with Candida suffer from fatigue and depression. It's also been established that there is at least a symbiotic relationship between Candida and cancer.

Gut and/or bowel inflammation has been connected to depression in adults and autistic symptoms with children. Dr. Andrew Wakefield and others have pioneered research in those areas.

Wakefield and his colleagues initially published a paper describing children brought to him with autistic disorders who were in great abdominal pain from gut inflammation that may have been caused by the MMR vaccines. All of them had recently been given the three in one MMR vaccine. All Dr. Wakefield did was recommend giving the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations spaced apart separately.

He was unjustly attacked by vaccine industry vested interests and assisted by vaccine advocate shills as well as an unscrupulous hit for hire journalist. But a study at the University of Virginia corroborated Wakefield's findings. They found kids with autism spectrum disorders also had GI tract and bowel inflammations. They also had the measles virus, but not from “wild” measles virus strains. The virus strain was from the vaccines!

Russian born British doctor Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD went a step further and has actually cured autism and other mental and physical problems by restoring the intestinal flora balance through mostly dietary changes.

She developed the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet to restore proper probiotic abundance and balance. She did this to cure her son of autism spectrum disorders, which include ADHD, learning disorders, and fully incapacitating head-banging, painful autism.

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Why We Need to Be Concerned About Protecting Our Intestinal Flora

There are many environmental and dietary issues that kill our friendly bacteria. The whole idea of killing bacteria has been overdone in our culture. Pasteurization, irradiation, and processed foods are the main culprits.

Obviously, eliminating those affected foods and engaging in a daily habit of whole, organic foods is vital. This dietary and lifestyle change takes progressively steady effort and vigilance, which you can update constantly by following this and other real (I don't like the word alternative) health sites.

Pharmaceutical medications, especially antidepressants and antibiotics, are the enemies of your friendly bacteria. Antibiotics carpet bomb your bacteria, creating an abundance of collateral damage by killing off a lot of the good guys and making it easier for the bad guys not initially targeted to rise and take over.

GMOs wreak havoc on friendly bacteria too. It was assumed by genetic engineers that the transgenic gene used in most major GMOs would not survive the stomach's acidity intact. They were wrong.

The CaMV 35S or  cauliflower mosaic virus promoter gene is a major part of the genetic tampering sequence. By surviving in the GI tract it keeps on messing with genes and other viruses with unpredictable adverse results.

Even if you don't take antibiotics or eat GMO food overtly, they have all surreptitiously invaded our food chain through other sources, especially meats from factory farm animals.

So it's important to maintain a steady supply of probiotics in your kitchen. Fermented foods,

See also:

Researchers Discover the Cause of IBS - It's in the Gut, Not Your Mind

Sources for More Information:

http://www.naturalnews.com/033094_gut_health_brain.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/027554_kefir_water_grains.html
http://www.yourkefirsource.com/how-to-make-kefir/kefir-milk-kefir
http://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/regulators-discover-a-hidden-viral-gene-in-commercial-gmo-crops/
http://www.gapsdiet.com/

 

About the author:

Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.

He is amazed at the ignorance of natural medicine and how beneficial foods and herbs are constantly ignored or vilified in order to promote toxic foods and meds by Big Pharma, the FDA, USDA, and the AMA, what he likes to call the "Medical Mafia".

His blog is
http://healthmaven.blogspot.com/ - "Healthmaven: Escape from the Medical Mafia Matrix." His Natural News articles can be reviewed here: http://www.naturalnews.com/Author712.html

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