By Michael Loes, MD The Body Is Smarter Than The Brain

When it comes to basic survival, you are better off with your gut than with your cerebral cortex.

he human body responds automatically to most conditions. It does so at a cellular level. We are used to talking about reflexes and the autonomic nervous system (i.e., the system of nerves and nerve cells present in the blood vessels, heart, smooth muscles, viscera and glands that control their involuntary functions). But we usually think of our brain as the central headquarters for our nervous system. However, it is very likely our brain has been the recipient of too much credit. Perhaps, we need to pay more attention to our “gut reaction,” for it is within our gastrointestinal tract that a cellular surveillance system exists that is a lot more independent than we think. When a problem is detected, the system sends out a corrective action. The action may be cellular, hormonal, humoral or neural. The emphasis is that a healing response occurs and does so without our brains ever being aware of the action taken.

To understand this phenomenon, a more open model is required. An understanding of receptors is just not broad enough to answer the necessary questions. We need to understand the nature of the challenges and the specifics of the resulting healing response. Energetic science has advanced sufficiently to seriously undertake this task.

Body Cells Smarter Than Brain Cells

Have you ever watched an amoeba? (Well, probably not, unless you were a biology major or medical school student.) This unicellular protozoan has been the object of study for biology students since at least the advent of the microscope. Here is a one-cell mass of cytoplasma that takes in food and sends out waste; it does so quite intelligently. Messages go in and out through the cell membrane. The amoebae can respond to danger—move away from it even though they do not have a brain. For all practical purposes, they can “think.” Hmm. How far away are we really from an amoeba? In some ways, not far at all.

In The Second Brain, author Michael Gershon, MD, an anatomist and gastroenterologist at Columbia University, devotes a discussion to research involving the autonomy and intelligence of the enteric nervous system, which is, according to Dr Gershon and others, the second brain. Especially important are the cells lining the intestine—“M” cells in the Peyer’s Patches (lymphoid organs in the tissue of the gut). Dr Gershon details how the cerebral cortex does not control the gut; it is, more or less, independent. He points out that you cannot live without your gut. He reviews experiments wherein animals were decorticated (brains removed), then fed food either directly into the stomach through a tube, or down the esophagus. They were able to digest the food.

The implication is that when it comes to basic survival, you are perhaps better off with your gut than with your cerebral cortex.

Cell Needs

• Cells do not like to be dehydrated. Give them plenty of uncontaminated water and they will thrive.

• Cells power up with minerals because of their battery effect. Give them the necessary minerals.

• Cells do not like to be hypoxic. Oxygen must be abundant, and they should not be full of sulfites, particulates or carbon monoxide. Cells do not like the vasoconstrictive effect of the nicotine in cigarettes or the tars that wreck air membrane transport in the lungs.

• Cells do not like alcohol. Alcohol in any significant quantity will anesthetize them, making them cold and sluggish. Yes, there is a little trans-resveratrol in alcohol, especially red wine. Perhaps, the antioxidant effect of this compound will lessen the risk of heart disease in a few people who are predisposed. But seriously, this is unlikely and you can get plenty of this beneficial antioxidant effect by taking some supplemental grape-seed extract.

So perhaps you should listen more to “your gut reaction” and less to your brain or articulate colleagues who may also not be in touch with their guts.

One might think that understanding what the cell needs is complicated. Rarely is this the case. Most of the time we know. Our “gut reaction” is—more often than not—what we should rely on.

We have an integrated intelligence that coordinates the combined information from the brain and other parts of our body. The perception and relay of information occurs primarily at a cellular level—and some would argue even at the molecular level— where transcription RNA is regulated.

We must pay attention to the small components, because where there is a hungry cell a weak cell, or a poisoned cell, disease begins. We need to ensure that it does not. If your cells are speaking, listen. They have an important message.

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