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The Second Brain: Maff Hot

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Written by Maff     July 20, 2007    
 
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A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine

 

by Michael D. Gershon

 

Dr. Michael Gershon has devoted his career to understanding the human bowel (the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, and colon). His thirty years of research have led to an extraordinary rediscovery: nerve cells in the gut that act as a brain. This "second brain" can control our gut all by itself. Our two brains -- the one in our head and the one in our bowel -- must cooperate. If they do not, then there is chaos in the gut and misery in the head -- everything from "butterflies" to cramps, from diarrhea to constipation. Dr. Gershon's work has led to radical new understandings about a wide range of gastrointestinal problems including gastroenteritis, nervous stomach, and irritable bowel syndrome. The Second Brain represents a quantum leap in medical knowledge and is already benefiting patients whose symptoms were previously dismissed as neurotic or "it's all in your head."

 

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This book was recommended to me by many peopl, including an IBS specialist who provided an article for the site.

Dr. Gershon has conducted extensive research into the nervous system of the gut or 'second brain'. Most people don't realize how strong the link between the brain and the gut actually is, what goes on in one intimately affects the other. The gut contains nervous tissues and neurotransmitters otherwise only found in the brain. In fact the majority of the serotonin in the body, the chemical associated with mood and depression, is actually found in the gut.

The first part of this book discusses the latest findings in this very new area of study. You should be warned that it is not an easy read so pick a time when you're feeling clear headed. The second part of the book offers practical advice based on these findings for sufferers of IBS and other functional bowel disorders.

Another area that should be of great interest to anyone visiting this website is the that Gershon recognizes that the link isn't a one way thing and that anything affecting the gut (potentially candida, bacteria, food sensitivities etc) will have an impact on thinking and mood. As I write this the amount of 'second brain' research being carried out is rapidly increasing so hopefully it will yield many more answers.

A challenging book at times but one that is ultimately rewarding for those affected by functional bowel disorders such as IBS.

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Maff Reviewed by Maff July 20, 2007
Last updated: July 30, 2009
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An important book for those with gut disorders

This book was recommended to me by many peopl, including an IBS specialist who provided an article for the site.

Dr. Gershon has conducted extensive research into the nervous system of the gut or 'second brain'. Most people don't realize how strong the link between the brain and the gut actually is, what goes on in one intimately affects the other. The gut contains nervous tissues and neurotransmitters otherwise only found in the brain. In fact the majority of the serotonin in the body, the chemical associated with mood and depression, is actually found in the gut.

The first part of this book discusses the latest findings in this very new area of study. You should be warned that it is not an easy read so pick a time when you're feeling clear headed. The second part of the book offers practical advice based on these findings for sufferers of IBS and other functional bowel disorders.

Another area that should be of great interest to anyone visiting this website is the that Gershon recognizes that the link isn't a one way thing and that anything affecting the gut (potentially candida, bacteria, food sensitivities etc) will have an impact on thinking and mood. As I write this the amount of 'second brain' research being carried out is rapidly increasing so hopefully it will yield many more answers.

A challenging book at times but one that is ultimately rewarding for those affected by functional bowel disorders such as IBS.

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