The Second Brain

A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine

Author: Michael Gershon

Publisher: HarperCollins


Category: Science

Page: 336

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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."

Energy Balance Through the Tao

Exercises for Cultivating Yin Energy

Author: Mantak Chia

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 210

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Forty-five fully illustrated Tao Yin exercises are introduced in a guide that explains the history behind the practice of the exercise system and its connections to other complementary Chinese exercise forms. Original.

Rewiring the Brain

Living Without Stress and Anxiety Through the Power of Consciousness

Author: Rajnish Roy

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 259

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Rewiring the Brain is not just another book on stress. It explores a daring and innovative path to accessing the power of consciousness as a more effective and lasting solution to tackle stress and emotional afflictions. The present remedies, such as drills of positive thinking and self-hypnosis through beliefs, accrue only temporary solace and euphoria that wear off sooner than expected. Also our reasoning power is not able to rein in the unyielding force of negative emotions that fuel stress and depression. Hence, this book pursues a new approach. It outlines also certain ways that slow down aging process and enhance memory, attention span, and emotional equilibrium. The book is a fascinating journey to the inner world of self—its constructs of emotions, thoughts, and memories—to discover why one behaves the way one does. We go through myriads of joys and sorrows in the long course of life, but hardly have the patience to pause and ponder over the reasons that make them. Does it matter? Yes, much more than perhaps one realizes. Stress should not be seen as an isolated issue. It betrays the quality of individual self in its ceaseless action of living. We have one and only life—the most precious thing we happen to possess, and it is but natural that we struggle hard to do our utmost to make it a wonderful experience. Stress, in its overt or covert forms, works as a persistent factor that undermines the spontaneity, joy, and beauty of life. In this competitive and complex world, one faces countless factors of stress that are unavoidable and immutable, including illness, accident, or death. There are some other factors that can be altered through efforts, which play a more decisive role in life. These are individual attitude, mental tendencies, and ways one interacts with external world. There is much truth in the saying “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.” An objective understanding of these individual factors means that half the battle of tackling stress is won. Hence, the book seeks to help the reader face and understand the workings of inner self and its intricacies without resorting to psychological escape or suppression. Yet an objective understanding is only the first step. It does not resolutely change our mental habits and conditionings that are hardwired in the brain. This suggests the need to go beyond the remedies prevalent now and look for fundamentally new solutions. In such effort, this book explores the possibility of using the power of consciousness to rewire the brain and tackle stress. The book has a refreshingly open-minded approach, devoid of religious ideologies or mystical beliefs, and does not involve psychological escapes. The practical methods and benefits are outlined in a scientific spirit and correlated with research by neuroscientists, psychologists, and medical institutes. The book does not offer shortcuts or peripheral solutions, because none exists. Neither does it offer self-hypnosis and gratifying beliefs that are concealed in prescriptive actions and mental drills. It is an irrefutable fact that consciousness embodies our unique sense of self and its complex architecture. Moreover, all our mental processes like feelings, memories, and thoughts are not only rooted in consciousness but sustained by it. It is logical that harnessing the power of consciousness, the primordial source of all mental phenomena, will unfold unique possibilities to tackle negative emotions and anxieties that rob us of the charm and joy of the miracle of life. A theoretical debate is being waged relentlessly among experts on the mysteries and elusive nature of consciousness. However, not much research is done on the practical use of the power of consciousness for tackling the human predicament of stress and anxiety. In that direction, Rewiring the Brain is a brilliant endeavor to synthesize the latest research on

Philosophical Provocations

55 Short Essays

Author: Colin McGinn

Publisher: MIT Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

View: 316

Pithy, direct, and bold: essays that propose new ways to think about old problems, spanning a range of philosophical topics.

Persons and Bodies

A Constitution View

Author: Lynne Rudder Baker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 233

View: 309

A detailed account of the relation between human persons and their bodies.

Your Teen’s Miraculous Brain

Eight Drug-Free Essentials for Overcoming Teen Mental Illness

Author: Dr. Nina Farley-Bates

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing


Category: Health & Fitness


View: 702

Your Teen’s Miraculous Brain provides advice for parents to help their teen succeed when nothing else is working. Traditional psychiatry, psychotherapy, and pastoral counseling ... many Christian parents have tried these methods to help their troubled tweens, teens, and young adults, but have found that nothing works. These parents are frustrated, feel criticized by their church community, and no one seems to understand their teen with caregivers providing outdated advice. In Your Teen’s Miraculous Brain, Dr. Nina Farley-Bates combines Christian principles and scientific methodology to bring relief to struggling families, gleaning from her twenty years of experience to help teens thrive. She walks parents through how to make eight essential changes, sharing valuable information to improve teens’ brains, including what parents need to know to launch their teen into a better adulthood, how teens can get more restful sleep, and more. With Dr. Farley-Bates’s help, parents watch their teens take quantum leaps into a more successful future, make lasting positive changes in their life, and become the hands that productively rock their world.

RNA and Brain Function, Memory and Learning

Proceedings of the Second Conference, 1962. Editor: Mary A. B. Brazier

Author: Brain research institute (Los Angeles, Calif).



Category: Brain

Page: 360

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The Human Brain During the Second Trimester

Author: Shirley A. Bayer

Publisher: CRC Press


Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 262

The brain in the second trimester, the subject of Volume 3, is nearing anatomical maturity throughout the brainstem. In contrast, the neurogenesis and neuronal migration are still in progress in the cerebral cortex and cerebellum. Consequently, the authors chose to focus on the migration, sojourning, and settling of the neuronal populations belonging to these immature structures. These observations can help researchers develop a better understanding of normal brain development at this formative stage. In this volume, the authors offer consideration of a new concept regarding human cortical development: the identification of the stratified transitional field (STF), which continues to play an important role in later stages. Until recently regarded as simply an intermediate and transitional layer of little significance, modern imaging techniques have shown that it is in the STF where cortical neural connections are first specified. Among other salient points, the development of this field may well bring to light those disruptions during development that lead to cerebral palsy.

It's All in Your Gut

Let Your Second Brain Guide You to Optimal Health

Author: Nikki Kenward





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There has been a lot of new research into the enteric nervous system over the last 5 to 10 years, many new books written on gut health and many excellent nutrition therapists out there. However, reflecting on my personal experience over most of my life, on my 20 plus years of clinical experience and looking at many of the new insights into the gut and the enteric nervous system, I felt there was a huge missing piece. This missing piece is the emotional history stored in the gut, the way the gut responds to emotional trauma and stress and the impact that has on our digestion and our overall physical and mental health. I found in my clinical practice as well as in my own experience, this was difficult to access. As a result, I began reading about the new insights into the gut and the enteric nervous system as well as applying my insights into my clinical practice. The results were clear. People were able to access and resolve emotional trauma and stress stored in the memory of the gut. This, often together with informed nutritional advice, facilitated deeper healing for them. I wanted to share my experiences to help the many people with chronic gut problems that seem resistant to change, to become aware of and access the deeper issues in their gut. The audience for this book is anyone who has experience ongoing problems in their digestive system, anyone who knows someone who is struggling with these issues and, of course, craniosacral therapists and their clients. It is, I hope, adding to the wealth of information about nutrition and gut health available now by highlighting the emotional aspect of these problems and offering ways of working with these.The book will explain these ideas through my personal story which I hope will be emotionally engaging and interesting. It will also include much of the new information about the gut and its nervous system

Digestive Intelligence

A Holistic View of Your Second Brain

Author: Irina Matveikova

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 172

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Digestive Intelligence tells the fascinating story of how our digestive systems are the centre of our bodies’ second brain and how we think and live our emotions via our stomachs. Not surprising when you consider there is something equivalent to the size of a village football pitch hiding inside our bellies--that’s the incredible magnitude of our digestive systems. Dr Matveikova answers the obvious questions: “How?” and “Why can this be so?” by explaining, in straight forward layman’s language, that the digestive system contains more than one million neurones, identical to those in the brain and is responsible for producing 90% of the body’s hormone, serotonin, the all-important hormone which makes us feel happy and full of wellbeing. It follows that, if our stomach is “out of sorts” we feel irritable and lacking in energy; and those feelings block our intellectual productivity, disorientate us and completely change our thought patterns and physical processes.