For a few years now, scientists have known about the existence of another brain within our bodies. This second brain, or "brain down below" is none other than our stomach. The stomach's intelligence is a new avenue of research that is fascinating research teams the world over.
This documentary doesn't really come to any conclusions or give any absolutes, it merely discusses some of the research that is being done on the "gut." One aspect I would have liked to see is the opposite position. This film talks about how the gut affects the brain, but what about the reverse? How does the brain, and/or how do emotions effect the gut? We all know if someone receives bad news or has an unpleasant experience they may get nauseous, vomit or have diarrhea. How does negative external action cause a reaction in the gut? So, while this film poses some interesting perspectives, there are other points of view that need to be explored as well.
Excellent intro documentary on this very important new (last 10 yrs or so) & promising area of Western medicine regarding treating the diseased body as a whole, instead of it's separate systems in which the current established medical approach is to treat each separately.. as if your cardiovascular system is a completely closed system which remains unaffected by your digestive system's health & vice versa, etc. This documentary shines a light on exciting new medical research that is proving we are not just the sum of our parts but rather, an ecosystem unto ourselves, each one of us. It requires looking at how the endocrine system in your gut & its microbes interact & communicate with the neurotransmitters in your brain, & how a great deal of what those communications are depend on what types of bacteria you're encouraging to grow, based upon what you feed them. This is seriously exciting stuff that could have major implications for how we treat incurable disease states.. there is research showing that the serotonin receptors in your stomach, can actually signal your brain, & impact how you feel. Moreover, this field of study is giving hope to those who suffer from incurable inflammatory autoimmune diseases like Crohn's Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, & Fibromyalgia, for example. This is groundbreaking in that it takes a very different look at the possible causes of those people who suffer from neurological disorders like Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, neuropathy, vagus nerve disorders, motility disorders like achalasia, & even psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, & severe depression. I suffer from two autoimmune diseases and achalasia; a motility disorder of the esophagus.. all of which are considered incurable by Western Medicine to date. I used to do research for a living before I became ill 3 years ago, & have been forced to stop working altogether. If this documentary leaves you wanting more, I urge you to Google the names of the experts involved in this field that you see in the documentary. Look at their research. Check out some of their presentations on YouTube. More info is out there for anyone looking to increase their knowledge about this. There IS hope! I would highly recommend this documentary. I gave 4 stars only bc I would've liked to see more & felt the documentary could've been extended another 30-40 minutes.
This was very interesting. As a person that suffers from IBS it was quite amazing to learn that my stomach is a brain. Especially to the point of it having as many (whatever it was) as a dog or cat. I'm still just stunned by that. I think I might have to re-watch it again as more people seemed concerned about evolution and not that the film just said our stomach is equal to a dog or cat's BRAIN. WHAAAAAT. I've always known that my IBS stemmed from a major panic attack, however, I've not had much success in getting it to go away. I had been thinking about hypnotherapy and this document just pretty much told me that is the ONLY current effective cure. No more of that other crazy stuff, with cameras down my mouth and taking prilosec and zantac and tums and gax-x and eating charcoal stuff. So I scheduled a phone consultation with a hypnotherapist for Monday (because I'm fortunate enough to live in a city where there is apparently multiple hypnotherapists). I will get back with y'all after I go through the hypnosis.
I think it's terrific. I disagree with one of the last reviewers, saying that it didn't offer any conclusions. It, in fact, illustrates the evidence of some wonderful clinical studies which were published a few years before. Of course, many studies are left in the shadows, so it's been wonderful to have such an artful romp of a documentary example out all intersections of current and ongoing work about flora and the 1st brain. Wonderful piece!
A must-watch for sufferers of Parkinson's Disease. I think it's hilarious that virtually every negative review for this documentary is based on the fact that it refers to evolutionary biology as well established science. If you cannot reconcile your faith with evolution, this film is not for you! (By the way, "gravity" is just a theory too. I wouldn't recommend risking your life to challenge these "theories" of evolution or gravity.) For those of us who appreciate reality / can reconcile our faith with science, I highly recommend this documentary. The only real shortcoming of the film is that it is covering a subject that is new to science, and therefore it cannot offer as many profound conclusions as one might hope because the empirical grounds to support such hypotheses need more time/research to develop. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating topic, and this documentary is a great introduction to the subject of how our guts comprise an integral component of our neurobiology.