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.
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.
Fascinating. How many of us knew of having 3 brains? Great job in presenting the gut microbiota and how it stands to revolutionize medicine in 21st century. Solid science backs it up. It presents one of the most potent arguments for the healing power of a healthy diet. A must see for everyone!
This movie presents so many ways to view what is really happening inside our bodies. And brains. From the influence of Chinese acupuncture which is 1000s of years old to scientific understanding of how the brain and gut/intestines communicate and now to bacteria and it's influence on both body and brain. Scientists are now working in the context of internal ecosystems and how our food/bacteria is not simply fuel but a way to alter brain chemistry, gut health, and ways to detect and prevent/treat disease using biopsy's from the gut instead of the brain (less invasive and less risk to the patient) thought only as a 'brain' disease (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's). I love that scientists are able to deeply study these concepts. An exciting time of discovery!
One review said it doesn't come to any conclusions. Of course not. this is the beginning of it. not the end. More to come. But important to say that a key to good health, physical and mental is in the gut. My mom has Parkinson's. I'm up for a colonoscopy. I will ask to look at neurons in the biopsy to screen for it and any other neurological problem. That will probably take my gastro dr by surprise. But they say they can do it now. It also makes it clear that sometimes the problem isn't what you have but rather what you don't have. We are just a few steps down this new, long and amazing path to better health.
Interesting speculation but I think there needs to be a lot more research before any of this information can be accepted at face value. I think the brain/gut connection is fairly well established. Why else would nervousness like stage fright cause people to throw up? Or stress to give people a stomachache? I often feel symptoms in my gut which cause me to analyze what's going on in my life and realize that something is stressing me out, something that I would not have paid attention to if it weren't for the intestinal symptoms. So much of what is on this video seems true at an anecdotal and experiential level. It just needs a lot more scientific evidence and research. I was disappointed to see so much time devoted to acupuncture and hypnosis. That reduces the level of credibility and reduced the number of stars I gave this video from four to three.
This program was fascinating and really opens up options for health and optimal living. I found it to be easy to watch and really enjoyable. Wish it were longer. Extremely well done. Also recommend Sonic Magic- The Science of Sound put on Amazon by Xive TV.