The body literally talks to its self all the time. How else would you feel pain when you kick your toe, or where does other senses, emotions, or instructions to change body function happen? Dopamine, as is serotonin, nor-adrenaline are communication chemicals made by the body predominately in the nervous system. Specifically what these guys do is talk from one nerve cell to the other, and also changes other cell function as required (based on the type of cell and how dopamine interacts with it.)
In Humans, Dopamine and Nor-adrenaline (relaxation hormone) is produced in the non-sympathetic nerve cells in the gut wall, and by gut microbes Bacillus spp.,Proteus vulgaris, Serratia marcescens, and S. aureus (Sandrini et. al.) There are many papers published showing how microbes change our brain activity by the gut brain axis; alter gene expression by interaction; activate the immune system and trigger hormonal disruption, and potentially increasing the toxicity load and decrease detoxification pathways. (Evens et. al.; Stilling et al.)
Food and drinks such as chlorine, colors, preservatives, antibiotics; medication, are obvious as they change the chemistry of the gut contents. What is not frequently thought of is stress, anxiety, hormones introduction to other microbes when traveling, or contact with new people, environments etc will potentially change the colony's balance and the predominate colonies in the gut and their location.
What does this mean to us in every day language? What Am I alluding to?
James L. Wilson
This book has been a bit of a revelation to me over the past few weeks that I have been reading and digesting it. In summary, the biggest take home I got from it is the Adrenals what are a small gland that sits on both kidney's when stressed presents in such a combination of symptoms which are easily mistaken for a number of different things. Yes, it is starting to change my way of thinking and questioning which comes first - the body being stressed altering chemistry, gut balance, hormones, nutrient demand and supply. Now I am starting to think while I have been working on a significant part of the puzzle - gut health and supporting it to heal, it isn't holistic enough. Never mind the cognitive and emotional parts I discuss with clients. Have a look through the list of 'symptoms' as noted by the author and see for yourself the crossover and decide if it is worth investigating, under supervision and working towards supporting the body in a very holistic manner, being sure to include the mind, body and spiritual connection to the higher power even if for you it is nature.
This is not an exhaustive list and does not take into account the pathology tests that ideally are done to rule out more serious underlying issues.
The revised version of Ditch the Weight and Gain your life has been a long time coming. Previously printed and published in 2009, five years later and a changed world.
The rise of internet media, gurus springing up with good intention, and susceptible people wanting to change has created new awareness, and but also an unleashed of information on an unsuspecting audience. With all information, a little understood can be very dangerous. Every professional will say the same, if not similar thing about information in their field. In the space of health and nutrition, this seems to of exploded. It seems, people with very little training in the science of the body are now experts in how and why we are sick and what to do about it, in the matter of a weekend or 18 months.
I can hear many argue that the “‘medical professionals’ have been indoctrinated by the drug companies.” Yes they have been exposed to drug data sheets, drug reps and science. I would also argue back that many of the new gurus have been indoctrinated by the New Age, the left wing thinkers, extremists and potentially money making speakers of the Super Clean, the Paleo, the Raw movement etc. One of my points here is that there are two polar opposite views of health and well being. One is coming from treating the symptoms people have created during the course of their, at times, poor choices creating disease; the other is lets prevent disease in the first place by choosing the cleanest, most nutrient rich foods possible, reduce the total chemical load and banish everything else from our homes and plate.
As a nutritionist, I have empathy for both sides of this debate. I have been trained in ‘medical’ dietetics and nutrition with hard core science background, and developed a significant interest in self care, and healing using food, preferably limiting toxicity and symptoms by treating the cause in the first place. Over the years, I have moved from educating people with lifestyle diseases to now people who have food intolerance, beginnings of Auto-immune conditions and other weird symptoms going on. Sometimes it is quite simple, and it is the food that is the trigger. Sometimes it is certainly tied up with a much deeper condition such as trauma and unresolved issues.
Being a believer in spirit, soul and body as explored in this book, I also belief the body talks to us when we choose experiences that are not in alignment to what we are to be doing. I see this in my own life experiences and have also borne witness to many a client as well. From experience, when we listen to the body and support it, ask our truest selves what is meant to be at any given moment, and then we are able to transform many things. I will also note at this point however, that ‘bad’ things, or experiences the mind would much rather avoid is also for our betterment, and as described in the book “Conversations with God” we are, at a level choosing the experience to delve into a deeper insight and understanding of love and transformation.
Life is an interesting adventure, one I have negotiating for a little while now. More than 40, less than 50, let me say that. Yes, still a young one in many ways, but I would hope I have learnt a few things along this path that might be of value to others. So, lets see what comes out of the opportunity of sitting at an airport.
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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