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  • Steph in Montana
    Do you or your family run a dairy? seems the name is a familiar family name to dairymen. ... Who is Ron Paul? http://www.ronpaul2008.com
    Message 1 of 6 , May 16, 2011
      Do you or your family run a dairy? seems the name is a familiar family
      name to dairymen.>
      > Steph,
      > Great reading. Thnx. Hence the saying "love through the stomach" : )
      > This eating philosophy is also to be found in 'Ayurveda'. Despite the
      > vague word usage there are some interesting concepts relating to the
      > gut and mind relationships.
      > Sincerely,
      > Warron van Riet
      > --- In pfaf@yahoogroups.com, "Steph in Montana" <steph@...> wrote:
      >> This article made me do research and I found that some researchers
      >> think the gut and brain share the same neural network!{seritonin} I've
      >> copied Dr. Mercola's comments on the subject because he speaks
      >> directly to this issue.
      >> The article I'm answering to, is at the end of Dr.Mercola's comments.
      >> Here is the article I copied from:::
      >> http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/15/turns-out-bacteria-in-your-gut-divides-people-into-three-groups.aspx>>
      >> Dr. Mercola's comments below6^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      >> This is an interesting finding to say the least, particularly in light
      >> of how nutritional typing is increasingly used by physicians who
      >> practice "individualized medicine." For example, a customized meal
      >> plan based on the patient's nutritional type is the cornerstone of Dr.
      >> Nicholas Gonzalez' highly successful non-traditional cancer treatment.
      >> Tailoring your diet to your own biochemical needs is also the hallmark
      >> of my Total Health program.
      >> I believe eating according to your nutritional type is so essential
      >> for optimizing your health that I now offer the entire online
      >> nutritional typing test for free. We've charged thousands of people
      >> $29 for this test in the past, but decided this was too important and
      >> therefore made a mission decision to offer this to everyone for free.
      >> So if you have not yet taken it I would encourage you to do so.
      >> Please remember that it is not a test that will tell you the perfect
      >> foods to eat but more of a process to help you learn and discover the
      >> foods that will make your thrive and move toward optimal health based
      >> on your specific biochemistry and genetics. It will teach you, over
      >> the course of several months, how to determine the best foods for you.
      >> In this study, which supports nutritional typing, lead researcher Peer
      >> Bork suggests that one of the "obvious" potential benefits of his
      >> finding is that doctors may someday be able to tailor diets or drug
      >> prescriptions based on their gastrointestinal enterotype.
      >> Considering that the process for determining your nutritional type is
      >> currently heavily dependent on listening to your body and tracking how
      >> different foods make you feel, both physically and psychologically,
      >> it's exciting to see the potential for using gut flora analysis as an
      >> aid. Another exciting avenue is using gene typing. Dr. Stanislaw
      >> Burzynski and his son, Dr. Gregory Burzynski, already employ
      >> gene-target therapies in the treatment of cancer, and their approach
      >> also includes customized diets, tailored to the patient's genetic
      >> makeup.
      >> Three Types of Human Gut Ecosystems Discovered
      >> When you consider that your intestines contain about 100 trillion
      >> bacteria, it may seem surprising that people would fall into one of
      >> just three distinct types of bacterial ecosystems—each composed of a
      >> different balance of various bacteria species. But it makes sense when
      >> viewed as part and parcel of your nutritional type.
      >> As of yet, we don't know which enterotype might correspond to which
      >> nutritional type, but I believe we will in time.
      >> Remember, your body responds uniquely to food -- your fuel -- based on
      >> your genetics, biochemical makeup, family history, and your own
      >> interaction with your environment. Nutritional typing also divides
      >> people up into three groups:
      >> 1.Carb/Veggie types normally feel best when the majority, about 60
      >> percent, of their food is vegetable carbohydrate, along with about 25
      >> percent protein and 15 percent fat, but this type may need as little
      >> as 10 percent fat and as high as 80 percent carb in exceptional
      >> times.2.Protein types do better on low-carbohydrate, high-protein and
      >> high-fat diets. A typical ratio might be 40 percent protein and 30
      >> percent each of fats and carbohydrates, but the amounts could easily
      >> shift to 50 percent fats and as little as 10 percent carbohydrates
      >> depending on individual genetic requirements.3.Mixed are between the
      >> carb and protein types. Since gut microbes aid in food digestion and
      >> absorption of nutrients, and help synthesize vitamins by creating
      >> specific enzymes, it actually makes perfect sense that different
      >> nutritional types might have the specialized gut flora required to
      >> optimize the utilization of their ideal dietary fuel...The Powerful
      >> Connection between Your Gut and Brain
      >> Most people fail to realize that your gut is quite literally your
      >> second brain, and in addition to digesting your food actually has the
      >> ability to significantly influence your:
      >> •Mind
      >> •Mood
      >> •Behavior
      >> It's not a widely understood or emphasized fact, but studies have
      >> repeatedly shown that a healthy gut reinforces a positive outlook and
      >> behavior, while depression and a variety of behavioral problems have
      >> been linked to an imbalance or lack of gut bacteria.
      >> For example, a recent animal study published in the journal
      >> Neurogastroenterology & Motility, found that mice lacking gut bacteria
      >> behave differently from normal mice, engaging in what would be
      >> referred to as "high-risk behavior." This altered behavior was
      >> accompanied by neurochemical changes in the mouse brain.
      >> According to the authors, microbiota (your gut flora) plays a role in
      >> the communication between your gut and your brain, and:
      >> "Acquisition of intestinal microbiota in the immediate postnatal
      >> period has a defining impact on the development and function of the
      >> gastrointestinal, immune, neuroendocrine and metabolic systems. For
      >> example, the presence of gut microbiota regulates the set point for
      >> hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity."
      >> So, not only does this finding dovetail nicely with the theory that
      >> your gut flora may be a factor of your nutritional type, but it also
      >> helps explain how your diet and gut flora can impact your mental
      >> health, for better or worse.
      >> Remember, your diet is largely responsible for your gut health, and
      >> when you feed your body the fuel it's designed for, your gut flora
      >> will be able to maintain optimal balance, which then supports optimal
      >> physical and mental health.
      >> The intrinsic connection between your gut and your brain becomes
      >> easier to understand once you know that your brain and gut are
      >> actually created out of the same type of tissue. During fetal
      >> development, one part turns into your central nervous system while the
      >> other develops into your enteric nervous system. These two systems are
      >> connected via the vagus nerve; the tenth cranial nerve that runs from
      >> your brain stem down to your abdomen. This is what connects your two
      >> brains together.
      >> Your gut and brain actually work in tandem, each influencing the
      >> other.
      >> This is why your intestinal health can have such a profound influence
      >> on your mental health, and vice versa. For an interesting and
      >> well-written layman's explanation of the gut/brain connection, read
      >> through Sandra Blakeslee's 1996 New York Times article Complex and
      >> Hidden Brain in Gut Makes Stomachaches and Butterflies.
      >> Now, even more interesting is the fact that certain neurotransmitters,
      >> such as serotonin, can also be found in your gut—in fact, the greatest
      >> concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control,
      >> depression and aggression, is found in your intestines, not your
      >> brain! Your bowels also contain some 100 million neurons—more than in
      >> either your spinal cord or your peripheral nervous system.
      >> An excellent article by Adam Hadhazy, published in Scientific American
      >> last year, explains the intrinsic connection between your gut and your
      >> psychological well-being.
      >> Hadhazy writes:
      >> "The system is way too complicated to have evolved only to make sure
      >> things move out of your colon," says Emeran Mayer, professor of
      >> physiology, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen
      >> School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
      >> (U.C.L.A.). For example, scientists were shocked to learn that about
      >> 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus,
      >> carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way
      >> around… The second brain informs our state of mind in other more
      >> obscure ways, as well. "A big part of our emotions are probably
      >> influenced by the nerves in our gut," Mayer says…
      >> Given the two brains' commonalities, depression treatments that target
      >> the mind can unintentionally impact the gut. The enteric nervous
      >> system uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, just like the brain, and
      >> in fact 95 percent of the body's serotonin is found in the bowels.
      >> Because
      >> antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake
      >> inhibitors (SSRIs) increase serotonin levels, it's little wonder that
      >> meds meant to cause chemical changes in the mind often provoke GI
      >> issues as a side effect."
      >> All of that said, it makes perfect sense to nourish your gut flora to
      >> achieve optimal serotonin function, as it can clearly have a profound
      >> impact on your mood, psychological health, and behavior.
      >> Gut Problems Also Linked to Brain Disorders
      >> There's also no shortage of evidence of gastrointestinal involvement
      >> in a variety of neurological diseases, including autism, so in this
      >> way some forms of vaccine damage may also be explained.
      >> Dr. Andrew Wakefield is just one of many who have investigated the
      >> connection between developmental disorders and bowel disease. He has
      >> published about 130-140 peer-reviewed papers looking at the mechanism
      >> and cause of inflammatory bowel disease, and has extensively
      >> investigated the brain-bowel connection in the context of children
      >> with developmental disorders such as autism.
      >> For example, gluten intolerance is a frequent feature of autism, and
      >> many autistic children will improve when following a strict
      >> gluten-free diet. Many autistic children also tend to improve when
      >> given probiotics, either in the form of fermented foods or probiotic
      >> supplements.
      >> A large number of replication studies have also been performed around
      >> the world, confirming the curious link between brain disorders such as
      >> autism and gastrointestinal dysfunction. For a list of more than 25 of
      >> those studies, please see this previous article.
      >> According to Michael Gershon, chairman of the Department of Anatomy
      >> and Cell Biology at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University
      >> Medical Center; a neurogastroenterology expert and author of The
      >> Second Brain, the same genes that make synapses form in your brain are
      >> also involved in the formation of synapses in your gut. Hence, if
      >> these genes are affected in autism, it could help explain both the GI
      >> abnormalities suffered by so many kids with autism, as well as the
      >> elevated levels of gut-produced serotonin in their blood.
      >> How to Optimize the Bacteria in Your Gut
      >> Fortunately, regardless of your type, optimizing your gut flora (the
      >> balance between "good" and "bad" bacteria in your gut) is relatively
      >> easy. First, the MOST important step is to avoid consuming sugar and
      >> processed foods. The sugars actually serve as fuel for the growth of
      >> pathogenic anaerobic bacteria, fungi and yeast, and competitively
      >> inhibit your good bacteria, tending to crowd them out of their
      >> appropriate niche. These pathogenic bacteria, fungi and yeast then
      >> produce metabolic waste products that will cause your health to
      >> deteriorate.
      >> When you eat a healthy diet, based on your nutritional type that is
      >> low in sugars and processed foods, it automatically causes the
      >> beneficial bacteria in your gut to flourish. This is one of the many
      >> reasons why I highly recommend reducing, with the plan of eliminating,
      >> sugars and most grains from your diet.
      >> Yet, even with an extremely low-sugar diet, there are other factors
      >> that influence your microflora, so you'll also want to avoid some of
      >> the factors that destroy healthy bacteria, such as:
      >> •Antibiotics
      >> •Chlorinated water
      >> •Antibacterial soap
      >> •Agricultural chemicals
      >> •Pollution
      >> Considering the many toxins that surround most of us on a daily basis,
      >> it's generally a wise choice to "reseed" your body with good bacteria
      >> from time to time by taking a high-quality probiotic supplement or
      >> eating traditionally fermented foods. Healthy choices include:
      >> •Lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner)
      >> •Fermented milk, such as kefir
      >> •Various pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant,
      >> cucumbers, onions, squash and carrots•Natto (fermented soy)
      >> If you were to eat a diet rich in fermented foods that have NOT been
      >> pasteurized (as pasteurization kills the naturally occurring
      >> probiotics), then you would likely enjoy great digestive health
      >> without any additional supplementation.
      >> However, if you simply do not like any of these types of fermented
      >> foods, your next best option is to use a high quality probiotic
      >> supplement. I've used many different brands over the past 20 years and
      >> there are many good ones out there. I also spent a long time
      >> researching and developing my own, called Complete Probiotics, in
      >> which I incorporated everything I have learned about this important
      >> tool over the years.
      >> Dr. Mercol's comment over;;;
      >> Here is the first post below that I was answering to.
      >> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^Race2horses
      >> > _http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/0512/lactose-intolerance-may>>> > -sometimes-be-in-the-head-not-the-gut.aspx?xid=aol_eh-digest_55-_20100509&ic>>> > id=main%7Chtmlws-main-w%7Cdl5%7Csec3_lnk3%7C213064_
      >> > (http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/0512/lactose-intolerance-may-sometimes-be-in-the-hea>>> > d-not-the-gut.aspx?xid=aol_eh-digest_55-_20100509&icid=main|htmlws-main-w|dl>>> > 5|sec3_lnk3|213064)
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