Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood


As Olympians go for the gold in Vancouver, even the steeliest are likely to experience that familiar feeling of "butterflies" in the stomach. Underlying this sensation is an often-overlooked network of neurons lining our guts that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our "second brain."

A deeper understanding of this mass of neural tissue, filled with important neurotransmitters, is revealing that it does much more than merely handle digestion or inflict the occasional nervous pang. The little brain in our innards, in connection with the big one in our skulls, partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body. . . .

Read the whole Scientific American article by Adam Hadhazy at:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=gut-second-brain

1 comment:

rita friedman said...

too true. my "guts" been working overtime lately as i'm bringing up a BIG shadow and have been for sometime. have read your second book 1st and your 1st book i'm currently reading. you have given me unbelievable comfort and insight. you speak to my soul and at times i feel like i've written the books as you say (while i'm reading) what i thought 15mins. ago and in exactly they same way and phrasing !! i have gotten more than a few good laughs out of this...this enlightenment process "cracks me up" !! what a ride.