I attended a seminar last night. The talk was focused on the gut/brain axis and decreasing inflammatory processes in the body. When people react to foods (which many of us do), we are reacting to the proteins in the foods. Proteins are made up of amino acid sequences. Many of the sequences of inflammatory foods have similar snippets of amino acid sequences as other foods (leading to cross contamination) AND our own brain tissue (like our cerebella!!!). Well, our bodies do not react to individual amino acids. Therefore, if all the proteins are broken down before they get to the small intestine, we won't react to the food at all. It was suggested that people take digestive enzymes (to digest proteins) when we eat to decrease the probability of reacting to foods, and thus decreasing inflammatory processes in the body.
Here's the article:
Different Brain Regions are Infected with Fungi in Alzheimer’s Disease
By Diana Pisa, Ruth Alonso, Alberto Rábano, Izaskun Rodal, Luis Carrasco
Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 15015 (2015)
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The possibility that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has a microbial aetiology has been proposed by several researchers. Here, we provide evidence that tissue from the central nervous system (CNS) of AD patients contain fungal cells and hyphae. Fungal material can be detected both intra- and extracellularly using specific antibodies against several fungi. Different brain regions including external frontal cortex, cerebellar hemisphere, entorhinal cortex/hippocampus and choroid plexus contain fungal material, which is absent in brain tissue from control individuals. Analysis of brain sections from ten additional AD patients reveals that all are infected with fungi. Fungal infection is also observed in blood vessels, which may explain the vascular pathology frequently detected in AD patients. Sequencing of fungal DNA extracted from frozen CNS samples identifies several fungal species. Collectively, our findings provide compelling evidence for the existence of fungal infection in the CNS from AD patients, but not in control individuals.
My comments: Did you know that 90% of disorders in the world are inflammatory disorders? The question I have is what came first? If this study fact, then people with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) have fungi in their brain. I wonder what came first? Is it the inflammation in the brain that creates the environment to allow fungi OR is it the fungi that increase the AD? Dr. Merry
Dr. Norman Doidge, MD, wrote an incredible book called The Brain that Changes Itself. It is a book that tells story after story of hope in the field of brain science. If you need inspiration and feel discouraged, I highly recommend this book!
In his book In An Unspoken Voice (p. 135), Peter Levine says:
(Traumatic) memories are encoded not primarily in the neocortex but, instead, in the limbic system and brain stem. For this reason behaviors and memories cannot be changed by simply changing one's thoughts. One must also work with sensation and feeling--really with the totality of experience.
Has anyone ever told you to just change the way you think to get out of a difficult emotional time? We oftentimes need something MORE, something physical to help us. Chiropractic can help break the cycle of repetitive negative thoughts by changing signals to the brain.