The Second Brain

A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine

Author: Michael Gershon

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060930721

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Dr. Michael Gershon has devoted his career to understanding the human bowel (the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, and colon). His thirty years of research have led to an extraordinary rediscovery: nerve cells in the gut that act as a brain. This "second brain" can control our gut all by itself. Our two brains -- the one in our head and the one in our bowel -- must cooperate. If they do not, then there is chaos in the gut and misery in the head -- everything from "butterflies" to cramps, from diarrhea to constipation. Dr. Gershon's work has led to radical new understandings about a wide range of gastrointestinal problems including gastroenteritis, nervous stomach, and irritable bowel syndrome. The Second Brain represents a quantum leap in medical knowledge and is already benefiting patients whose symptoms were previously dismissed as neurotic or "it's all in your head."
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Digestive Intelligence

A Holistic View of Your Second Brain

Author: Irina Matveikova

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1844098591

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 172

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Digestive Intelligence tells the fascinating story of how our digestive systems are the centre of our bodies’ second brain and how we think and live our emotions via our stomachs. Not surprising when you consider there is something equivalent to the size of a village football pitch hiding inside our bellies--that’s the incredible magnitude of our digestive systems. Dr Matveikova answers the obvious questions: “How?” and “Why can this be so?” by explaining, in straight forward layman’s language, that the digestive system contains more than one million neurones, identical to those in the brain and is responsible for producing 90% of the body’s hormone, serotonin, the all-important hormone which makes us feel happy and full of wellbeing. It follows that, if our stomach is “out of sorts” we feel irritable and lacking in energy; and those feelings block our intellectual productivity, disorientate us and completely change our thought patterns and physical processes.
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Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior

The Groundbreaking Story of the Gut-Brain Connection

Author: Teri Arranga,Claire I. Viadro,Lauren Underwood

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1626364346

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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According to the National Institutes of Health, there are sixty to seventy million people affected by digestive diseases in the United States. The old proverb tells us “you are what you eat,” and the latest science shows that this may be truer than we even thought. Diet has a profound effect on both physical and mental health. Most of the body’s immune system is in the gut, so pathology and dysfunction in the gut and imbalanced gut flora can cause neuroinflammation and possibly even neurodegenerative disease over time. Featuring contributions from dozens of experts on gut disorders and related physical, mental, and behavioral health, this book will fascinate you as you read about the intriguing world of bad bugs, cytokine storms, and the environment in your belly that influences your brain. From the microscopic world of Clostridium to the complex communities of biofilm, Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior emphasizes one simple fact: The gut is connected to the brain.
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The Psychobiotic Revolution

The New Science of Psychobiotics and How Your Microbiome Shapes Your Mood

Author: Scott C. Anderson,John F. Cryan,Ted Dinan

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 142621846X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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"This cutting-edge book reveals how a healthy gut can drive psychological well-being, improve your mood, and combat common diseases including depression, anxiety, obesity, heart disease--even autism and Alzheimer's--all by nurturing your microbiome. Welcome to psychobiotics, the revolutionary new scientific field that treats the common ailments of our time. Leading medical researchers John F. Cryan and Ted Dinan, together with veteran journalist Scott C. Anderson, explain the operations of the all-critical gut-brain axis, revealing how overall well-being depends on a healthy population of intestinal bacteria. For the first time, Cryan and Dinan--who coined the term "psychobiotics"--introduce the microbes essential to brain health and explain how changes in lifestyle and diet can keep them thriving. With useful charts naming bacteria species and laboratory-tested psychobiotic products, along with disease-by-disease accounts of the role a healthy gut plays in prevention and treatment, this comprehensive guide illuminates the essential steps you need to improve your life--all by maintaining a healthy gut"--
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The Mind-Gut Connection

How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

Author: Emeran Mayer

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062846825

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

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Chances are, at some point in your life you’ve noticed the connection between your brain and your gut. If you’ve ever felt queasy as you walked into an uncomfortable situation or based a life decision based on a “gut feeling,” then you know that sometimes our bodies react faster than our minds. Most of us have also experienced the same phenomenon in reverse, where our mental state has affected our digestive system—like the butterflies in our stomach before an important meeting or a first date. But while the dialogue between the mind and the gut has been recognized for centuries, scientists today are just starting to understand how powerful that connection is. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, executive director of the UCLA Oppenheimer Center for the Neurobiology of Stress, offers a cutting-edge view into this developing science, showing us the full impact of how the brain, gut, and microbiome—the community of microorganisms that live inside the digestive tract—communicate. As Dr. Mayer explains, when this communication channel is out of whack, major health problems can crop up, including food sensitivities and allergies, digestive disorders, obesity, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. The Mind-Gut Connection teaches us how, with a few simple changes to our diet and lifestyle, we can enjoy a happier mindset, enhanced immunity, a decreased risk of developing neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and even lose weight. With a simple, practical regimen drawn from the latest research, Dr. Mayer shows us that paying attention to the mind-gut balance is the key to unlocking vibrant health.
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Gut

The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition)

Author: Giulia Enders

Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd

ISBN: 1771643781

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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In this updated edition of a worldwide bestseller, Giulia Enders reveals the secrets and science of the digestive system—including new research on the connection between the gut and the brain. For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ. But it does more than just dirty work; our gut is at the core of who we are. With quirky charm, science star and medical doctor Giulia Enders explains the gut’s magic, answering questions like: Why does acid reflux happen? What’s really up with gluten and lactose intolerance? How does the gut affect obesity and mood? A new section on the brain-gut axis dives into groundbreaking discoveries of psychobiotics – microbes with psychological effects that can influence conditions like depression and even stress. Aided with cheerful illustrations by Enders’s sister Jill, this beguiling manifesto will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they’re trying to tell you something important.
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The Good Gut

Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health

Author: Justin Sonnenburg,Erica Sonnenburg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698181026

Category: Medical

Page: 320

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The groundbreaking science behind the surprising source of good health Stanford University’s Justin and Erica Sonnenburg are pioneers in the most exciting and potentially transformative field in the entire realm of human health and wellness, the study of the relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organisms representing thousands of species to which our bodies play host, the microbes that we collectively call the microbiota. The microbiota interacts with our bodies in a number of powerful ways; the Sonnenburgs argue that it determines in no small part whether we’re sick or healthy, fit or obese, sunny or moody. The microbiota has always been with us, and in fact has coevolved with humans, entwining its functions with ours so deeply, the Sonnenburgs show us, humans are really composite organisms having both microbial and human parts. But now, they argue, because of changes to diet, antibiotic over-use, and over-sterilization, our gut microbiota is facing a “mass extinction event,” which is causing our bodies to go haywire, and may be behind the mysterious spike in some of our most troubling modern afflictions, from food allergies to autism, cancer to depression. It doesn’t have to be this way. The Good Gut offers a new plan for health that focuses on how to nourish your microbiota, including recipes and a menu plan. In this groundbreaking work, the Sonnenburgs show how we can keep our microbiota off the endangered species list and how we can strengthen the community that inhabits our gut and thereby improve our own health. The answer is unique for each of us, and it changes as you age. In this important and timely investigation, the Sonnenburgs look at safe alternatives to antibiotics; dietary and lifestyle choices to encourage microbial health; the management of the aging microbiota; and the nourishment of your own individual microbiome. Caring for our gut microbes may be the most important health choice we can make. From the Hardcover edition.
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10% Human

How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

Author: Alanna Collen

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062346008

Category: Science

Page: 352

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You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but also bacteria and fungi. Over your lifetime, you will carry the equivalent weight of five African elephants in microbes. You are not an individual but a colony. Until recently, we had thought our microbes hardly mattered, but science is revealing a different story, one in which microbes run our bodies and becoming a healthy human is impossible without them. In this riveting, shocking, and beautifully written book, biologist Alanna Collen draws on the latest scientific research to show how our personal colony of microbes influences our weight, our immune system, our mental health, and even our choice of partner. She argues that so many of our modern diseases—obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmunity afflictions, and even cancer—have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Many of the questions about modern diseases left unanswered by the Human Genome Project are illuminated by this new science. And the good news is that unlike our human cells, we can change our microbes for the better. Collen's book is a revelatory and indispensable guide. It is science writing at its most relevant: life—and your body—will never seem the same again.
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Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way

A 10-Step Plan for Symptom Relief

Author: Jeffrey M. Lackner

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

ISBN: 9781584795759

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

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Jeffrey Lackner offers all IBS sufferers the same guidance that has helped his patients lessen or completely eliminate their symptoms.
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Depression Anxiety and the Brain in Your Gut

How Thought, Emotion and Behavior Work and How to Get Back to Normal

Author: Kelly Burris

Publisher: Illumine Studios

ISBN: 9780964424135

Category:

Page: N.A

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Define Normal, Eliminate Labels and Measure Outcomes at Every Session Most people are stunned when informed there is not a definition for normal in Emotional Wellness (mental health). This absence of a definition leaves the client subject to labeling via diagnosis, getting drug through the junk yard of their past, and caught in a perpetual cycle of therapy and medication. When normal is defined, a clear objective can be established, outcomes can be measured and diagnosis and labeling are no longer necessary. All of this leads to a higher level of scrutiny of the practitioner and begins the elimination of stigma. By definition a thought process cannot be an illness or disease. Therefore, changing the terms mental health and mental illness to Emotional Wellness brings integrity and a sense of focus to what is now called mental health. With over 150 medical references and measurable outcomes at every session the Burris Process has changed the definition of Mind-Body-Spirit Health. Regardless of whether you suffer from depression, PTSD, addiction, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, ADHD, an eating disorder or simply want to be successful with a diet, fitness and weight loss program, you must have tools which will enable you to take control of how you feel every day. *Learn the Mechanism of Thought, Emotion and Behavior *Learn How to Define Normal and Keep Yourself There *Learn Why Emotional and Gut Health Measurement is Imperative *Learn to Distinguish Between a Psychological and Physiological Issue The Brain in Your Gut With over 500 million neurons (brain cells) in the gut and bidirectional communication with the brain via the vagus nerve, gut health must not only be considered in Emotional Wellness (mental health) but must also be measured. We take a close look at the effect the gut has on everything from the central nervous system to thought, emotion and behavior and how to correct it for the ultimate personal transformation.
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How Emotions Are Made

The Secret Life of the Brain

Author: Lisa Feldman Barrett

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544129962

Category: Psychology

Page: 496

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“Fascinating . . . A thought-provoking journey into emotion science.” — Wall Street Journal “A singular book, remarkable for the freshness of its ideas and the boldness and clarity with which they are presented.” — Scientific American “A brilliant and original book on the science of emotion, by the deepest thinker about this topic since Darwin.” — Daniel Gilbert, best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness The science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose research overturns the long-standing belief that emotions are automatic, universal, and hardwired in different brain regions. Instead, Barrett shows, we construct each instance of emotion through a unique interplay of brain, body, and culture. A lucid report from the cutting edge of emotion science, How Emotions Are Made reveals the profound real-world consequences of this breakthrough for everything from neuroscience and medicine to the legal system and even national security, laying bare the immense implications of our latest and most intimate scientific revolution. “Mind-blowing.” — Elle “Chock-full of startling, science-backed findings . . . An entertaining and engaging read. ” — Forbes
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Understanding the Gut Microbiota

Author: Gerald W. Tannock

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118801423

Category: Science

Page: 184

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This book discusses the community of microbial species (the microbiota, microbiome), which inhabits the large bowel of humans. Written from the perspective of an academic who has been familiar with the topic for 40 years, it provides a long-term perspective of knowledge about this high profile and fast-moving topic. Building on general ecological principles, the book aims to help the reader to understand how the microbiota is formed, how it works, and what the consequences are to humans. Understanding the Gut Microbiota focuses on conceptual progress made from studies of the human bowel microbiota. Where appropriate, it draws on knowledge obtained from other animal species to provide conceptual enlightenment, but this is essentially a book about humans and their bowel microbes. Particular research approaches are recommended to fill knowledge gaps so that fundamental ecological theory and information about the microbiota can be translated into benefits for human health. The relationship between food for humans and resulting food for bowel bacteria emerges as an important topic for consideration. This concise scholarly treatise of the microbiota of the human bowel will be of great interest and use as a text and reference work for professionals, teachers and students across a wide range of disciplines, including the health sciences, general biology, and food science and technology. The provision of handy ‘explanation of terms’ means that those with a general interest in science can also read the book with enjoyment. About the Author Gerald W. Tannock, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Rhythms of the Brain

Author: Gyorgy Buzsaki

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019804125X

Category: Medical

Page: 464

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This book provides eloquent support for the idea that spontaneous neuron activity, far from being mere noise, is actually the source of our cognitive abilities. In a sequence of "cycles," György Buzsáki guides the reader from the physics of oscillations through neuronal assembly organization to complex cognitive processing and memory storage. His clear, fluid writing-accessible to any reader with some scientific knowledge-is supplemented by extensive footnotes and references that make it just as gratifying and instructive a read for the specialist. The coherent view of a single author who has been at the forefront of research in this exciting field, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in our rapidly evolving understanding of the brain.
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Eat Dirt

Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It

Author: Dr. Josh Axe

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062433660

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

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Doctor of Natural Medicine and wellness authority Dr. Josh Axe delivers a groundbreaking, indispensable guide for understanding, diagnosing, and treating one of the most discussed yet little-understood health conditions: leaky gut syndrome. Do you have a leaky gut? For 80% of the population the answer is “yes”—and most people don’t even realize it. Leaky gut syndrome is the root cause of a litany of ailments, including: chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune diseases, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, and even arthritis. To keep us in good health, our gut relies on maintaining a symbiotic relationship with trillions of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. When our digestive system is out of whack, serious health problems can manifest and our intestinal walls can develop microscopic holes, allowing undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins to seep into the bloodstream. This condition is known as leaky gut syndrome. In Eat Dirt, Dr. Josh Axe explains that what we regard as modern “improvements” to our food supply—including refrigeration, sanitation, and modified grains—have damaged our intestinal health. In fact, the same organisms in soil that allow plants and animals to flourish are the ones we need for gut health. In Eat Dirt, Dr. Axe explains that it’s essential to get a little “dirty” in our daily lives in order to support our gut bacteria and prevent leaky gut syndrome. Dr. Axe offers simple ways to get these needed microbes, from incorporating local honey and bee pollen into your diet to forgoing hand sanitizers and even ingesting a little probiotic-rich soil. Because leaky gut manifests differently in every individual, Dr. Axe also identifies the five main “gut types” and offers customizable plans—including diet, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations—to dramatically improve gut health in just thirty days. With a simple diet plan, recipes, and practical advice, Eat Dirt will help readers restore gut health and eliminate leaky gut for good.
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The Disease Delusion

Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life

Author: Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062290754

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 432

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For decades, Dr. Jeffrey Bland has been on the cutting edge of Functional Medicine, which seeks to pinpoint and prevent the cause of illness, rather than treat its symptoms. Managing chronic diseases accounts for three quarters of our total healthcare costs, because we’re masking these illnesses with pills and temporary treatments, rather than addressing their underlying causes, he argues. Worse, only treating symptoms leads us down the path of further illness. In The Disease Delusion, Dr. Bland explains what Functional Medicine is and what it can do for you. While advances in modern science have nearly doubled our lifespans in only four generations, our quality of life has not reached its full potential. Outlining the reasons why we suffer chronic diseases from asthma and diabetes to obesity, arthritis and cancer to a host of other ailments, Dr. Bland offers achievable, science-based solutions that can alleviate these common conditions and offers a roadmap for a lifetime of wellness.
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What's Behind Your Belly Button?

A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct

Author: Martha Char Love,Robert W. Sterling

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781466429895

Category: Psychology

Page: 328

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This book is a narrative of the maturation of the sciences (Psychology and Neurology) and the combined experience of the authors, all of which started to take form in the 1960s with the unrest of youth over the Viet Nam war—the era of “give peace and love a chance”.In the 1970s, the authors were involved in a college occupational and academic counseling-teaching assignment, dealing with the aftermath of the previous era of changes in society and integration of the Black and White cultures. Having no effective references with which to work, they used a personality inventory (MBTI), based on the work of Dr. Carl Jung. Experience with groups and individuals soon allowed feelings of the students involved to surface at a variety of levels, which were centered on personal disturbances of their pasts and were not defined by the inventory. Hours of study of what they were learning from students, suggested that the authors were tapping into genuine universal instinctive feeling intelligence, primarily focused in the gut area of the body.In 1998, neurological research at Columbia University published the work of Dr. Michael Gershon that identified the enteric nervous system as a center of feeling-intelligence in the gut, which he called the “Second Brain”. The authors carefully examined this material and accepted the research findings as pointing to the same universal feeling intelligence they experienced in counseling with hundreds of people. Utilizing the research of Dr. Gershon, the work of Dr. Lise Eliot who charts the development of children from conception through the first five years of life, recent research of their own in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University, and their vast clinical experience, the authors have presented an interpretation of recent medical research into a Gut Psychology and a more accurate behavioral understanding of the Self and human nature than has previously been available. They share a complete protocol and results of clinical research findings for the Somatic Reflection Process that they have created and used successfully, with themselves and hundreds of people, to assist the process of getting in touch with the voice of the gut and learning to follow its wisdom toward a healthy life—unifying the body-mind split in the individuation process.Over a period of 45 years, there has been a utilization of further graduate studies in Depth Psychology and Religious Education on the part of the authors, and giant steps forward in the fields of Neurology and Human Psychology, which help form a new more accurate image of human nature. The authors present this new image of human nature and the meaning of its understanding in making positive changes in our lives, both individually and collectively as a species. They suggest that we are at the beginning of a Renaissance in human consciousness and that understanding our true human nature is the way to thrive in this present era. This book also discusses the implications of this new image of human nature in education and for rehabilitation of those incarcerated. The authors suggest that early in the child learning process, care be taken to offer the experience of freedom and acceptance to the preschool child to form a positive self-concept and to self-regulate his and her behavior as part of the learning process in becoming a loving, caring person. After careful examination of life's processes, they conclude that of all the mammals in the animal kingdom, humans seem to be the only species that has been denied the open use of their natural instincts. Out of ignorance, fear or wanton control by others—“we are denied the use of the brains we were born with”. This awareness is of growing concern since the absence of the use of the feeling intelligence of the body interferes with a major stabilizing force—built into the human system—that can affect human behavior, provide a sense of well-being, and the ability of the body to combat disease.
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The Prime

Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss

Author: Kulreet Chaudhary,Eve Adamson

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 1101904313

Category: MEDICAL

Page: 320

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"Dr. Chaudhary discovered a beautiful side effect to the eating and lifestyle tools she gave her brain patients-shedding excess pounds. In this, her first book, she shows readers that weight gain is a result of the body being in a toxic, inflammatory state. If your body is not prepared for weight loss, you will fight a biochemical uphill battle, and the odds of succeeding are slim. Once you reduce the toxic load and bolster your natural detoxification systems, the body's own fat-loss and weight-maintenance systems kick in. After priming the body (without giving up anything you love) and making a few additions to your diet, you'll be able to shed the weight and transform your health."
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Mbraining

Using Your Multiple Brains to Do Cool Stuff

Author: Grant Soosalu,Marvin Oka

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781475238587

Category: Self-Help

Page: 351

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The latest scientific research shows you have three brains! You have complex and fully functional brains in your heart, your gut and your head. In this groundbreaking book, you'll discover the latest neuroscience findings about your multiple brains (head, heart and gut brains) and what they have to offer for increasing intuitive abilities and for immediately generating wiser decision-making in your daily life. Providing you with numerous practical and easy to learn methods, this book shows how to communicate with and tap into the innate intelligence of your multiple brains. mBraining coaches you in aligning your three brains to achieve greater wisdom, success and happiness in a world of massive change. Utilizing the powerful and practical methodologies of NLP, Cognitive Linguistics and Behavioral Modeling, the authors have synthesized a remarkably wide range of research findings into an integrated approach that is practical, potent, and immediate in its results. Now scientific knowledge is finally catching up with deep insights from esoteric and spiritual traditions informing us for thousands of years about these three powerful intelligences. This is not a popular science book, nor is it a typical self-help book. This is a book that both breaks new ground as well as complementing many other spiritual and self-development practises. In this book, you'll learn the process of 'mBraining' - the process of aligning and harnessing the power of your multiple brains. The suite of practical methods it provides is part of an amazing new field called 'mBIT' - multiple Brain Integration Techniques. This is a book that changes lives by giving you a real 'how'. Written in an easy to read and entertaining style, this is a highly accessible guide to understanding the scientific basis behind your gut intuitions, your heart-felt emotions, and your head-based creative powers. The lessons in this book can transform your relationship to yourself, to others, and to the world in which you live. If you are serious about your self-evolution, this book is a must read! Learn to use your multiple brains to do cool and amazing things in your life!
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The Inside Tract

Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health

Author: Gerard E. Mullin,Kathie Madonna Swift

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1609614275

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 368

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More than 60 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and irritable bowel syndrome. In The Inside Tract by Gerard E. Mullin, MD, a comprehensive plan for overcoming these common digestive ailments, you'll learn how a simple regimen of dietary changes, supplements, and a 7-step lifestyle modification program can help heal intestinal problems and get you on track to vibrant health!
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