Brain and Gut: Part 2

All Diseases begin in the Gut, Hippocrates, 460-370 BC

The brain and the gut are essentially the same. By way of review:

  • 90% of the serotonin is located in the gut.
  • 50% of dopamine is located in the gut
  • All of the B vitamins are produced by good bacteria in the gut.

In a healthy gut, the B-vitamins are produced by the so-called “good bacteria”. The B- vitamins are important for energy production and nervous system function.

Acetylcholine is another important neurotransmitter. It is responsible for optimal brain function. It is made from choline which is a B-vitamin. It is responsible for brain speed among many other functions. Many kids and elderly are known to have low brain speed, especially those with attention deficit disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.

Many kids are inappropriately diagnosed with a synthetic amphetamine deficiency (Ritalin) and subsequently prescribed pharmaceutical medication. A child who has slow brain speed will exhibit the same symptoms as someone with acetylcholine deficiency including memory dysfunction, difficulty concentrating, and poor focus.

These kids should be given an aggressive trial of boosting their levels of good bacteria which produce every known neurotransmitter known to man. How can one naturally boost neurotransmitters? By eating fermented foods with each meal and/or taking a high quality probiotic such as Megapro which contains at least 50 billion microorganisms per dose.

On his death bed, the psychiatrist, known as the father of ADHD and pioneer of autism, Leon Eisenberg, admitted that ADHD is essentially a “fictitious disease,” which means that millions of young children today are being needlessly prescribed severe mind-altering drugs that will set them up for a life of drug addiction and failure.
Pharmaceutical companies make money by inventing new drugs or creating new diseases already invented drugs can treat.

The neurotransmitters in the gut are extremely important for our physical and mental well-being. Serotonin, for example, is known as the “feel good” neurotransmitter. After eating a Thanksgiving meal one may feel a bit euphoric due to an increase in serotonin production from the amino acid (protein) tryptophan which makes melatonin also, causing us to feel tired.

Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that produces gut and brain power. You can recognize someone with a dopamine deficiency very easily. They are the folks who must have at least several cups of coffee or soda per day, have candy at their workstation (sugar craving), smoke, and are prone to addictions. These are the same people who are at high risk for Parkinson’s disease as well, a condition well-known to be associated with low dopamine levels.

If you fit any of these categories, then I urge you to change your habits by starting to eat a diet rich in fermented foods and strongly consider taking a high quality probiotic.

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