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The Modern Gut-Brain Disconnect and What Caused it in America.

The Modern Gut-Brain Disconnect

The gut-brain connection is a very well researched, physiological reality.  Directly connected to a “gut wrenching” experience is the emotional part of the brain.  But why now has the gut-brain connection become such a hot topic in health care?

  1. The connection between the gut and brain is at the root of so many maladies and syndromes.
  2.  Tracing the cause of stress and anxiety, to a plethora of anxiety producing stressors in American society, that are not easily circumvented or handled.  Some of these are constants in the background and others are in the foreground of our lives.

Patients are forced to navigate alone in this complex, tricky and sometimes dangerous culture with widely varying levels of skill and resources to avoid shipwreck.

Certainly we don’t have to look long or far to find a myriad of significant stressors and threats, that both individually, and collectively, have adverse effects on our brains and “guts,” not to mention our entire immune and hormonal systems.

Stressors that cause Gut-Brain Disconnect

Briefly, I will allude to some of the ubiquitous stressors that set the stage for the pervasive gut-brain disconnect we see everywhere in the United States.

  • The traditional health care system and its astronomical costs.
  • The difficulty of finding a well paid, secure job and keeping it in our outsourcing economic model.
  • The ever increasing cost of housing and food with wages that don’t keep up with inflation.
  • The almost unsustainable cost of raising, housing, feeding, insuring and educating even a small family, even with dual incomes.
  • A very challenging dating scene with the problem of finding a suitable and harmonious marriage partner for the long term.
  • Loss of a loved one.
  • The lack of a reasonable and easily accessible financial/social safety net, should things “go south” unexpectedly.
  • The ever increasing encroachment of both government and corporations into our private lives with the restrictions of constitutional freedoms.

How to connect the gut & brain

Reconnect and reestablish the harmony between brain, emotions and gut.

Choosing how we react to stressful situations.  This is where our power lies.

Additionally, here are some things that may help.

  • Deep therapeutic breathing.
  • Learn the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
  • Spend more time outside in nature.
  • Meditation.
  • Eat a healthier diet.
  • Get some more exercise.
  • Lower your expectations, don’t try to keep up with the Jones.
  • Hypnotherapy,
  • Work on a hobby you enjoy.
  • Take up some form of art or music.
  • Get a massage twice a month.
  • look for alternatives to drugs and the traditional medical model.