Second Brain: The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct


The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct and a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines

After 30 years of research, Dr. Michael Gershon's work has made clear that the human gut actually has a brain of its own (a bundle of nerve cells located in the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine). This second nervous system comes complete with a network of more than 100 million neurons and neurotransmitters with a complex circuitry that enables it to control the bowel and, as the saying goes, produce "gut feelings" separate from the brain's impulses. Dr. Gershon's research has implications for treating heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome as well as relieving the debilitating side effects (nausea, diarrhea, and constipation) of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases and drugs such as Prozac or similar antidepressants.

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  • ISBN: 0060930721