Dr. Michael Gershon | The Gut Brain, October 3, 2011

Source: itsrainmakingtime.com, cumc.columbia.edu

Many breakthroughs in science and medicine will come out of this new knowledge and its profound implications. Dr. Michael Gershon, an expert in the field of neurogastroenterology, has brought more understanding of the second brain than anyone living today. He is the author of The Second Brain and the chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at New York--Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center.

The enteric nervous system, also called "the second brain", consists of sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the alimentary canal, which measures nine meters from the esophagus to the anus. It contains around 100 million neurons and is equipped with its own reflexes and senses. Dr. Gershon asserts that the second brain can control gut behavior independently of the brain. 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus, carry information from the gut to the brain, influencing everyday emotional well-being. Join us as we explore the most cutting edge research on The Gut Brain since its publication in 1998.

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