Spotlight on: the Brain/Gut connection

Our Sigrid at ABC Amsterdam noticed that a few new titles have come out recently about the brain/gut connection.

“The what?” I hear you think, much like I did when she mailed me about them.  I’ll let Michael Pollan enlighten you with his NY Times article on the subject, published last month.  Fascinating, right?  And slightly nauseating, too, perhaps.  😉

Sigrid has grouped the new titles on this subject together with the classics in the Health section at ABC Amsterdam.  At ABC The Hague you can  find them in the Health or Science section.  Please be sure to contact your ABC of choice for an exact stock check.

Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health – Alejandro Junger

In Clean Gut, Alejandro Junger, M.D, New York Times bestselling author of Clean and creator of the world-famous Clean Program, delivers a complete toolkit for reversing disease and sustaining life-long health.

All of today’s most-diagnosed ailments can be traced back to an injured and irritated gut. The gut is an intricate and powerful system, naturally designed to protect and heal the body every moment of every day And yet for far too many of us, this remarkable system is in disrepair, which leads to all kinds of health problems-from extra pounds, aches and pains, allergies, mood swings, and lack of libido, to heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, and depression.

But we no longer have to be sick to get healthy. In this groundbreaking program, Alejandro Junger, M.D. explains how instead of treating the symptoms as they arise, we can preemptively attack disease before it takes root in the gut.

No matter your current state of health, you will benefit from this program: Clean Gut will help you put an end to everyday ailments, reverse chronic disease, and achieve true, long-lasting health.

Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior: The Groundbreaking Story of the Gut-Brain Connection – Teri Arranga, Claire I. Viadro & Lauren Underwood

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are 60 to 70 million people affected by digestive diseases in the United States. This title helps you to learn about the intriguing world of bad bugs, cytokine storms, and the world in your belly that influences your brain.

Gulp : Adventures on the Alimentary Canal – Mary Roach

‘America’s funniest science writer’ (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of – or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists – who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.

Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome : Natural Treatment for Autism, Add/adhd, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia – Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

New 2010 Edition with over 100 extra pages of information! Gut and Psychology Syndrome provides the information you need to heal a damaged digestive system. The perfect book for anyone suffering from Autism, Dyslexia, Depression, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Schizophrenia, and any other condition that has a link with gut dysbiosis.

The Second Brain: The Scientific Basis of Gut Instinct & a Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach & Intestine – Michael D. Gershon

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.’

The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger: Anti-Aging Wisdom for Every Generation – Donna Gates, Lyndi Schrecengost & Leonard Smith

As baby boomers, we’re a generation that has transformed society. How will we redefine aging? This book provides a blueprint for restoring a vital friendship with our bodies and, in turn, renewing our bond with the earth. It shows us how we can live fuller, healthier, more meaningful lives.

A fascinating blend of cutting-edge medical information, practical health advice, and spiritual wisdom, The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger is relevant for people of any age. Written by Donna Gates – the originator of Body Ecology, a world-renowned system of healing – this long-awaited book suggests that we don’t simply have to age gracefully, we can age with ‘panache.’