THE BRAIN – THE FORGOTTEN ORGAN
“Society simply isn’t designed to have healthy old people running around and having a say in things. That wouldn’t do.”
We take our brain health very much for granted, and yet random autopsies performed on middle aged people who have died accidentally show that it is all too often the case that their brain health wasn’t very good at all. As with most organs, when the brain begins to struggle it goes into a state of ‘compensated disorder’ – other parts of the brain take over – but there comes a point of apparent failure. I have seen a woman go from being a university lecturer to institutionalised with dementia in the space of weeks. The occasional headache and bout of tiredness are usually telling us a lot more about the health of our brains than we realize. It’s a curious thing that we spend nearly all of our energies and concerns about our health on the area from the nose down with little attention paid to the ‘top paddock’.
Increasingly, neuroscience is postulating that the long term health of our brains may be due to to the subtle failure of a mechanism of the brain known as the ‘blood brain barrier’, or BBB. The innermost layer of cells (the endothelium) of capillaries lining the brain differ from the systemic system in that they have much tighter junctions which protect the extracellular fluid of the brain from a whole range of things such as bacteria, unwanted proteins and other waste, while still permitting things the brain needs such as glucose and hormones to pass through. When you actually view these junctions under a microscope, the distinction between the BBB cells and those of a normal capillary are quite apparent.This then is the BBB, and of all the structures in the body, you should make it your best friend.
Herbalists and naturopaths, and probably other health practitioners also, have long thought that most brain problems have their beginnings in the gut. We’ve always thought that things leaking out of the gut (as discussed recently in an email) circulate in the blood for long enough to cause damage to the BBB thereby facilitating a trans-location of unwanted material into the brain. This is borne out also by anecdotal case histories of patients in clinic. When you take down the case history of patients with brain problems, they usually have a history of high sugar intake, flatulence and poor or erratic stool formation and so forth. Cyst formation is a key indicator, particularly in women. Appendicitis and tonsillitis are often the result of poor gut health, but are all too often viewed by western medicine in isolation. When the abdomen is physically examined, there is tenderness around the umbilicus and the gut has an atonic feel to it.
Scientists have now found this gut/brain relationship to be seemingly correct. The de-construction of rogue proteins within the brain has found they are identical to host proteins from the gut, and the interesting thing about this is that it seems to show up in iridology, as some of the iris discolorations found in the gut area of the iris are also present in the brain area. Naturally, there seems to be little research in the area for two very good reasons; 1 old people are not important, and 2, old people don’t have enough money to buy expensive drugs, so let’s not develop any. Society simply isn’t designed to have healthy old people running around having a say in things. That wouldn’t do.
The iridology of the brain is interesting also in that the brain only weighs about one sixtieth of total body weight, and yet in occupies one sixth of the entire iris field! This is of enormous significance.
As a brief discourse, this all brings me to the subject of brain tumours and vaccines. Many brain tumours, it is thought, have a viral starting point for DNA damage, and it is viruses and viral particles most often used in vaccines. In 2006, I had a patient, a three year old girl, who had a brain tumour, and yet she had never been very sick at all in the past. For an infection (viral) to get as far as the brain (or the heart) a lot of things have to fail along the way; it is analogous to a group of people getting into Fort Knox in that a lot of security has to fail. So, it begs the question; how does a three year old get a chronic disease when she’s never been sick? Any virus penetrating that far and causing DNA damage would have to be a very significant infection – unless it was injected. This aside, there are far far too many cancers in young folk, and especially brain tumours, and yet I have never heard of any cancer ever occurring in the child of a naturopath, acupuncturist or herbalist anywhere in Australia.
There is another iridological sign which is of importance and may be a predictor of brain problems in later life and it is one of relative brain ischemia (absence of blood). This can and often does occur at any time of life and is thought to occur – well, it’s a bit of a long story really – from erratic glucose curves. Let me explain; the glucose levels may be within normal range, but they go up and down too quickly, and the brain doesn’t like that. Brain chemistry is a slow burn, more like that of a candle, and so needs a slow steady stream of glucose. So, the theory is that you get relative levels of low brain physiology occurring in pockets here and there… This is what is often seen microscopically in the aforementioned autopsies, which is where we came in.
You may need a brain check central nervous system medicines if you fall into the following criteria (not necessarily in any order of importance):
1 Family history of brain problems
2 History of headache
3 Chronic fatigue
4 Weak heart
5 Changes in memory status or difficulty concentrating.
6 Over fifty
7 Diabetes (they need preventative medicine for everything)
Many brain problems such as ADHD, anxiety, PMS, insomnia, and some in the above list are secondary so problems in the rest of the body, and there is often an interplay between the two also. So the clinician has to determine which is which.
So, I hope this has given you something to think about. The brain is an interesting place, and it’s the only organ in the body with a bachelor degree especially dedicated to it, (Bachelor of Neuroscience).