What Feedback Can GERD Give Us About Digestion? [James Maskell, Functional Forum]

What Feedback Can GERD Give Us About Digestion? [James Maskell, Functional Forum]

January 6, 2020 1 By Ewald Bahringer


What does GERD teach us about digestion
as a feedback mechanism? Great information from Marc David on the
Functional Forum from Boulder. Imagine a patient or client comes to you, and they
have a digestive problem. It’s interesting how we frame digestion as it
has a problem and oftentimes there’s problems. Another way to look at it…what
I hear inside my head when I hear somebody talking about what’s going on
in their digestion, digestion is giving us feedback. A lot of times for people
there’s actually nothing wrong with digestion. So if you’re eating foods that
you’re allergic to in a way, there’s nothing wrong necessarily with your
digestion. Your digestion is giving you feedback about what’s happening. We don’t always look at digestion in that way, as this brilliant feedback mechanism. The average person immediately goes to…what’s wrong with me? And really when digestion is screaming, oftentimes it’s what’s right. It’s giving us information.
It could be about the foods we eat. It could be about the state under which
we’re eating. It could be about other organic causes that are going on in the body. But it’s digestion giving us feedback. Enteric nervous system,
brain in the belly. The second brain – you’ve heard of it. There are as many neurons in
the digestive system nervous system as there are nerves in your spinal cord –
approximately 100 million. So that’s a lot of brain power, right? And it’s why we say oftentimes, you’ll say wow, you know I had a gut feeling about that guy. We don’t say I had an elbow feeling or a kidney feeling. It’s a gut feeling, because indeed there’s a tremendous amount of intelligence that’s happening
in the gut. You know there’s a lot of controversy around this. I remember hearing as a young man…it’s like, oh you only use like a few percent of your
brain or ten percent of your brain and that’s being just proved. Oh no you use all your…come on we don’t use all the brain… And I think the same thing with
the gut brain. I don’t think we use all of it for feedback. And it’s interesting because just as you can improve brain power, memory, cognition, etc. with more blood flow, which is really more oxygenation. The same way we can improve
digestive capacity with breathing, with oxygen, Junior high school biology… food plus oxygen equals calorie burn You must have oxygen to metabolize a meal. A lot of people are shallow breathers. A lot of people are in stress. They’re in fear.
They’re in anxiety, and in those states we are shallow breathers. We are taking
in less oxygen so it is predictable oftentimes that there will be some form
of digestive distress or upset. You know, one of the great successes that I see
practitioners have when it comes to working with digestion is working with the
stress response. Gastroesophageal reflux… what’s fascinating is that it’s so
connected to stress,s fear, and anxiety. And oftentimes when you take a person who’s
complaining of GERD, I’m going to guesstimate then ninety five percent of
the time if you ask them, are you a fast eater, a moderate eater, or a slow eater?
They’ll tell you fast. Active eating fast is a stressor for the body. Will put you
in sympathetic nervous system dominance. Not the ideal state of digestion and
assimilation to help that person relax. Help that person slow down. Help them learn a
few breathing techniques or a meditative technique or an autogenic technique and you can change their GERD in a couple of meals. To me it’s fantastic! So I’m just
saying to everything that was shared on this stage, and there’s this other
place that we have to look at where mind is impacting body. Thanks so much for watching and for more great clips like this please subscribe to our
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