Ideas I’d like to Illustrate: any Takers?…

Recently I read that our digestive tract have more neurons than a domestic cat has in its whole brain. So when I read that microbes in our guts may be controlling the moods we experience in our brains, it came as not such a surprise. The particular strain of microbes in your gut may be responsible for emotional health as well as your physical health. They may determine your sense of fear or anxiety or relaxation and calm. Stephen Collins, McMaster University, Canada, was the first to make this connection, in his studies on rats. Research is being done on humans now, by UCLA’s Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Emeran Mayer, M.D.

I also remember learning in anatomy class that there are not many known or important functions for the vagus nerve. Since then, the vagus nerve comes up frequently in my reading, as a source of receiving emotional signals fron the gut. Dacher Keltner is another great resource for this understanding.

Ciick HERE to see the full article from Rob Stein of NPR.

And if you want to watch a fun and cute video on what microbes are doing in your guts, this is great for review or an introduction:

External Lateral Brain External Lateral Brain. Illustrated by Laura Maaske. @2000 Columbia EHC

Laura Maaske, B.Sc., M.Sc.BMC, Medical & Science Illustrator | e-Textbook Designer

November 18, 2013

Medimagery Medical Illustration & Design

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One thought on “Ideas I’d like to Illustrate: any Takers?…

  1. Hey Laura – this comment is in response to your recent post on LinkedIn. I try to reply ON-blog when possible.

    Charlie Parker (CorePsych) drummed the gut/brain alliance into my head initially. Following the recent Gluten Summit I’ve been investigating it like a mad thing, so of course your LI post grabbed my attention practically the moment I logged in. I have personal history underscoring the importance/impact of probiotics when mine were obliterated by an unavoidable but protracted course of antibiotics, several years ago now — so understand only too well some of the negative *cognitive* effects that can result. STILL suffering after-effects.

    YES – we need more research!

    btw- if you missed the Summit, I believe the mp3s and pdfs are still available for around $100 at this point — and I’m fairly certain you would be as impressed as I was with some of the speakers and their info. (Disclosure: I have an affiliate link on my Summit Announcement blog articles, but get nothing for sharing here – sincere endorsement).

    NOW, let me say that your illustrations are impressive! I’m hoping you will permit me to use a few on my brain-based blog (attributed and linked any way you’d like, natch!). I have recently begun a new Sweet Tooth Series – why we crave, what happens to body and brain with certain foods (not just sweets). At this point I don’t have anything particular in mind re: illustrations, but I’m sure I will as the Series develops (I rotate through various topics as the “so-much-more” I write about, so it could be a year before the Series finally concludes).

    NEXT – I’m “following” to help your SEO, I find the Reader is far more trouble than its worth, so don’t keep up there. I do receive notices of comment responses in my dashboard, however, and will put you on my personal “blog-tour” list – so I’ll be back.

    Thanks for posting on LinkedIn so I could follow the [gluten-free] bread-crumbs to your blog. 😀 I appreciate the video above as well – new (and basic) for me, but pitched just right for most of my readers. And I will check out the info in your citations.

    Let me know if there’s anything I can do for YOU, btw.
    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    (blogs: ADDandSoMuchMore, ADDerWorld & ethosconsultancynz – dot com)
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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