Having digestive problems? Check your stress levels.
Our digestive function and nervous system are intimately tied together. Therefore, The Effects Of Stress in our lives has a direct impact on our digestive function, often resulting in digestive “upset”. One of the most common etiologies of so-called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (a rapidly growing diagnosis used by the conventional medical world to explain a variety of otherwise unexplainable digestive symptoms) is simply stress leading to nervous system dysfunction.
Michael D. Gershon, MD wrote an excellent book a number of years ago called The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine that discusses the nervous system etiology for a number of digestive diseases. Dr. Gershon sets out his hypothesis about the gut-brain connection and explores the roots of the many gastrointestinal related disorders we see today.
Chris Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP wrote a fine post on this subject that can be viewed here.
Dr. Steven Milkis is a Naturopathic Physician and the owner of Green Lake Natural Medicine, located in the Tangletown enclave of Green Lake in Seattle, Washington. He enjoys working in a variety of modalities to help patients of all ages and sexes improve their health and wellbeing. He can be reached via www.greenlakenaturalmedicine.com