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Originally posted by Maluhia
Superstorm sandy. I did not evacuate when I should have because I survived Irene.
All day long my "gut" was telling me to leave, but my intellect was saying I'd be fine.
One example, I talked to a neighbor who had also decided to stay. She said "the dog's been crazy all day" (leading up to storm) - made my hair stand on end - alert, alert- still ignored it.
Trust your gut.
Originally posted by Carreau
My brain says Salad, my gut says COOKIES. Guess who I listened to, and now my gut is bigger than my brain.
Technically known as the enteric nervous system, the second brain consists of sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gut, or alimentary canal, which measures about nine meters end to end from the esophagus to the anus. The second brain contains some 100 million neurons, more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system, Gershon says.
"The system is way too complicated to have evolved only to make sure things move out of your colon," says Emeran Mayer, professor of physiology, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). For example, scientists were shocked to learn that about 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus, carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around. "Some of that info is decidedly unpleasant," Gershon says.