THE most important part of you that you’ve NEVER heard of!

If I was to say “vagus nerve” to you, how familiar with that would you be? This may be a time to become more familiar with the vagus nerve, and how it can affect your health today and in the future.

Recent research has demonstrated that the vagus nerve — which connects the brain with the abdominal tract — may transport Parkinson’s disease from the stomach up into the brain. The vagus nerve is also known as the “wanderer” because of the many body regions it covers in its course as a nerve from the brain to the digestive system, with many stops along the way. It plays an important role in providing the brain with sensory information from various parts of the body.

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The data from the study showed that patients that had their ENTIRE vagus nerve removed had a lower probability to develop Parkinson’s than patients who had only PART of their vagus nerve removed. The authors suggested that the vagus nerve — which connects the brain with the abdominal tract — may transport Parkinson’s disease from the stomach up into the brain. If the nerve is severed early, the occurrence of Parkinson’s can be halved.1
Well, that sounds just grand!! Except….
Some of the main functions of the Vagus Nerve include:
  1. Speech
  2. Breathing
  3. Sweating
  4. Helping in keeping the larynx open during breathing
  5. Monitoring and regulating the heartbeat
  6. Informing the brain of the food that is ingested and food that has been digested
  7. The Vagus Nerve performs the major function of emptying the gastric region of food
  8. Any damage to the vagus nerve causes, Gastroparesis which is losing the muscular function in the stomach and intestines. This results in food being emptied slowly, that leads to other problems such as fermentation of food  in the stomach and food getting compressed into hard pellets which can cause severe problems if the pellets get stuck in the intestine. Specially in people with diabetes, when sugar levels get high and are not well controlled, it can result in the vagus nerve damage.
The way I read this is that, if you surgically remove your vagus nerve, you will have a good chance of not developing Parkinson’s Disease, providing that Parkinson’s is caused by an unhealthy gut transported via the vagus nerve. The flipside is that by surgically removing your vagus nerve, you affect EVERYTHING on that list from 1-8.
So, here’s your choice. If you are interested in maximizing your health, would you rather,
a) surgically remove your vagus nerve, so you can have the best chance of not developing Parkinson’s or
b) maintain optimal health of your Nervous System, including your vagus nerve, so that you can live your life at your best level possible, and optimize your body’s ability to heal YOU?
The choice is always yours!
1http://sciencenordic.com/parkinsons-disease-may-start-stomach

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