At our most basic level, every living creature, is a mechanism for converting sunlight into life. The plants do this directly, while animals convert plant and other life into new forms of life.
Our human digestive systems are what make us living beings, because it allows us to take in solar energy (in the form of food) and convert it into bodily tissues, movement, thought, and other forms of energy.
Every other part of our anatomy is an extension of the human digestive system, helping us to obtain the nutrients we need for conversion into our preferred forms of energy.
The human digestive system, including the brain area that controls it, is the oldest part of us, evolutionarily speaking. Once upon a very long time ago, our extremely ancient ancestors were nothing but a digestive tract. They were called the "ring-formed creatures."
The organisms basically consisted of a circular tube, with a single opening (gullet, pharynx, or throat) on the inside of the ring. Morsels of food went in the throat of the ring-formed creature and from there were worked all the way around the circle by the intestinal pumping action of peristalsis.
Once food made it all the way around the ring (valued nutrients having been absorbed through the walls of the ring tube along the way), it was spit right out the throat again as waste, all useful nutrients having been absorbed. In the event of a blockage along the way, peristalsis could reverse the direction of the food's travel around the circle.
It was a simple start, but things haven't changed much since those ring-formed ancestral creatures of Precambrian times, over half a billion years ago. To this day, the human digestive system can work in two directions, and can absorb available nutrients all along the entire digestive tract.
Over the eons of incremental change in the evolutionary tree of the human digestive system, this system of course has become a lot more sophisticated. For example, the circular tube split and opened up so that we more complex creatures have both a throat and a rectum - although we start our early embryonic life still curled up in a circle.
Most of our food goes in one end and most of our waste goes out the other end. And, of course, we've added the entire apparatus of food preferences, the ability to seek food or reject food, the ability to sense the environment to determine the probability of certain types of food, the ability to actively chase down our food and to prepare the food and to trade for food with other people. This is very sophisticated, indeed, and the human form today is made up of several layers of capability all developed in support of the human digestive system.
But all these added abilities came with an energetic cost: it takes nutrition to be able to run around chasing after our next meal. So our nutritional requirements also increased along with our ability to secure those food morsels.
To satisfy this extra need, the human digestive system developed some specialized tissues to enhance the digestion process itself, extracting a greater quantity and quality of nutrients for our more sophisticated animal needs such as getting around, fighting over territory, and seeking out new food sources. That is the reason for the structure and function of the human digestive system in its current form.
Because gastrointestinal diseases, like all diseases, are the brain-mediated response to specific experiences in life, there is a logic to the pattern of diseases that affect the human digestive system. Understanding the causes of gastrointestinal problems leads us to an ability to find a healing resolution to those problems.
Function and Malfunction of the Organs of the Human Digestive System
The pons of the brainstem and the cranial nerves coordinate all the actions of the digestive tract. This portion of our brain responds to any life experience that involves either deprivation of any kind of "morsel" (including water, light, sound) or any problem with getting rid of waste materials or unwanted morsels (including water, light, sound).
The pons of the brainstem controls all the other organs of the human digestive system.
Active conflicts that affect both the left and the right side of the pons will produce disorientation and divergent strabismus.
The rest of the brain helps us to find food, defend food, cook food, learn about food, and so on.
The mouth, teeth, salivary glands, palate, and throat have the front-line job of biting off and chewing our food morsels, starting the initial digestion process but soon being ready to receive more morsels if they are available. This portion of our anatomy also takes on the role of spitting out morsels that should not have been eaten or that were too large or hard to chew properly.
Diseases and symptoms that are a result of problems performing this task include mumps, sore throat, problems with the roots of the teeth and the molars, cancer sores, thrush, and tonsillitis.
The thyroid gland has the specialized role of being able to speed up or slow down the metabolism in order to take advantage of "morsel opportunities." It will respond to conflicts of either being too slow to get the morsel or having moved on too quickly and missed a chance to get a morsel.
The result is hyper- or hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, and nodules in the thyroid.
The stomach performs a strong peristaltic mashing action. The bottom part of the stomach is lined with secretory tissue that produces strong acid. Together, this turns chewed food into liquefied nutrition.
Problems with performing this function result in stomach cancer - tumours in the bottom part of the stomach.
Stomach acid, ulcers, nausea, and reflux are the result of territorial problems and are relayed not from the pons of the brainstem but from the cerebral cortex (the wrinkly outer "bark" of the brain), affecting the upper part of the stomach, the valves, and the esophagus. These issues are not directly related to food morsels, but instead are associated with territorial anger conflicts.
The liver is an extra-large blob of intestinal absorptive tissue that initiates the task of absorbing the most easily-accessible nutrients passed out of the stomach. Secretory tissue that produces bile to help break down larger food molecules (fats and proteins) into simpler nutrients is part of the liver proper, but bile and nutrients are carried along ductwork of the liver and gall bladder and these are controlled by a different part of the brain.
Liver diseases, including liver cancer, lesions, liver tuberculosis, granulomas, cirrhosis of the liver, fatty liver disease, and glycogen storage disease are all either the active response to or the healing phase of a "starvation" experience.
The liver and gallbladder ductwork also has storage cells that store absorbed nutrients to release them to the bloodstream in just the right doses. Storage and ductwork to transmit nutrients and bile throughout this area are functions of different brain areas and respond not to "morsel" conflicts, but to territorial conflicts: problems with circumstances in the immediate environment. These conflicts produce hepatitis, jaundice, Wilson's disease, sclerosing cholangitis, biliary cirrhosis, Budd-Chiari syndrome, and glycogen storage disease.
The gall bladder is a pocket in the liver that stores bile so it can be released in measured quantities as needed for break down of large food molecules (mostly fat and protein) into absorbable nutrients.
This organ is not controlled by the pons of the brainstem and does not respond to problems with getting or digesting morsels. Instead, gall bladder disease such as gallstones is a response to territorial conflicts.
The pancreas is made up of secretory tissue, which produces digestive enzymes, more secretory fluids, and nutrient-moderating chemicals to help break down larger food molecules (mostly complex carbohydrates) into smaller nutrients. Problems arise when we angrily struggle with family members over coveted "morsels:" pancreatic cancer, jaundice, and pancreatic tuberculosis result.
The ductwork of this organ is controlled not by the pons of the brainstem, but by areas of the brain that govern territorial conflicts. Pancreatic duct ulcers are usually undetected, but produce pain, colic, and swelling in the healing phase.
The duodenum is the shortest (30cm or 1'length) section of the intestines, and is primarily concerned with absorbing nutrients from the food that passes by. It responds to conflicts of not being able to digest a morsel, usually with a component of anger toward family members, friends, or colleagues.
Duodenal cancer, duodenal tuberculosis, and duodenal ulcer result from problems of morsel deprivation.
The jejunum, by moving the food along a longer distance of two metres (6'), allows the human digestive tract to absorb many nutrients from digested food. Conflicts of deprivation - that is, "indigestible anger" plus "starvation," will affect the jejunum. Symptoms and diseases in this area include gas, bloating, and diarrhea, celiac disease, and small intestine cancer.
The ileum, a 4 metre (13') length of absorptive digestive tissue, also responds to a conflict of not being able to digest a morsel. This is usually in a more general sense, such as "being afraid of starvation."
Conflicts related to the ileum produce symptoms of constipation, ileum cancer, ileum tuberculosis, ileitis terminalis, and the elimination of bloody or mucousy plaques often diagnosed as Crohn's disease.
The cecum and appendix have the role of digesting cellulose. In the human digestive system, cellulose is mostly seen as simply "fibre," and is passed along mostly undigested because we have a very small appendix. However, in the circumstance of "indigestible anger," this part of the human digestive system will come into play to either increase the amount of secretory tissue to break food down better, or increase the amount of absorbtive tissue to absorb more nutrients.
The growth of secretory tissue easily blocks off the appendix, which can cause the appendix to perforate during the healing phase. Appendicitis always occurs during the healing phase.
The colon absorbs water from what's left of our digested food, but also responds to certain kinds of "morsel" conflicts, particularly those of the "ugly, indigestible" kind. This type of conflict produces constipation, diverticulosis, diverticulitis, colon cancer, ulcerative colitis, and colon tuberculosis.
The rectum's role is to eliminate from our lives any kind of unwanted morsel. It will respond with growths (diagnosed as rectal cancer) of extra secretory tissue in order to dissolve any morsel - literal or figurative - that we cannot readily be rid of.
The rectum is also lined with outer skin tissue, and responds from the cerebral cortex of the brain to intra-tribal territorial conflicts, producing hemorrhoids.
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