During the breast feeding/weaning period of infancy a metabolic rate is set up. If breast feeding is too low, the metabolic rate will be too low. This causes trauma in sleep. We sleep so that while the body is at rest, the Enteric Nervous System, a somewhat separate and independent nervous system, can take in nutrients from the small intestines. The trauma manifests itself through chronic repressed, health and psychological problems
1. the entire ENS system seems to be anabolic directed.
2. the pattern of digestion is set up through breast feeding and weaning on to solids, which sets up the blood pressure or metabolic rate.
3. The ENS system can work separately from the rest of the nervous system. There can be inner conflicts between the head brain and the ENS. These cause a wide range of chronic problems.
1. There are two patterns of digestion. The Enteric Nervous System or digestion brain, is set up by birth. The head brain or main nervous system pattern of digestion and metabolic rate, is set up during breast feeding / weaning.
2. If not enough breast milk nurturing, then metabolic rate is set at too low for the ENS or digestion brain to work properly. This sets up repressed and hidden trauma, and a vast range of chronic problems.
3. This trauma mostly deals with not enough nurturing coming in.
4. This trauma manifests itself in four stress responses that correspond to fight and flight, and rest and digest. (see autonomic nervous system. see the inner conflicts theory of Karen Horney)
5. Raising the metabolic rate in the ENS will raise the amount of nurturing coming in, end hidden conflicts and trauma, and resolve all the problems connected to them.
The chronic problems may concern any of the following:
Digestion problems. Waste out problems. Sleep problems, Heart problems (overworking the heart to get in enough nurturing). Problems connected with excess fight or flight, and/or tend and befriend.
The big news is that the digestion pattern seems to be MOSTLY about anabolic processes – it’s all about taking in nurturing and keeping it in. The catabolic parts of blocking out bad food or excreting out waste, seem to NOT be involved here. That changes a lot of what I was thinking.
Now I think that we consciously and unconsciously are geared to take in food, and that both the ENS and the head brain are mostly geared to getting in food. And that, that part of our bodies that block out infection, excrete out waste, and do all the catabolic like processes (I call them deconstructive processes), is not in this part of the brain system and not conscious.
ENS, enteric nervous system or gut brain works somewhat separately from the rest of the nervous system. It is connected to the nervous system through the Vagas nerve. But when that nerve is cut the ENS continues to work alone. That suggests that there may be conflicts between the two brains. The head brain has consciousness, works during the day, and seems most concerned with outside stimuli. The ENS is not conscious and seems to work on digestion and nurturing inside the body during the night – that’s why we sleep. During sleep the ENS processes the digested food taken in, and absorbs it through the small intestines.
There seems to be a genetic pattern of digestion set up in the ENS that can be different from the head brain. The ENS is set through our genes. But the blood system or metabolic rate is set up by the head brain based on breast feeding / weaning in infancy.
During breast feeding/weaning we either get enough nurturing or we don’t. This sets up a pattern of digeston in infancy, and a metabolic rate that is almost impossible to change. Similar to the window of opportunity for language that goes away after a few years, there is a window of opportunity to set up a digestion pattern based on breast feeding/ weaning in infancy. This pattern seems to be set by the metabolic rate.
IF there is enough breast milk, we take in enough and hold in enough nurturing. The pattern of the blood system is healthy.
IF there was not enough breast milk, the heart and metabolism rate is too low. There is inner conflicts between the ENS set pattern at birth and the breast feeding pattern/ metabolic rate. The infant does not have a metabolic rate that is high enough.
That trauma sets up two sets of stress responses.Example. That means that BOTH the overweight and underweight responses are stress responses and problems of not enough breast feeding in infancy. They are a conflict between the set-at-birth ENS pattern and the breast feeding/ weaning pattern/ metabolic rate in the head brain.
The conflict is a conflict in sleep. The conflict is unconscious, repressed, and hard to change. The conflict is projected and transfered on to events outside of us and blamed on outside events. Or they are triggered and made worse by events outside of us. But they are, at their core, really problems of a too low metabolic rate and digestion in sleep.
The weight conflict (fat or thin) comes from how the person responds to not enough infant nurturing.
Solution for all of this hidden digestion trauma is to find a therapy that resolves the inner conflicts by raising the metabolic rate , specifically during sleep or during the time when the ENS is most active at absorbing nutrients, and resets a pattern of digestion that gets in enough nurturing to end the chronic anger/hunger, and end the chronic fear of not holding keeping in enough.
This health hypothesis and all these posts are built on the premise of the evolution of catabolic and anabolic processes to other separate deconstructive and constructive processes.
Well I’ve been crying wolf a lot about my health hypothesis, the ENS, digestion, and sleep; but here are some exciting developments that fit most all the information I’ve got. And there are some new twists!
Catabolic and Anabolic processes do not blend!
Studies and quotes:
During NREM sleep there is active vasodilation of the vessels that supply resistance to the circulatory system. Most vessels remain dilated during tonic REM sleep, except for those of skeletal (striated) muscles, which undergo vasoconstriction. Vasoconstriction is generalized during phasic REM sleep, which may be the mechanism that results in greatly increased blood pressure during phasic REM sleep.
Studies of regional cerebral blood flow that have been carried out in cats have shown that only a few brain areas receive greater blood flow during NREM sleep than during relaxed wakefulness, although in general the increase is not very great. During tonic REM sleep, on the other hand, most brain areas show greatly increased blood flow, almost uniformly greater than 50% above the waking level, and as great as nearly 200%. During phasic REM sleep, there are transient further increases in blood flow to most brain regions, although precise quantification is difficult because the phasic episodes are so short.
Growth hormone secretion in humans is directly tied to sleep
There is limited evidence favoring any one of these hypotheses ( of why we sleep) , although the prolific amounts of REM sleep during fetal and infantile development seem especially compelling in arguments for a crucial ontogenetic role of REM sleep.
It (ENS) normally communicates with the central nervous system (CNS) through the parasympathetic (e.g., via the vagus nerve) and sympathetic (e.g., via the prevertebral ganglia) nervous systems. However, vertebrate studies show that when the vagus nerve is severed, the enteric nervous system continues to function. -wikipedia
For more background see Background on health hypothesis