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Total Recovery

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Your gut is your brain, your gut is your immune system

Dr. Gary Kaplan is a pioneer of integrative medicine specializing in chronic pain.

In his newly published book: Total recovery: Solving the Mystery of Chronic Pain and Depression he argues that “we’ve been thinking about the nature of pain all wrong”. Our brain registers all kinds the pain the same. It does not matter if it is physical or emotional.  

The author explains that disease is not the result of a single event, but an accumulation of traumas. Every injury, infection, toxin and emotional trauma causes the same reaction in the body: inflammation.

Dr. Kaplan brings many cases in his book along with the results of the research to explain how and why we get sick and how we can recover.  Our health depends on the health of our digestive tract, which is converting anything we eat into molecules that can be absorbed. Our intestinal tract has 100 million nerves, which is more than in our spinal cords and there are 10 times more bacteria in our intestinal tract than cells in our body.

Did you know that 70% of our immune system is located in and around our digestive system?  Therefore the best way to boost immunity is to always take a good care of your gut.  That means adding probiotics and removing toxins like chemicals, processed food, sugar, but also stress.

The last part of Dr. Kaplan’s book called “The Path to Total Recovery” helps to recognize causes and symptoms of different problems and gives a lot of advice on removing them. “The practice of treating symptoms is coming to an end” says Dr. Kaplan.

Everybody should take an active care for themselves: pay attention to diet, relaxation, exercise and sleep. And when the problems occur learn, do the research, ask questions and demand comprehensive medical care which respects complexity of a condition and sees you as an integrated whole.

You might be also interested in the Dissolving Pain: simple brain-training exercises for overcoming chronic pain by Les Feni and Jim Robbins, which is available in out collection:

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Related sections: Food & Nutrition Sciences; Alternative Medicine