Vol. 17

No. 04

The Hub of Healing

“All disease begins in the gut.”


The present era has led to a rise in chronic diseases that includes cancer, diabetes, asthma, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, depression and cardiac disorders. The medical system worldwide is overwhelmed with shortages of medical staff and supplies to meet the demand for help. In the United States, 50% of people over 65 have at least one chronic degenerative disease, and many have multiple comorbidities. An important simple and natural solution to this crisis lies right inside the center of our bodies --- the small intestine.

The small intestine, 5 feet in length, is situated between the stomach and the colon. It is not only the great absorptive center of nutrients but also has many other important life-giving functions, including calcium-mineral absorption, gall bladder and pancreas function, weight issues, brain function, heart issues, joint health and emotional well-being.

The duodenum, the beginning of the small intestine, is part of the gut’s “second brain” and has a rich nerve supply and a high metabolism in order to efficiently absorb essential nutrients. Inflammation of its delicate tube due to dietary toxins, medication issues and mental stress will damage its thin membrane and can cause bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth, anemia, calcium loss, gall bladder or pancreas malfunction, IBS, anxiety and depression.

The end result of prolonged inflammation is called “leaky gut,” in which undigested proteins break through its fragile wall and enter the circulation, which then cause swelling and pain where they deposit. Healing the delicate duodenal and small intestine tissues holds the key to vitality and healthy aging.

The steps to restoration involve sealing the intestinal lining and are two-fold:

1. Chiropractic Neurovascular Dynamics (NVD), developed in the 1930’s, is a circulation-promoting method that delivers fresh blood to these injured tissues so the mucous lining can heal.

2. The removal of allergic or toxic foods that are inflammation promoting is also essential.

The majority of people often spend the last 10 to 15 years of life increasingly in and out of doctors’ offices with a progression of complex illnesses. Early natural interventions can slow the advancement of chronic degenerative diseases. A program such as outlined above, holds much promise to extend the quality of life as we age, and it also can relieve pressures on the medical system.

“All science is simple.”
Albert Einstein


Gerda Boyesen, a European physiologist and psychotherapist, independently found the same self-regulatory mechanism as Bennett, which she called ”Psychoperistalsis.” She describes this harmonizing force located inside the gut: ”This mechanism is the basis of healing the human body, and it also clears the mind. Sounds from the intelligent primitive system in the body can be heard by placing a stethoscope on the abdomen. This principle has universal application and is a very helpful therapeutic tool.”

We do not heal because of the accumulations of physical and emotional toxins that have overloaded us and have left us in ”a state of defensive (alarm) physiology.” However, Nature has generously provided us at birth with the ”software” to dissolve all blockages and accumulations, and that is the Parasympathetic Reflex. The harmonizing of this reflex is accomplished by the use of Bennett's NVD or Boyesen's Psychoperistalsis. Gerda Boyesen's Biodynamic Therapy is primarily European based, while Bennett's Neurovascular Dynamics was developed within the Chiropractic profession and practiced as a specialty by this profession within the United States.


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The following previous issues can be accessed by clicking on the title:

Vol. 17, No.3: ”Nature's Hidden Remedy

What if there was a healing method so simple that it could have a strong positive impact on human health? There is such a method and yet few people know about its existence, because it lies hidden within the gut. It is the Parasympathetic Reflex, and there are two body therapies that work with this little-recognized healing mechanism in a unique way---NVD Bennett Reflex and Boyesen Psychoperistalsis.

Vol. 17, No.2: ”How to Stay Alive - Part 2

In Part I of this series we discussed our tiniest blood vessels, the capillaries, which are the small delivery vehicles for essential life-sustaining nutrients. Adequate microcirculation from capillaries to the tissues is also dependent on the integrity of the endothelium, the cells that line the inside of the capillary tube.

Vol. 17, No.1: ”How to Stay Alive

What damages our health and shortens our lives? What is the “River of Life” and how does it keep us alive and vital? The River is the blood stream, and the full flow of this river and its tributaries nourishes the soil, which in our case is the human body. Over years the flow of the river (blood) can decline due to dietary, mental, and environmental stresses.

Vol. 16, No.1: "Secrets of the Body"

Health in its broadest sense is dependent upon two fundamental factors: the integrity of the blood supply and the balance of the nervous system. The blood supplies the nourishment and the nerves control the distribution process. Any disturbance of these two factors is the beginning of illness.

Vol. 15, No.10: "Choosing Healing Over Fixing"

All of us when in pain and discomfort want it quickly gone yesterday. However, we all know from experience it is not always that easy as millions have chronic health challenges.

Vol. 15, No.9: "Our Hidden Support System"

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Vol. 15, No.8: "Be Well Stay Well"

As directed by the Department of Homeland Security, chiropractors are essential health care workers and we continue to serve patients throughout the pandemic.

Vol. 15, No.7: "Strengthening the Immune Function"

At a time when the coronavirus is causing unprecedented fear and disruptions worldwide, this update is to assure all current patients that we are meeting this challenge on both a safety level and on a natural therapy preventive level..

Vol. 15, No.6: "Viva La Vagus"

Understanding how the vagus nerve plays a key role in protecting our health is similar to winning the jackpot in Las Vegas. The 10th cranial nerve, also called the "wandering nerve," starts in the brain and travels through the chest to the lower abdomen. It is the main nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system which controls relaxation and digestion.

Vol. 15, No.5: "Bi-Directional Healing"

The human body contains two brains - the one brain inside the skull and another inside the stomach called the abdominal brain. The abdominal brain is home to the microbiome, compromised of the 500 to 1000 bacterial species, of which the average ratio is 85% health-promoting and 15% disease-promoting organisms.

Vol. 15, No.4: "Healing the Body Electric"

One cannot overstate the importance of good liver function in the ability of the patient to resist disease. Weighing approximately 3.3 pounds, the liver is the largest body gland and houses millions of cells that filter and protect the body from toxins. It discards all unwanted substances before they enter the bloodstream and do damage.

Vol. 15, No.3: "Nature”s Safety Valve"

Many people periodically suffer from mysterious health complaints from which no clear diagnosis can be made. The hidden cause of one such condition is a functional health challenge called the Ileocecal Valve Syndrome. The IC Valve, which looks like two lips, is located at the junction of the small and large intestine near the appendix.

Vol. 15, No.2: "Leg Cramp Solutions"

One of the most common symptoms people have are leg cramps or spasms. There are three major classifications of leg cramps: waking at night, post exercise, and those which occur while walking. This last instance may be a symptom of a potentially serious problem called Intermittent Claudication. Luckily, this is the least common cause of leg cramps.

Vol. 15, No.1: "Healing Mysteries of Bile"

Chiropractic Neurovascular Dynamics (NVD) places great emphasis on digestion. The gut is the place where the vital force resides, and the great processes of life – nutrition and elimination – take place in the abdomen. NVD focuses on the 2nd Unit of Digestion in the right upper abdomen, the most metabolically active area in the body, which houses the liver, gall bladder and head of the pancreas.

Vol. 14, No.12: "Food Energetics PART I "

Nutritional science is an increasingly important field as our society ages and baby boomers seek healing modalities to enhance their quality of life. Science knows the importance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats for health as well as the vital role of vitamins and minerals. However, all the nutrients essential for health are still not known.

Vol. 14, No.11: "NVD"

In previous newsletters we have outlined the neurological basis of Neurovascular Dynamics. The human organism operates by reflexes or relays, meaning that our organs are networked and support each other in a holistic way. In fact, Gray”s Anatomy, 29th edition, states that "the nervous system controls and co-ordinates all organs and structures of the human body."

Vol. 14, No.10: "Early Warning Signs"

Most of us visit our dentist on a regular basis or make an annual medical visit to have a checkup, but we are not aware that there is an innate body system that can also provide clues long before a health challenge manifests. That system is the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), previously described in the"Awakening the Healing Response" newsletter (Vol 14, No. 8). It is the automatic and unconscious organ system that remains silent in health and produces many alarm signals such as headaches, or back and joint pain, when something is awry internally.

Vol. 14, No.9: "The Gut-Bone Connection"

A decade ago few would believe that the human gastrointestinal (GI tract) system would have anything to do with the strength of our bones. Scientific knowledge has now demonstrated that there is indeed an important connection.

Vol. 14, No.8: "Awakening the Healing Response"

The ability to fight disease and maintain health is a natural power within all beings. It is so automatic and instinctive that it is called the Self Healing Response.

Vol. 14, No.7: "Pythagorean Healing"

The Pythagorean Academy began approximately 2500 years ago in greater Greece. It was a school dedicated to the development of the full human potential.

Vol. 14, No.6: "Healing From The Center"

Yoga therapy, now well-known in the West, is commonly associated with postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama), but there is another independent branch of yoga called Hand or Mudra Yoga. This unique branch sees the human body as a miniature of the larger universe.

Vol. 14, No.5: "Hand Yoga"

Yoga therapy, now well-known in the West, is commonly associated with postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama), but there is another independent branch of yoga called Hand or Mudra Yoga. This unique branch sees the human body as a miniature of the larger universe.

Vol. 14, No.4: "Hidden Causes of GERD"

GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a common health condition affecting 25% of the U.S. population. Highly acidic stomach juices should stay in the stomach in order to properly break down food but instead the hydrochloric acid and food moves backwards into the esophagus where they do not belong. The highly acidic irritation causes chest burning, choking, swallowing difficulties, hoarse throat and coughing. These acids can even erode the dental enamel and cause gum disease.

Vol. 14, No.3: "THE Microbiome Mania"

Hippocrates, father of medicine, taught some 2500 years ago that "all diseases begin in the gut." The worlds of medicine, immunology, microbiology and nutrition are confirming this finding concerning the popular topic of the microbiome.

Vol. 14, No.2: "The Magic of Sleep"

Sleep is an activity that all humans do automatically and is often underestimated in regards to its healing potential. In fact, restorative sleep is the foundation of physical and mental health. Lack of adequate nighttime rest has been associated with dementia, high blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels, depression, increased cancer risk and obesity.

Vol. 14, No.1: "Mystery of Persistent Back Pain"

Lower back pain has been a challenge for all professions. In fact, many years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that lower back pain is more prevalent than the common cold. Medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and many allied professions have tackled this epidemic malady with varying results. Of these, the chiropractic profession has had the best success record in dealing with this painful condition, although results can depend upon the pain’s cause and point of origin.

Vol. 13, No.1: "Emotional Healing & Psycho-Peristalsis"

Stress, whether physical, mental or nutritional, is now recognized as the cause of most illness, and its reaction takes place throughout the nervous system including the abdomen, as many people can attest.

Vol. 12, No.7: "The Great Mimic"

Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from periodic gastrointestinal complaints such as hiatal hernia, esophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, hemorrhoids, or constipation. In this brief article we will explain what we think is the common denominator for all these digestive maladies and why we call this factor "The Great Mimic."

Vol. 12, No.6: "Exhausted? It Might Be Adrenal Stress Disorder"

In nature, when an animal is attacked, it can respond with extraordinary feats of strength and endurance. This is accomplished with the mobilization of hormones – specifically, adrenalin. The same response also occurs in humans, but with a very significant difference. Once an emergency has ended, the animal will recover quickly from the galvanizing effects of adrenalin. Humans, however, live with such persistent stress that, all too frequently, we do not have adequate time to rest and re-set the nervous-hormonal system.

Vol. 12, No. 5: "Oh, My Aching Head!"

All of us experience feelings of sadness, unhappiness or frustration at times, and this is a normal part of human existence. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with our normal functioning, we begin to suffer from depression.

Vol. 12, No. 4: "Hidden Factors in Depression"

All of us experience feelings of sadness, unhappiness or frustration at times, and this is a normal part of human existence. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with our normal functioning, we begin to suffer from depression.

Vol. 12, No. 3: "Your Aching Sinuses"

There is a simple – yet unseen – mechanism in the human body that regulates and restores our health. This “Great Harmonizer” is actually wired in to the human nervous system and needs only to be properly stimulated in order to maintain health.

Vol. 12, No. 2: "From Stressed Out to Chilled Out"

There is a simple – yet unseen – mechanism in the human body that regulates and restores our health. This “Great Harmonizer” is actually wired in to the human nervous system and needs only to be properly stimulated in order to maintain health.

Vol. 12, No. 1: "Surprising Eyes"

Heredity can be either blessed or blamed for many of our physical characteristics...  from the inheritance of Mom’s curly hair to Dad’s bald head to, unfortunately, Grandpa’s diabetes. In fact, just knowing about or having observed a beloved relative suffer from a hereditary illness can create an aura of ticking time bomb in our own lives.

Vol. 11, No. 1: "Natural Immunity"

Human beings have always searched for methods to preserve health in the face of aging, infection and disease. One such route to health has increasingly been the promotion of the body’s own self-protective and self-healing mechanisms. These mechanisms, in turn, are dependent upon the  strength of the body’s “natural immunity,” its inherent ability to defend itself against infection and degenerative disease.

Vol. 10, No. 1: "Reflex Healing"