Naturopath, Port Elgin
Big stools, small hospitals, small stools, big hospitals” Dr. Burkitt . We couldn’t agree more!
Denis Burkitt (1911-1993) famously proclaimed “big stools, small hospitals, small stools, big hospitals”. I couldn’t agree more; Dr. Burkitt knew the secret to total health lay in the workings of the gastrointestinal system.
Dr. Burkitt was right, but he wasn’t the first to come to this conclusion. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine beat him to the secret by over 2000 years when he famously proclaimed, “death sits in the bowels” and “bad digestion is the root of all evil”.
These assertions of doctors of the past are even more powerful in light of the volumes of evidence linking gastrointestinal health to conditions such as hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, autism, mood disorders, anxiety and depression, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes and other chronic and autoimmune conditions. It is time to let the ‘secret’ out – no matter what your present state of health; you can feel better and treat any condition with a therapeutic diet, acupuncture, and natural medicine.
We know that gut health promotes overall health through complex, interconnected systems, but new evidence is showing an exciting link between the neurological system and the ‘2nd brain’, the gastrointestinal system, i.e. the gut-brain connection. The 2-way highway between the brain and the gut has been researched in detail. Ask any clinician about his or her seemingly ‘neurological’ cases of autism, depression, ADHD etc and you will see that they almost always present with gastrointestinal problems. Preeminent neurologist David Perlmutter is one of the more recent champions of the link, and his books Grain Brain and Brain Maker are highly recommended reading.
Whereas the future looked bleak when it came to recovery from and prevention of brain and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, autism, ADHD, and even Parkinson’s, it now appears full of hope as we find more and more evidence to support that we can improve brain function by avoiding some foods, increasing others, and healing the gastrointestinal system with natural medicine.