Reprinted fromNature's Field
Nervous System: King of the Hill
by W. Jean Rohrer
The human nervous system is the most overworked system in
modern society. It carries more information bits per second
than your personal computer, (and it comes already programmed!).
Every part of the body has a nerve connectio
and not just one, but two. One set, the afferent nerves, carry
information to the spinal cord and brain. This is the activation
message. It tells you where you are in time and space,
and what is going on in the world around you.
Within the the nervous system are two subdivisions:
central system, comprised of the brain and spinal cord, and
the peripheral, or outlying, nervous system nerves that supply
every part of the body. There are up to 100 billion (add 9
zeros behind that!) neurons or nerve cells within the brain
alone.(1) Messages, transfers of bioelectrical energy, travel at
different speeds along different sizes and types of nerves.
Heat, cold, pain, pressure, body position and body control
signals are all constantly being relayed, usually without our
real awareness. Some body functions are automatic, such as
heartbeat, breathing and digestion; other functions are voluntary,
such as walking or eating.
Nerve transmission depends on chemical and hormonal influences
under all circumstances. Chemicals move the message
across the microscopic gap from one neuron to the next.
Chemicals also mediate our stress response. Stress is a fact of
life. No human comes with pre-programmed immunity to
But stress is not the sole culprit for poor nerve functioning.
Deficiencies in oxygen supply disables cells at best, killing
them at worst. Likewise, nutritional deficiencies show up
markedly. Lack of B vitamins causes neurologic symptoms
from burning sensations to the foot-flapping gait of the severe
Pantothenic acid is an anti-stress vitamin, helping convert
glucose to energy.
Since nearly 30% of the brain is comprised of lecithin, and many nerves are surrounded by a fatty myelin shealth which is comprised largely of lecithin, less than optimal levels of this nutrient can markedly affect both mental ability and speed and accuracy of nerve transmission.(5)
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