organs that require them - where the brain is able to control precisely the dosage and timing of the release of it s own drugs to maximise specific desired effects and minimise side effects”. And of course now we know so much more of the role of the hormone producers - the endocrine glands - not just in the brain, but in the body also.
Scientists from Candace Pert to Guilia Enders, have paved the way towards closing the gap between the brain and gastrointestinal tract and how these two seemingly separate entities of human physiology, in fact almost operate as one.
All of this physiological activity occurs at the subconscious level - we are mostly not conscious of this happening at the time it does - as we consciously go about our business of the day and the night. Your auto-pilot is your sub-conscious brain - its massive and is much more powerful than your conscious brain, moat of the time.
When your flight or fight response is triggered - it is done so by your amygdala in your old hind brain - now known as your limbic system - long before the conscious brain kicks in.
The amygdala acts as a kind of sentry and when it feels something is wrong, it quickly alerts the attention centres in the prefrontal cortex - the conscious brain - to do something, at times, very quickly indeed.
But your conscious brain can and does teach your sub-conscious brain how to doe things.
Remember when you began to learn to drive a car, trying to coordinate your hands, arms, legs, feet and eyes? All over the place, probably. And now? You don’t even think about how to drive anymore - you just do it, or rather your auto-pilot takes over that task for you while you plan your route and have a chat with whoever is with you.
And the same goes for most motor skills you have acquired over the years - you just get on and ‘do’ them, don’t you?
But what happens when you turn your conscious mind or brain to a particular exercise?
Last year I wrote an article entitled - Healthy Thinking - What part does the mind play in sickness and in health?
In it I wrote of the fantastical studies conducted by Ian Robertson and Norman Doidge, in which seemingly unbelievable results were achieved and observations made, by the mind-body syndrome - what I call the BodyMind.
As we are all now pretty well aware, the conscious mind, at a certain level of heightened awareness, is capable of controlling the sub-conscious mind for short periods of time, and of training it to perform functions automatically.
Jonathan Haidt coined the useful analogy of the Rider (conscious mind) and the Elephant (sub-conscious mind), in his book The Happiness Hypothesis - the explanation of the never ending relationship between the power of reason in the conscious mind and the instinctive power of the sub-conscious mind.
And how much better it was for both, when they agreed to work together.
So, what if our larger sub-conscious mind, were not only able to utilise the inner pharmacy of endorphins and endocrine glands it possesses, but in collaboration with our smaller conscious mind, was able to utilise ingested natural ingredients to target specific locations in the body and assist the healing process in chronic diseases?
This is exactly what I did, which lay at the very core of my daily protocol. And its not just having the "right mindset", or "getting your mind round your cancer" - it is getting your conscious mind into it - at the cellular level. Which means having total belief in what you are doing.
The first 5 words of this headline, was a chapter heading in R H Blyth’s beautiful collection - Zen in the Art of English Literature - first published in 1942 by Hokuseido Press in Japan.
It was true then as it is true now.
How we think affects everything we do and when it comes to chronic sickness, our minds play a pivotal role.
In the preface to their 1986 book, The Healing Brain - Robert Ornstein and David Sobel, simply stated “the brain minds the body”. (They didn't apologise for the pun).
They wrote of the pharmacy within - “the continuous flow of chemical messages, neurotransmitters and neurohormones - produced and secreted by the brain to