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by Michele Newsum
From the unification of two microscopic cells called sperm and ovum a network of cells develop into a virtual highway of 100 trillion cells that sustain, maintain, integrate, regenerate and direct the innumerable systems, organs and parts of our magnificent self-regenerative human body and brain.
The decade of the brain, the 1990s, revealed so many new understandings and discoveries about brain, molecular and cellular function, and in conjunction with new findings in the fields of neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and psycho-neuro-immuniology it is accurate to say that the brain extends beyond the skull, throughout the body. These new findings brought to light that regulation and control of bodily function is not the responsibility of the brain alone, but expressed into the body and from the body into the brain.
Through a rhythmic and coordinated dance of neurons interfacing in a doesy-do like elaborate line dance from one direction to another, the perfect function of every organ, muscle, joint, system and cell is conveyed in our human bodies, without any need of instruction from our human intellect.
Inborn in every atom and cell is innate intelligence as present as the air we breathe. This inborn intelligence conveys vitality and health cell by cell by cell. Every day there are cells that die, decompose and are eliminated in the natural process of maintaining homeostasis, and they are replenished in perfect timing and quantity through the activities of the innate wisdom of the cellular community. These functions continue throughout one's life when no disruption occurs.
How a Nerve Impulse is Propagated
A "nerve impulse" is an electro-chemical event, not purely chemical or electrical. The propagation of the nerve impulse is the result of an ionic change between negative ions on the inside of the nerve cell and positive ions on the outside of the nerve cell. Saying that this is not "electrical" is like saying a battery is not "electrical". It is electrical as evidenced by these references:
"Nerve cells generate active electrical signals, and each region has distinctive signaling functions." PRINCIPLES OF NEURAL SCIENCE (Medical Textbook), Kendal and Schwartz, Second Edition, Page 14
"Nevertheless, the electrical signaling properties of all nerve cells are surprisingly similar and superficially quite stereotyped." PRINCIPLES OF NEURAL SCIENCE (Medical Textbook), Kendal and Schwartz, Second Edition, Page 23
It is also important to keep in mind that when we are talking about electrical events proceeding chemical events, we are not only talking about the propagation of the nerve impulse along the nerve (which is an electro-chemical event), but rather the TRANSFER of the impulse from one cell to another at the SYNAPTIC CONNECTION, which is a purely chemical process. This is where all the pharmaceutical (chemical) agents are focused on, AND where all the NEUROTRANSMITTERS do their work (the name means transferring the electro-chemical impulse from one neuron to another).
These receptors convert mechanical energy into electrical energy, which then electrically stimulates a sensory nerve, which then propagates the nerve impulse via an "electro-chemical" process to the end of its axon, which then triggers that neuron to secrete certain chemical neurotransmitters into the synaptic space. These neurotransmitters (chemicals) then float across the space and attach to chemical receptor sites on the adjacent neurons (these are the receptor sites that Candace Pert, Ph.D. talks about in her book, MOLECULES OF EMOTION). This activity then stimulates the secondary neuron, which then initiates an "electro-chemical" impulse along the secondary neuron.
This process is well laid out in textbooks and is very sound, as evidenced by the following references:
"The receptor (or generator) potential occurs at the receptive surface of sensory neurons and serves to transform the sensory stimulus (such as stretch, vibration, or light) into an electrical signal, the class of signal used by the neurons for communication." PRINCIPALS OF NEURAL SCIENCE (Medical Textbook), Kendal and Schwartz, Second Edition, Page 21 Words in italics added by us for clarification.
"Whereas input potentials (from muscle and joint receptors) propigate passively (electrically) and decrease in amplitude with distance, the action potential (nerve impulse) propigates actively (electro-chemically) along the neuron without decreasing in amplitude and is therefore highly effective in signaling over a distance." PRINCIPALS OF NEURAL SCIENCE (Medical Textbook), Kendal and Schwartz, Second Edition, Page 22 Words in italics added by us for clarification.
"At the terminal region of the neuron the action potential serves as a stimulus for secretion at chemical synapses." PRINCIPALS OF NEURAL SCIENCE (Medical Textbook), Kendal and Schwartz, Second Edition, Page 22
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