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  1. tommylee

    I don't know how Christiane Northrup, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom got her Dr. degree, but her explanation is utterly misleading and more to the point .. wrong. Gut feelings have nothing to do with rock hard abs or relaxing your gut and absolutely no justification to avoid sit-ups.

    What people call the “gut feeling” is part of our parasympathetic nerve system and more defined by the Solar Plexus which is part of the pneumogastric nerve or cranial nerve X (10th) out of the 12 paired Cranial Nerves, and is the only nerve exiting from the brain stem (medulla oblongata) and conveys sensory information about the state of the body's organs to the central nervous system. The Solar Plexus, also called Coeliac Plexus is a large interconnected bundle of nerves forming a ganglia (Knot) of such complexity that a spider's web seems a simple construction in comparison. This knot or ganglia is located behind the stomach and controls, monitors and reports the the entire Gastroenteric cavity including kidneys, liver, stomach, intestines, pancreas, gall bladder etc.

    “Peeing in your pants” due to fear, diarrhea due to fear and other emotions, heart racing etc. is “controlled” by the same Solar Plexus.

    Now the “Gut Feeling” is an emotional state made up out of a complex interaction between past impressions of similar circumstances, emotional state of mind and the “reporting system” of the solar plexus.

    Nothing more, nothing less….

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