The birth of a new therapeutic and performance model, Part 1
Hello, my name is Nicolas Desjardins and I am the founder of the Institut Neuro Performance and formerly of the Primal Camp Athletic Development Center.
I believe we are reaching a particular turning point in existence where science, ancestral knowledge of nature and mysticism come to a meeting point.
Science, having been put on a pedestal, also arrives at the end of a cycle, which brings it back to new unanswered questions in the molecular or physical world.
Probably neuroscience, the rise of the concept of epigenetics, as well as quantum physics have been the biggest players, in the ongoing questioning, among several world luminaries who dare to question some of the foundations of the classical biology and physics.
We are coming to an era of collaboration, an era where the confrontation of different practices and sciences must stop. There is only the sharing of knowledge between different pioneers, which will lead to the creation of third-party knowledge.
The economy can no longer support the current medical model, which does not offer the expected results in terms of chronic pathologies and many acute conditions. Current medicine is focused on the symptomatic rather than the prevention and the cause, so the treatments last over time and too often end in traumatic intervention (orthopedics, surgery, chemotherapy, use of pharmacology, etc.).
This same need for change extends to the level of technologies, with the rise of biomimicry, as put in the foreground by Idriss Aberkane.
‘’Biomimicry is a process of innovation and engineering. It is inspired by the forms, materials, properties, processes and functions of living things.’’
Observe nature, to appreciate the complexity of the perfection of its evolution. Understand the logic of what has been in place since time immemorial, this nature which has tried practically every conceivable possibility, to then improve its design, in order to increase the survival chances of its different components.
In the same vein, the human body, too, is part of this same logic. It has evolved, been faced with billions of stimuli over a few million years, in human form, but… we forget in this equation that man is the fruit of the collaboration of billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and microbes, which form our cooperative-land-vehicle.
I explain the concept to you roughly, using a few sentences translated from an article on the subject (https://sciencetonnante.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/combien-avons-nous-de-bacteries-dans -the body/):
‘’Our body is an ideal place for certain bacteria: we support them to grow, and provide them with heat and food. So much so that inside a human body, there are about 500 different species of bacteria!
In addition to those that live on our skin, our bacteria mainly live in our digestive system (mouth, esophagus, stomach, colon) as well as in the vagina for ladies.
How many bacteria are there that quietly stay with us? Well it’s estimated that there are around 100,000 billion! You may not know such a big number, so know for comparison that your body is made up of about 10 trillion cells, or 10 times less.
Yes, you read that right: there are 10 times more bacteria in your body than cells in your own body. Another way of saying it: since each bacterium is itself a single cell, our body is made of 90% of cells that do not belong to us!
These 100,000 billion bacteria come from 500 different species; each species brings its own set of genes. It has been calculated that if we count the number of genes, only 1 gene in 100 presents in our organism comes from our own DNA, the remaining 99% come from the DNA of the different species of bacteria that inhabit us.
Our bacteria are a huge part of what defines us biologically! “
The ego takes a hit, right?
We are an army of living organisms that help each other.
Our brain is affected by neurotransmitters, which come largely from the digestive system, where a huge part of our bacteria is found.
The brain is therefore influenced by the “mood” of our bacteria. When there is an imbalance, some of them let us know by headaches, a rage of sugar, alcohol, fatty foods, etc.
How does it work? According to the following article I translated
‘’Like the nervous system, the 200 to 500 million neurons in our gut produce neurotransmitters, chemical messengers, which travel to the brain and cells via the vagus nerve and the bloodstream.‘’
As Erica and Justin Sonnenberg, microbiology and immunology researchers indicate, the intestine and the brain communicate in two ways: “the chemical compounds secreted by the microbiota can affect mood and […] mood it – even can affect the microbiota.‘’
Yes, but what is a neurotransmitter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurotransmitter)? :
‘’Neurotransmitters, or neuromediators, are chemical compounds released by neurons (and sometimes by glial cells) acting on other neurons, called postsynaptic neurons, or, more rarely, on other types of cells (such as muscle cells and glial cells like astrocytes).
Neurotransmitters are stored at the level of the presynaptic element in vesicles. The content of these vesicles is released (from 1,000 to 2,000 molecules on average) into the synaptic space when an action potential arrives. There, the molecules diffuse towards the transmembrane receptors located in the membrane of the postsynaptic neuron. Depending on the nature of the neurotransmitter, the postsynaptic element will have as response a postsynaptic inhibitory (Glycine, GABA) or excitatory potential (glutamate, acetylcholine), opposing or favoring respectively the birth of an action potential in the neuron postsynaptic.”
Thank you Wiki.
In short, a neurotransmitter is a chemical message that excites or calms the nervous system, depending on a stimulus received.
Basically, the body lives in homeostasis, before external factors force it to reorganize for survival in the present moment. The goal of any organism, once it has left the danger zone, is to return to the state of homeostasis.
I translated here what our friend Wiki explain scientifically (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom%C3%A9ostasie):
‘’In biology and systemics, homeostasis is a phenomenon whereby a key factor (for example, temperature) is maintained around a beneficial value for the system under consideration, through a regulatory process. Typical examples of homeostasis are: the temperature of a room through a thermostat, the temperature of the body of a homeothermic animal, the blood sugar level, the degree of acidity of a medium, the internal pressure of an environment … More generally, homeostasis also designates the overall capacity of a system to maintain a whole set of such key factors, in particular in a living organism.
Operating as a regulation system, homeostasis requires a sensor (natural or artificial) which measures the real factor, an actuator capable of acting on its value, and between the two an adjustment process making it possible to vary the activity of the actuator according to the measured value. In automation, it is an arbitrary control center (thermostat, variable speed drive, etc.); in an organism, a multitude of phenomena exist which play the same role of principle. For example, for the regulation of blood sugar levels, a whole cascade of biochemical processes involving several hormones participates in this adjustment. The concept of homeostasis in biology is criticized by some authors because many biological quantities do not vary around a target average but on the contrary vary in a complex way.
The autonomic nervous system as well as the endocrine system, play an essential role in the maintenance of homeostasis. These are the only systems capable of detecting and correcting abnormalities in the composition of the internal environment or the internal parts of the body.”
The regulation of our interior environment is ensured by 3 systems:
- The nervous system,
- The endocrine system,
- The immune system.
As the homeostasis system is a collaboration of large systems (and the small systems that make them up), it must be understood and accepted that any disruption in the body will affect other systems, through direct or indirect links.
And that’s exactly where I am coming from with my integrative vision of medicine, built over time, through about 8000 hours of study in different health segments and experience gained with more than 5000 clients / patients.
Who takes care of our homeostatic return or really understands it, with all that that implies?
I can hear your silence ‘in a non-local way’, like they say in quantum physics…
I don’t pretend to imagine knowing everything, FAR away.
I consider myself a Great Ignorant. Why ?
I had to accept the fact that even if I had 8 doctorates posted on my wall, I would be completely uneducated in thousands of branches of science and human, in addition to not being able to follow technological, neurobiosocial, behavioral, biochemical, biophysical, evolutionary advances, different manual therapies, cell nutrition, etc. Besides, I only have a mouth, two hands and a brain.
What the brain does not routinely practice gradually disappears.
Our brain demyelinates! What is not used is lost!
How to become an expert on several subjects? This is harder than it seems, if we consider that an expert is someone who has devoted his life only to mastering a subject, for example: pheromones at the level of olfactory in the context of choosing a reproductive partner. Unfortunately, this man has to start worrying about his job since the advent of Tinder dating sites, despite all the knowledge he has acquired.
This personal questioning was not necessarily smooth and unhurried, and I expect violent opposition from potential detractors. However, the need for some people to criticize others does not shake my belief and my life choices. However, I am always open to questioning myself and learning from them, in a beneficial atmosphere. Neuroscience has shown us that the human mind is not able to integrate new information when it is in conflict resolution and survival mode.
In short, this acceptance of my own fatality as the Great Ignorant (which we are all ultimately in this perspective) has greatly increased my respect for specialists in absolutely every field.
People’s practice and experience is something that cannot be learned at school and each person has a lot to learn from others and from others, in order to develop third-party knowledge that will be useful for better assessment. in awareness of our patients / clients.
Are ego wars, individualism and the quest for power and gratification old remnants of the Darwinian model ideology: survival of the fittest?
DNA had not yet been discovered when the theory of evolution was written.
Luckily, we now realize that evolution is also a sign of collaboration. Our billions of bacteria are proof of this and the fact that only 1/100 of our genes are human.
Biomimicry friends, learn from evolution and collaborate.
Together, we will form a ‘new body’, a new science and our results will only be more visible.
The old model is over. Lobbying and existing bodies must also evolve and can thrive with a new business model that is as beneficial, but focused on health and not disease.
In my next article, I will tell you part of my story and the solutions I want to offer to the world of therapy and sports performance.
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