As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Brain

                                                                                     Majid Ali, M.D.

Death begins in the colon, so goes an ancient saying. In 29 years as a hospital pathologist, I examined over 14,000 colon and over 2000 skin biopsies. I have practiced integrative medicine for about thirty years. The core lesson my microscope and patients taught me is: as roots are to roses, so the bowel to the skin. The true answer to chronic skin diseases is rooted in the contents of the bowel.

My patients have taught me the follpowing crucial lessons:

* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Brain
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Skin
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Heart
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Liver
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Kidney
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Adrenal

Death begins in the colon, so goes an ancient saying. In 29 years as a hospital pathologist, I examined over 14,000 colon and over 2000 skin biopsies. I have practiced integrative medicine for about thirty years. The core lesson my microscope and patients taught me is: as roots are to roses, so the bowel to the skin. The true answer to chronic skin diseases is rooted in the contents of the bowel. This is as true of psoriasis as it is of eczema, acne, chemical dermatitis, and other disorders.

For interested readers, I offer “Dr. Ali’s Course on Bowel Health” comprising four 35- to 45-minute long video seminars, which can be downloaded at http://www.aliacademy.org.

My patients have taught me the follpowing crucial lessons:

* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Brain
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Skin
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Heart
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Liver
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Kidney
* As Roots Are to Roses, So the Bowels to the Adrenal

Death Begins in the Colon

Death begins in the colon, so goes an ancient saying. How could the sages of those times have figured that out?

I have In 29 years as a hospital pathologist, I examined over 14,000 colon and 5,000 stomach biopsies. I recognized the profound insight of the ancients and the shallowness of the prevailing thinking in neurology and psychiatry. The restoration of bowel ecology is crucial for treating disorders of mood, memory, and mentation—including anxiety and depression—with superior results. My clinical experience shows that the intensity of such symptom- complexes is profoundly influenced by adverse food reactions, mold allergy and toxins, and metabolic roller coasters. The long-term results are better when physicians focus more on the bowel than on the brain. Degenerative neurological disorders—multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and others—generally respond poorly to drugs prescribed by neurologists, while measures to restore bowel ecology often give superior results.

The Bowel Has a Mind of Its Own

The bowel has a brain of its own. It comprises an enormous network of neurons (nerve cells) and nerve fibers. The brain cells of the gut forever engage in vigorous cellular cross-talk—adding layers of complexity to functionalities of the bowel. There is an elegant simplicity of design for the local control of local affairs—autoregulation, in my language. Simply stated, a population of specialized cells (interneurons) provides both the hardware and software for the “bowel-wide web.” The bowel also has a mind of its own. It listens to the brain but only up to a point. When the chips are down, it prefers to listen to its own voice—and works by its own design and instinct. Psychiatrists are fond of prescribing drugs that alter the function of serotonin—Prozac and Paxil, for instance—to treat depression. They do not consider the fact that nearly 95% of serotonin production in the body occurs in the alimentary tract. This is one of the scientific facts that explains my clinical findings: (1) the brain function cannot be optimized without addressing toxicities of the environment, foods, and thoughts; and (2) the issues of toxicities cannot be addressed without restoring bowel ecology. Clinically, Castor-Cise (see sidebar) is my top priority for bowel detox and the restoration of the bowel ecology.

Castor-Cise is my term for an integrated program of: (1) a castor oil liver detox based on the ancient Indian tradition; (2) a castor oil bowel detox based on the ancient Chinese tradition; (3) a sesame oil oral detox based on its empirical benefits; and (4) limbic, non-competitive, meditative exercise. I prescribe Castor-Cise two or three times a week for my patients and urge them to alter and personalize this program for themselves after they have learned the basic routine. In my view, castor oil primarily works by normalizing the electromagnetic charge on cell membranes. Full details of DR. ALI’s BREAKFAST are available at http://www.majidali.com. For a full scientific discussion of the subject, I refer professional readers to my book, Darwin, Dysox, and Disease, 2nd. edition (2008), the eleventh volume of The Principles and Practice of Medicine.

Directions for Oil Rubs

Apply gently warmed castor oil to all areas of the abdomen, chest, and neck for two or more hours. Wear an old T-shirt for protecting other garments. Do exercise, household chores, work, walk, jog, or whatever you fancy. Most of the oil is absorbed through the skin. Shower or clean skin with a wash cloth

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