The Brain Stage: The Power & Promise of The Cephalic Phase for Health

Listen to the Podcast or Read the Transcript [00:00:03] Hi I’m Dr. Alan Greene pediatrician and I’d like to talk with you tonight about The Brain Stage. [00:00:10] I remember vividly when I was a pediatric resident in training go to a Grand Rounds about a surprising topic. [00:00:18] The function of the brain and the function of the skin and one of the things that dermatologists talked about was a common procedure freezing warts. Freezing warts was then, and is still, one of the most common ways to get rid of warts. What she talked about was how wildly different the results were in different studies. People use the same tools the same techniques and got wildly different results. Why? Well, one included that freezing doesn’t kill the wart virus — doesn’t eliminate it. Instead what it does is create a signal that then later triggers the immune system to knock out the wart, but different in different settings. Another thing she talked about was the fastest pain relief for a child who skins their knee is a smile or a kiss from mom. [00:01:15] And that was sweet and not terribly surprising. But what was surprising to me was that the wound also heals faster. How could it be that the complex machinery of wound healing is changed just by the attention of the mom? [00:01:38] Another question. Suppose you have a red pill and a blue pill that are made of exactly the same medicine and exactly the same dose in the same manufacturer. [00:01:49] You might expec...
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