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Digestive System:  Appropriate, Assimilate and Eliminate
~by Dr. Van Dueck

The majority of our illnesses are created in the intestinal tract, which is an external (not internal, as you may have thought) anatomical system.

That is a very strong statement to make. As you read on you may begin to appreciate its irony.

Let’s begin with a quick trip through the many feet of intestinal tubing, starting at the mouth and ending at the anus.

Digestion is the process of breaking down food into a form our body’s cells can use.  This exchange program is commonly known as metabolism.  This process converts food into energy for growth and reproduction.  "Appropriation" is the act of putting food into the digestive system--eating.

Digestion begins at the mouth where the parotid glands stimulate salivary glands to produce saliva.  Saliva is released from three glands through ducts and mixed in the mouth to form an acid pH.  It is this acidic nature that begins the digestion of food and acts like an antibiotic producing an environment difficult for viruses and bacteria to survive in.  Therefore, this special substance we call “spit” is the first line of defense provided by our immune system.  Now you can understand why our babies seem to be able to put anything in their mouths.  Babies can produce enough spit in one year to fill a gallon pail!

Once broken down by the action of the teeth and tongue the food is presented to the stomach through swallowing. The stomach's action is like contractions of ring-like waves. It produces strong acids that turn the food into a paste-like substance called chyme.  Oh, why not call it what we know, “puke.”  This acid nature of the stomach is the second step in decontaminating toxins taken in from the environment.  The food you just swallowed could be in your stomach for up to three hours. Liquids however will pass through quickly, drawn downwards by gravity.

A constant supply of mucous produced by glands in the stomach-lining protects its internal nature from the action of the acid. And a note here, these acids are produced in response to a hormone released from the pituitary gland in the brain.  The stomach is a triple muscle, with the third type of muscle shaped in a spiral to screw the contents down.  In times of distress these muscles can contract violently and eject food a great distance out through the mouth (projectile vomiting).

At the end of the stomach is a sphincter, which holds the ingredients back until a small amount is released through to the small intestine for "tasting."  If sufficiently reduced to an acceptable pH, chyme enters the duodenum. The first section is alkaline in nature and therefore requires that the chyme be reduced to further our digestion to the assimilation phase.

This assimilation phase is accomplished by the lining of the small intestine known as the microvilli. Through an active transport mechanism, chyme is diffused through the lining of the intestine much like the action of a sieve. The particles remaining behind are furthered down to the large intestine while those absorbed are transferred by a blood system to the liver for processing into energy.  It should be explained here that the appendix is not some expendable, unnecessary part of our anatomy and like the tonsils has a major role in digestion.  The appendix is called a vermiform appendage; a worm sticking out is a simple definition.

And what does this worm do? Think of it as a grease nipple, similar to a car where lubrication is provided.  In this case the appendix lubricates the intestines to allow for easy movement of the waste substances under influence of peristalsis (the urges presented by the contractions of the intestines to expel wastes = a bowel movement).  Without lubrication in your car, the parts rub together, create friction, heat and eventually seize.  This same situation occurs in the intestines without proper lubrication. What an amazing system!

This absorption begins to create energy in the form of what I compare to plutonium being used in a nuclear reactor.  Its name is ATP. Think of it as raw nuclear material.  When all of this material is added up, it can equal five pounds. And you know what five pounds of nuclear material can do...either create energy or destroy it. The unused parts of the food sources are sent to the large intestine in shifts and like several trains at a station, the material waits its turn for unloading.

That means if you ate three meals with sufficient fiber, you would have three exit times or three bowel movements over the next 36 – 60 hours. During this time water is absorbed from the waste material and placed into the lymphatic system for recycling.  Eighty percent of what is taken in by the mouth is cycled and recycled 18 times in 24 hours before being eliminated. The waste materials including poisons, chemicals, toxins, bacteria, virus, fungus and parasite, reach the final six inches of the rectum and the final stage of recycling into the lymphatic system absorbs any remaining nutrients.

We have often heard of the amazing length of our intestinal tract; upwards of 33 feet.  And again, remember that this tract is not internal anatomy, it begins at the mouth and ends at the rectum, just like a juicer.  The liquid is kept for metabolism and the waste is ejected.  Now, grab your belly and listen to this; the intestines are about as long as you are tall plus the added length of your arms above your head. That’s an average of about 9 feet, not 33.  Where’s the difference?  That’s easy.  If you were dead and measured the distance, you would get around 33 feet, but in the living body it is about 9 feet.  Much of our information came from the study of cadavers or dead bodies.  Even Leonardo Da Vinci had to break the rules of the day and exhume bodies to understand the underlying layers.  It was his Mona Lisa that first demonstrated the muscularity beneath the skin.

So, now you know that your digestive system is just like a juicer producing raw energy for the nuclear power plant known as the brain.  Let’s consider this system as the food conglomerates of our society. We’ll simply call them the farmers.  What can go wrong is how we explain the beginning of many diseases, read on.

The most common problem in this system is dysbiosis.  Yes, I know that word is probably unfamiliar, but break it down; dys for not right, abnormal and bios for bisosis or life, vitality, energy.  If this is our raw material for the nuclear power plant and it dysfunctions, we are in grave trouble. Another name is intestinal permeability defect, like hundreds of microscopic ulcerations.

Essentially, dysbiosis means a breakdown in the process of digestion.  Most of the time it is those four criminals invading our body and being able to survive our detection and protection core, the immune system.

Tiny imperfections and perforations can allow the criminals or their waste products through the lining of the gut and into the sacred kingdom our internal anatomy. Are you remembering that the digestive system is external anatomy?  Once the bacteria, fungus, parasite or virus enters the kingdom, the battle will be long and hard fought.  From anorexia, arthritis, botulism, bowel flu, cirrhosis, Chrohn’s disease, diabetes, fibroids, heartburn, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hiatel hernia, obesity, ulcers to vomiting, dysbiosis is often the beginning of a majority of disease processes.

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