Sleep is the primary indicator of an individual's state of health. We analyse the quality of sleep by measuring cardiac variability during an entire night's sleep. This measurement allows us to evaluate the function of the autonomic nervous system and its two components: the sympathetic and parasympathic nervous system. Where sleep problems exist, it is mainly the parasympathetic branch that shows signs of disruption. Our work on balancing the two brains allows us to improve the function of the parasympathetic nervous system and increase the body's capacity to recuperate.
The keys to good health are the presence of "good" intestinal flora, eating food with a high antioxidant content and maintaining the integrity of the intestinal wall. The two brain method addresses each of these problems. The effect of poor digestion and elimination, and in particular constipation, is hugely underestimated in modern medicine, and is the cause of a number of nutritional deficiencies, local and referred symptoms and associated discomfort.
The underlying concept is that of ensuring quality of life in old age. The World Health Organisation has proposed a model of successful ageing based on three criteria:
- Cognitive abilities
- Physical abilities
- Interpersonal abilities
The two brain method thoroughly addresses the first two of these criteria. Regular physical activity fortifies and protects the reptilian brain; minimising digestive inflammation optimises the function of the digestive brain. The method minimises neurodegeneration and permits normal cognitive function well into advanced age.
For patients staying 2 weeks or more, a supervised 3 day fast decreases the level of circulating oxidative stress and inflammation which is linked to the overload of the digestive brain.
Intestinal flora also play an important role in the modern phenomena of overweight and obese individuals. Certain bacteria produce transmitters that are responsible for activating receptors situated in the intestinal wall, and it is these receptors which (through the enteric nervous system) activate both the body's satiety centre and its thermoregulation centre. When too much food is consumed, it increases the metabolism of the individual in order to burn extra calories. Becoming overweight is primarily due to a dysfunction of this system. There is no need to diet in order to restore it to normality. Instead, activating the two brains by using the Lonhea method resets this "dialogue" between the intestine and the nervous system.