The Wellness Sequence: Brain/ Second Brain synergy and the zero gluten diet.
Clayton Perks B.Ed B.Sc. M.Chiropractic
“The two biggest causes of lost working days in the UK are back pain and mental illness including stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, loss of confidence, OCD and eating disorders. In my opinion these major health issues are often caused by deterioration in the communication between the brain and the gut or second brain caused primarily by gluten in the diet.”
Back pain, neck pain, headache, migraine
IBS bloating, wind, constipation, diarrhoea
Stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, phobias, OCD, anorexia and bulimia
[This is an opinion piece only and not medical advice. We recommend you see your doctor before commencing your wellness programme.]
The Wellness Sequence is designed as a possible solution to a wide variety of physical and mental health issues.
The Wellness Sequence was developed over 25 years largely from observation, research and clinical trials which resulted in a series of patterns being observed. My wellness team saw over one million client visits during a ten year period and reported back notable changes to core group.
The observed pattern is set out below:
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) including bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and wind is largely caused by gluten in the diet. It’s a sensitivity and there is no reliable test for this. This is different from being a coeliac for which there is reliable testing. Younger patients may not exhibit IBS symptoms and often simply present as fussy eaters.
Once the bowel is irritated there can be a huge array of symptoms: Back pain, general joint pain, neck stiffness, headache, migraine, low energy, poor sleep and then an array of mental health issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), phobias and eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
The Wellness Sequence is designed to remove physical, chemical and emotional stress so that people can restore themselves to their full health potential.
STEP 1: Chemical stress reduction starts with zero gluten in your diet. As a guide follow a Paleo diet, just ensure you have zero gluten in it.
STEP 2: Physical stress reduction using chiropractic adjustments, massage and reflexology. Plus advice on sleep, diet and exercise.
STEP 3: Mental and emotional stress reduction using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning (NHR) for training, relaxing and running your own brain.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) bloating, constipation, diarrhoea:
This is often dismissed as a minor issue and no big deal. In my opinion this is a major oversight and I simply ask patients to go zero gluten immediately to assist with these problems.
Chronic low back pain, neck stiffness, headache, migraine, and general joint pain:
Our team built the largest private chiropractic group in Europe and saw over one million client visits over a ten year period. Our real world experience treating back pain, joint pain, neck stiffness, headache and migraine is vast to say the least.
Of all the techniques and strategies we tried by far the biggest positive change is ensuring a patient is on a zero gluten diet while getting their body work done.
Stress, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Depression.
These problems are prolific and again I ask patient to ensure they have zero gluten in their diets. In the UK I also ask patients to take vitamin D3 5000ug a day and a probiotic. I ask the client to go zero gluten to ensure the best synergy between the brain and second brain via the Vagus nerve.
I then used NLP and NHR strategies and skills to deal with the client’s specific mental health issues.
We also use chiropractic techniques, massage and reflexology to reduce physical stress for the client.
In my opinion phobias develop when there is a loss of synergy between the brain and second brain. Gluten disrupts the connection between the brain and second brain. It’s been clearly demonstrated that phobias can be removed very quickly using the fast phobia cure developed by Dr Richard Bandler. I’ve used it myself on many occasions. This NLP technique focuses on the way the brain processes information.
The Wellness Sequence deals with the phobia from the gut or second brain part of the loop.
I ask the client to simply go zero gluten in their diet.
OCD: See below as I briefly outline my theory on eating disorders. This slightly more complex so Ive explained simply in the next section.
Gluten, Anorexia, Bulimia and OCD: “Searching for Completion”.
My theory is that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are actually unresolved OCD that is then taken to another level:
Here is the process:
- Gluten irritates the gut or second brain which sends aberrant information via the Vagus nerve to the brain.
- There is a loss of clear communication between the gut or second brain (the organ that feels) and the brain (the organ that thinks).
- Confusion and aberrant behaviour then develops as the brain is constantly overwhelmed.
Searching for completion:
The simplest way I can outline what happens is for the reader to do the following.
- Shake hands with someone. Ok that’s easy. Now note that when you complete this task you get a feeling. A feeling of “completion” as the task is finished and the loop is closed.
- Now repeat this but miss the other person’s hand. End up shaking fresh air as your hands miss each other. This is likely to produce an uneasy feeling as the brains expectation that you will actually touch the other persons hand is not fulfilled. You don’t get the feeling of completion.
- Now shake hands with the person again, complete the task and the feeling of completion is likely to return.
What would happen if you actually shook hands, but got the other feeling. ie the uneasy feeling and not the feeling of completion? Imagine if each time you completed a task you never got the feeling of completion. It’s likely that you would repeat the task over and over searching for the feeling of completion. The person searches for the feeling of completion….. which never comes.
At this point the person’s behaviour may appear repetitive and unusual and the initial response is to seek counselling ie it’s a mental health issue. My view is that it is not primarily a mental health issue but a second brain or gut issue caused by gluten.
The OCD type behaviour may get more intense over time.
How does this lead on to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia?
Remember which organ I think is the initial cause of this sequence? The gut or second brain. What is the easiest way to impact the gut? Through the manipulation of food.
If the person stops eating the stomach mildly contracts and the person gets their first mild feeling of completion. They get a slight feeling of control and this is what they are craving. This then starts the process.
Not eating impacts the gut. Binge eating impacts the gut. Binge eating and then purging really impacts the gut. All of these behaviours impact the gut and give the person a slight feeling of completion and control.
The search for completion goes on and on through not eating binge eating and purging.
The first thing I do with these clients is get them to go zero gluten in their diet. I then use NLP and NHR to help them reset their thinking so they can start to rebuild healthy behaviours. The first and most important step in my opinion though is to go zero gluten.
Bed Wetting: The first thing I do with young patients who are bed wetting is simply ask the parents to put them on a zero gluten diet. I’ve found the results to be rapid and effective.
Gluten Free doesn’t work
People ask me what’s the difference between gluten free and zero gluten? The reason we changed it from gluten free to zero gluten is that lots people said to me “yes I’m gluten free, most of the time”. “I’m gluten free, I only had two bread rolls this week”.
From my experiences this doesn’t work. It works when you go zero gluten. This means no gluten containing products at all and yes it’s permanent change.
It has also been pointed out that gluten free products may have a trace of gluten in them. Again from my experience I do allow clients to eat gluten free products as if the amount of gluten is so small that coeliacs can eat the product then it’s OK for my clients to also eat gluten free products.