A new article points a bright spotlight on how your brain works with your immune system to control disease. Here's a quick summary:
The researchers found that the spleen was making Tumor Necrosis Factor, a powerful inflammatory molecule. The also found that when they stimulated the Vagus Nerve (located in the lower brainstem and travels to your heart, lungs, and abdominal organs) that Tumor Necrosis Factor decreased. This is hugely important!
What this means is that if your brain is not healthy, your immune system will not work correctly. You won't fight infections correctly. In fact, your brain acts like a brake pedal on TNF so it doesn't get out of control. When your Vagus nerve is not firing correctly, inflammation can become excessive--even lead to auto-immune conditions.
Tumor Necrosis Factor sounds like a bad guy, but don't rush to conclusions about it--
Remember, inflammation is not evil. Inflammation is necessary. If you didn't have the ability to make inflammation, your cuts, bruises and scrapes would never heal...you'd be killed by the slightest little virus or bacteria...you get the picture. Inflammation is part of your body's built-in intelligence to regulate and heal itself.
But this is what you must have to keep inflammation under control....