Have you ever heard of The “Enteric Nervous System”?
This organ of nerves is called the second brain. It is found in the gut region of the body. This plexus of nerves serves as a hub of a central intelligence – all the organs in its care are gut organs. The gut being the processing center of the avatar physiology, its spinal vertebrate corresponds to the yellow and orange spectrums. The processing of material food is accomplished by the gut. But the sampling of chemical stimulants or depressants is accomplished via the enteric nervous system (which then transmits that “sampling” information to the brain).
This localized processing center, i.e. brain in the gut, is connected to the brain in the head via the Vagus Nerve. This nerve provides the exchange of information between the collection of gastrointestinal organs and the brain. Through it, the gut can “speak” and communicate sensory and stimulant information to the brain. Provided the brain is not intoxicated by high dosages of corroding stimulants, it has the capacity to receive information from the gut brain and respond to the frequency and quality of the food.
It is as if the gut has a tongue of its own. While the food sits in it; the gut is continuously tasting the food and soaking up the chemicals. The local nerves receive information about the quality of water in the bloodstream, as well as the nature and concentration of substances in its circulation. When the tongue in our mouth is stimulated by a particular substance, it relays information to both the brains – the one in your head, and the one in your gut. Knowing what concentration of particular materials has entered the mouth, the biological intelligence of both brains invests energy in dealing with the incoming food.
This second brain is a collection of interrelated organs, with a communication hub to allow them to orchestrate their collaboration. The nerves of this plexus reach into the spinal cord at a particular junction, from which they enter the superhighway to the brain in our head. With the information that the brain receives, the mind experiences the nature of the substance.