Our Triune Brain – Addiction to Abuse

Discovering an origin of the addiction of abusive and bullying behavior

“In the 1950s, MacLean discovered that the human brain consists of 3 distinct, functional, separate entities, each with its own perception, intelligence and autonomy” – MacLean’s The Triune Brain [1]

The First Brain:  The Reptilian Brain

The Triune Brain:  Addiction to Abuse - Dr. Ron Hill Chiropractic

The first, foremost, more ancient is the brain stem whose function is to serve self preservation and survival of the species.  Behaviors include self defense, home site and marking of territory, hunting, courtship and procreation as well as guile, lying in wait and deception.

Brain stem impulses are obsessive, compulsive behaviors

  • Territorial defense mechanisms – keep out of my way
  • Pursuing egotistical motives and ambitions
  • Dishonesty, shrewdness, lies and all manner of deception
  • Competitive behavior
  • Establishing areas of influence or territories
  • Imitating the external appearances of others
  • Endurance and perseverance when pursuing specific goals

Brain stem is stimulated and controlled by two neuro-hormones

  • Acetylcholine (the parasympathetic hormone which supplies energy and is the work horse of the brain)
  • Dopamine (a forerunner of norepinephrine which regulates the brain)

The Second Brain:  The Mammalian Brain

  • Encircles the brain stem, called the ‘Limbic System’
  • Controlled by the indole-derivative serotonin
  • Fluctuations of mood swings, cheerfulness and sadness originate here
  • Lack of serotonin results in depression and metabolic disorder of monamines, the cause of psychosis – a mental illness.
  • The limbic system is connected directly to the hypothalamus – the part of the brain that controls many homeostatic mechanisms
  • It integrates body and brain and transmits information and instructions in both directions

For example, the metabolism sends information that influences the pituitary gland which in turn produces and releases several hormones back to the body, to regulate function and to the brain to stimulate the release of hormones from the ANS – autonomic nervous system (acetylcholine and norepinephrine) for behavior.

  • The relationship between the hypothalamus and pituitary gland is of great importance to the issue of ADD – Attention Deficit Disorders.

For example – any stress, especially emotional, leads to a distinct increase in the SNS – sympathetic nervous system, which activates the adrenal glands

  • A person flushes or becomes pale
  • Blood pressure and pulse rate increase
  • Digestive activity decreases

This is the same autonomic and endocrine response, which stimulates the epinephrine/norepinephrine system that activates the centre of the forebrain:  The frontal lobes responsible for problem solving and moral control.

Every emotional response strong enough to trigger a physical response also has a simultaneous control response.  This is for our protection.

However, the control loop is put out of action by:

  • Phosphate
  • Alcohol
  • Tranquillizers
  • Fruit acid in the diet (citric and malic acid)
  • Protein – anabolic steroids
  • Lecithin (egg yolks and emulsifiers such as baking powder)
  • Hyperventilation

In short, the entire spectrum of substances that inhibit that part of the brain is that part of the brain that requires norepinephrine!

“Now these two ancient brains (Reptilian and Mammalian) are not able to express themselves in language, nor can they be reached by words.” Language is a secondary experience.  Their only means of communication (expression) is through action: Non-verbal.  Behavioral corrections are hopeless.

ADD children / adults do not listen, they do not respond to reasoning, amiable requests, explanations, or to threats of punishment.

It is all like water off a duck’s back to them – they do whatever they like.

This behavior inevitably irritates and enrages other people who do not understand why they behave as they do.

SO …

When a child (or adult) behaves like this, it infuriates his/her father/mother/person – who are themselves affected by the same ongoing sensitivity to phosphates.

This results in the loss of self-control, that can potentially lead to abuse such as bullying or in extreme cases… murder.

  • MacLean has been given credit for the discovery and definition of these non-verbal fields of behavior.
  • The behavior disorder is brought about by loss of control by the frontal lobes of the cerebrum
  • The loss of control is caused by a trigger-dose of phosphate in the phosphate-sensitive person

The Third Brain:  The Human Brain

This is the most recent and largest brain that has refined itself more and more in mammals:  The highest level of development to date in the Human Being.

“The outer layer of the cerebral cortex transmits to us all information that arrives by way of eyes, ears and touch.  It processes and coordinates, considers, thinks, remembers, forgets, makes decisions, knows and can express everything in words.”

This particular part of the brain is where the major damage occurs in the phosphate-sensitive person.

The transmission of information is in the cerebral cortex is dependent on the uninterrupted flow of norepinephrine between affected cells, which is controlled by calcium and / or magnesium ions.

This flow is delayed, even blocked.  That is clear in dyslexia and autism.

Ritalin, Amphetamines, Captagor removes norepinephrine obstruction for a few hours, but it does not brighten up the person / child’s gloomy moods (limbic)

Catecholamines, your body’s stress hormones modify the metabolism, not correct the cause.

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) helps but this vitamin creates symptoms of B2 deficiency that affects the skin.

Ammonium compounds help change a person’s moods but all of the above examples are substances to treat the symptoms of ADD or more correctly Phosphate-intoxication.



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