The GUT Punch – repeated blows to our GI tract from inner clock disruption

The GUT Punch – repeated blows to our GI tract from inner clock disruption

Dr. Michael DeSanctis, PhD, LP, ABPP, DBSM, Licensed Psychologist   April 2021 What price do we pay for irregular sleep-wake patterns and circadian clock mistiming? One cost is an unhappy and dysregulated gut. Our central circadian clock, residing in a concentration of cells in the hypothalamus of our brain and referred to as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, engages in cross-talk with all our peripheral organs, including the liver and gastrointestinal tract. This communication occurs along hormonal and neural pathways with signaling playing an important role in our mental and physical wellbeing. The gut operates on a daily rhythm just like our alertness,

The VR Experience

This may be obvious, but since VR is a 3D experience it is challenging to describe it. Most basically, VR utilizes a headset (like oversized googles) that blocks out the participant’s world and replaces it with a visual, auditory, and even sensory (via handsets that buzz) experience. you feel like you are “in” the VR experience: when you move your hands (and move the hand controllers), “your” virtual hands move; when you push buttons on the hand controller, your virtual hand will grasp an object, point and other movements(this takes some practice); when you move your head to the left,