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The Brain and Mycotoxins

Andrew W. Campbell, MD; Karen Decena, MD

You are what your brain is. Your brain makes you how you are: your personality, your character, your ability to be happy and enjoy life, your emotions, your ability to learn, your daily actions and reactions, how and what you pay attention to, all of these and much more derives from your brain. Your brain’s health is vital to your well-being. Our brain is a unique and extremely complex organ, and the only one completely surrounded and protected by bone: the skull. It weighs about 3 pounds, about 2% of our body weight, yet uses 20% of our calories and of our oxygen, and 30% of our glucose. The brain receives the freshest and most oxygenated blood as it is pumped out from the heart. The brain has the texture of tofu and is made up of approximately 100 billion neurons and we have 400 miles of blood vessels to bring oxygen and nutrients to all those neurons. Each neuron has approximately 1000 synapses.

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