Monthly Archives: September 2013

Enteric hypothesis


Wow, I haven’t posted anything in a really long time. College takes up 99, if not 100% of my time, frankly. But today I couldn’t help but make a comment on something. See, today in histology class, we were discussing the gastrointestinal tract, focusing on the stomach at the point in time when I gained this piece of information (surprised I gained anything from that class). we pointed out that within the layers of the stomach wall, there are two nerve plexuses: the submucosal nerve plexus and the myenteric nerve plexus, that send and receive impulses from the muscles of the stomach wall. Then, the lecturer said that the gastric nervous system, which I just very briefly described, has been recently found to work independent of the central nervous system/brain. I immediately wrote that down, because the first thing that came to mind was zombies. We have already theorized that zombies won’t have brain function, yet still they have the ability to attack and eat other people. but we never tried to understand why that is. Maybe I found the answer in class today. The gastric nervous system would still have function in zombies, giving them their ability to continuously eat (flesh) by receiving, maybe, hunger impulses or something. Yeah, this hypothesis is still shaky, but it’s just something that crossed my mind. Kinda valid, I’d say.

Gotta get back to studying. Oh, vet school.

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