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posterior fossa, write the researchers, is filled instead by cerebrospinal fluid | Image
Credit: Feng Yu et al.
A 24-year-old woman complaining of dizziness and nausea was admitted to a hospital in Shandong Province recently, where she told doctors she had struggled with balance all her life. When doctors performed a brain scan, they immediately noticed the problem: The woman was missing her cerebellum.
The cerebellum, which is Latin for "little brain," is a small lump of brain matter situated below and toward the rear of the brain's two cerebral hemispheres. So densely packed are its neurons, that despite accounting for just 10% of the brain's volume, the cerebellum manages to cram in more than half of the brain's total neurons. To go about one's life without a cerebellum, it should go without saying, is far from common; in the August 22 issue of Brain, doctors led by neurosurgeon Feng Yu report the woman is one of just nine people known to have done so. That Yu's team documented her condition while she was alive makes the discovery all the more exceptional.
The woman's case presents a fascinating example of neuroplasticity, the process by which one or more regions of the brain adapt to compensate for damage to a different area of the brain, or a loss of some bodily function. If you lose a finger, for example, the neural representations of the neighboring fingers get bigger. Sever someone's optic nerve, and the neurons devoted to vision will be co-opted by neurons associated with other cognitive functions. This is one reason blind people tend to have excellent audio acuity.
In this woman's case, however, the missing body part is not a finger, nor an optic nerve, but a sizable chunk of the brain, itself. The cerebellum plays an important role in motor control. Timing, coordination, fine movement – all of these things rely in large part on this small, sub-hemispheric brain. Yu's team calls the woman's condition a rare example of complete primary cerebellar agenesis. "This surprising phenomenon," the authors write, "supports the concept of extracerebellar motor system plasticity, especially cerebellum loss, occurring early in life."
According to Mitchell Glickstein, emeritus professor of neuroscience at University College London, "the claim that people with complete cerebellar agenesis can be entirely symptom free is widespread," and kept alive by an "oral tradition [that] people who are born without a cerebellum may have no observable symptoms at all." In fact, he says, every documented case of the condition has been linked to "a profound deficit in the development of normal movement." This certainly appears to be the case with this 24-year-old woman, whose mother reports she was four years old before she could stand on her own, and seven before she could walk unassisted, "with a persistently unsteady gait." Her speech was also reportedly unintelligible until the age of 6 (difficulty articulating is a symptom of cerebellar disfunction). [Pictured Here: "Human Brain Without Cerebellum," on display in the Anatomy Department of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK | Via Glickstein]
Today, however, the 24-year-old woman's symptoms are not characterized as debilitating, but as "mild to moderate" – her movements "slowed," or "slightly irregular." Yu's team notes that she is married with a daughter, and describe her pregnancy and delivery as "uneventful." The authors describe her neurological exam in detail:
A neurological examination revealed she could cooperate and fully orientate. A verbal analysis test revealed her word comprehension and expression remained intact and she had no sign of aphasia, but mild to moderate signs of cerebellar dysarthria. The patient has mild voice tremor with slurred pronunciation and her voice quality is slightly harsh. Cerebellar ataxia including Romberg's sign, and there is evidence of heel-knee-tibia impairment. The patient experienced mild to moderate dysmetria in reaching the nose when administered the finger-to-nose test. Pronation-supination alternating movements were slightly irregular and slowed. While she is able to walk unsteadily without support, her gait is moderately unsteady. The patient has evidence of tandem gait and moderately reduced gait speed. There is no focal paresis but the muscle tone is mildly increased. Evaluation of the sensory system showed no abnormalities, no deformities of the fingers and toes were observed, and her complete blood count and urinalysis were normal.
Sometimes brain activities associated with a certain area are redistributed to other locations not following an injury, but in response to the area never having formed at all. Read more about this rare case study in the latest issue of Brain. See also: Helen Thomson's coverage of the study in New Scientist.
"... The Second Brain
Innate does so many things for you! Some of you are starting to get a bigger picture of where I'm going with this discussion. Here is a concept that we've not really broached before. We're going to give it a name, but please do not misunderstand it. You only have one word for your intelligent control center, and the word is called brain. So we are going to give you a concept that the innate is your second brain. It doesn't function like your first one at all, but it is smart and it is intelligent and it knows what you need. Sometimes it can even replace a function that your logical brain normally does.
Let me show you what I mean. Here is a puzzle, a conundrum of medicine: When an accident happens that severs your spinal cord completely, it leaves you with no feeling or muscle function from the waist down. This is because the signals from the brain to your muscles are no longer able to be sent. The pathway for those signals is severed. You then spend the rest of your life in a chair, perhaps even being fed by others. But the puzzle it that there are some things within you that continue to function anyway. One of them is your heart. Another is digestion. Many of these things continue to work even though you are told that your brain, the central nervous system, the organ that sends all the signals to make things work, had its signals severed. The conduit where the signals are sent within the spine is broken. So what keeps all these organs below the neck going?
Your heart depends upon signals from the brain to function. It needs the electrical pulses sent from specific parts of the brain, creating a synchronized rhythm in order for the heart to beat. Yet the brain is disconnected and the heart keeps its rhythm. How can that work? Now I'll tell you: The innate takes over and continues the signal. It's always there, for the Merkabah is body-wide, not centralized in one place as your brain is. The organs will continue to function, but the pathway to the muscles are gone. Even reproduction can still happen! The heart keeps going and digestion continues, and all without connection to the brain.
Innate is smart! It's a second brain. Medical science is often puzzled over this, and I just gave you the answer. So innate is the intelligence in your body that is smarter about cellular things than your brain. Now I want to wrap this all up.
What are you supposed to do with all this information? I want you to get in touch with innate. It's the heart connection, dear ones. The Higher-Self, innate and Human consciousness are the three Human energies that need to meld - Human consciousness, Higher-Self and innate.
When DNA starts to work at a higher efficiency, there are bridges that start to be built between these things. You'll start to feel them when you recognize and sense truth. When you start to have discernment and cognize things for what they are, you stop looking around for answers. You are far more self-contained, and your answers are often the same as those around you who have the same discernment engine. All this now comes from within, instead of an outside source.
Many will tell you this is all nonsense. They tell you about God and ask you to believe them. They tell you that you were born dirty, or that there are societies trying to control you, or that everywhere you look there's a conspiracy against you. They generate fear, and the result is Human fear, confusion, separation and even war.
The Smart Innate
What if you could start understanding the truth from the innate within? You would understand that you are a piece of God on this planet, and you can discern what is and what is not happening around you. The Human Being becomes smarter when the two brains come together and you're able then to see your own health situation, to catch things before they get out of hand, and even to sense the truth of God within the beautiful system of your Akash. ..."