133. The Science of the Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is the electrical superhighway of our nervous system - But just what does it do? And could triggering it be one potential solution to issues as wide ranging as obesity and depression to rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease?Luke takes us through the latest research into the vagus nerve and explains how simply zapping it with electricity or triggering it through the ear might have positive effects.

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