The Brain Repairs Itself


One of the most studied but least understood organs in the human body is the brain. The human brain is the most complex arrangement of matter in the universe. There are many different theories about how the brain works, but one universally recognized fact is that the brain is more sensitive to damage than any other organ.

Scientists studying the brain have learned that when the brain is injured, it triggers the release of some very special chemicals called neuronotrophic factors. While researchers aren’t sure how these chemicals actually work, studies show that the chemicals seem to help the brain repair damage to itself. They believe that each of the different chemicals works to repair a specific structure in the brain.

Medical researchers are continuing their study of these factors with the hope of using artificially created versions to help those suffering from brain damage due to stroke and trauma. They hope to learn from the body how to help the body do what it now tries to do for itself.

Surely the advanced knowledge of biochemistry necessary to create a way for the brain to repair itself does not come from matter itself. Only a powerful and wise Creator – the Creator described in the Bible – could have made this system. But we speak here of more than His wisdom. For His gift of the brain’s ability to repair damage to itself also show that He looks upon us with love. The highest expression of His love to us is found in Jesus Christ.

1 Kings: 4:29
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that [is] on the sea shore.”

Prayer: Father, when I am tempted to escape Your anger over sin, remind me that Your deepest desire is that I cling to what Your Son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has done for my forgiveness. Amen.

Notes: Sobel, David. 1983. “Brain self repair.” Omni, v. 5 5, February. p. 39.   Image: Drawing showing several important brain structures. (PD)

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