The Brain’s Connective Tissue System
Astrocytes, microglia and oligodendrocytes are cells collectively known as glia. Ninety percent of all brain cells are glia. Structurally, they create the matrix that suspends the nerve cells in the brain. Their purpose does not stop there. The glia coordinate function, facilitate communication between brain and body and monitor and modify input and output. The graphic on page 30 of the Neuroplastic Transformation workbook depicts the various brain cells. All glia have counterpart cells in the body that interact similarly to the way the glia interact in the brain. The glial cells are part of the connective tissue system that exists throughout the entire body. The nervous system is classically viewed as the way the brain and body are connected. In reality the Nervous System and the Connective Tissue System are one system that elegantly orchestrates communication allowing for instantaneous processing of input and output.