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By: Dr. Ann de Wees Allen
January 2009
The term Edible Computer Chip® has recently gained popularity in the Nutraceutical and Pharmaceutical fields.

Though Edible Computer Chips® sound like they may describe a futuristic robotic-chip that programs the human body to follow specific commands, that is not the case. Edible Computer Chip® are not synthetic, nor do they contain any non-food grade or unsafe ingredients.

They are manufactured and produced from non-GMO ingredients, organic fruit and FDA acceptable food and beverage ingredients.

Edible Computer Chip®
are not synthetic, nor do they contain any non-food grade or unsafe ingredients. They are manufactured and produced from non-GMO ingredients, organic fruit and FDA acceptable food and beverage ingredients.

The phrase Edible Computer Chip® was coined by research scientist, Dr. Ann de Wees Allen, as she sought to clarify and explain how the human brain responds to stimulus, such as food and beverages.

While conducting a medical lecture in Japan at the Tokyo Convention Center, Dr. Allen explained that the human brain acts like an “organic computer.”

Dr. Allen pointed out that a prime example of the brain-computer relationship was shown in Rainman, a very popular movie about Kim Peek, a Savant, whose brain works exactly like a computer.

Rainman, played by Dustin Hoffman, closely represented the personality and abilities of the real Rainman, Kim Peek, who, like Einstein, has been a Savant since childhood.


Kim Peek exhibited Savant-genius from a very early age. According to Peek's father, Fran, Kim was able to memorize things from the age of 16-20 months. He read books, memorized them, and then placed them upside down on the shelf to show that he had finished reading them, a practice he still maintains.

Kim reads a page of text in about 10 seconds (about a book per hour) and remembers everything he has read, memorizing vast amounts of information in subjects ranging from history and literature, geography, and numbers, to sports, music, and dates. He can recall 12,000 books from memory, and can also perform formidable mathematical calculations in his head.

Kim is also able to listen to music and distinguish which instruments play which parts, and is adept at guessing the composers of new music by comparing the music to the many thousands of music samples in his memory.

Kim’s personality is quite personable and childlike, and as such, he has limitations that require him to live with a caretaker, as he is not capable of driving or performing routine tasks.

Kim’s caretaker is his father, Fran, who accompanies Kim to lectures at Universities and seminars around the world. Kim continues to be in high demand and is quite pleased to any question or partake in any brain-tests that showcase his unique talent. Fran and Kim reside in Salt Lake City.


Both the normal and the Savant-brain function like an organic computer, though the Savant-brain exhibits very rare memory and calculation abilities, similar to a mathematical calculator.

The average human brain is not capable of processing complex calculations without benefit of a calculator or pen & paper. The Savant-brain is quite capable of conducting complex calculations in a nano-second and without forethought. The process is still not fully understood by scientists.

The average human brain and a computer are similar in the following ways:

Both use electrical signals to send messages
Both transmit information
Both have a memory that can grow
Both can adapt and learn
Both have evolved over time
Both require energy
Both can be damaged
Both can change and be modified
Both can do math and other logical tasks

While a computer uses electricity, or non-organic power to transmit information, the human brain utilizes organic chemicals to transmit information. Contrary to popular belief, the brain uses dietary carbohydrates as its fuel source, and not protein.

In some ways, the human brain is superior to a computer. The brain is superior at interpreting the outside world and is capable of imagination and new ideas.

Memories in the brain grow by stronger synaptic connections. Computer memory grows by adding computer chips.


Just as a computer responds to computer chips, the human brain responds to computer chips, but the brain-computer chips are in an edible form. Every food, drink, Nutraceutical, Pharmaceutical, vitamin, and mineral ingested by humans is a computer chip. If it enters the mouth, it is an Edible Computer Chip®.

A banana is an Edible Computer Chip®, and so is a hamburger, or a soda, or any other food or beverage. When a food or beverage enters the mouth, it triggers sensors on the tongue that send messages to the brain.

It does not matter if you swallow the food or beverage or spit it out, the process has already begun.

The two primary mechanisms by which food/beverages trigger negative insulin-elevation and adipose tissue fat-storage are:

Digestion and Metabolism: occurs following swallowing and ingestion of a food or beverage
Cephalic Response (Brain Glycemic Indexing): occurs when a food or beverage hits the tongue (swallowing not required)

In the Digestion and Metabolism process, the pancreatic beta cells secrete insulin in response to circulating carbohydrate in the blood stream, resulting from the ingestion of carbohydrate-rich foods or excess protein.

In the Cephalic Response process, insulin secretion begins even before any carbohydrate is absorbed into the bloodstream. During the early phase of insulin release, insulin levels start to rise in the first minute after the start of a carbohydrate-rich meal/beverage. The glucose level does not begin to rise until the third minute.

The so-called “Cephalic” or early response is seen whether there is actually carbohydrate, or even any calories at all, in an ingested meal, beverage, or Nutraceutical.

The brain’s neural signals, arising from visual, auditory, and olfactory stimulation, are processed before food is actually ingested. The insular cortex, orbitofrontal cortex and the piriform cortex integrate signals related to sight, taste and olfaction in humans and primates with other cortical modalities such as memory of past experiences (place, safe vs. toxic food, etc) to influence food intake.

Many of these external sensory cues contribute to the Cephalic phase response to food, which consists of increased salivation and gastrointestinal hormone secretion, among other responses.

The mere anticipation of a pleasurable meal is enough, in some situations, to stimulate an insulin response. The Cephalic phase response actually prepares the body for optimal absorption and utilization of nutrients.

The sensation of sweet taste is one of the most potent triggers of the Cephalic response. The Cephalic response of artificial sweeteners is known to stimulate insulin release and cationic fluxes in pancreatic islets.

Sucrose (table sugar), Saccharin, Cyclamate, Stevia (sevioside), Acesulfame-K (Ace-k), Aspartame, and many other sweeteners, cause an increase in insulin release from pancreatic islets incubated in vitro in the presence of 7.0 mM D-glucose.

The insulinotropic action of artificial sweeteners may be mediated through G-protein coupled receptors similar to those involved in the activation of taste buds by bitter compounds.

The pancreatic hormones insulin and glucagons function primarily to regulate glucose homeostasis. A secondary role is that of signaling energy intake to the central nervous system, as the beta cells in the pancreas release these hormones in response to feeding.

Because basal insulin levels rise in relation to adiposity, circulating insulin levels also serve as a measure of energy stores.

While elevated insulin levels in the brain may cause a decrease in food intake, the action of insulin peripherally is to lower circulating blood glucose levels and serve as a stimulus for food consumption.

Once carbohydrates are consumed, insulin functions to store
excess energy in the form of fat.

Thus, the Cephalic response of insulin secretion serves to exacerbate weight gain, obesity, Insulin Resistance, and diabetes by elevating insulin levels, increasing appetite and by enhancing fat-storage.

According to the Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience, February 2008:

When the taste of an artificial sweetener such as aspartame stimulates the tongue, the brain programs the liver to prepare for the arrival of new energy (sugar) from outside.
The liver, in turn, stops the manufacture of starch and protein from reserves in the body, and instead begins to store the glucose (energy) that is circulating in the blood stream.
Foods having a sweet taste without the accompanying calories (sugar-free usually = low calories) stimulate the taste buds, creating an urge to eat and thus overeat.
It is the liver that produces the signals and the urge to eat. The cephalic phase response triggers the release of insulin, which stores sugar in the blood stream.
This creates low blood sugar, which leads to the development of increased cravings and appetite.
Studies have shown that this urge to eat more food after using artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can last up to 90 minutes after the meal or snack.
It has been shown that the brain retains the urge to eat for a long time, when the taste buds for sugar are stimulated, without any sugar having entered the system.
The sweet taste of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame will cause the brain to program the liver to store supplies rather than release supplies from its storage.
This may be the reason why individuals who use diet soda for weight loss may suffer the need for repeated stimulation of the taste buds with sugar stimulation.
This also applies to functional and beverages, as well as diet sodas and colas that contain -0- calories, carbohydrates, or proteins.

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