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Self-Medication for Brain Constipation August 2008

Updated on August 28, 2010
...clearing the cobwebs...
...clearing the cobwebs...
neurological pacemaker
neurological pacemaker

Brain constipation is my affliction at the moment I suppose. I'm sure I got it from talking too much about Filipino entertainment gossip. I swear I've developed a case of intermittent headache attacks from not producing anything substantial in my brain, a total lack of cerebral activity or what I like to refer to as mental gymnastics.

So I sought to shake the disease that threatens to render me virtually brain dead. My therapy started last week when I purchased a DVD box set of the West Wing -- all seven seasons. In the same time, I also bought three books, two romance novels and a Second World War novel by Daniel Silva called "The Unlikely Spy". The romance novels would act more as the drug delivery device, or a soft lining to cushion the seven seasons of the West Wing and Daniel Silva. So I fed all of these to my brain last week and I really don't know if I feel any better. I'm thoroughly satisfied with the West Wing, because its quite similar to documentaries, which I love. Its all talk and the subtitles are all correct. I am at season 5, where the MS of the US President (played by Martin Sheen) has become more pronounced and is hindering his work. Jimmy Smits also made his appearance in this season as a straight shooting Democratic congressman who dared to dream of becoming the next president. I particularly liked the episodes when the President's staff was trying to get their nomination of the first Hispanic Supreme Court Chief Justice (played by Edward James Olmos) confirmed by Congress.

Daniel Silva's novel was well written with a bit of a barren ending. Its about secrecy and espionage at the thick of the allied and axis deadlock in World War II. The lives of an MI5 special agent, a Nazi spy and a handful of their handlers were depicted backdropped by Operation Overlord, the big allied war plan premised on deception and lies. This operation misled the Germans into guarding a different part of their occupied territory when the Allied forces landed in Normandy, France and signaling the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi rule.

I'm still medicating with the last three seasons of the West Wing but I finished all my books. So a few days ago I finally succumed to "Twilight". Well I bought the novel to heed the call of my friend who won't stop yaking about how good it is and how Stephenie Meyer is the next J.K. Rowling. Also, the motion picture will come out in November and I want to be able to see if the movie is faithful to the book. This is an exercise I bet I share with all readers (which usually ends with us being disappointed over and over as the film adaptation always falls short of expectations). I've read it, liked it and I might just go for the three more installments.

Vampires are my monsters of choice, very old world, crisp and formal, mild-mannered, educated. The book did not really elaborate on the lives of the coven before resettling in Forks, Washington. The book fell short of Anne Rice's rendition of the lives of vampires in her series. Rice's vampires are all designed to make you seek your own Marcus or Lestat or Armand and be reborn into their world.

This whole exercise of reproducing fresh brain cells is fun and fulfilling. When you consciously saddle the brain with activity and feel it actually kick back to life you feel generally happy with the world once more. A little perspective re-arrangement and the brain is sizzling again, creative juices freely flowing. This could well be the equivalent of a neurological pacemaker for Parkinsonism.


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      Monie Maunay 9 years ago from manila, philippines

      It's also my nieces who fill me on on these pop culture stuff, its just too hard to keep up. Thanks for stopping by!

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      tonettesky 9 years ago

      Use it or lose it is what they say. I'm currently updating myself on pop culture. Can you imagine I hadn't heard of Cris Brown before he made a punching bag of Rihanna? Talk about being stuck in a rut. Now I know enough to not sound like an idiot when I talk to my nieces. As for Twilight, I'll probably see the movie first. I know that's not how you're supposed to get into it but there you have it.

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      Monie Maunay 9 years ago from manila, philippines

      I think you were refering to the Servant of the Bones, one of her weirder tales, which was great because it was unexpected. Thanks for dropping by Dame.

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      Dame Scribe 9 years ago from Canada

      I read something about a Genie once ... was sorta sad but very cool story. I thnk it was A Rice. I will have to check and I like them vampires too, lol.

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      Monie Maunay 9 years ago from manila, philippines

      GT: dont worry cells regenerate, no amount of beer could ever dumb you down lol

      Cris: I have seen the counterfeiters and really loved it. i think i might have also see n the lives of others i just don't recall, ill check it out again

      MM: the subtitles were a great help, and of course i can always rewind if i get lost hehehe, the romance novels is my quirk i guess hehehe

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      Susan Reid 9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Brilliant idea picking The West Wing! I always found it difficult -- even on an "on" day to keep up with the fast-paced dialogue. That is one of my favorite shows!

      Not too sure about those romance novels, tho. I worry that they may not be high fiber enough and may, in fact, exacerbate the condition. But you seem to have pushed through your brain constipation just fine.

      Crossword puzzles are my own particular brand of folk remedy:-). MM

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      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      LOL I totally my brain is currently hitting blank walls right now! So I decided to watch Europa Europa last night, half-way done. Story of a Jew pretending to be a Nazi.

      You're in for a big surprise with Twilight - but i'd leave it at that. If you're into WW2 movies, then I recommend The Lives of Others and The Counterfeiters - both Oscar winners in the foreign film categories. I did a review here but I am not one for promoting my hubs! LOL thanks for sharing, share the cure if you find one. :D

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      goldentoad 9 years ago from Free and running....

      I wish I had some brain cells to revitalize. Great hub, buddy g.