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Brain Matters

Updated on December 26, 2014

Not Every Brain is the Same

We all have one and sometimes we can make our brain do extraordinary things to enhance our lives .It is the most precious thing we own and the most delicate. Only when we are aware of that do we appear to take care of it.



In my late teens a car accident almost ended my life when my brain was injured. Internal cranial bleeding meant my eyes were bright red as blood drained through them. My forehead was severely swollen as was my skull and it was six months before I could bear to comb my hair. A long list of electroencephalograms and visits to brain specialist and other things did nothing to hasten its mend. With no memory at the beginning it slowly returned as over the next four years of working on it improvement was made.

There is a purpose in writing this lens because so many are doing things that may be destroying this wonderful asset that a wakeup call may just be needed. With Alzheimer's and other diseases running out of control perhaps we should look at lifestyles and entertainment for answers.


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The Brain Taken For Granted

Learn function of human brain

While the brain will hold huge amounts of information and can work better than the most sophisticated computer all too many today are 'brain dead'. This happens because it is poisoned and abused by substances taken into the body that have a profound effect on it.

Initially the brain is meant to protect us from harm and get us out of a violent or life threatening situation. People who experience severe trauma will often state they felt no pain until they were in a safe place. One lady who lost an arm to a shark while boarding in the ocean was able to get herself back to shore without much trouble and only then did she feel the pain. Ther are some remarkable cases on record of people getting themselves out of danger by doing things they could not normally do. One famous story is of a man trapped by the arm in a remote mountain region who eventually cut it off to free himself.

The brain is a wonderful well-oiled machine like organ which is there to help and preserve our life so why kill it off with dangerous materials that do us no good? The answer is in the way we function in society and the need that many have to be like their peers in order to be popular and to cope with day to day stresses.

The chances are that if you associate with drug addicts you will become chained to the habit and as you pump the drugs the brain dies. The only winners, if you can call them that are the pushers and suppliers who are making a fortune out of their victims and their trade is worth billions, probably more like zillions on a global scale. Money is at the root of it so why not wake up and get a proper life?

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Brain Inside its Own Cavity

Brain encased to protect it.

The skull is solid hard bone designed to protect the brain against knocks and exposure to anything outside. Unlike the heart, another vital organ, it is so well protected that the head is designed to take a lot of bashing before the brain fails; thus the term "hard head".

The brain suffers from knocks and other treatment that modern life throws at it and the things we least suspect may be having the greatest effect on brain health. Things like the fillings in our teeth, the air we breathe and the environment in which we live.

Most people are aware of lead and/or mercury poisoning and their effect on the brain and nervous system when exposed over prolonged periods.

Wikipedia notes: "Our bodies are constantly exposed to an onslaught of environmental toxins. Lead and mercury are two heavy metals that seem to have found their way into almost everyone. Lead and mercury do not occur naturally in the body and as such are very toxic. These two heavy metals are known to interfere with how nerves communicate. Meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) is a compound approved in the 1960s by the FDA for the safe removal (chelation) of lead and is known to improve lead poisoning symptoms. DMSA is considered the preferred agent for the chelation (removal) of lead in both adults and children. Lead is very toxic and the negative effects of lead exposure are well documented. There is no 'safe' level of lead in the human body. Lead poisoning symptoms are found in many individuals. Most don't even know they are toxic."

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How Much Do You Know about These Metals? - Does it matter to you?

Men work in mines where lead and mercury are recovered for idustrial purposes. Their families live nerarby and breathe in the air while absorbing the minerals. Their children play in the dust covered areas of their school and homes. The minerals are in the air everyone breathes.

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Keep You Brain Active - To keep brain function for longer

The more exercise your brain reciveas the better it will perform. It's like a muscle - use it or lose it. Don't ignore healthy pursuits at any age and start children young to respect their brain's function. Teach them how to use their brains for better function and health.

Lead Poisoning in Kids

Mercury Poisoning - It was used to fill cavities in teeth

This is just a sample of the horrendous effects of mercury poisoning and yet factories and mines are still releasing their waste into rivers and drinking water.

Alcohol

How poisonous is it to the Brain?

Mostly we hear about the loss of neurones from the brain as a result of alcohol and drug ingestion. But the effects can be far deadlier than that.

This is from Wikipedia: "Initially, alcohol generally produces feelings of relaxation, euphoria and general cheerfulness, but further consumption can lead to blurred vision and coordination problems. Cell membranes are highly permeable to alcohol, so once alcohol is in the bloodstream it can diffuse into nearly every biological tissue of the body. After excessive drinking, unconsciousness can occur and extreme levels of consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning and death (a concentration in the blood stream of 0.40% will kill half of those affected. Death can also occur through asphyxiation by vomit."

Many take what is called a 'nightcap' before bed in the mistaken belief that they sleep better. But it has been proven that while they may get to sleep quicker they can also have a very disturbed night's sleep with dire consequences. Where alcohol is used to induce sleep in some parts of the world the results can be fatigue, both mental and physical, hormonal imbalance, lethargy, confusion and an increased risk of injury, violence and foetal damage.

Aside from the loss of neurons, nerve cells, the brain experiences a lot more trauma as the liver counteracts the effect of the poison. The video below explains it all. People who drink may find that tha capacity of the brain for thinking and concentrating is greatly reduced.

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Addiction doesn't have to be about alcohol or drugs but a number of things that modern living throws at us. Food is a common one these days, as is chocolate and even work - you have heard about the workaholic.

Keep Your Brain Active

Body and Brain Connection - Xbox 360
Body and Brain Connection - Xbox 360

The brain links to every part of the body. The nerve endings that cause pain and the trouble with sleeping or even staying awake are part of its function. Try exercising it just as you do the rest of your body to keep it young and active. Understand the things it needs and what it must do.

 

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Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

How Obesity Affects the Brain

How much fat is too much for your brain's health?

People who are overweight lend themselves to being diabetic and this can be disastrous for the brain as well. Not everyone can control their weight for one reason or another but mostly it is lack of will power that puts on the pounds. If you must eat snacks then eat less of them. Don't eat those that are cooked in oil or lard and avoid sugar where possible.

It's easy to take the extra slice of cake, to eat to excess a good meal, to not turn down the sweets and to consume more fatty foods than are good for us. Also the types of fats we ingest will have a major bearing on our weight. Trans-fats are mostly used in take away foods and packaged snacks, like potato chips. These are the ones that cause the most damage.

There is also a tendency for chefs to include butter when cooking with vegetable oils, such as Olive oil. That is most definitely a no no for the weight conscious. There are some good oils out there but they should be taken in small doses and only when necessary. For instance deep food frying is totally unnecessary. Pie and pasties are strong weight gainers. Ice cream is full of cream and saturated fats. Cakes are also. So what do you eat to fill the need?

My problem was chocolate. Researching and writing would give me cravings for it. Then when hitting the scales higher than what was good for me and being told I was getting to be border line diabetic the sugar went out of my diet. It was unnecessary and once it was gone the cravings went also. The facts are that sugar is the same as alcohol - it is addictive.

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The Diabetic Brain Risk

Brain Injuries Need Special Care

Vision Rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain Injury
Vision Rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain Injury

Having suffered a traumatic brain injury it took months, even years, to recover. During most of that time there were things like post traumatic stress and the inability to just get up and go that held me back. One could even say you go through periods of extreme mourning for the loss of abilities. The one suffering the injury knows about it but those who have never had such an experience are perplexed and unable to fully understand the moods and frustration the patient feels. This product might help with putting some of these things into focus for both parties.

 

Does Falling Cause Brain Damage?

How far is safe?

It has long been a belief of mine that falling is a major cause of brain trauma which may not be noticed for some time. When my children were growing up they were not allowed on show rides which resulted in a sudden rush of adrenalin and a sudden stop.

My whole being still shutters when I see some of these 'drop' rides where people fall at an enormous rate and are brought to a sudden stop at the end. It only takes a few seconds but the effect could be disastrous.

My interest in neurology as a medical student taught me a lot about how the brain sits inside the head. It bounces around from side to side when presented with a fall or sudden movement. Bungee jumping, sky diving and even leaping from a high diving board all represents the same scenario. When you come to the stop the brain will hit the inside of the skull and that may lead to brain bleeds.

It appears to me to be little different to the accident whereby my head was suddenly brought to a stop and the brain smashed against the wall of the cranium causing bleeding. This can lead to stroke and other fatal problems.

There are no facts and figures on this and probably no studies to support it. But the adrenalin rush felt in all the modern sports, rides, dares devil stunts and other, is a warning. It is preparing the body for survival and the more overwhelming it is the greater the risk. So why do people choose to do these things?

This is from Wikipedia: "Falls are the second most common cause (of brain injury) and can cause internal bleeding. A severe fall is defined as one that is greater than three times the victim’s height". This does not state that the injury is caused by hitting the ground and sustaining head trauma in that way. So it leaves us without an answer as to the true effect of show rides, bungee jumping, sky diving and other things but maybe we should be more aware that the long term results may be Alzheimer’s or dementia, stroke, ophthalmic problems, psychological problems and maybe even addiction to drugs.

All of these things are out of control now as the medical world battles to find solutions. So my advice is to not put your brain at risk when it is not necessary. It is the most precious asset you own and it can be taken away from you in an instant.

It probably will take a good knock or two to drive some sense into those who enjoy risk taking of this type.

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Free Brain Games for Brain Activity - Keep the brain functioning at all ages

These free brain games and brain teasers will help keep your mind active and the brain healthy. Enjoy and feel the freedom of a healthy brain devoid of problems.

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      vsajewel 4 years ago

      Really interesting...thank you!

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      chenraz1 4 years ago

      Thanks for a very thourough and informative lens. I nominated it as Lens of the day!

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      texan203 lm 5 years ago

      This is the most fantastic lens I have had the privilege to read. It is so interactive. The information presented is great. Thank YOu

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent information to challenge us on these important health issues that cannot be brushed aside.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Lately it is the sports brain injury that is making headlines and yet many people are still unaware of it. Men developing dementia in their 30's and 40's that leads them to suicide and when their brains are autopsied they look like the brain of an 80 year old. They believe this brain injury is from the many injuries occurred during fighting or banging of the head during sports.

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      We only have one brain so we should take extra special care of it. This is a great lens with interesting and helpful information.

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      David Dove 5 years ago

      Thank you for this, the more we know about it the more we will use it - hopefully.

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      sherridan 6 years ago

      The brain is an amazing organ which needs to be respected and protected. Great lens.

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      THANK YOU for remembering me.

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      Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

      I really didn't know that alcohol was so bad for the brain.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A really informative lens. I only wish I had enough brains to hold all the wonderful information. :) Thank you and God bless.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love this lens. I love info on the brain and I found it interesting why someone can so easily become a continuous or chronic drinker. The video about Mercury poisoning broke my heart but was very enlightening. And the fall theory, well, I won't be doing amusement rides anymore. Thanks for the info.

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      Excellent lens and wake-up call! Congratulations on the Purple Heart!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for featuring my lens about Procrastination. This is a very interesting lens Norma - as someone whose messages to the brain has been affected by the Otosclerosis, I know full well the effects of having a brain that does not fully function sometimes.

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      Lots of information on brain matters.Thanks.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Excellent lens filled with such useful information!! We all need to learn more about our brains and what we can do to stay healthy. Two thumbs up.

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      Lensrolled to my 'You are doing something right, if people don't like you' lens. Hope it helps!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Very thought provoking about toxins that we rarely even think about. Great lens!

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      That was really interesting. the brain is fascinating. Good job telling us about it, Great lens Joni

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Norma, your lens is full of very interesting and useful information. The more we know, the more we appreciate what we have. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      As usual you provide so much valuable information. Thanks Norma!

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      Wonderful! I have lensrolled this to Keep Your Brain Fit and Beautiful!

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      At least in my grandfather's case, alcohol was deemed the source of his dementia in old age.

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 7 years ago

      Don't drink like a fish swims!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well my impression is that there is plenty of information available, the type of information that makes me second guess some of the things that I do for fum!