Lefties have Better Brains

 

Your dominant hand, whether  left or right, is determined by the functions of your brain and is part of your cognition.  And lefties have better, healthier brains, better in the sense in that their brains are ‘fatter’, they have more brain cells.

Your dominant hand is determined

by the functions of your brain and

is part of your cognition.

New brain cells make you smarter, quicker, giving you instant recall and allowing for proper snap decision making.  We all need new brain cells, so how did lefties gain the advantage?

 

Let’s travel back to 8th grade science, where we learned that our right hand is controlled by the left side of our brain and the actions of our left hand are controlled by the right side of our brain.  But we need to make sure we realize that both sides of our brain DO NOT mirror each other.[i] Each side is responsible for certain actions and we have a bundle of nerves called the corpus calosum[ii] that link the two hemispheres which are in part, responsible for inter-hemispheric communication (in other words, both sides communicating for proper brain function).

 

Lefties use these corpus calosum nerves  when challenged with right hand actions.  Their thoughts, dominant on the right side of their brain are forced to communicate with the left side of their brain.  This forced communication creates new brain cells.[iii]  Consequently, lefties have a larger bundle of these corpus calosum nerves linking our two brain hemispheres than do righties.

Left handed individuals

have more of the corpus calosum nerve fibers

than right handed individuals.

 

 

When  we humans learn something new and process new facts, we create new connecting brain cells or synapse[iv].  These are cells that string neurons together and continue your train of thought.

 

Lefties are constantly learning and processing new information.   And it is because… we live in a right handed world.

 

Lefties are constantly

 learning and processing

new information.

Reading is backwards, for lefties, to them we should read right to left.  Writing is backwards too.   In our school years, desks were all for right handers.  Scissors and string instruments played havoc, maybe still do, as well.  And through life:

  • Numbers and the ‘enter’ key are on the wrong side of computer keyboards,
  • Phone and mouse are on wrong side of a desk,
  • Major tools are right hand equipped,
  • Door handles and locks are opposite what the inclination is,
  • Everyone greets with the wrong hand as well as
  • Bumps elbows while eating with groups.
  • Credit card swipes are on the right and
  • Even the direction for driving our cars is in favor of right handed folks.

The list goes on and on.

 

So it’s quite understandable how lefties’ brains develop more cells, they are constantly processing a new way to accomplish a task, a task that is counter to their inclination to reach with their left hand, a task that we righties have already established a routine for.  Voluntary muscles and the nervous system is in automatic gear for righties.  With everything made for the right hand, there is no need for righties to ponder or think of another, new way.

 

A challenge for righties, especially on national left hander’s day August 13 every year, is to grow more brain cells, create more synapse by using your left hand.

 

If on your computer, right now, move your mouse to the left side of your keyboard.  If you still have a box phone, change sides too.  If you only use a cell, keep it always on your left.

 

Turn off the light switch, which is on the right side of the door usually, and grab then use the TV remote with your left hand.  Put your keys in your left pocket, swing your purse over your left shoulder.  Tonight, brush your teeth with your left hand.  Be more observant and whenever you reach your right hand, stop and accomplish the task with your left hand.

 

Yea, it’s hard.  You really have to stop and process your actions.  This awkwardness, this difficulty is the evidence that in fact, you are creating more brain cells.

 

The awkwardness, the difficulty in using your left hand

for various everyday tasks

is evidence you are creating more brain cells.

If you are truly serious about creating more synapse, building up your brain cell synapse foundation to truly have good brain health then  enacting on these ‘left handed ‘ actions cannot be just for today.  You have to do this for the rest of your life.

 

If you are truly serious about building up your brain,

 to have good brain health,

use your left hand for the rest of your life.

Your new goal?  To become ambidextrous.  Yep, righties, change everything you do, from this point forward, except for writing, and do it with your left hand.  You will know you have accomplished this new goal of creating a thicker area of corpus calosum nerves, of fattening up your brain, when it feels more odd to accomplish a task with your right hand than with your left.

 

At that time, try working on writing with your left hand.  And never stop creating more brain cells.

 

I’ve been ‘left handing it’ for a number of years and still have trouble styling my hair with my left hand.  I don’t yet write with my left but I sign my name and initial with my left hand and prefer to use my left hand for many tasks now.  Again, it is a continuous life goal to become ambidextrous!

 

To progress in life and age successfully, we need as many brain cells as we can keep functioning.  Strive for a fatter brain.  Righties, take a play from the lefty play book and always try and use your left hand for your dominant hand.

 

Wishing for you good brain health, giving you pointers, tools and tips for the best in brain health,

 

 

[i] http://www.rightleftrightwrong.com/brain.html

http://psychology.jrank.org/pages/545/Right-Brain-Hemisphere.html

[ii] http://science.sciencemag.org/content/229/4714/665.long

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4023705

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18612086

[iv] Whitlock JR, Heynen AJ, Shuler MG and Bear MF. Learning induces long-term potentiation in the hippocampus. Science. 25 August 2006, 313(5790): 1093-1097

 

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

 

www.JanetRichPittman.com
Janet Rich Pittman
SCALA, CDP, Brain Health Specialist, Dementia Prevention Specialist,
Dementia Administrator, Dementia Practitioner

 

For more ways to power up your brain, read my ebooklet, 9 Signs You’re Experiencing Brian Drain with Ways to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged.  The electronic version is free or $7.99 for a printed version, shipping included.

3 Ways to Beat CTE

 

Football season comes in the fall but if you’ve got a fan or player in your household, there is no season, your life revolves around it. Many topics, concerns and issues about football ring through the year: weight, competition, strength, workouts, clothes, shoes, hygiene, schedule, travel arrangements, the list goes on and on.  But the main thought that is in everybody’s mind when football is a part of their life is CTE,  Regardless if you are a parent, other family member, or player yourself, the questions you hold deep inside are could CTE be brain lurking or maybe even percolating? Is it in my future?

     What is CTE? Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
     CTE is a broad term for referring to a type of dementia where continual blows to the brain cause the brain’s tau protein, which lies parallel to a neuron, to shrivel up and misfold, then tangle up with other same proteins, killing the neuron, leading to progressive deterioration of the central nervous system. It is a form of dementia, and dementia is a type of disease resulting in large amount of brain cells dying causing the head brain to malfunction, destroying one’s cognition. In simple terms, a large hunk of brain cells die in certain area or areas of your brain where your thoughts, conscious and/or unconscious, cannot travel through that area, consequently your brain cannot function.  Once this dying starts, unless you put a stop to it and grow back your brain cells and reorganize your brain cells, your body shuts down and you eventually die–EARLY, most probably before your time but WITHOUT your mind at it’s full and complete function.
     A study released from the Boston Brain Bank confirms CTE in 110 of the 111 brains of former NFL players that were examined. Of the total 202 deceased football players, researchers found CTE in 99% of brains obtained from NFL players, 91% in college football players and 21% in high school football players.
     After a brain injury (injuries) from CTE, we can’t just snap our fingers and grow our brain back to normalcy, the cure is prevention, the cure is not to injure the brain. But football is not going away and we have to take steps to strengthen our brain and fight CTE, eventually beat it, get back to normalcy as quickly as possible.
     Has it been done? We are just learning of CTE, knowing it is a form of dementia, again where a large amount of brain cells have died or are dying. We have been able to reverse dementia so until further research is done where we know more about CTE, let us look at how we have reversed other types of dementia and copy the success from that playbook.
     Initially, here are 3 Ways to Fight CTE.  The concept is to put neuroplasticity on hyper drive, in other words build a larger, thicker than normal web of brain neurons and neuron connecting cells so to strengthen our central nervous system. Neruoplasticity is the growth of new brain cells.  Football payers make their bodies as strong and tough as humanly possible, we must do the same for our brain. We must grow and strengthen our brain generating neuroplasticity, by
      1.  Creating new neurons
                   This is mainly accomplished by conducting heavy aerobic exercise 6 days a week (for the REST of your life).
      2.  Connecting the neurons
                  Once connected, baby neurons must be connected to older ones else they too shrivel and die.  The way to connect them is through heavy brain exercising
which is having mental accomplishments (Seduko only goes so far, a second or third career is optimal, highshoolers and colligians—you better be on the honor roll, every quarter!)
     3.  Supporting the neurons.
Support means feeding and energizing the cells that connect the neurons as
well as direct and guide the neurons. Here are 4 ways/ measures of  maintenance for these supporting cells.
  •      Eat all natural, no processed foods.
  •      Investigate then take supplements needed based on your body chemistry.
  •      Get consistent, continual 8 hours of sleep EVERY night
  •      Have a purpose for your life, something to sink your teeth into.
    As a former Dementia Health Care Administrator and Dementia Practitioner, I now counsel one-on-one for dementia prevention and dementia REVERSAL and speak and write on successful aging and ways to have good brain health.
     An employee and deceased cousin, both former NFL players with CTE, and a nephew who got through 6 years of JV and varsity high school football (brain successfully I pray), have prompted me to side step dementia as a middle age/senior/elder issue and get the word out on how to fight and hopefully beat CTE affecting those much younger.
Spread the word.  Here’s to ALL our good brain health,

JANET RICH PITTMAN, SCALA, CDP
Dementia Practitioner for Dementia Prevention and Dementia REVERSAL!
Brain Health Specialist
     As a former health care administrator and practitioner, specializing in dementia, Janet Rich Pittman has been at the bedside of your family member or someone else close to you, holding their hand and trying to caress cognition back into place. Janet has repeatedly watched western medicine fail families and patients.
     Scientifically trained researchers and doctors using unconventional medicine and means have reversed Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Their astonishing results are revolutionizing the way we look at, and effectively treat this debilitating disease.
     Janet has borrowed from their methodology and offers hope to those interested in discovering non-conventional, but proven methods to reclaim memory and cognizance.
     One way of teaching others how to get their memory and cognizance back and keep it, specifically by having good brain health, Janet started The Brain Health Revolution (join here for free: www.JanetRichPittman.com) where she disseminates good brain health information, showing us all how to keep our memory and age successfully…with no dementia.
     As a Brain Health Specialist, she counsels many one on one, is the author of On The Brain blog and 9 Signs You’re Experiencing Brain Drain and How to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged,  (electronic copy free), is a syndicated magazine columnist of The Senior Scene for CF Magazine and is a regular radio and podcast commentator.
Monthly Column The Senior Scene for CF Magazine
Brain Fog? Your brain is just ‘off’? It’s really your gut.  Learn more about our gut brain in an article I wrote here.

Good Brain Tips for Your Next SUMMER ROAD TRIP

Car trips have a rhythm of their own, don’t they?

You frame your travel time in your mind as you pack and prepare for the trip.  Once in the car you settle in, relax, catch up with a companion and/or they take a nap.  But as the miles wear on boredom can become heavy.

So if you have a car trip planned this summer fight this boredom and reward yourself, satisfy your interests.   Exercise your brain and listen to a podcast.

A podcast is an electronic recording, known as an audio file with a suffix .mp3. This ‘file’ is given to you, made available through the internet. So sorry, gone are the days of CDs, cassette and 8 track tapes.

In your car you connect an auxiliary cable into your car’s auxiliary plug-in and to your device. On newer cars, you can Bluetooth the connection or wifi the connection.  (I drive a 10 year old car so I am not the only one behind the times.)

Now since you already have an interest in good brain health, thus you’re reading here, may I suggest a couple of recordings for you?  During this past sprint into summer, I’ve been interviewed 11 times on talk radio, locally and around the country talking about dementia, Alzheimer’s and ObamaCare vs. TrumpCare for Seniors.  Only three shows have been recorded and I have them on my website.  For your summer road trip, save these shows, plug them into your car speakers and listen away!

How to Get Your Brain Health Recordings Set Up for Car Listening: (It’s GREAT Brain Exercising!)

Save cell phone data charges:  connect to home wifi.  Go to Google or Siri on your cellular device.  Type www.TheBrainNerd.com. Hit search. Slowly, you will see my caricature in the header and the offer for the list of Top 10 Brain Exercises (if you don’t have the list or you are not a member [free] of The Bran Health Revolution click the green button to get your list).  You will see a violet rectangle with dark horizontal lines in it indicating a menu.  Hit it.  Then hit the ‘Recordings of Janet for You’ rectangle. See the recordings.  Select the one you want to listen to by hitting ‘read more’ button.  It may be slow…patience.

New graphics will pop indicating a recording and below you will see an orange rectangle “Play on SoundCloud”.  Hit it.  If you do not have SoundCoud, their site will appear for you to download their app. (They are not paying me, this is a free ‘hosting’ service for my recordings that I use.) SoundCloud is reliable, relatively easy to use and free.  To get the app, hit the ‘GET’ button, then hit ‘INSTALL’ button lastly hit the ‘OPEN’ square.  You will need to create an account of your email address and password.  Note:  you can also put SoundCloud on your computer and listen at home so use consistent login and password data.

SondCloud will now take you to their home page.  In the grey rectangle search bar at the top enter The Brain Nerd.   A number of sites will appear, scroll down, hit my caricature, hit FOLLOW and my recordings will appear.  Simply tap the center of the screen of whichever recording you would like to listen to.  Hint:  to turn my voice off, tap center screen again.

ONE MORE THING (hint #2) to hear the recordings without wifi in your car…YOU MUST LIKE THE RECORDING.  Do a quick like and that way when you access the recordings on your trip, you can listen without wifi.  Enjoy the recordings and enjoy your trip!  (Text or call if you have trouble 251.648.0325.)

                                                                                                                                                  

Radio Show:                                         Address on the Web:

Specifics on Preventing Dementia: https://janetrichpittman.com/2017/07/specifics-on-preventing-dementia/

Basics of Dementia: https://janetrichpittman.com/2017/06/lets-talk-dementia-and-alzheimers/  (Prescription and OTC Drugs as a Cause of Dementia, Understanding Dementia and Dementia Types, Reversing Dementia, Rising Physical and Monetary Costs of Dementia)

What do You Say to Father This Father’s Day When You Notice he is Slipping?: https://janetrichpittman.com/2017/06/what-to-say-to-father-this-fathers-day/

ObamaCare, TrumpCare and Dementia:  https://janetrichpittman.com/2017/05/obamacare-trumpcare-and-dementia/

 

 

 

The List for Concentrating

 

The Concentration Cheat Sheet

Fight your Senior Moments and Brain Accidents

Pay Extra Attention by:

  • writing things down,

  • keeping lists,

  • setting alarms and reminders on your computer, laptop and/or cell phone,

  • completing a single task before another (no multi tasking) and by

  • organizing your priorities.

How to Remember Names:

When introduced to a new person, treat them as if they are the most important person ever.  Tell yourself why you need to remember them.  Repeat their name to yourself over and over.  Find something of their face or attire, or maybe an immediate connection with them and the event and link it with their name.  Say their name aloud in conversation.  Repeat their name aloud in saying good-bye.  As you are walking away, pat yourself on the back for your concentrated efforts and silently tell yourself “it was nice to meet ‘the name'”.

Bottom Line:

  • Fight aging with Good Brain Health.

  • Don’t let things, names, important info slip by.

  • Concentrate on concentrating.

Are You Anxious? Irritable? Do You Have Mood Swings? Insomnia?

How about feeling depressed and achy?

That too was my Aunt Loraine.

During a visit, she explained her situation. Stunned I asked, “Holy cow, why are you on an antidepressant?”

“Well hoooneey,”  in an approval-not-needed tone,  “I’ve just not been feeling right and this is what Dr. X gave me.”

“Aunt Lo”, I chimed back, “you don’t have a thing on this earth to be depressed about.  Your grandkids are making straight As, your children’s careers are churning nicely, everyone is getting along these days, you power walk everyday, are healthy as a horse, heck you just got back from a River Cruise all through China.  How in the world could you be depressed?”

With deeper and deeper questioning, she expounded her symptoms.  Self discipline, she asserts, was used to counter her feelings in trying to make herself better.  With no improvement, she gave up and went to the doctor.  Antidepressants were prescribed along with a sleeping pill as if they were a ‘you’ll feel better lollipop’ that we used to get after visiting our pediatrician.

Aunt Lo was satisfied.

I was not.  Back at my office I pulled my research and verified that study after study has proven antidepressants,

  • cause depression, mania and psychosis

  • cause uncontrollable body movements

  • can make people suicidal and violent

  • increase risk of breast and ovarian cancer

  • increase risk of diabetes

  • can damage babies during pregnancy, including an increased risk of autism

  • have been associated with the possibility of reducing bone mineral density leading to an increased risk for fractures and osteoporosis

  • can increase stroke

  • lead to restlessness, nervousness and insomnia

  • could lead to ongoing weight problems, even after stopping

  • often cause sexual problems that may continue even when the drugs are stopped

  • can be seriously addictive and terrible to withdraw from.

WHAT???

And most of these effects were what Aunt Lo was trying to correct!!!

As a good brain health activist the main concern was that antidepressants

  • damage brain cells

  • increase risk of dementia

  • cause memory problems

  • trigger premature apoptosis or cell death and

  • reduce capacity of brain to automatically regulate neurotransmitters (brain signaling).

Author and Psychiatrist Dr. Grace Jackson informs that antidepressants have the potential to actually change the structure of the brain through their manipulation of serotonin nerve cells.

Dr. Pam Smith, internist and anti-aging specialist internationally renown for her views on Metabolic, Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine does not like antidepressants either.

“No one was born with a Prozac (common antidepressant as is Zoloft and Lexapro) deficiency and doctors are handing out these sleeping pills as if they were candy”, she exerts. “They (the doctors) are simply treating the symptoms and not the root cause of the problem.  The problem here is that antidepressants and sleeping aids decrease memory.  Your geriatrician or your general practitioner should not prescribe antidepressants unless absolutely necessary.  In fact some people do in fact have depression but most people simply have a hormone deficiency.”

She continues by relating to her practice as the Director of Center for Healthy Living and Longevity.    “Ninety-six percent of the women that come to my practice on an antidepressant left without one.  Four percent did have depression and the antidepressants were continued.  The other 96% had a hormonal issue including a thyroid problem or thyroid trouble as a cause of depression.”

I gave the evidence to Aunt Lo.  She is not taking antidepressants any longer and is consulting with an internist hormone doctor.  You too, preserve and ensure your good brain health, reconsider taking antidepressants.

Why you need to start running..

Here is Fuel for your Resolution to Workout More

     It was just reconfirmed yet again, through another study publicized in the Journal of Neuroscience, that running, actually any aerobic exercise, grows new brain cells. (See photo below.) There are many types of brain exercises but aerobic exercise is the number one brain exercise.

     And running/jogging is one of the best aerobic exercises because it truly pushes abnormal amounts of oxygen deep up into your brain, opening up sleepy cavities delivering nutrients—feeding our beloved brain cells as well creating new brain cells.  Simply, running forces the issue.

     Dementia is relatively sudden and rapid death of brain cells.  If you are 55 or 60, 5 years is sudden.  And it takes 5 to 10 to 15 years for massive brain cells to die before dementia symptoms are acknowledged.  Average age to be diagnosed with dementia:  65, range is 62-68.  That means when we are in our late 40s we are teasing dementia, our brain cells are subject to the beginning of the brain cell killing rampage.

     The main way to fight dementia, prevent it and stay ahead …brain exercise.  The number one brain exercise …aerobic exercise.  The number one aerobic exercise …running/jogging.  All you have to do is start.

     When is your next workout?

   

Kodali, Maheedgar et al, Voluntary Running Exercise-Mediated Enhanced Neurogenesis Does Not Obliterate Retrograde Spatial Memory, The Journal of Neuroscience, 3 August, 2016, 36(31): 8112-8122; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0766-16.2016

THE AGE WHEN OUR BRAIN IS AT ITS PEAK PERFORMANCE

  Our brain growth peaks about age 26 where it weighs in at roughly 1450 grams or about 3.2 pounds.

     Canadian scientists, John Philippe Rushton and D. Davison (Dave)  Ankney , reviewed nearly 100 scientific cognition (brain function) studies and they site that by age 80, from our peak brain weight at around age 26, our brain looses 7.45% of its weight.  This translates to brain weight loss of around .15% per year.

     I don’t know about you but I’ll lose as much weight as possible on my hipped love handles but I need to keep all the brain cells I can. I don’t want to be giving up brain cells with a snap of a finger and I am sure you don’t either.

      So if we lose this brain weight every year from age 26, do we lose brain function?  Does our brain slowly decline, hindering our thought and performance?  Is our intellect lessened every year?

Well…yes and no.

      Hip hop doctorial students at Simon Fraser University2. in western Canada, Joe Thompson, Mark Blair, Lihan (he says it is pronounced Bill) Chen and Andrew Henrey, recently found that measurable declines in cognitive performance, begin to be seen at age 24, specifically cognitive motor functioning—the ability to think from a situation at hand and act accordingly in a timely manner.  In other words, your brain speed reaction time peaks at age 24.

     The study was actually a large social science analysis of 3300 players, age 16 to 44, of a real-time strategy development video game, StarCraftII. Of course, anyone can play a video game where you are constantly making numerous quick adjustments based on attention to detail not only for beating your opponent and winning, but also for survival.

     The reasons this study is so significant is the matrix model created by the doctoral students to measure and quantify reaction time, multi tasking performance, stamina, engagement opportunity time, thought process management and spatial coordination (map viewing and other decision making) skills.

      Athletic study after studies show, as does our TV, that an athlete’s speed and function—his cognitive motor abilities— peak in their 20s.  Just ask superstars Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Deron Williams, Billy Jean King, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Steffi Graf, Nadia Comaneci, Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler. The list goes on and on.  So these superstars and the 3,305 participants in the Simon Fraser University study tell us that our body’s speed reaction is at is at our best– peaks in our mid 20s.

     Combine that with Rushton and Ankney’s review of nearly 100 studies, mentioned earlier.  They found that not only do we begin to lose brain weight in our mid 20s but they also found that some of us begin to lose our speed reaction time in our mid 20s.

    Well, age in the mid 20s wins…wins because our brain has the most speed and full weight when we are in our mid 20s.

    Ok, but what about other brain functions?  Stay tuned to our next posts as we explore when our brain is at its top performance for other functions, like memory and instant recall.  Hint…it is well and way, way after our 20s!

     Here’s to your good brain health!

 

The FINGER study shows the PROOF!

FINGER study just released this past March 12, 2015.  The Finnish Geriatric Intervention study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Decline (FINGER) was a longitudinal randomized study of 1260 seniors ranging in age 60 to 77 which showed that it is possible to reduce cognitive decline with lifestyle changes incorporating

  • resistance muscle training (lifting light weights) one to three times per week,

  • aerobic exercise five times per week,

  • cognitive training (brain exercising) three times per week for 15 or more minutes along with

  • good nutrition.

     If only Reverend Smith had known.  His family’s suffering and his own pain and suffering by being bedridden at his daughter’s home, fully incontinent with a feeding tube… could have been prevented.  I counseled Reverend Smith’s daughter, names have been changed to protect privacy. His story is true.

     Severe diabetes was Reverend Smith’s diagnoses nearly three years ago.  Eating habits were not changed, medicine was given then few months later his kidneys shut down and dialysis began.

     His daily trips to the lab to empty his urine became exhausting, his cognition began to slip and just at 18 months since diagnosis, full fledge dementia had eaten through his brain. Urinary tract infections were consistent and amongst frequent hospital visits he became violent and combative through his dementia. He was taped to his bed. He would not eat and a feeding tube was administered.  Yet at discharge, because of his demented combativeness, he was not allowed to transfer to a skilled nursing facility (nursing home).  His daughter’s home was the only alternative.

     With his length being shortened, the death waiting game spiraled, uncontrollably, downward.

     Diabetes I does not allow your pancreas to produce insulin, Diabetes II is a disease where cells will not allow insulin to help nutrients enter causing your cells to become insulin resistant.  Insulin is a hormone necessary to help nutrients mesh into our cells and feed them.

     Diabetes is the number one precursor to dementia.  When your cells do not allow insulin to help nutrients feed your body or if your body does not produce insulin, you starve your body from the inside.  It is the same for the brain.  Brain cells become insulin resistant where nutrients cannot feed brain cells and/or the brain stops producing insulin.  Along with starving our organs causing them to shut down we are also starving our brain, causing brain cell death resulting in severe loss of cognition, aka dementia.

     Based on current research results along with trials and testimonies, we now know Diabetes II can be reversed and Diabetes I can be substantially curtailed, nearly cured.  There are two books I highly recommend which map out such a cure.  The 30 Day Diabetes Miracle by Franklin House, M.D. et.al  takes a vegan/vegetarian approach and is amazing. The 30 Day Diabetes Cure by Dr. Stefan Ripich allows you to eat certain meats along with dairy and is not as striking. If you suffer from diabetes or are pre-diabetic, investigate which book could work for you or perhaps a combination of both.

     If Revered Smith had taken the bull by the horns, learned about his disease, learned about nutrition and slightly changed his life style, he would be alive and well today.  TheFINGER study confirms this.

     Aerobic exercise, light weight lifting, brain exercise and good nutrition provide not only good brain health but also good physical health.   To prevent diabetes II or to reverse—even re-but it, as well as dementia, prevention measures work.

     While Reverend Smith could not have lived forever, the purgatory he put himself and his family through was a prolific expensive waist if not sinful.  The misery, hindrance, burden and torture he put his family through could have been avoided and not experienced.

     If you have diabetes, make sure this does not happen to you or your family. You CAN turn around and rebut diabetes and the dementia that follows.  Learn how. And one way to learn how it to keep reading this blog and implementing suggested tasks!  Here’s to your good brain health!

 

What About Your Parent’s Core? Order them a Plank360!

 

     Every year one in three Americans age 65 and older fall.  According to the Center of Disease Control, every 14 seconds an older adult is treated in the Emergency Room due to a fall and every 29 minutes a death occurs due to that fall.  So…how’s your balance? And what’s your fall record?    Heck, I have fallen twice in the last 6 months.  And what about your parents? What is their fall history?  Have we had any falls lately?

     Aside from eating clean and nutritious together with aerobic and brain exercise, THE best way to improve balance and prevent a fall is by strengthening the core of our body.  Our core is our torso area, actually from our shoulders down to the top of our hips, or lower pelvic area which controls all of our body’s movements.  Our core is the center of our power to lift, sit, stand, lie down or bend over.  Our core is responsible for keeping your center of gravity stable.  When our core is not strong, our balance is off.  When our balance is off, our confidence is diminished and we are unsure of ourselves, making it easy to give in to a fall.

     While all our body movements are powered by our core, this power must be instructed by our brain.   Having a strong body core ensures a strong brain.  The need for core moving activity shoots demands for actions to the cerebellum, the area of the brain in the back of our head next to the brain stem.  The cerebellum area acts as a computer, processing information for a quick and clear response involving our balance, equilibrium, muscle coordination and positional awareness.  Strengthening our core improves our brain’s ability to quickly think on our feet, correcting actions and movement, thereby preventing falls.  Thus our core and our brain are inner related:  without a healthy brain you cannot have a strong core and you cannot have a strong core without a healthy brain.

     With a strong core our center and adjoining abdominal muscles are tight, shoulders are naturally held back and spine is aligned naturally.  Consequently, discs in our lower back are supported with adjacent tight muscles increasing our mobility and flexibility, diminishing lower back pain.  Respiration and lung capacity is improved as the muscles supporting the diaphragm allow for deeper and fuller breaths, consequently more oxygen circulates in our blood to our brain.

     So how do you strengthen your core?  Any exercise helps to build core muscles.  Yoga and Pilate exercising develops core inner strength.  Sit ups and other abdominal exercises are a terrific way and perhaps the easiest.

     But, can you or your parents get down on the floor for these exercises?  Yea, mine neither.  So for ease in developing their core, I bought them the Plank 360.  They use it, not nearly enough, but do see results from using this unique exercising apparatus.  And you may be interested in this too.   The Plank 360 is a set of bands secured together that you hang on a door.  Pulling the bands creates resistance allowing core muscles to be isolated and over time, stays strengthened.

   It is cheap, easy to use, and when used, truly works. Click here to check out their video. Try it out.

     For fall prevention, improve your balance by having a strong body core and with a strong core, you will have a strong brain which will help prolong your life. Now suck in that stomach, sit up straight, shoulders back and go order a Plank 360 for a strong core and a healthy brain!

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