How well does your brain function?

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How well does your brain function?

Postby MGV12 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:50 am

It has long been expounded as a excuse for reduced brain function that it's all down to previous alcohol abuse ... however ... ongoing research is proving this to be a myth.

"Look after your brain cells because when they are gone they are gone" appears to be not necessarily the case; especially if you are closely related to monkeys. :lol:

Of course it does have more "profound implications for treating brain disorders and injuries"

New Brain Cells Develop During Alcohol Abstinence, UNC Study Shows

ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2004) — CHAPEL HILL -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have reported - for the first time - a burst in new brain cell development during abstinence from chronic alcohol consumption.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 015734.htm

Regeneration of Brain Cells:

For almost one hundred years, it has been a mantra of biology - brain cells do not regenerate. In a startling discovery that could have profound implications for treating brain disorders and injuries, researchers at Princeton University have discovered that new neurons are continually being added to the brains of adult monkeys. The neurons are added to the cerebral cortex of the brain.

Source: http://biology.about.com/od/Brain/p/Reg ... -Cells.htm

Other references:

http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pwb/99/0405/brain.htm

http://www.brainlightning.com/regen.html

And .. yes .. the liver and pancreas can regenerate also.

No I am not a chronic alcohol abuser, nor am I on the wagon or a teetotaler, this just came up in conversation with a friend the other day who has tried all three; no he is not a member. :roll:

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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:09 am

MGV12,
So, does that mean that if you tipple a lot and one morning you wake with a huge hangover, all you have to do is abstain for a while? The reason I ask is because of the old saying, when hungover and not sure of what you did..... "I must have had a good night.....3 million dead brain cells can't be wrong".
I'm pleased its finally been disproven, just like the "smoking will give you lung cancer" fallacy. Now all we have to do is educate young Thai doctors.
I wonder what other "myths" will be dispelled in the next few years?
Isn't it wonderful, here we are exploring 8.34 billion years ago and planning exploration of the solar system in the future, yet we can't even get our own health sciences at home right. I wonder who it was that claimed that doctors are the best and brightest?
Makes you think, doesn't it!
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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:32 pm

 Actually it works like this. I thought everyone knew it.

Cliff Explains to Norm Why We Should Drink Beer


“Well you see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the
slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the
 back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because
the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of 
the weakest members.
In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain
cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it
attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer 
eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster more efficient machine. And
that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”
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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby MGV12 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:56 pm

Roger Ramjet wrote:I wonder who it was that claimed that doctors are the best and brightest?
Makes you think, doesn't it!


In my experience most of them are simply well-meaning parrots ... very little original thought or lateral thinking.

Our individual body chemistry is literally unique ... and the influences on that chemistry of everything introduced into our body impossibly complex, as to defy comprehension by the most qualified mind. So the only way doctors can handle this complexity is to put everything into little boxes. Their diagnosis and prognosis will have degree of accuracy but most of us will fall through the net . .. but still be assessed, treated, judged and condemned based on their findings; in the treatment they provide and the affect this has on our lives and possibly insurance premiums. All this I find perpetually frustrating .... and so I try to administer my own health as much as possible and certainly do not look on the medical and surgical fraternity as any higher on the totem pole than those that maintain my vehicle; where the consequences of bad diagnosis and treatment can be every bit as life threatening!

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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby fredlk » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:11 pm

MGV12 wrote: .... and so I try to administer my own health as much as possible and certainly do not look on the medical and surgical fraternity as any higher on the totem pole than those that maintain my vehicle; where the consequences of bad diagnosis and treatment can be every bit as life threatening!

Hear, hear!
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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby sirineou » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:24 pm

I hate to be a wet blanket and put a dumper on this beer party :lol:
But.....
There are a couple of statements that I find difficult to reconcile with what I think I know.
I'm pleased its finally been disproven, just like the "smoking will give you lung cancer" fallacy.

I don't believe that anyone has said that smoking will give you cancer, clearly there are many people that smoke and don't have cancer.But cigarettes contain carcinogens, that over time could promote cancer.If there is independent (not funded by the tobacco industry) research that suggests other wise, I would like to know, cause I would enjoy the occasional smoke.
Our individual body chemistry is literally unique ... and the influences on that chemistry of everything introduced into our body impossibly complex, as to defy comprehension by the most qualified mind.

Though there are unique complexities to individual body chemistry, No one would argue that there is also a tremendous amount of similarities, that does not defies comprehension.
Doctors have exploited these similarities, and have developed treatments that have doubled out life span over the last 100 years.
I know that I, and many in this forum would not be alive now, if it was not for doctors.
So lets give credit where credit is due.
Now that does not mean that we should not take in to account our individual chemistry or genetic differences,and be educated and proactive toward our health care.
After all doctors are human also, and as such, are faced with the same limitations that we all are.
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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby MGV12 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:53 pm

sirineou wrote:I hate to be a wet blanket


Bet you don't really :lol:

Our individual body chemistry is literally unique ... and the influences on that chemistry of everything introduced into our body impossibly complex, as to defy comprehension by the most qualified mind.

sirineou wrote:Though there are unique complexities to individual body chemistry, No one would argue that there is also a tremendous amount of similarities, that does not defies comprehension.


Don't deny that nor did I say there wasn't ... however I am positive that time will show that 'we' [they] only actually know the very tip of the iceberg at this time.

sirineou wrote: Doctors have exploited these similarities, and have developed treatments that have doubled out life span over the last 100 years.


It's the scientists, people who work in laboratories, that have developed these treatments ... the doctors then apply those cures as best they can. Talk to any [candid] doctor you like and they will admit that there are a daunting amount of things that go wrong with the human body that they know little or nothing about. Simple things like the common cold ... and ... not that this is a fatal condition ... ask them why we get goosebumps! Most do a great job and most, relative to the incomes of other professionals, get well rewarded for their efforts. I would never want to be an orthodox practitioner ... far too limiting and I could never remember the complex names that are used.

sirineou wrote:After all doctors are human also, and as such, are faced with the same limitations that we all are.


As is the mechanic who tends to my vehicles ... but he at least is not often faced with conditions that defy his comprehension ... just his knowledge as he probably didn't serve six years before he was allowed to 'practise' .... good word that.

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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby sirineou » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:02 pm

5555 Haaaa, you are probably right. :D after all the title of this thread is "How well does your brain function?"
I think we all know the answer to that question :lol:
It is A serious flaw in my character, one that I plan to correct in the next forty or fifty years lol:

and I am sure that, what they know now is only the tip of the iceberg, but it is sure a lot more than they knew a couple of decades ago.
one thing for sure. we never stop learning.
I think the scientists that work in the Lab's are also doctors, they are simply not practicing doctors , they are research doctors.
I would hate to think that they would have graduates from the community college with an associate's degree in applied technology ,doing medical research. but one never knows what with all the budget cut backs :lol:
As far as the car mechanic is concerned ,
you have not meet my mechanic, most every thing defy his comprehension. :lol:
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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:35 am

Now I thought I would post this here because it has to do with the brain.
It was announced formally that scientists at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) had discovered the Higgs Boson (a sub atomic particle or God's particle).
I'm not going to reference this post as it will be world headlines.
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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby MGV12 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:02 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:Now I thought I would post this here because it has to do with the brain.
It was announced formally that scientists at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) had discovered the Higgs Boson (a sub atomic particle or God's particle).
I'm not going to reference this post as it will be world headlines.


Will they share the Nobel Prize with him I wonder.

Only another 90+% of 'all there is' to discover now!

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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby fredlk » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:13 am

MGV12 wrote:Only another 90+% of 'all there is' to discover now!

On a scale of 0 to 100, how sure are you of that figure?
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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby MGV12 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:20 am

fredlk wrote:
MGV12 wrote:Only another 90+% of 'all there is' to discover now!

On a scale of 0 to 100, how sure are you of that figure?


I only take the opinion of those that claim to know:

"A more exotic version of the Higgs could be a bridge to understanding the 96% of the Universe that remains obscure."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18702455

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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:35 pm

MGV12,
I believe there are 5 Higgs boson's or variations of the Standard Model, which I hope will also be discovered by CERN or later LHC experiments.
There are in fact 4 experiments being conducted at the moment, but the Higgs was by far the most important.
On the question of who will get the Nobel Prize, I believe it might just be split. Each part of the LHC was designed and built at various universities across the world, but the discovery was The Higgs, or what Professor Peter Higgs (the winner of the $100 from Professor Stephen Hawking) had already theorised for many years.
The question for us old farts is do we celebrate the discovery that ALL religion is in fact bunkum, which few people will like to hear, or be content with the fact that we were alive when scientists finally discovered just 4% of what there is left to discover by future generations?
I notice the world media has suddenly become silent and have reverted to trivia again. Perhaps it is the shock of the discovery....but I doubt they can grasp the significance of this discovery, let alone understand what it has achieved and the ramifications for future generations.
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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby MGV12 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:19 pm

So how do we get the best out of our brain?

Do we look for revolutionary, evolutionary or traditional methods? Or do we just kick back and accept the consequences?

Traditional:

5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Intelligence

Your brain needs exercise just like a muscle. If you use it often and in the right ways, you will become a more skilled thinker and increase your ability to focus. But if you never use your brain, or abuse it with harmful chemicals, your ability to think and learn will deteriorate.

Here are 5 simple ways anyone can squeeze a bit more productivity out of the old gray matter.

1. Minimize Television Watching – This is a hard sell. People love vegetating in front of the television, myself included more often than I’d like. The problem is watching television doesn’t use your mental capacity OR allow it to recharge. It’s like having the energy sapped out of a muscle without the health benefits of exercise.

Don’t you feel drained after a couple hours of TV? Your eyes are sore and tired from being focused on the light box for so long. You don’t even have the energy to read a book.

When you feel like relaxing, try reading a book instead. If you’re too tired, listen to some music. When you’re with your friends or family, leave the tube off and have a conversation. All of these things use your mind more than television and allow you to relax.

2. Exercise – I used to think that I’d learn more by not exercising and using the time to read a book instead. But I realized that time spent exercising always leads to greater learning because it improves productivity during the time afterwards. Using your body clears your head and creates a wave of energy. Afterwards, you feel invigorated and can concentrate more easily.

3. Read Challenging Books – Many people like to read popular suspense fiction, but generally these books aren’t mentally stimulating. If you want to improve your thinking and writing ability you should read books that make you focus. Reading a classic novel can change your view of the world and will make you think in more precise, elegant English. Don’t be afraid to look up a word if you don’t know it, and don’t be afraid of dense passages. Take your time, re-read when necessary, and you’ll soon grow accustomed to the author’s style.

Once you get used to reading challenging books, I think you’ll find that you aren’t tempted to go back to page-turners. The challenge of learning new ideas is far more exciting than any tacky suspense-thriller.

4. Early to Bed, Early to Rise – Nothing makes it harder to concentrate than sleep deprivation. You’ll be most rejuvenated if you go to bed early and don’t sleep more than 8 hours. If you stay up late and compensate by sleeping late, you’ll wake up lethargic and have trouble focusing. In my experience the early morning hours are the most tranquil and productive. Waking up early gives you more productive hours and maximizes your mental acuity all day.

If you have the opportunity, take 10-20 minute naps when you are hit with a wave of drowsiness. Anything longer will make you lethargic, but a short nap will refresh you.

5. Take Time to Reflect – Often our lives get so hectic that we become overwhelmed without even realizing it. It becomes difficult to concentrate because nagging thoughts keep interrupting. Spending some time alone in reflection gives you a chance organize your thoughts and prioritize your responsibilities. Afterwards, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s important and what isn’t. The unimportant stuff won’t bother you anymore and your mind will feel less encumbered.

I’m not saying you need to sit on the floor cross-legged and chant ‘ommm’. Anything that allows a bit of prolonged solitude will do. One of my personal favorites is taking a solitary walk. Someone famous said, “All the best ideas occur while walking.” I think he was on to something. Experiment to find the activity that works best for you.

Conclusion – I hope you aren’t disappointed that none of the techniques I’ve proposed are revolutionary. But simple, unexciting answers are often the most valid. The challenge is having the will to adhere to them. If you succeed in following these 5 tips, you’ll be rewarded with increased mental acuity and retention of knowledge.

Source: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-intelligence/

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Re: How well does your brain function?

Postby BKKBILL » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:33 pm

If thats it I'm toast.
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