Does any of this sound familiar?
- Have you been wondering where your brain has gone?
- Forgetting why you went into a room?
- Is your memory not as sharp as it once was?
- That word is right there on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t pull it from memory?
Well you are not alone, that’s for sure.
Neuroscience is revolutionizing the whole field of brain performance and memory. Is slowing the brain aging process down or even reversing it even a reality?
Neuroscientists and neuro-practitioners are agreeing that BOTH are possible and proving it on a daily basis.
“Neuroplasticity” is the property of the brain that allows it to change its structure and function in response to what it senses, what it does and even what it thinks and imagines.
Although most of us were taught that, once we are born, we pretty much have all the brain cells we’ll get for the rest of our life… again, science has been turned upside down. Life expectancy in 1911 was 51.5 and 100 years later it is 77 years.
As medical advances and life styles are improving, we are living longer but as we age, is the quality of our lives improving?
What’s the purpose of living to a ripe old age if our brains are over ripened? Well, the good news is that improving the function of the brain is possible and the technology and concepts are here, now!
Scientists now know that with the right stimulation and proper nutrition (hint this is not a secret supplement or vitamin) improving brain function is definitely attainable.
Did you know that Christopher Reeve WAS making progress on his nerve regeneration? It’s true. Before his death, Reeve gained the ability to move his index finger and a specialized workout regimen made his legs and arms stronger. Repeated electrical stimulation of the muscles gave him sporadic sensation in other parts of his body as well.
The same can be attained for your nervous system. Although you may not have to deal with the effects of SEVERE (once thought PERMANENT) damage to the brain and spinal cord, your brain and your memory can be improved.
There are countless medical “miracles” like Michelle Mack, a woman who was born with half a brain — without her left hemisphere. One would have thought she would be mute, on a respirator in intensive care. Yet Michelle speaks normally, holds a job, loves and has a sense of humor because her right hemisphere reorganized itself to take over what the non-existent left “should” have been doing. But the brain does not only change in extreme situations like this; that is how it normally works. That is its modus operandi from cradle to grave”.1
Bottom line. There is a whole new field in medicine called Neuroplasticity that is revolutionizing the way we think about brain function.
Acknowledgement: Norman Doidge, “Changing our minds.” The New Humanist: The magazine for free-thinkers, Vol. 123 #6 (November/December 2008
Originally published in the Charlottesville Daily Progress and authored by Dr. Prax.
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