Feb 14

Image processing in humans is proven to be much faster than previously thought.

Beyond what was previously accepted by scientists that the brain takes 100 milliseconds to process something we observe through a visual image,  the brain is now proven capable of processing a visual image seen for just 13 milliseconds.

This is remarkable feat when one considers the thousands/millions of images that flow into the brain through the eyes every day.

It therefore points to the desirability to not overwork the faculty through too great a volume of visual input;  to avoid excessively disturbing speedy images and lighting; to rest the eyes every now and then in order to relieve the visual sense.

Brief reflection leads us to more fully appreciate and desire to utilize both the natural and precious sense of sight and the wonderful mental faculty that can interpret all that we ‘see’ with our eyes. This capacity may continue to be employed for positive value and benefits.

However, young people and those who are excessively involved with computer work and electronic visuals are particularly at risk and should be encouraged to limit their time spent in this way and electronic toys carefully selected to avoid harm to infants whose brains are still in development.

Sep 23

In the light of the collected and increasing volume of material offered by scientists to caution us about the risks in using mobile phones there exists a conflict of interest in the public mind as conosumers prefer to turn a deaf ear to any dangers alongside the pleasure of the new-found toy that increases in popularity with its complex functions on offer.

In spite of the persuasive fashion that we must all possess such an item of electronic skills because it will offer us multiple mental tasking and fascinate us with its potential acrobatics, there are many who are becoming aware of the warnings of neurologists and those experienced in dealing with the repercussions upon health. It is supported by much evidence that the frequent use of the mobile phone tends to develop liklihood of brain tumours. To live and work near the towers and transmitters of some of the radio waves involved increases the hazard when the wave length corresponds to that of the human brain itself.

Be alert to the scientific facts as they are published and consider carefully before using such a potential adverse agent.

 

May 26

Although considerable attention is given by nutritionist regarding foods that help brain and nerve function it is necessary to extend our regular use of supplementary foods and herbs that are proven to be time tested traditional medicines to directly strengthen the brain.

There are European herbs analysed and recommended over the past decades such as hops, lavender, rosemary and leafy green vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, eggs, brown rice, nuts, blueberries (bilberry).cranberries, blackberries, black currants, walnuts, avocadoes and whole grains and seeds.

However until recently this aspect of nutritional education has been neglected.

Asian plants and herbs however, are placed in great importance and in India and China in particular they are advised as a necessity both for quality brain function and also to incorporated in Ayurvedic medicine to treat several specific diseases and impairments such as cases of epilepsy and asthma. The better known are regularly found in western markets and include ginseng, brahmi (water hyssop) or Bacopa monnieri, gingko, turmeric, gotu kola, and prescribed to directly improve brain function and the nervous system.

We can expect that future research will concentrate on these plant medicines that are most effective when taken in their natural state. There is no guarantee that modern drugs although derived from these plants will be as effective as the traditional herbal medicines.

Mar 2

There are certain ways to help our brain maintain its efficiency.

These are some of the reminders that we should act upon Now!

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Daily Personal Diary entries to record the day and plan tomorrow

Physical Exercise not only helps the muscles but the brain as well – particularly those requiring improved co-ordination

Physical Nutrition must be of the finest possible to provide the brain with its natural requirements

Select natural remedies that have been time tested through traditional application before considering drug medication with their possible side effects

Mental Exercises are valuable to help remember or recall names and places

Testing Memory undertake mental exercises as offered in Brain Game systems and the valuable game of Chess

Study a specific subject of interest to increase your knowledge and assist concentration

Read books that are comfortable but also try to grasp new ideas or new subject matter

Debate issues and subjects with others in a disciplined manner to balance thought processes

Enjoy a hobby that offers pleasure and sheer mental relaxation

Relaxation, Meditation and Sleep restore vitality and to soothe and retain equilibrium

Keep faith and confidence in the inherent human brain faculties in your inner computer-like brain

Jan 31

 Image processing in humans is proven to be much faster than previously thought.

Beyond what was previously accepted by scientists that the brain takes 100 milliseconds to process something we observe through a visual image,  the brain is now proven capable of processing a visual image seen for just 13 milliseconds.

This is remarkable feat when one considers the thousands/millions of images that flow into the brain through the eyes every day.

It therefore points to the desirability to not overwork the faculty through too great a volume of visual input;  to avoid excessively disturbing speedy images and lighting; to rest the eyes every now and then in order to relieve the visual sense.

Brief reflection leads us to more fully appreciate and desire to utilize both the natural and precious sense of sight and the wonderful mental faculty that can interpret all that we ‘see’ with our eyes.

Oct 28

Dementia, in addition to many other types of mental disease that exist in the community, is reaching epidemic proportions in many countries including Australia where over 150,000 suffer severe symptoms.

This would indicate a greater need for self responsibility in undertaking the necessary changes of lifestyle. Only then can we have confidence in our own future and have a chance of escape from being just another in the general statistic.

Not only do we need to institute routine preventive measures  – good habits than have power to contribute to a healthy brain and body but we need to have a high degree of confidence in the power and influence of our own mind – its capacities and its co-operative role in maintaining physical health.

The vital factors in maintaining brain and mental healthy function can be reduced to a few important reminders –

Be sure to drink plenty of fresh, un-chlorinated, unfluoridated water

Nutrition should avoid processed commercial foods as much as possible

Diet to include fresh green salads, a variety of nuts and grains and limited dairy produce

Exercising every day, advancing our personal physical capacity

Conscious breath control to provide maximum energy levels

Creating a stress free personal environment

Vital interest and involvement in specific creative hobbies and activities

Challenging our mental talents and faculties

A faith or philosophy that embraces a clear direction regarding best attitudes towards not only our own life and a sense of community welfare but a presiding faith in Nature and the universal principles that affect us all.

Nov 12

A well cared for brain that is properly nourished is not likely us to suffer a state of depression.

Check what this involves.

The brain requires constant supply of fresh air and oxygen for proper function.

It needs a clear bloodstream that provides the vital minerals and vitamins for its healthy structure and function.

It requires adequate circulation of the blood.

It depends upon the natural stimulus provided by all the senses but particularly by the olfactory sense that alerts it to any danger and also offers subtle nourishment through inhalation of pleasant scents and perfumes.

The brain is the physical instrument of the mind. It stores information and functions in a myriad of ways to allow intellectual creativity, channelling emotional energy, and directing our actions.  It is also overseer of the physical body with all its physiological functions and sensory organs, the mobility of the limbs, in fact for everything involved in the preservation of the life of the individual.

Proper nutrition, physical exercise, rest and good quality sleep are essential as is adequate oxygen intake through good respiration. Our brain functions best in quietude and thrives upon intellectual study and exchange of ideas through social interaction. All are important aids to help brain function.

Our earthly existence is utterly dependent upon a well functioning brain which must also be protected from any damage.

In addition to the liabilities incurred through general diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and others, the damaging factors are numerous – alcohol, hallucinogenic drugs, ingestion or inhalation of chemical irritants, lack of oxygen, lack of sleep, loud noises, poor nutrition, physical dehydration, shock, smoking, poor body posture, psychological stress, stimulants tea and coffee, radiation and experiencing direct or indirect violence. There are many influences that affect us negatively.

But most of all we should focus upon nourishing our brain as Nature demands.

May 25

In maintaining clear thought and concentration we realize the importance of the instrument of our brain, more sensitive and more valuable than our material computer.

We all suffer at some time certain tiredness of the mind. Of course there are many causes. The most obvious ones often relate to study and intellectual demands through professions bearing heavy responsibility, or the self inflicted habit of cycling and recycling personal disturbing thoughts of anxiety related to everyday life.

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Jun 13

 Although it is the most important part of our  representing as it     does our direct link we have to our Maker or our spiritual source, most of us have not kept pace with modern neurological science and consequently have limited knowledge of the brain.

We know the brain is housed as a sensitive instrument within the confines of the bony skull. It is shaped somewhat like a walnut, with a division between the hemispheres and all crinkly but much softer in texture than a nut.

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May 1

Along with a great deal of medical information regarding the effects of chemical substances detrimental to the brain we are faced with the recognition that alcohol has perhaps the highest proven status in the category along with a growing list of drugs still under investigation.

Evidence of the power of alcohol is before us all in society as we witness the altered changes in behaviour towards aggression and not only temporary damage to our youth, but long term and the possibility of considerable irreversible damage to their brains. The destructive influence of alcohol upon personality and behaviour become obvious in all alcoholics, but only recently has the extent of damage to the brain itself become clear as scientific medical evidence reveals.

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