Healthy and Unhealthy Gut Bacteria

Since the January 10, 2014 posting, Psych Central: “Antibodies in GI Tract Linked to Greater Risk for Bipolar Illness”, research on gut bacteria has increased exponentially regarding how good bacteria plays a positive role for the mind and body, and in particular cognitive difficulties that can manifest from unhealthy bacteria.  The following are links for additional literature concerning both kinds of bacteria:

 

Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut (California Institute of Technology (Caltech.edu), April 9, 2015)

Immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism (Science Daily, November 14, 2016)

Gut microbiome contributes to Parkinson’s, study suggests (MedicalNewsToday.com, December 2, 2016)

Likely Connection Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Gut Microbiome (Psychiatry Advisor, May 17, 2016)

The Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome and Potential Link to Alzheimer’s Disease (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health – Frontiers in Neurology, April 4, 2014)

The tantalizing links between gut microbes and the brain (Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science, October 16, 2015)

 

The following resource is a brief presentation by Dr. Samuel Hunter:

[VIDEO] “Gut Bacteria and Multiple Sclerosis”

 

 

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Educational Games

From MindGames BCI:

[Video] “Mind Games – Mind Training Games With Benefits”

 

The Mind Games application has a variety of exercises:

  • Attention Training
  • Math Star
  • Memory Racer
  • Mental Categories
  • Speed Trivia
  • Vocabulary Power
  • Mental Flex
  • Memory Grid
  • Anticipation
  • Word Memory
  • Abstraction
  • Face Memory
  • Object Memory

 

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It’s All About the Brain

The brain is a marvelous organ, our own indicating the numerous characteristics we have, along with expanded research developing a better quality of life for many throughout the globe.  A good starting point for literature and video about this topic is The New York Times’ The Brain’s Inner Language.

  • Left Brain, Right Brain

If we say we’re left brain, or right brain, what exactly are we referring to?  The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAUSA) provides the following traits concerning the different hemispheres of the brain:

Left Brain

  1. Analytical
  2. Logical
  3. Precise
  4. Repetitive
  5. Organized
  6. Details
  7. Scientific
  8. Detached
  9. Literal
  10. Sequential

Right Brain

  1. Creative
  2. Imaginative
  3. General
  4. Intuitive
  5. Conceptual
  6. Big picture
  7. Heuristic
  8. Empathetic
  9. Figurative
  10. Irregular

[Silent Video] Brain Anatomy and Functions


  • The Future – The Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project began in 2013 with thousands of scientists worldwide participating.  They are building technology which simulates the brain, understanding how brain diseases are similar in creating new treatments, and many other discoveries prevailing from endeavors.

[Video] The Human Brain Project: Future Medicine

References

Brain Injury Association of America. (2014). Welcome to The Brain Injury Association of America.

The Human Brain Project. (2014). Human Brain Project.

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Hypothesis: Treatment of the Vascular Risk Factors – “Researchers May Have Discovered a Plan to Disable Meniere’s Disease”

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Neuroscience News stated that “Meniere’s Disease” is a,

“… disabling disorder resulting in repeated violent attacks of dizziness, ringing in the ear and hearing loss that can last for hours and can ultimately cause permanent deafness in the affected ear. Up until now, the cause of the attacks has been unknown, with no theory fully explaining the many symptoms and signs of the disorder.”

The research indicates that millions of individuals can look forward to relief based upon treatment assumptions.  The expanded version of literature from Drs. Breeze and Foster can be found at The Meniere attack: An ischemia/reperfusion disorder of inner ear sensory tissues.

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Psychiatric Medications and the Youth Population*

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While psychiatric medicines such as Lithium, Abilify and Risperidone exist designed specifically for younger consumers, pharmaceuticals need to create safer ones.  A young person’s brain isn’t fully developed until their early twenties.  The body as a whole should have the capacity to withstand medications. Presently, many youth experience toxicity, weakened bones, and neurological challenges from appropriate drug usage.  Kidney damage, at times irreversible, is one of the consequences from Lithium.

All medications have side effects and not every user will experience them.  However, side effects associated with psychotropic drugs can be greatly reduced with newer medicines targeted for this segment of the population.

*First-generation psychiatric drugs went on the market before the late 1980’s. These medications can result in neurological problems.  Second generation psychiatric drugs went on the market after the late 1980’s. These medications can result in weight gain, diabetes, elevated levels of cholesterol, and neurological problems. 

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Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic steroids (aka anabolic-androgenic steroids) are non-prescribed drugs composed of the male hormone testosterone for muscle enhancement (“the ideal body”), and sports performance enhancement.  These drugs come in the form of injections, pills, and gels/creams.  Even though many users don’t take them on a continuous basisthe usage history fosters many consequences.

Adolescent Males

  • Psychiatric difficulties
  • Aggression
  • Violence
  • Growth inhibition (i.e., height, genitalia)
  • Suicide

Adolescent Females

  • Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Potential psychiatric difficulties
  • Growth inhibition (i.e., height, breasts)
  • Acne
  • Ceases/prevents menstruation

Women

  • Psychiatric difficulties
  • Ceases menstruation
  • Significant breast size decrease
  • Diminishes female sculpture
  • Pregnancy difficulties
  • Cancer
  • Death

Men

  • Psychiatric difficulties
  • Significant breast size increase
  • Genitalia reduction
  • Aggression
  • Violence
  • Cancer
  • Death

The bodily effects from anabolic steroids are irreversible for many users.

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Harmful Effects of Noise Pollution

Noise pollution (aka sound pollution) is defined as harmful environmental noises (i.e., construction equipment, lawn mowers, living near industrial areas, airports, freeways, railway systems etc.).

The following are consequences from noise pollution:

Children (more vulnerable because of developing organs)

  • Ignoring teachers in classroom because they’re conditioned to ignore sounds
  • Hearing Loss
  • Stunted reading and language skills
  • Elevated stress levels
  • Elevated blood pressure levels

Women

  • Abnormal menstruation cycles
  • Abnormal embryos
  • Miscarriages
  • Premature births

Men and Women

  • Psychological difficulties
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Blurred vision
  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing loss
  • Sleeplessness

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