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Flag down, gay flag up

by D.C. McGuire

Given our long track record for conveniently looking the other way and letting sticky issues slide as long as possible, this has been a surprising and hopeful time for many Americans. As humans, our tipping point for new thinking and behavior usually occurs with a kick in the pants in the form of some unbearable stressor or tragedy that makes continued inaction impossible. So what happened this time?

Think back to the decades of data that piled up about the deadly threats of tobacco products, and the dangers of driving without seat belts before we finally took meaningful measures to regulate both threats to our well-being. Millions of lives later we passed laws and have come to share a consensus of thinking and behavior. By now, the majority of us have re-wired out brains so that we unconsciously buckle-up, and universally understand smoking to be a source of compromised health, even early death.

As it turns out, neuroscience has confirmed that all a brain owner brain needs to know in order to make personal and societal improvements, is extremely simple. No degree in neuroscience required. It all comes down to the fact that the thoughts, emotions and behaviors we spend the most time hearing, thinking and acting out, become the basis of our beliefs and world views.

More astounding, is that brain scans show how any experiences repeated often enough literally change the physical structures of our brains, along with the way they work. Recent discoveries in neuroscience explain that we’re not so much about “human nature” as we are a matter of “human habit”. Whatever we think and do repetitively writes the operating instructions for our brains, and lives. Period.

Repetitious reverence expressed by friends and family for the Confederate flag can build brain wiring that transforms a piece of cloth into a sacred symbol. Repetitious, disparaging comments about homosexuals can translate opinions on gay marriage into an unquestionable sin. Both, however, are more a matter of repetitive thinking than a consequence of fact. With enough practice, either brain could be wired differently.

154 years, and most recently, 9 lives, and 5 black churches later, America is re-wiring its “national brain”. The shootings in Charleston became our national trauma, and the tipping point for change. Finally, our old “human habit” is being replaced by a new consensus of thinking and behavior. The new habit? Hopefully, with continued focus and repetition, American’s brains are being permanently re-wiring for more inclusive respect, and empathy.

In a June, 2015 CNN poll, 63% of respondents (including 64% of .Evangelical Millennials) said they believe same-sex couples have a constitutional freedom to marry. David Michener’s appeal heard before the Supreme Court was the tipping point arising out of a long history of emotional and physical persecution for 1.6 million gay Americans. The new habit? Hopefully, for this supermajority, it adds up to brains re-wiring with expanded respect, and empathy for everyone.

Previous mindsets about race and gender discrimination may not disappear quickly or entirely. Still, because science shows us that our beliefs and behaviors evolve from habit, we have the awesome opportunity, responsibility, and power to re-train our brains for a healthier, happier, more secure future. It’s free. It’s easy. It’s just a matter of choice in this moment, and this moment, and this moment, and . . .

What’s next? Neuroscience confirms that we have the mental capacity to handle complicated issues more rapidly and with much less pain than could have ever been imagined in the past. It’s both hopeful and realistic to contemplate how we could head off the inevitable stress and trauma of environmental deterioration, un-managed climate change, dwindling supplies of water, clean air, and natural resources, all exacerbated by a ballooning population, with respectful, empathetic initiatives and policies, if that’s what we choose to do.

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food7_1Scientists have known for a while now that inflammation contributes to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. But lately they have been turning up evidence that inflammation can affect the brain more directly and acutely, and might underlie a wider range of problems, from impaired cognition during infections to depression and even schizophrenia.
Inflammation, Illness, Obesity and Thinking
People typically don’t feel “100 percent,” cognitively, when they have a cold or flu infection. That commonplace observation has long hinted that inflammation—a major part of the body’s response to such infections—might play a role in the rapid, short-term lowering of cognition.
People with cancer are known to have impaired mood and cognition, even before they are diagnosed. A group of Korean researchers reported that as experimentally induced tumors grew in mice, levels of inflammation markers went and the mice showed increased depression-like behavior and some impaired cognitive functions.In March, Australian researchers reported that a high-fat, high-sugar diet increased the signs of inflammation in the a region of the rat’s brains, resulting in rats who performed worse than controls subjects on spatial memory tests.
Inflammation’s Connections to Anxiety, Depression, Memory, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the effects of inflammation on thinking-related brain regions, inflammation also has been found to disrupt mood. Even a mild case of Salmonella causes enough of an inflammatory response in the brain so that sufferers showed a significant increase in levels of anxiety, depressed mood, and a decrease in memory functions. In some illnesses, patients with no previous history of mental disorders may become clinically depressed.
They also found a strong correlation between these inflammation signs and subjects’ histories of aggression. The psychiatric literature suggests that there can be a substantial overlap in risk factors and symptoms for some mood disorders and psychoses—perhaps the best example being bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which are often confused by doctors. In recent years, both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have been linked to inflammation.
Arguably the most compelling evidence for this association has to do with inflammation in utero or in early life. Both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have been linked to childhood autoimmune diseases as well as maternal infections or inflammation during pregnancy. For example, a study published last year, based on data from thousands of California women who gave birth during 1959-1966, found that the children of women who reported a flu infection during pregnancy had proportionately four times as many diagnoses of bipolar disorder in later life. Genetic studies also suggest that at least some of the susceptibility to such diseases lies in gene variants related to immunity and inflammation.

Reported from an article by Jim Schnable. food7_1See more at: http://www.dana.org/News/The_Brain_Inflamed/#sthash.2U3QZwjm.dpuf

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So1458459_225986800910875_1500388889_nme video game manufacturers are now marketing terrific games that emphasize kindness and compassion instead of violence and aggression. This is an important contribution to the world of gaming software, as our neutral brains can learn either equally well!

With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Games Learning Society Initiative, designed games to help eighth graders develop beneficial social and emotional skills—empathy, cooperation, mental focus, and self-regulation. These exciting games, with advanced animation techniques include :
Crystals of Kaydor
Tenacity
Fair Play
Progenitor X
Soul of a Place
Anatomy Browser
Citizen Science
Studio K
Virulent
Trails Forward

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Sadly, for some time, it has been known that children who suffer abuse, neglect, poverty, or trauma often develop depression and other psychiatric illnesses. As adults, that kind of stress often translates into greater incidence of medical illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

At least in part, this can be explained by the fact that all of life experiences, especially those of the early years, influence which genes are turned off or on; a process called, epigenetics. This would be a terrible life sentence except for the very hopeful findings of recent research.

Happily, new information gives reason for optimism. Work done by Yale School of Medicine professor, Joan Kaufman.* shows that the effects of adverse childhood experiences don’t have to be permanent. The concept of a “critical period” in which a brain pathway becomes fixed has long been considered the limit of a brain’s capacity to develop or change. That narrow window has now given way to a much more expansive “sensitive period” when the brain is more susceptible to environmental influences but retains some plasticity.
Environmental and emotional enrichment, nutritional supplementation, and brain re-programming are being developed as tools to help compensate for childhood damage by reducing potentially harmful genetic messages which might otherwise predict a life of serious mental and physical illness.

20130918_child-poverty4_33* Yale School of Medicine, Yale Medicine, Autumn 2014

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HOLIDAY SURPRISE from LUMOSITY

December 27, 2014

          Every day Lumosity provides new brain exercises for its subscribers, urging daily practice. Christmas was different. “Most of the year, we remind you to spend time training your brain. Today, we ask for something different. Put down your phones and computers. Make some new memories. Whether you’re visiting a childhood […]

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REVITALIZE YOUR BRAIN AND BODY – AT THE SAME TIME

December 9, 2014

Scientists are now able to explain how the aging process can be delayed for a several decades, without demanding practices, or costly medical procedures. The process that keeps us at our best is neurogenesis, which is the body’s ability to grow new synapses and neurons (the essential “mechanical” equipment) in our brains. The big bonus? […]

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8 WEEKS TO A BETTER BRAIN!

November 30, 2014

A team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers has found that in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program (30 minutes per day) novice meditators make measurable, structural changes in their brains. Brain scans document that over time, meditation produces changes in gray matter, specifically a thickening in the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention, learning, memory processes, […]

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CURE FOR DEPRESSION EPIDEMIC

October 20, 2014

Media news, 24/7 of the worst of the worst, Ebola, ISIS, the environment, politics, business, healthcare, jobs, inequality, violence and terrorism, has put global enthusiasm for life on hold. Humanity is suffering from an epidemic of depression. Barraged by unrelenting cable television and on-line news sources, the public is vulnerable to sinking beneath the enormity […]

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TEEN BRAINS, BRILLIANT & INSANE

October 13, 2014

What IS going on in the teen brain?  What causes it to function unlike the brains of children or adults?  What can help teens use their brains to be safer, healthy, happier, and more successful adults? This link offers the power point presentation, “Teen Brains, Brilliant and Insane”, given October 13, 2014 TEENBRAINBRILLIANTANDINSANE 4

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