Brain Health Corner

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We human beings do so much.  We go to work, go to the gym, make meals for the week, raise kids, and go over financials. Takes a lot of work, and energy! That also means our brains require energy to handle all that activity. Mental health and well-being is a major concern considering the world we live in.  Everyday we are bombarded with information, either from TV, our computers, or social media devices.

Our brain is like a big computer, that has to process all of this information to determine what is relevant and what isn’t, and then tell the body how to deal with that information. The brain can also think and emit emotions. At the basis of all of this are 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) and one trillion supporting cells (astrocytes) that cooperate together to build a high functioning super computer called the brain, and makes us the intelligent humans we think we are.

So why not take care of your brain!

Look at some of our highly recommended products that we think in some way support brain health and wellness!,..

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Books

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Tis’ the Season, so What to Read?

Historical

This past November the 7th marked the 151st anniversary of Marie Curie’s birthday. Marie Curie is best known for winning two Nobel prizes, one on “the researches on the radiation phenomena” and “the discovery of the elements radium and polonium.” However, who was Marie Curie? What was her viewpoint on intellectual property in an era when married women could not own property? This biography highlights some of the important cultural issues during Marie Curie’s life, and how her commitment and perseverance to science enabled some of the most remarkable discoveries in the late 19th century.

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Science

Some may know that prions are associated with a disease called Alzheimer’s, yet did you know some prions variants can promote a disease called fatal familial narcolepsy.  Did you know that some have a disorder called Cataplexy, which is when get dizzy after a strong bout of laughing. Henry Nicholls is a great science writer, and in this book discusses the importance of sleep, and the science behind why we humans sleep, and how modern-day society may be the culprit behind a number of sleep disorders.

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Imagine you have trouble sleeping. When scientists perform sleep studies, the study participant is in isolation. Yet a majority of individuals are not in isolation at bed time. In Nodding Off, the author takes a developmental perspective of sleep, and shows the reader how certain perceptions of sleep are incorrect. Like how does my partner affect my sleeping habits, or why does my teenager never wake up in the morning, or what message do I send when I send my children to bed early? Answers to these fascinating questions can be found in this marvelous tome.

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As a cancer biologist I have witnessed the re-birth of the tumor immunology field, and the promise many immunological-based therapies can offer in terms of a real curative potential. The Beautiful Cure, is a great read that discusses how our immune system works, as well as the development of todays new immunotherapies.

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Behavioral neuroscience is a specific segment of neurobiology that attempts to understand how the human mind operates under certain social and environmental conditions. This field has expanded in recent years now that researchers can use technologies such as fMRIs that can quantify activity in specific brain regions. The New Mind Readers provides a history of the development of brain-imaging tools, as well as the misperceptions surrounding the use of these new tools

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Political

This was a very interesting book for an individual such as myself. How do I, as an academic, best communicate science to the public? How do we as scientists inform and guide public debate in a consistent manner that does not result in an overall negative perception of science? The Fight Against Doubt, teaches us that while we as scientists should be advocates of knowledge, we should also ensure that large research institutions and universities conduct best practices when developing high quality science, which was partly why I developed my own group. As one academic mentor put it, most scientific observations are just, however it is difficult to change the minds of the ones in power (both intra- and inter-institutionally) to have lasting societal impacts.

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This is a fascinating tale of how one scientific theory called “inflation theory” was confirmed to be true, and then stymied by interstellar dust. Inflation theory posits an era of time when the universe underwent rapid stretching. To prove this, experiments such as BICEP2 were launched, and initially experiments indicated the inflation theory was correct. However, further analysis indicated interstellar dust skewed some of the signals from BICEP2. Losing the Nobel captures not only the drama surrounded by being reconsidered for a Nobel prize, it discusses the politics behind who wins a Nobel and why, and suggests potentially changes for award selection that may open the door for new prizes that better reflects the expansive and diverse array of scientific discovery occurring in our lifetime.

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Kids

An interesting twist on the tale of St. Nicholas. What a great read for imaginative young minds. In the early 1800s, Nicholas Santa discovered an ancient race of elven. Short, fat and hairy they have lived peacefully on the North Pole…

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At first I thought this book series was a joke. However, apparently Diary of a Wimpy Kid is up there with Paw Patrol and Spongebob Squarepants…  Here is a collection of Wimpy Kid books on sale through our Amazon store, just in time for the holidays.

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.Here’s something a little different. How many ways can you make paper airplane? Apparently well over a thousand. This book gives you examples and some of the tools to build the most amazing set of paper airplanes. Apparently some of these can fly over 226 feet in distance! That’s 75 yards for you football fans out there. So enjoy and start teaching your youngins about aerodynamics.

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Guess what folks, we now live in a digital world, computers will be here, and even in the sciences we need computational biologists. With such a growing demand for these skills in the work force, why not teach your kids about computers early on.  This science kit helps children ages 6-12 understand how to use computers, yet importantly how to have them apply math and use binary code to solve puzzle-based activities. Also this company promotes STEM-based education!

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Yes, how shall we save the planet?

I think sometimes we as humans can forget how short a timespan we have occupied planet Earth. Timefulness reminds us that geologists play a crucial role in helping all of us understand how long certain environmental habitats form. For instance, while  a drop of water lasts nine days in the atmosphere, the build up of fossil fuels via decaying plant and animal matter took thousands of year. This book also explains how we as humans have enormous power in accelerating any type planetary change, and how more environmentally conscientious choices would result in the benefit of all of those on planet Earth.

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In the late 1860’s Harvey Wiley became a pivotal figure in shaping the formation of the U.S. Department of agriculture, and by virtue the chief chemist ensuring safe food products were  available to the American public. At that time, many consumable contained preservatives such as borax and salicylic acid), and ~80-90% of coffee was adulterated. This book offers an intriguing look into the history of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, and reminds us all of the continued efforts required to determine if new products are safe for consumers.

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I recently taught at a few academic institutions, and a common theme has been to teach students that many of our actions can influence the downstream watershed in seemingly distant states. The Chesapeake bay is one of the most economically relevant watersheds that supports vast amounts of commercial activity for the United States, yet also supports a wide diversity of species crucial for the areas very survival.

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A fascinating tale of how scientists are trying to solve one of the biggest challenges yet. How do we support the 10 billion people on Earth, projected to occur within the next 15 to 20yrs? Can we continue our current agricultural processes indefinitely? Are there other solutions? This book discusses many themes of the “Green Revolution”, and highlights the fascinating story of  how crossbred varieties of wheat that resisted certain diseases, fended off starvation in Mexico and India.

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So how do we support the 10 billion people on Earth again? How about growing food in the lab… ? Yup that’s what some scientists are doing. While it may sound strange, there are many advantages to growing animal-based food products from healthy tissue (reduced disease and overgrazing that take place in certain agricultural settings would be a couple). So go ahead and soon try a petri-dish hamburger!.

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A new book by Jason M. Colby recently became available through Oxford press discussing the demise of the orca population that we now all idolize, love, and revere.  Killer whales were not always so loved, and in the mid 1900’s they were hunted to near extinction. I encourage everyone to read this book. Now more than ever we as a society should understand how our past actions have shaped our current future. If you purchase through this amazon link, get a discount off your kindle download.

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Want to step away from work for a while, and pick an interesting read? I recently taught my class on the health of the ecosystem by measuring macro-invertebrate species. These and other critters have adapted over the years to survive under some extraordinary environmental pressures. Take a moment and have a  read.

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So how does our brain work? 


Our brain is hardwired two deal with our environment in two very distinct ways. The first way is that our brain interprets signals and converts them to fast responses. So when you walk (you are not thinking move left foot, move right foot, you just walk). The second response is a slow response, which operates as a check type system in which the brain exerts more energy in figuring out a particular problem. We need both system for very different response. Check out this book to learn a bit more on the topic.

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Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best…

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Learn how to heal and protect your Brain for life! This neurologist explains how to heal your gut and optimize your brain.

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Learn how to heal and protect your Brain for life! This neurologist explains how to heal your gut and optimize your brain

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Be Stress Free!!

How can you be in the best physical and emotional state, while remaining stress free or at least less stressed?

This book has many scientific, fascinating ideas! It is a must read.



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SPA AND RELAXATION

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TruSkin Naturals

An indispensable nutrient for collagen production, vitamin C synergistically blends with Botanical Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E in this advanced formula designed to target the most common signs of aging including brightness, firmness, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots & sun spots.

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STAY Young Supplement

Hello Ladies! Isn’t it true that most women want to feel and look young? This supplement will help not only your appearance but with brain power as well!

Check it out!!

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Cooking for Brain Health!

Anti-Inflammatory Eating for a Happy, Healthy Brain: 75 Recipes for Alleviating Depression, Anxiety, and Memory Loss

Holistic, anti-diet approach to improve your state of mind.

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Keep your kids focused.

Best Natural Focus Supplement for Kids, Supports Healthy Brain Function to Improve Concentration & Attention for School, Great Tasting Liquid Calming Supplement, Made from 100% Organic Herbs


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BRAIN PUZZLERS

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Brain Tangles 

Relax and Challenge your mind check out the link below!

Tangles are based on the concept of infinity and continuous motion. This “Magic in the Motion’ that you feel when you play with a Tangle is truly therapeutic and calming to the soul! Once you put a Tangle in your hand, you just can’t put it down! A Tangle is more than just a toy. It is twistable energy that enables a free flow of creativity from your mind.  For all age groups.


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EXERCISE AND FITNESS

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The Orgain plant-based series of products 


Ideal for healthy, on-the-go nourishment for men, women, and kids. Whether you are a busy professional, mom, dad, athlete or student, these are great for busy lifestyles, meal replacement, smoothie boosters, on-the-go meals, and post workouts.


One of the best ways to improve overall Brain health is to relax, and a huge part of relaxing is to relieve stress by losing up tense muscles!


                                                                  

Here are a few resources for the women supporters out there. Finding new and exciting ways to stay healthy and stress free involves developing new exercise routines, trying relaxation therapies such as yoga, and incorporating homeopathic and natural alternatives into your diet.


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Here are a few resources for the men as well. I could have put a bunch of body building magazines out there, yet I figured let’s keep it classy. Focus on eating healthy and towards surviving the holiday snack season.

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