Category Archives: brain

A spoon full of sugar :)


Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. This is a philosy that buys into disguising one thing as another. A way to make something that is hard easier. Something that tastes bitter taste sweet in order to get it down and in so doing to heal.

While this may be a technique that could work for say antibiotics, it is maybe not the way to go for a general philosophy in life. Sometimes we need to face the hard truth – the music even if it is damn hard to hear.

The hard facts are that simple carbs – boil down to sugar – in copious amounts are bad for you. Simply put sugar makes things stick to other things – your arteries and veins and organs – eyes and kidneys are unhappy campers if you load the body with sugar.

There are even some studies that show the effects of sugar on the brain being something similar to cocaines’ effect on the brain. And the more you have the more you need kind of scenario plays out here too.

How many spoons of sugar in that coke ? or fruit juice ?? Too many.

Think about what you drink.

Think about quality of life, and longevity with quality.

Think blue – diabetes, type 2 is preventable as well as treatable.blue-circle

 

 

 

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On giving birth and what I have learnt


I believe that from the moment of conception something changes inside of you. Something that you can not quite put your finger on and something that eventually is what one might call motherhood. That in itself is a whole dimension of complicated intertwined emotion and a whole lot more.

From the moment I knew that I was essentially a “mom” I was changed and I wanted only the very very best for this little creature growing inside of me who was body, spirit, soul.

This, combined with hormones (and they were certainly not friendly to me) was a complicated mix of “stuff” to deal with.

I knew that conception is natural. I knew that for 1000s of years women delivered babies at home. I also knew the flip side (being a doctor) and that many things can and do go wrong. This was not a good combo for me personally.

I delivered two babies naturally with epidurals that only worked on one side (both times – apparently I have a filament). The first time was with a “doula” and quite an elating experience. The second was without  (you can read my birth story for reason , I still wish I had had one rather). The second time around I was 39 and things really just never actually

went according to plan.

Long story short I had a near-death and out of body experience. The pain I had AFTER delivering was something I never ever wish to experience again. Despite being a doctor and complaining of pain I was treated unkindly (to say the least)(there are many other phrases I could use). I was eventually resuscitated and taken to theatre. It was unpleasant mildly put. I was not even able to really bond with my little for at least 48 hours. All of this could have been prevented. Recently I had surgery and realised that I had actually ruptured my uterus with the birth (this healed miraculously by itself). There are many miracles that happen every day. I thank God for mine.

I am writing this in part as catharsis and in part to women out there at large.

Lessons I have learnt :

1.) If you are in pain – you really are in pain and don’t let anyone tell you that you are not. Pain is nature’s loud speaker and it should NEVER be ignored. Only the patient knows if they are in pain regardless of how loud (or not) they scream.

2.) Pain (extreme pain ) always means that there is something not right and it needs to be figured out and fixed. It can be ignored however the risk of death or damage is high.

3.) When you are over the age of 35 it may be better to cut your losses and have a caesarian section – provisor – if all goes 100% to plan at dates (term) and your labour progresses as it should by all means go for it. However if one requires induction, long labour etc have a caesarian section.

4.) Miracles do happen but medical science is very clever now make sure your “carers” do all they can in terms of what we know to date.

 

 

 

 

 

Arborisation – broccoli brain – a good thing


The brain is amazing – we all know this. However it is indeed more and more amazing the further we actually delve into it so to speak.

Our brains have endless connections we know this, but the extent is far greater than we ever thought. And the more you create connections – arborisation – lots of little broccoli chains – the better it functions, the more “healthy” it is and the easier it is to maintain ” brain health”.

Without a brain we are not human. Rice and mice etc have far fewer connections they also have far fewer glial cells. Now what are those? Glial cells are the “support” cells to the neurons. Before we thought that depression happened due to low transmitter levels and whilst this is true there is a lot more to the story. The glial or helper, support cells all play a role – a critical role in the homeostasis – healthy brain – this is brand new information.

Why is this important?? Well because we can now see that “inflammation” damages these glial cells and contributes to depression and other mental unwellness.

Why is this at all important. Well because the diabetes epidemic seems to be running along fairly parallel with the increase in depression that we see and perhaps the path towards both is similar. And also it means that preaching against fast food, rubbish, coke – the devil etc, becomes even more paramount.

It also means that exercise is a viable and excellent co-treatment modality. Yes I said exercise. It works even for depression.

This is actually super exciting because it means we have a means to tackle things like diabetes and depression right through from prevention to cure!

And we can all exercise and eat well. NO excuse! There are endless options on both fronts, unleash your creativity today and start to eat well and exercise.