New brain research looks at mind-body link
By Michael Ceo
Exciting developments are taking place as a new wave of research highlights the links between the brain and body. Preserving and improving our brain functioning, and its connection to our memory and emotional and physical health, is much more under our control than previously thought.
Dramatic evidence of how this research can benefit us is being shown through colorful pictures called SPECT Scans (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography), which vividly show parts of the brain lighting up with electrical or biochemical activity. Regions of the brain that are under-functioning or damaged are clearly evident. The scan shows how a living brain works.
What is emerging represents a road map for using nutritional supplements,
dietary and lifestyle changes, Yoga breathing, hormone replacement as well
as psychiatric medicines to correct biochemical and “hardware” deficiencies
that lead to diminished brain function. As brain function is brought back
into balance, disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, bi-polar
disorder and memory loss can be relieved.
I recently spoke with two physicians who are pioneering this research:
Daniel Amen and Eric Braverman. Both are heading in similar directions that
have promising implications.