Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon: The New Science and Stories of the Brain

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Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon: The New Science and Stories of the Brain

Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon: The New Science and Stories of the Brain

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However, with all the parts the brain has, the brain isn’t a standalone organ. its neurotransmitters spread everywhere in your body through the spinal cord and directly to your heart and gut. Although it has historically had quite a bad reputation, Jandail mentions that it is often a beneficial therapy for those who have failed to respond to conventional treatments(s).

The book also features a decent bit of writing on Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatment for bipolar and massive depression. Also, area-restricted searching can also help you boost your memory. It requires you to think of the entire item in a given category before moving to another one. In a study that was published in the journal Memory and Cognition in 2013, it showed that when the participants were asked to list all the animals they can remember, the intelligent participants of a tested group listed more animals than the less-intelligent participants because they could think of more categories of animal. As a matter of fact, we all are innately creative irrespective of whether we think we are or not. One way to reach your own creative potential is by practicing with focused awareness before you sleep at night and after your sleep. This means zeroing in on thoughts during the transition between when you are awake and when you sleep, this may make you aware of your creativity even in your subconsciousness which is hard to access. A compelling insight into that special organ that surgeons cannot replace ( Professor Stephen Westaby, author of 'Fragile Lives')

Rebecca Wallersteiner takes a look at ‘Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon,’ Neurosurgeon Rahul Jandial’s new book on why we should never underestimate the power of the human brain

From a languages teacher who has to choose whether to lose her ability to speak Spanish or English after brain surgery, to a former TV exec, now homeless, who discovers that his life-altering despondency is the result of a tumour, to a fainting teen who learns that deep breathing can mean the difference between life or death, these stories uncover the secret workings of the brain. The wonders of the human brain require no exaggeration. Between our ears live and estimated 85 billion neurons – as many brain cells as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. ‘Even when brain surgeons know that a particular procedure works to relieve suffering, we don’t often know why. I can implant an electrode deep into your brain that I know will relieve depression or OCD or improve Parkinson’s disease. How? Brilliant question. When you find out, let’s connect,’ says Jandial thoughtfully. Finally! A book about the brain that has gripping stories, easy to understand science, and useful tips that people can use in their daily lives. If you only read one book about the human brain, this should be the one. This book makes me even more proud of our unique craft - brain surgery and neuroscience ( Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa,Author of 'Dr Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon') A powerful and trustworthy insight into the brain. You will love his playful story telling and guidance ( Dr Rupy Aujla - author 'The Doctor's Kitchen' and 'Eat to Beat Illness')Rahul Jandial's truth and honesty is fantastic and his knowledge is amazing ( Tim Lovejoy, Channel 4 'Sunday Brunch' TV presenter and podcast host) Once upon a time dreams were taken as omens from above. Until, in 1899, Sigmund Freud asserted in his book The Interpretation of Dreams that they throw up symbols of our fears, repressed childhood memories and desires. Although Freud catapulted psychology into the twentieth century, not all his theories have held up to scientific research. “That’s not to say dreams aren’t cool and fascinating. Sometimes they do reveal an unexpected solution to a vexing problem or at least a fresh insight. Scientifically speaking, though, we still do not really understand why we dream – not in the same way we understand why we breathe, eat and have sex. It remains, as the journal Science noted in its 125th anniversary issue, one of nature’s great unsolved mysteries,” writes Jandial. Flynn, however, insists that kids are literally getting smarter in part because of school, but also because of better nutrition and fewer childhood illnesses than their grandparents experienced. Even more important, Flynn says, is that our world has become ever more cognitively challenging. A hundred years ago, nearly one-third of Americans lived on a farm; today that figure is less than 2 percent. Only in the 1920s did radio become popular; not until the late 1950s did television reach most homes; as recently as the year 2000, fewer than half of all U.S. homes had access to the internet; the smartphone as we know it didn’t exist until Apple released the iPhone in 2007. This book is my attempt to separate the BS from the brain science, the hype from the hope. I want to help you achieve your goals and ensure that you and your loved ones never end up on my operating table.

Under the cortex, the brain’s structure consists of the following the hippocampus, the amygdala, the thalamus, the hypothalamus, the brain stem, and the cerebellum. Additionally, these structures also control various functions like such as the formation of memories as well as breathing and they also aid in transiting hubs modulating and fine-tuning signals passed between different parts of the brain. Exercising is another method to develop your brain’s health and exercise also helps to reduce the risk of developing dementia. Exercise refills the brain’s cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which is a liquid that nourishes your neurons. As you age, the CSF naturally starts to lose its neurotrophins which is the body that keeps it working. It has been proven that a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training keeps the liquid at youthful levels. Have you ever heard someone say that your gut is your second brain? Well, it turns out that, that myth is not scientifically true. The truth is that the enteric nervous system, or ENS, covers your entire stomach and your intestines. This is why you feel butterflies in your stomach when you’re anxious or you perceive the sensation of hunger or being full. However, since the colon and the parts of your guts can be cut out without affecting effects like that; therefore, your gut isn’t your second brain. This book covers a lot of territory: memory, intelligence, language, creativity, smart drugs (and others), sleep, head injuries (a constantly changing field at the moment), diet for the brain, implants, stem cells, how the brain differs in youth and old age. Turns out the real science of peak performance is pretty much the same as the prescription for general good health: get enough sleep, eat healthy, do what you can to reduce stress, avoid head injuries, and don’t take street drugs or the ones touted on line as ‘smart drugs’. And hope that new treatments for dementia come down the pipeline before you get it. Neurologists and neurosurgeons are doing some amazing things, but there is still so much that can’t be fixed. Hedge your bets by following his prescription.So what do we know about the human brain? These blinks will take you through the most up-to-date scientific insights into this complex organ, dispelling popular myths along the way. You’ll learn about the function of memory, creativity and language, and get simple advice on how to keep your brain healthy throughout your life. Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon is part science, part self-help, part anecdotes. It is written in a straightforward style, making it accessible to anyone seeking not only a clear introduction to brain science, but also advice on practical actions to improve brain health.⁣⁣

When it comes to nature versus nurture debate, it’s obvious that the environment plays an essential role in the development of cognitive health. Also, it’s the parents’ duty to ensure that children have what they need to develop healthy brains. Although the human brain keeps growing well into a person’s late twenties, during the early years when brains are most flexible are most essential when it comes to parenting. Want to be happier, feel younger AND stave off dementia? Then try a leading neurosurgeon's brilliantly simple workouts for your little grey cells with this ingenious "BOOTCAMP FOR YOUR BRAIN" ( Daily Mail) The book opens with some basic neuroanatomy. Jandial gives the reader a brief understanding of the different areas of the brain. The rest of the book is a mix of case studies from Jandail's professional career, combined with him outlining some of the science involved. However, what scientists do know is that sleep is a time when short-term memories in your hippocampus are changed into long-term memories kept somewhere in your cortex. As a matter of fact, various studies have revealed that students who are preparing for a test remember more information if they get some sleep the night before than studying all night. Also, a night’s rest can make us better equipped to solve problems. What is it with neurosurgeons putting out self help books, I read (also dnf) recently, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. This one is better, and it's my fault that I actually expected more brain surgery and less self help as the title is quite clear. Nonetheless, say 'brain surgeon' and I'm looking for gore not breathing lessons.In 15 short chapters, the author starts with some basic brain anatomy. Afterwards, he explores a broad range of topics including memory and intelligence, language, creativity, smart drugs, sleep, mindful breathing, food for the brain, neuroplasticity, brain stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy, stem cells, the younger brain, and the older brain. As you can see, the book covers a lot of ground, but doesn't delve deep into any subject. ⁣⁣



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