Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain

The bugs in your gut can positively or negatively influence your mental function and stress response; it is definitely worth your effort to keep them very happy with a healthy diet.

Recent Links Between Food and Mood

A poor diet that was high in saturate fats and caloric levels lead to depression. Fortunately, it is never too late to take advantage of the benefits of a healthy diet.

Caffeine is a gateway drug to cocaine

By any definition, caffeine is clearly a gateway drug. Thus, is caffeine a food or a drug; sometimes it is very hard to tell the difference.

Daily Marijuana Will Not Shrink Your Brain

Will the popular press, the public and our policy makers ignore this far less sensational finding that does not vilify the use of marijuana?

Childhood Obesity and the Brain

Overall, obesity is implicated in lower performance on cognitive control tasks. As students became more obese they tended to score higher on teacher-reported externalizing behavior problems, and lower on teacher ratings of self-control. The good news is that the consequences of inflammation due to body fat are likely to develop slowly and can be avoided.

Can Hugs Slow Aging?

The simple lesson here is that rather than attaching yourself to an unwilling teenager for blood rejuvenation it might be easier, and far more enjoyable, to just give and accept hugs freely and often.

Which Is Better for Your Brain, Chocolate or Exercise?

Chocolate is an excellent example of how difficult it is to differentiate food from drug. A recent study reported improved memory and enhanced blood flow in the brain of elderly humans who consumed extracts from cocoa powder. The problem is that no one should eat the incredible amounts of chocolate that are required to achieve any cognitive benefits.

Amotivational Syndrome and Marijuana Use

Overall, the symptoms of the amotivational syndrome are very similar to the symptoms of depression. Long term use of marijuana may, depending upon many factors such as genetics and age, ultimately produce a condition in the brain that is very similar to that produced by long term use of Acomplia, leading to the condition known as amotivational syndrome.

Marijuana for Alzheimer’s Disease

Proof that smoking marijuana can slow the advance of Alzheimer’s disease has not previously existed. The evidence has been quite circumstantial and often seemed rather secondary to the known actions of cannabis in the brain. Things have changed recently.

Low Testosterone, Obesity and Alzheimer’s Disease Are Linked

So what’s an older obese man to do? Do not take testosterone supplements! A much better solution is to lose the excess weight by consuming far fewer calories.

Coffee Is Good For the Aging Brain

Two cups of coffee in the morning may help us to better focus our attention during the performance of tasks that become more risky as we age.

Does Coffee Enhance Marijuana?

Low doses of caffeine decreased marijuana self-administration while high doses of caffeine increased marijuana self-administration. The cross-talk between brain systems ultimately makes avoiding that third or fourth cup of coffee even harder to accomplish.

Is CBD Better Than THC?

Why are people so excited about Cannabidiol (CBD)? Why are growers breeding marijuana plants with significantly higher levels of CBD? The answer lies in unpacking a series of complex truths, making distinctions between what is known and what is not known, and dispelling some false claims.

Liposuction Can Make You Smarter

Today, an overwhelming body of scientific evidence across a wide spectrum of medical disciplines strongly argues that obesity accelerates the aging process, impairs overall cognitive function and, ultimately, is responsible for numerous processes that kill us.

Can Your Diet Make You Feel Depressed?

If you’re feeling down, it might be your diet. However, do not expect your diet to make you feel happy; most often, a good diet will only prevent you from feeling depressed.

When Good Food Turns Bad

One day we’re eating our favorite food without consequence; the next day, the same food produces nausea, dizziness and mental confusion. Why? Sometimes the constituents of our diet can induce toxic reactions when they are not being properly metabolized.

Marijuana For Migraines

Future generations of pain relievers will likely be developed based upon the action of marijuana in the body.

Better Fathers Have Smaller Testicles

Smaller testicles and lower levels of testosterone were reliable predictors of whether a father will participate in care-giving to their children

According to “The Biggest Loser” Diet Beats Exercise

Eating fewer calories each day is the only valid, scientifically proven dietary intervention that can slow the aging process, reduce the risk of cancer and improve health. Exercise will never succeed as well because of how our bodies evolved.

Smoking While Pregnant

Chemically induced abnormalities in the brain initiated during development may explain why some children are unable to control their reward-seeking behavior.

Why Are You Taking This Antioxidant?

Clinical trials have never found any significant benefits for Co-enzyme Q10. Don't waste your money!

Your Eyes Reveal Your Passions and Risks

A non-invasive, widely available eye exam can characterize the brain’s most important reward system and offer health care providers and psychologists the opportunity to intervene and provide early treatments for obesity, depression, schizophrenia and mania.

Why Cinnamon Is Good for Your Aging Brain

Cinnamon has many important positive effects upon brain function that may prevent a variety of age-related neurological disorders.

Treating Psychic Pain

Targeting the biological mechanisms underlying the symptoms of loneliness might only require a trip to your corner drugstore.

Why Is Mindfulness so Hard to Achieve?

I have been trying for a very long time to become more mindful, to live in the moment and enjoy the here-and-now. I lie in bed listening to mindfulness meditation tapes and fail…miserably. Why can’t my brain just lie still?

Feed Your Child’s Brain Early

Thank your mom this Mother’s Day for getting you off to such a good start. Sadly, not every child enjoys the benefits of good nutrition during infancy. Does it matter to your brain?

Transplanting Brains

How to avoid having your brain die before you do.

Near-Death Visits to Heaven? Not Likely

Was it an abrupt hypoxic/anoxic hypothermia-induced increase in the level of 3-MT, a molecule that may be able to mimic some of the most powerful drugs of abuse ever discovered, in your brain …or you actually visited heaven?

Why You May Have Less Control of Your Mind Than You Think

Ordinarily we live in harmony with the trillions of little creatures that share our bodies. They intend us no harm as long as everyone follows the rules of engagement. In general, we’d like them to stay out of our brains! Unfortunately, they rarely follow orders. It is conceivable that this parasite has been living in the brain, and thus influencing behavior, for as long

Maternal Obesity Alters Infant Brain Function

As the obesity rate among young women of childbearing age increases the incidence of adult-onset anxiety and related cognitive disorders will likely also increase.

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