Care of the Brain

Q. Okay, Doc. I know I was born with a good brain. But I don’t get this emphasis on “challenging mental stimulation” and some of the other stuff you talk about. What’s the “real deal” here?

Q: I don’t get it. I heard that lemon and limes may be good for the brain but they are acidic foods, for heaven’s sake, and aren’t we supposed to be leaning toward alkaline foods?

Q. Do you really think that aluminum exposure makes any difference to one’s brain? Should I stop using antiperspirants? Should I throw out my aluminum pans? I’m confused!

Q. I was told you don’t use diet drinks or sugar substitutes. I’m sure they can help me lose weight!

Q.  I read the Point to Ponder in your Spring Brain Bulletin. I can relate to the writer who said, “This cannot be correct. I never wanted to be overweight.” Everyone in my family is obese (“fat” as some put it so rudely), so there’s really nothing I can do about it except to develop a mindset that “big is beautiful.” 

Q. What in the world is Biophilia? It is a brain disorder?

Q. Today my brain feels totally bowed down with everything in my life and the chaos in my environment. I need a metaphor to help me breathe. Any ideas?

Q. I recently heard you say something about taking care of your brain "by design." Whatever does that mean?

Q. I usually pack on some extra pounds around the holidays and then spend the next 10 months trying to divest myself of them. How can I change that?

Q. Can you give me any benefits for taking time every day to meditate? I’m a busy person!

Q. What about the concept of mental exercise?

Q. Do substances such as nicotine and marijuana really affect the brain or body long term?

Q. I've attended your seminars several times and enjoyed the information you shared. Each time I've asked to meet with you privately to get your advice on a serious problem. Each time you've said, "I do not take personal clients, neither do I give advice." You said it graciously but the bottom line is that you turned down my request for help. So I am trying email because I have a serious problem and I need your advice. If that doesn't work, I'll try the phone next. I mean, what does it take for me to get some advice from you? I do not want to go to a stranger and cannot afford to pay for advice.

Q. What is this Relaxation Response I keep hearing about?

Q.  Recently I read about a whole host of potential problems that are connected to inadequate amounts of sleep. I’m getting up there (will be 63 next month) and don’t sleep well and don’t remember details as well as I used to. Do you think there is any connections between sleep and memory?

Q. I typically read at night and fall asleep, if I do, about 2 o’clock in the morning and wake again after just a few hours of sleep. Someone told me the other day that I should be getting to sleep by 10 o’clock at night. Is there any evidence for this recommendation whatsoever?

Q.  Recently I heard the acronym CTE. I have heard about TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury but not CTE. What is it?

Q. I’d like to do a better job of managing my weight this year and there must be something my brain can do to help. Please list some factors that might contribute to mismanaging one’s weight.

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