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Title: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Jimfarmer on November 14, 2013, 08:03:52 AM
From "Cognitive and Emotional Challenges During Chaotic Nodes
A Hathor Planetary Message Through Tom Kenyon"  on 14/Oct/13
at http://tomkenyon.com/cognitive-and-emotional-challenges-during-chaotic-nodes (http://tomkenyon.com/cognitive-and-emotional-challenges-during-chaotic-nodes)

[start extract]
What we wish to share with you in this message is a simple, practical and highly effective technique for re-establishing balance and equilibrium within the neural pathways of your brain. Think of it as a counter-force to chaos. This method only requires three minutes of your time. If you engage this technique a few times a day, you will find that it imparts a kind of balance. You can repeat this technique throughout the day whenever you wish, especially when you feel imbalanced or cognitively challenged. We do not suggest that you engage this method before going to sleep as it tends to enliven your mental processes, and this could make sleep problematic.

The Method

This method engages your pranic tube, which extends from the crown of your head down through the center of your body to your perineum, which is located midway between your anus and your genitals. This channel (i.e., the pranic tube) follows the central axis of your body’s magnetic field.

If you put your thumb and first or second finger together and form a circle, this is approximately the size of your pranic tube. This energy channel is a conduit for connecting celestial and terrestrial energies.

Another part of the method engages a platonic solid called the octahedron. An octahedron is an eight-sided solid that is essentially two square-based pyramids that are joined at their bases. Octahedrons naturally occur in many crystalline and molecular structures.   We have referred to octahedrons in previous messages especially when we discussed the Holon of Balance. At a subtle energy level octahedrons impart balance.

In this method you imagine an octahedron in the center of your head. It is about one inch (or two centimeters) in height. This imagined octahedron is in the center of your head, and interestingly this is also the location of your pineal gland. The octahedron and your pineal gland also sit within your pranic tube.

The method involves drawing subtle energies from Earth’s magnetic field into the pranic tube via your perineum, and then drawing this subtle energy upward into the octahedron that is sitting in the center of your head. At the same time, subtle energies from the Sun’s magnetic field enter through the crown of your head and descend into the octahedron that is sitting in the center of your head. When these two subtle energies meet within the octahedron, they create an alchemical reaction. Through the structure of the octahedron, the energy released is balancing in nature, and this balancing effect extends throughout your entire nervous system. It is a very simple yet highly effective and elegant method.

At first it may seem cumbersome but once you get the feel of it the method will be as natural as breathing. There are five steps to the method.

Step One: Get a sense of your pranic tube that runs from the crown at the top of your head through the center of your body down to your perineum. Then extend the tube into the Earth. Some of you may find it entering into the Earth just a few inches while some of you may find it descending to the very center of the Earth. It does not matter how far into the Earth your pranic tube descends so long as it makes contact with the Earth.

Step Two: You then extend the upper portion of your pranic tube past your crown to your BA point (a cosmic portal or stargate), which is located above your head in the region where your fingers would touch were you to raise your arms directly above your head. (Note: Raising your hands above your head is for reference purposes only. You do not keep your hands raised when engaging the method.)

Step Three: You imagine an octahedron, which is about one inch (or two centimeters) tall, in the center of your head. This will be the primary focus of your attention during the method.

Step Four: This action is done solely through intention. It may help to silently say this phrase, “Through my own volition I set my worlds in motion.” You then inhale naturally, allowing subtle energy from the Earth to move up your pranic tube into the octahedron while simultaneously allowing subtle energy to descend from the top of your pranic tube via the BA point into the octahedron. Understand that you are drawing in subtle energies related to Earth’s magnetic field and the Sun’s magnetic field.

Step Five: As these two energies meet in the octahedron, which is located in the center of your head, let yourself feel the pulse or the merging of these two subtle energies. When you exhale allow this combined energy to flow outward into your brain and into your nervous system according to its own nature. By this we mean it has an innate intelligence and will flow where it needs to go if you allow it.

Depending upon your level of sensitivity you might feel a sensation of energy in the center of your head. You might experience this as a palpable energy moving through your brain. You might very well sense pulses of light emitted from the octahedron. And, in some cases, the octahedron might begin to spin or rotate. These are all positive signs. If your octahedron begins to move, spin or rotate, keep it localized in the center of your head. While it is possible to travel into other dimensions using the octahedron, in this method you keep the octahedron localized in the center of your head. This is so that the energies built within the octahedron will flow into your brain and nervous system. This will impart balancing energies and enliven the neural networks of your brain, helping to strengthen your cognitive processes, memory and emotional stability.
[end extract]
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on January 20, 2014, 10:01:57 AM
I hope this link works for you. Only available today. Recorded video lecture

http://thesurvivalsummit.com/training-your-mind-to-think-clearly-in-life-or-death-scenarios/

http://thesurvivalsummit.com/   Free online all day, Jan 20 -26th. No way to record it as far as I can see. they sell a digital deal for all of it for $67.

The lecture videos themselves are free daily. One day only on eaxh set of lectures. They don't all have visuals. I am hearing, seeing the vids now. I heard about this from TH Member, JustWright61
- Barb Townsend

Lecture   Training Your Mind To Think Clearly In Life Or Death Scenarios

Travis Haley, ex military, talks about cognitive and conative.
I had not heard of the word "conative," so here it is: 

co·na·tion  (k-nshn)
n. Psychology
The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.

..........
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on January 20, 2014, 10:45:03 AM
(Available free today online) Too much psychobabble for my taste. He is a good guy who knows his military stuff and survival skills...

Training Your Mind To Think Clearly In Life Or Death Scenarios
Travis Haley:

http://thesurvivalsummit.com/training-your-mind-to-think-clearly-in-life-or-death-scenarios/ 

Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: ilinda on January 20, 2014, 04:37:43 PM
From "Cognitive and Emotional Challenges During Chaotic Nodes
A Hathor Planetary Message Through Tom Kenyon"  on 14/Oct/13
at http://tomkenyon.com/cognitive-and-emotional-challenges-during-chaotic-nodes (http://tomkenyon.com/cognitive-and-emotional-challenges-during-chaotic-nodes)

[start extract]
What we wish to share with you in this message is a simple, practical and highly effective technique for re-establishing balance and equilibrium within the neural pathways of your brain. Think of it as a counter-force to chaos. This method only requires three minutes of your time. If you engage this technique a few times a day, you will find that it imparts a kind of balance. You can repeat this technique throughout the day whenever you wish, especially when you feel imbalanced or cognitively challenged. We do not suggest that you engage this method before going to sleep as it tends to enliven your mental processes, and this could make sleep problematic.

The Method

This method engages your pranic tube, which extends from the crown of your head down through the center of your body to your perineum, which is located midway between your anus and your genitals. This channel (i.e., the pranic tube) follows the central axis of your body’s magnetic field.

If you put your thumb and first or second finger together and form a circle, this is approximately the size of your pranic tube. This energy channel is a conduit for connecting celestial and terrestrial energies.

Another part of the method engages a platonic solid called the octahedron. An octahedron is an eight-sided solid that is essentially two square-based pyramids that are joined at their bases. Octahedrons naturally occur in many crystalline and molecular structures.   We have referred to octahedrons in previous messages especially when we discussed the Holon of Balance. At a subtle energy level octahedrons impart balance.

In this method you imagine an octahedron in the center of your head. It is about one inch (or two centimeters) in height. This imagined octahedron is in the center of your head, and interestingly this is also the location of your pineal gland. The octahedron and your pineal gland also sit within your pranic tube.

The method involves drawing subtle energies from Earth’s magnetic field into the pranic tube via your perineum, and then drawing this subtle energy upward into the octahedron that is sitting in the center of your head. At the same time, subtle energies from the Sun’s magnetic field enter through the crown of your head and descend into the octahedron that is sitting in the center of your head. When these two subtle energies meet within the octahedron, they create an alchemical reaction. Through the structure of the octahedron, the energy released is balancing in nature, and this balancing effect extends throughout your entire nervous system. It is a very simple yet highly effective and elegant method.

At first it may seem cumbersome but once you get the feel of it the method will be as natural as breathing. There are five steps to the method.

Step One: Get a sense of your pranic tube that runs from the crown at the top of your head through the center of your body down to your perineum. Then extend the tube into the Earth. Some of you may find it entering into the Earth just a few inches while some of you may find it descending to the very center of the Earth. It does not matter how far into the Earth your pranic tube descends so long as it makes contact with the Earth.

Step Two: You then extend the upper portion of your pranic tube past your crown to your BA point (a cosmic portal or stargate), which is located above your head in the region where your fingers would touch were you to raise your arms directly above your head. (Note: Raising your hands above your head is for reference purposes only. You do not keep your hands raised when engaging the method.)

Step Three: You imagine an octahedron, which is about one inch (or two centimeters) tall, in the center of your head. This will be the primary focus of your attention during the method.

Step Four: This action is done solely through intention. It may help to silently say this phrase, “Through my own volition I set my worlds in motion.” You then inhale naturally, allowing subtle energy from the Earth to move up your pranic tube into the octahedron while simultaneously allowing subtle energy to descend from the top of your pranic tube via the BA point into the octahedron. Understand that you are drawing in subtle energies related to Earth’s magnetic field and the Sun’s magnetic field.

Step Five: As these two energies meet in the octahedron, which is located in the center of your head, let yourself feel the pulse or the merging of these two subtle energies. When you exhale allow this combined energy to flow outward into your brain and into your nervous system according to its own nature. By this we mean it has an innate intelligence and will flow where it needs to go if you allow it.

Depending upon your level of sensitivity you might feel a sensation of energy in the center of your head. You might experience this as a palpable energy moving through your brain. You might very well sense pulses of light emitted from the octahedron. And, in some cases, the octahedron might begin to spin or rotate. These are all positive signs. If your octahedron begins to move, spin or rotate, keep it localized in the center of your head. While it is possible to travel into other dimensions using the octahedron, in this method you keep the octahedron localized in the center of your head. This is so that the energies built within the octahedron will flow into your brain and nervous system. This will impart balancing energies and enliven the neural networks of your brain, helping to strengthen your cognitive processes, memory and emotional stability.
[end extract]

I've been doing this Tom Kenyon exercize for some weeks now and have had the MOST DIFFICULT time envisioning the simultaneous movement of  magnetic energy from the earth upward through the pranic tube,  as well as the sun's magnetic energy downward , and having those two energy (vortices) meet in the octahedron in the center of the head (pineal body?).  I can see them as static, but when I try to envision both movements simultaneously and dynamically,  one upward and one downward, I feel I must really focus hard!  Maybe I'm trying too hard.  I am good at visual spatial orientation but the movement of different things is a real challenge.
I can occasionally do this, but it takes work!
Did anyone else have this initial problem?
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: pbutter72 on March 26, 2014, 06:11:43 PM
Thank you for this information!

I have read that eating several handfuls of cashews a day helps with depression.
Quote
Several handfuls of cashews provide 1,000–2,000 mg of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants
*source http://www.doctoryourself.com/depression.html (http://www.doctoryourself.com/depression.html)

Hope this helps!

(http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/natural-anti-depressant.jpg)

~pB
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on March 26, 2014, 07:54:55 PM
pbutter, wow! That's funny I have been trying to get my hands on some cashews for the nutribullet drinks.  ;D
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on May 06, 2014, 08:44:29 AM
I recommend valerian root capsules. It's not for everyone but probably fine for most people.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on May 06, 2014, 08:48:11 AM
I read that people with "bipolar" disease (wild mood swings) and/or depression will benefit from morning sunshine. If that is not available there are light boxes a person can order and they can be made homemade. Normally I don't go for the psychobabble labels and terms but the light is really supposed to help with mental depression and mood so - it's worth knowing about.
Lord knows times are stressful and likely to get worse.
Once back in the 1960s I hadn't been able to sleep for three nights and felt like I might "flip out." I went out into my backyard at dawn and started doing jumping jacks as the sun came up. I stayed out there 'til the crisis was passed. My crisis was likely brought on by abusing my sleep rhythms once to often, some (not tons of drugs) but too much for me at any rate.
On top of some losses and upsets...
Anyway I got through it...
More Power to us all...
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: enlightenme on May 07, 2014, 09:08:13 PM
Interesting info!  Thanks Barb!  :D
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on May 08, 2014, 09:15:57 AM
Interesting info!  Thanks Barb!  :D
:)

It's good to know that sunlight alone will actually help.
Back in the day I was staying up way late a lot. I liked to do my painting and listen to jazz late night.
That's all good but for me I couldn't stray so far from the natural rhythms of life. Also some people could funnel the drugs down...I found I couldn't tolerate them so well. I was thin and high metab then. Many years later was told I was a "Vata," a type in the Ayur Vedic medicine. Emotional upsets and getting too far from nature, dehydration and etc. not so good for Vatas...
Well I am still a nightowl on and off like a cat person but I do have an outside sitting area and make a point of getting out there ... I get up and drink coffee whether I am tired or not do some essential chores in the AM and help my daughter she works so many hours...I generally make the coffee and food to go...
Anyway there is a balance there. I did find when I cut loose for good of a couple anti social personality types my life stopped being such a chaos... I can manage to find my balance...I lose my balance and find it again. Some people are so harsh and destructive to one's being it doesn't pay to be in contact with them. Thank G-d no one in my life like that now... Cross fingers...
 :)
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on July 03, 2014, 03:31:19 PM
Enlightenme, what the heck happened. We miss you...
Title: adrenal fatigue and lithium
Post by: SocratesR on July 04, 2014, 03:39:11 AM
Modern culture doesn't know what to do with psychological distress. Neither the brain nor hormonal organs are considered, as if emotions and psyche have no physical components.
James Wilson's book Adrenal Fatigue was a real eye-opener for me. The adrenals can get shot. For one, they rely heavily on lithium to do their work. Unfortunately, today's soils are severely depleted of minerals [mainstream research!] and lithium deficiencies are common. When you run out of lithium and other minerals your body can't deal with stress as it should be able to.

Lithium orotate is a safe way to take it. Ironically, the only lithium that so-called psychological professionals prescribe are toxic. This in turn has created a mainstream idea that taking lithium is dangerous.

I once saw this documentary on this bloke who went out into the mountains for a few months and at the end he was crying all the time and he didn't know why. For one, lithium deficiency will do that to you. Other important mineral deficiencies [there are many!] don't help, especially magnesium and iodine, but lithium is especially important to the adrenals and the adrenals are the body's most important producer of hormones.

Everything in your body is regulated by hormones. They are built up of chemicals that are made out of minerals you eat or have stored in your body. This generation, therefore, is severely handicapped in all ways, for mainstream soils today have some 5 to 10% of the minerals they did 50 years ago. But it gets worse, for many essential minerals have been stripped from the soil for 100% [silver, selenium, etc.].

Courage and sanity help in situations of severe stress, but without the physical components to deal with it you are handicapped.
Title: Re: adrenal fatigue and lithium
Post by: pbutter72 on July 19, 2014, 03:28:40 PM
Modern culture doesn't know what to do with psychological distress. Neither the brain nor hormonal organs are considered, as if emotions and psyche have no physical components.
James Wilson's book Adrenal Fatigue was a real eye-opener for me. The adrenals can get shot. For one, they rely heavily on lithium to do their work. Unfortunately, today's soils are severely depleted of minerals [mainstream research!] and lithium deficiencies are common. When you run out of lithium and other minerals your body can't deal with stress as it should be able to.

Lithium orotate is a safe way to take it. Ironically, the only lithium that so-called psychological professionals prescribe are toxic. This in turn has created a mainstream idea that taking lithium is dangerous.

I once saw this documentary on this bloke who went out into the mountains for a few months and at the end he was crying all the time and he didn't know why. For one, lithium deficiency will do that to you. Other important mineral deficiencies [there are many!] don't help, especially magnesium and iodine, but lithium is especially important to the adrenals and the adrenals are the body's most important producer of hormones.

Everything in your body is regulated by hormones. They are built up of chemicals that are made out of minerals you eat or have stored in your body. This generation, therefore, is severely handicapped in all ways, for mainstream soils today have some 5 to 10% of the minerals they did 50 years ago. But it gets worse, for many essential minerals have been stripped from the soil for 100% [silver, selenium, etc.].

Courage and sanity help in situations of severe stress, but without the physical components to deal with it you are handicapped.

Thank you SocratesR for your input- definitely some information to ponder. Do you have any recommendations on where to purchase Lithium orotate from a reputable vendor?

~pB
Title: Re: adrenal fatigue and lithium
Post by: Yowbarb on July 22, 2014, 09:58:53 PM
Modern culture doesn't know what to do with psychological distress. Neither the brain nor hormonal organs are considered, as if emotions and psyche have no physical components.
James Wilson's book Adrenal Fatigue was a real eye-opener for me. The adrenals can get shot. For one, they rely heavily on lithium to do their work. Unfortunately, today's soils are severely depleted of minerals [mainstream research!] and lithium deficiencies are common. When you run out of lithium and other minerals your body can't deal with stress as it should be able to.

Lithium orotate is a safe way to take it. Ironically, the only lithium that so-called psychological professionals prescribe are toxic. This in turn has created a mainstream idea that taking lithium is dangerous.

I once saw this documentary on this bloke who went out into the mountains for a few months and at the end he was crying all the time and he didn't know why. For one, lithium deficiency will do that to you. Other important mineral deficiencies [there are many!] don't help, especially magnesium and iodine, but lithium is especially important to the adrenals and the adrenals are the body's most important producer of hormones.

Everything in your body is regulated by hormones. They are built up of chemicals that are made out of minerals you eat or have stored in your body. This generation, therefore, is severely handicapped in all ways, for mainstream soils today have some 5 to 10% of the minerals they did 50 years ago. But it gets worse, for many essential minerals have been stripped from the soil for 100% [silver, selenium, etc.].

Courage and sanity help in situations of severe stress, but without the physical components to deal with it you are handicapped.

SocratesR excellent post. I had not thought very much about lithium as a dietary component, a nutrient. It turns out a lot of the foods I like do have a good supply of this nutrient. Thanks,
Barb Townsend  A couple of links: http://www.livestrong.com/article/327470-natural-sources-of-lithium/

Some sources of lithium -

There are several natural sources of lithium. Your lithium intake may depend on the foods you eat and the soil where these foods are grown. A study in the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition" states that lithium may be important for early fetal development, and for the proper functioning of enzymes, hormones and vitamins. This study states that a tentative RDA is set at 1,000 mcg per day for an adult who weighs 70 kilograms, or about 154 pounds. Lithium is also used as a medication to manage bipolar disorder. It decreases abnormal brain activity, according to Medline Plus.

Grains and Vegetables

Natural Sources of Lithium - excerpts

Lithium is naturally present in many grains and vegetables. According to a study published in the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition," grains and vegetables may comprise 66 to 90 percent of a person's lithium intake.  ...the amount of lithium varies, depending on the amount in the soil where the plants grow.
..........................................................................
ehow
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5625232_foods-natural-source-lithium.html

Dairy is a good source of lithium
 
A significant natural source of lithium is contained in all sorts of dairy products such as milk and cheese. Since lithium is a salt, it is absorbed by dairy cattle from their food and water and released into the milk.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_5625232_foods-natural-source-lithium.html
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Jimfarmer on July 23, 2014, 08:57:07 AM
Quote
Since lithium is a salt,

Lithium is a soft silver-white metal. It is the lightest of the alkali metals.

A salt is:
any chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, with all or part of the hydrogen of the acid replaced by a metal or other cation.

There are many salts of Lithium.
http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/materials-science/material-science-products.html?TablePage=19295337 (http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/materials-science/material-science-products.html?TablePage=19295337)
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on July 26, 2014, 05:36:52 PM
Quote
Since lithium is a salt,

Lithium is a soft silver-white metal. It is the lightest of the alkali metals.

A salt is:
any chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, with all or part of the hydrogen of the acid replaced by a metal or other cation.

There are many salts of Lithium.
http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/materials-science/material-science-products.html?TablePage=19295337 (http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/materials-science/material-science-products.html?TablePage=19295337)

Jim thanks for the post and the info... Maybe it is in a salt form in the soil when the cattle get it from the grass...
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on February 26, 2015, 05:46:23 PM
I recommend people have a stash of:
•   B1 especially if they are on prescription meds.
•   instant fizzy drink of Calcium Magnesium
•   Valerian root capsules supposedly not for all blood types (Eat Right For Your Type) •   Works well for me, I’m an O+. Sleep and mental health.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: ilinda on May 22, 2015, 06:45:55 AM

http://www.livescience.com/50883-brain-research-shows-exercise-boosts-imagination-and-memory.html


Exercise Fuels Mental 'Time Travel'

Wendy Suzuki, NYU Center for Neural Science    |   May 19, 2015 09:00am ET

Wendy Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University (NYU)'s Center for Neural Science. A popular speaker, she is a regular presenter at the World Science Festival and TEDx, and is frequently interviewed on television and in print for her expertise regarding the effects of exercise on brain function. Her first book, "Healthy Brain, Happy Life" (Dey Street Books, 2015), is now available. Suzuki contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

In my late 30s, when I first began to exercise regularly, I experienced firsthand the profound effects that exercise can have on both my body and my brain. In fact, these observations completely changed my motivation for going to the gym. It started during a river rafting trip on the mighty Cotahuasi river in Peru, in one of the deepest valleys in the world. On that trip I realized that, although I was healthy, I was not nearly as strong as my fellow river rafters: There were 16-year-olds on the trip who could lift more than I could, and there were 60-year-olds who had more stamina than I did. I knew I had to do something about it.

When I got back, I marched to the nearest gym, got myself a trainer and started building a regular and rigorous exercise routine. I started slowly at first, but I'm happy to say I am still exercising regularly today, almost 10 years later. As I made a gradual yet profound change in my exercise routine, I began to notice an equally profound change in both my body and my brain. I noticed not only clear improvements in my strength, stamina and overall cardiovascular fitness, but also striking improvements in my mood, memory, attention — as well as other things that were more difficult to name, at first. I felt like a poster child for all of those positive brain effects reported so frequently by the press.

Exercise improves mood, memory and attention

As a professor of neuroscience with an active research lab, I specialize in the study of the hippocampus, a brain structure critical for long-term memory, so I was particularly interested in how exercise affected my memory. I noticed the cognitive benefits of exercising especially when I was writing grants, and found it much easier to remember and integrate related findings from different journal articles.

In fact, as reviewed in a 2013 article published in Trends in Cognitive Science, we know a lot about the memory functions of the hippocampus, as well as the effects of exercise on the hippocampus, mainly through studies with rodents. We also know, from a series of key studies published throughout the 1990s, that the hippocampus is one of only two brain areas where new brain cells are born in adults — a process known as adult hippocampal neurogenesis.

Experiments with rodents have shown that exercise (in the form of activity on a running wheel) significantly enhances the rate at which new hippocampal cells are born. In addition, a growing number of studies have shown that, compared to sedentary rats, rats that exercise and experience exercise-enhanced hippocampal neurogenesis show better memory performance on a range of different tasks. The striking improvements I saw in my own mood and memory inspired me to want to understand if the same brain changes that researchers had seen in rodents with exercise were also happening in my brain.

I was so fascinated with this question that I shifted my entire research focus from the study of memory in the hippocampus to the effects of exercise on brain functions in people. (I tell the story of how this personal transformation made me change the research direction in my lab, and the science behind it, in my new book Healthy Brain Happy Life.)  ['Healthy Brain, Happy Life' (US, 2015): Book Excerpt]

Can exercise also improve creativity?
As I increased my regular exercise routine, even more astonishing than the improvements in my mood, attention and memory was what seemed to be a newfound spark of creativity.

For example, I found myself coming up with "out of the box" neuroscience courses to teach, I started exploring new hobbies like writing and singing, and started exploring new professional collaborations with artists, musicians and dancers.

In observing that exercise was enhancing not only my memory but also my creativity, I started to explore that connection. It turns out that this observation is consistent with a new discovery related to the functions of the hippocampus. [Delayed Gratification – How the Hippocampus Helps Us Hold Off (Op-Ed)]

More than 50 years of research has clearly linked the hippocampus to episodic memory — that is, memory for the details of the events in our lives. Recent studies have started to provide striking evidence that the hippocampus is also important for what neuropsychologists call "future thinking," otherwise known as imagination.

The hippocampus, the past and the future

In the 1980s, influential Estonian-Canadian memory expert Endel Tulving described remembering personal experiences as "mental time travel," involving both the past and the future. While the vast majority of studies done since Tulving proposed this idea have focused on memory — mental time travel to the past — recent findings suggest that the same brain areas are involved in mental time travel to the future, or future imagination.
The first clear evidence in support of the role of the hippocampus in imagination came from a report published in 2007 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That study examined patients with selective damage to the hippocampus. Patients with hippocampal damage and people of the same age and education level who did not have damage to the hippocampus were asked to imagine something new that did not contain memories of past events.

When they were asked to imagine a scene in which they were lying on a white, sandy beach in a tropical location, one of the patients with hippocampal damage, who had never visited a tropical beach, said, "As for seeing, I can't really, apart from just sky. I can hear the sound of seagulls and of the sea…. Um… that's about it….."

By contrast, when study participants without hippocampal damage were asked the same question, they provided great detail about the surrounding landscape, the temperature, what they imagined they were drinking and the activities on the fishing boat passing by. These findings, supported by similar results from other studies published in 2011 in the Journal of Neuroscience and in 2010 in the journal Neurocase suggest that damage to the hippocampus produces impairments in the ability to imagine future events, in addition to the hippocampus's critical role in remembering past events.
As reviewed in 2007 in an article published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, key insights have also come from neuroimaging studies in humans in which researchers monitor the patterns of brain activation while subjects are asked to remember a personal experience from their past or imagine a plausible event in their future. Study participants might be cued by a noun for both of these conditions (e.g., "mountain" or "cat").

Those studies show that remembering episodic memories from the past as well as imagining future scenarios engage the same widespread network of brain areas, including not only the hippocampus and some of the surrounding structures in the brain's temporal lobe, but also the medial prefrontal cortex and regions toward the back of the brain, including the precuneus and the retrosplenial cortices.

Those neuroimaging results provide new insight into the widespread network of brain structures, including the hippocampus, which is involved in both recalling personal episodic memories from the past and constructing or imagining possible scenarios in the future.

A sense of place

My favorite evidence supporting the idea that the hippocampus is involved in imagining future events doesn't come from studying people, but rather rodents. One of the most striking patterns of neural activity in the rodent hippocampus is in their hippocampal place cells. Their discovery, by John O'Keefe of University College, London, was recognized with the 2014 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Place cells respond with brief bursts of electrical activity, called action potentials or spikes, whenever the rat is in a particular location in its environment. The part of the environment where a place cell fires is called the cell's place field. When the rat is running down a particular alleyway or arm on a maze, instruments can record groups of place cells that fire in sequence as the rat runs through its particular place fields.

When imaged between bouts of running (either when the rat is just being still or sleeping), the rat's hippocampus actually replays those same spatial trajectories from the same sequences of place cells that were active when the rat was running. This phenomenon is called hippocampal replay. The replay typically happens at a much faster speed than the original sequence. However, the pattern is the same, and replay is thought to be involved in the strengthening spatial memory.

But recent evidence provided a new and unexpected twist to hippocampal activity. In 2011 a study published in the journal Nature, showed that rodent hippocampal cells not only exhibit replay of spatial information from past events, but if you closely examine hippocampal activity during those rest periods, you also see patterns of activity that predict some of the patterns of activity that will be experienced in the future. Note that I'm not talking about the neural basis of ESP but rather the hippocampal network seems to be projecting or "playing" future possible spatial scenarios based on its past experience, some of which actually occur.

This study identified this phenomenon by first recording the activity of hippocampal cells as rats became familiar with one part (Part A) of a spatial maze where lots of place cells and replay events were active. During the exploration of Part A, there was also a part of the maze that was blocked off, and the rats never experienced the other part (Part B). When the rats finally saw Part B of the maze, the experimenters discovered that some place-cell activity seen in the rest period, before Part B was ever revealed, actually predicted the pattern of activity seen when the rat was able to explore Part B of the maze.

This phenomenon is called hippocampal preplay and suggests the hippocampus is not only replaying spatial events it had experienced before (memory), but also seems to be playing out possible scenarios that could occur some time in the future (imagination). Those hippocampal preplay events are based on knowledge of the current environment and form a framework for future neural signals representing those future events.

Now, we cannot know if those rats are sitting there imagining the beautiful tropical beach that might be on the other side of the blocked arm on the maze, but the pattern of neural activity suggests that some of these future possibilities are seen in the pattern of normal hippocampal activity. This phenomenon is similar to the data showing the important role of the human hippocampus in future thinking or imagination.

How does this relate to my observation that my imagination and creativity seemed to improve along with my increased exercise regime? If exercise enhanced my hippocampal neurogenesis, it might have enhanced not only my memory function (past thinking), but my imagination as well (future thinking). This is a fascinating possibility that has not, to my knowledge, ever been tested in people, but is one of the questions we are investigating in my lab.

So, what is the astonishing truth about exercise? Current neuroscience research suggests it may have even deeper and more profound cognitive effects than even the most optimistic articles you read in the popular press.

New research suggests that exercise not only improves your mood, attention and memory, but could also boost your creativity by enhancing your ability to imagine the future in new and exciting ways — a great motivator to get to the gym.

Follow all of the Expert Voices issues and debates — and become part of the discussion — on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. This version of the article was originally published on Live Science.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on June 11, 2015, 11:50:10 PM
Great article, ilinda!
 :)
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on June 11, 2015, 11:51:55 PM
Four natural antidepressants
Title: I'm sorry; is your brain okay...?
Post by: Socrates on August 06, 2016, 06:04:42 AM
The brain is an organ.

Wait; let it set in...
Organs have specific needs; some are about iodine, some about niacin, others focus on zinc or chromium or whatever.
Your brain needs good fats, iodine and lithium to function properly. You need not go running to a therapist when your diet is deficient!!! Your therapist will HAPPILY take your money for years on end, offering you psycho babble and psycho theory until both your ears bleed... but your brain is an organ that can't function properly without certain nutritional basics and all the talk in the word can't mitigate that.

Jorge Flechas is an expert on iodine. He TEACHES DOCTORS on such matters. He has read all the (mainstream) research on iodine in relation to mental health. And he will tell you that iodine deficiency leads to schizophrenia. But 95+% of folks suffer from iodine deficiency...;are 95% of folks schizo?
What do you think...?
Do you see people whining against politcs but bothering to vote?
Do you see people whining about doctors but running to them when their throat hurts?
Do you see people worrying about toxins but standing in line to inject their children with vaccines?
Have you also met one of these people who go on and on over being clean but then do something like wipe their kitchen counter with the same cloth that's been lying their for days, gathering and spreading germs everywhere? These people will actually attack you for not washing your hands 20 times a day!
I think you see 'schizos  everywhere but because they've become so common, you think it's the normal way of things.
It is not. It comes from a PHYSICAL deficiency. Physical, not psychological.

James Wilson wrote a book called Adrenal Fatigue. He's another one of those doctors who teaches doctors... When you're talking burnout, you're talking adrenal fatigue. Hey, if your liver is in bad shape [also very common], you may find yourself low on energy and irritable, but when you find yourself crying all the time over 'nothing', you need to start looking into mineral deficiencies. You do NOT need to be running to psycho therapists.
Before you EVER run to a psycho therapist or psychologist, you should check that it's not your brain (organ) or your liver that's actually bothering you. 'Cause, hell, if you bring that to a shrink, you will be paying for years of therapy without making any progress. Why? Since it's usually about the organ's needs that need first be met.

You also don't need to be doing meditation, mantras or what have you. Look at it like this:
When you're bodybuilding you know you mainly need the following 3 things:
- workouts
- good nutrition
- enough sleep
That's BODY building. That's physical. Like the brain.
Now, if you were to talk to a bodybuilder about mental exercises, (some supposed but unscientific) genetics, upbringing, gurus, or drugs, that bodybuilder might rightly reply:
Did you make sure you got enough sleep, good food and work out well first?
Because if you can't even walk, there's no point in trying to run [quote from Arnold]. All the details in the world will not make up for BASIC deficiencies.

Can you read?
Can you focus?
Can you be consistent?
Can you follow through?
What if your abilities in such areas were mainly PHYSICAL? 'Cause they are...

For instance, you can try to read all the books you like but you're still going to need a working brain and working eyes, right? The basics. But eyes are obvious; it's obvious if your eyes aren't working properly since they won't focus... But what if your BRAIN won't focus?! Your eyes are an organ and so is the brain. But we get that when it comes to eyes but when it comes to brain we bring in all kinds of other things that may at some level apply BUT ONLY IF THE BASICS APPLY FIRST.



So, talking about survival; what if you TALK about prepping but you don't follow through; lack of 'character' or lack of nutrients?! I'll bet 99% of folks would say the former and never even consider the latter. For one, because their brains lack consistency, they don't think straight. Also, this matter is never discussed in the mainstream, just like psychologists and shrinks talk about drugs and therapy but never about diet. [???]
When it comes to the brain we're still living in the dark ages. Basic concepts of health and sanity lie completely ignored and people focus on side issues that should only matter AFTER you've taken care of business.

Try these things and see if you don't immediately notice a difference:
- take 2 or 3 tablespoons of good quality oil [olive, coconut, etc.]. You will sleep better. So do that every day.
- put some Lugol's iodine or other iodine on your skin. (Don't do it late at night because you won't be able to sleep; your brain will be too active.) Follow a protocol to heal any iodine/iodate deficiencies you might have.
- Go to EBay and get yourself some lithium orotate; you need daily lithium for a healthy brain and agricultural soils today don't offer you what you need.

Also:
- get rid of all mercury fillings; mercury is a neural toxin. My brain is working much better since i got rid of all that in 2009! Eat brazil nuts daily to keep the mercury moving out of the body.
- look to your hormonal health. A lack of testosterone, for instance, is not just about libido; it's also about drive and a will to live. There are chemical oestrogenes EVERYWHERE nowadays, so stay away from beer [hops is the most oestrogenic herb in the world!], anything bottled in plastic [water, coke, etc.] and eat and drink things that support hormonal health and heal hormonal imbalance.

Hey, ultimately, just look at it like this: if you're doing drugs or sleeping pills, how well is your thinking?
The brain organ needs to be working before anything like meditation or reading or even thinking can help you. Look to the brain organ first. The rest can only follow from there. No instinct, emotion or inspiration can take the place of a properly functioning brain.
What are you without a brain?!

I have myself done and do the following for my brain:
- got rid of mercury (and avoid mercury sources like vaccines); i eat brazil nuts daily; these bind mercury and allow the body to naturally eliminate it [source: Atom Bergstrom].
- i make sure i get enough fats in my diet, particularly high quality ones
- I cured myself of burnout by making my own mead with herbal teas and things like molasses for minerals
- i have been drinking distilled water since about the year 2000 (i avoid water from tap or plastic)
- i've been taking nascent iodine for over a year now, according to a protocol by Robert Von
- I try to eat beetroot daily (for hormonal support)
- I focus on a high degree of omega 3 and 6 fats whenever possible [eating things like chia seeds]
- i have loads of seasalt and add things like magnesiumchloride [salt] and MSM to my water and drinks
- i take lithium orotate regularly
- i eat loads of fruit in the morning to support elimination and hydration
Such things i believe belong with life's basics. The age we live in demands them of us.

Also notice what i have NOT mentioned:
- positive attitude/thinking
- meditation
- tricks
- drugs
- family or friends
Such things FOLLOW AFTER you take care of business and make sure your brain can function properly. First things first. If you make plans or talk or network or turn to 'god' without a working brain, what's going to come of it?
If you don't do what needs to be done, your brain won't do things like accept what needs to be done...
Title: Re: I'm sorry; is your brain okay...?
Post by: ilinda on August 08, 2016, 06:30:19 PM
The brain is an organ.

Wait; let it set in...
Organs have specific needs; some are about iodine, some about niacin, others focus on zinc or chromium or whatever.
Your brain needs good fats, iodine and lithium to function properly. You need not go running to a therapist when your diet is deficient!!! Your therapist will HAPPILY take your money for years on end, offering you psycho babble and psycho theory until both your ears bleed... but your brain is an organ that can't function properly without certain nutritional basics and all the talk in the word can't mitigate that.

Jorge Flechas is an expert on iodine. He TEACHES DOCTORS on such matters. He has read all the (mainstream) research on iodine in relation to mental health. And he will tell you that iodine deficiency leads to schizophrenia. But 95+% of folks suffer from iodine deficiency...;are 95% of folks schizo?
What do you think...?
Do you see people whining against politcs but bothering to vote?
Do you see people whining about doctors but running to them when their throat hurts?
Do you see people worrying about toxins but standing in line to inject their children with vaccines?
Have you also met one of these people who go on and on over being clean but then do something like wipe their kitchen counter with the same cloth that's been lying their for days, gathering and spreading germs everywhere? These people will actually attack you for not washing your hands 20 times a day!
I think you see 'schizos  everywhere but because they've become so common, you think it's the normal way of things.
It is not. It comes from a PHYSICAL deficiency. Physical, not psychological.

James Wilson wrote a book called Adrenal Fatigue. He's another one of those doctors who teaches doctors... When you're talking burnout, you're talking adrenal fatigue. Hey, if your liver is in bad shape [also very common], you may find yourself low on energy and irritable, but when you find yourself crying all the time over 'nothing', you need to start looking into mineral deficiencies. You do NOT need to be running to psycho therapists.
Before you EVER run to a psycho therapist or psychologist, you should check that it's not your brain (organ) or your liver that's actually bothering you. 'Cause, hell, if you bring that to a shrink, you will be paying for years of therapy without making any progress. Why? Since it's usually about the organ's needs that need first be met.

You also don't need to be doing meditation, mantras or what have you. Look at it like this:
When you're bodybuilding you know you mainly need the following 3 things:
- workouts
- good nutrition
- enough sleep
That's BODY building. That's physical. Like the brain.
Now, if you were to talk to a bodybuilder about mental exercises, (some supposed but unscientific) genetics, upbringing, gurus, or drugs, that bodybuilder might rightly reply:
Did you make sure you got enough sleep, good food and work out well first?
Because if you can't even walk, there's no point in trying to run [quote from Arnold]. All the details in the world will not make up for BASIC deficiencies.

Can you read?
Can you focus?
Can you be consistent?
Can you follow through?
What if your abilities in such areas were mainly PHYSICAL? 'Cause they are...

For instance, you can try to read all the books you like but you're still going to need a working brain and working eyes, right? The basics. But eyes are obvious; it's obvious if your eyes aren't working properly since they won't focus... But what if your BRAIN won't focus?! Your eyes are an organ and so is the brain. But we get that when it comes to eyes but when it comes to brain we bring in all kinds of other things that may at some level apply BUT ONLY IF THE BASICS APPLY FIRST.



So, talking about survival; what if you TALK about prepping but you don't follow through; lack of 'character' or lack of nutrients?! I'll bet 99% of folks would say the former and never even consider the latter. For one, because their brains lack consistency, they don't think straight. Also, this matter is never discussed in the mainstream, just like psychologists and shrinks talk about drugs and therapy but never about diet. [???]
When it comes to the brain we're still living in the dark ages. Basic concepts of health and sanity lie completely ignored and people focus on side issues that should only matter AFTER you've taken care of business.

Try these things and see if you don't immediately notice a difference:
- take 2 or 3 tablespoons of good quality oil [olive, coconut, etc.]. You will sleep better. So do that every day.
- put some Lugol's iodine or other iodine on your skin. (Don't do it late at night because you won't be able to sleep; your brain will be too active.) Follow a protocol to heal any iodine/iodate deficiencies you might have.
- Go to EBay and get yourself some lithium orotate; you need daily lithium for a healthy brain and agricultural soils today don't offer you what you need.

Also:
- get rid of all mercury fillings; mercury is a neural toxin. My brain is working much better since i got rid of all that in 2009! Eat brazil nuts daily to keep the mercury moving out of the body.
- look to your hormonal health. A lack of testosterone, for instance, is not just about libido; it's also about drive and a will to live. There are chemical oestrogenes EVERYWHERE nowadays, so stay away from beer [hops is the most oestrogenic herb in the world!], anything bottled in plastic [water, coke, etc.] and eat and drink things that support hormonal health and heal hormonal imbalance.

Hey, ultimately, just look at it like this: if you're doing drugs or sleeping pills, how well is your thinking?
The brain organ needs to be working before anything like meditation or reading or even thinking can help you. Look to the brain organ first. The rest can only follow from there. No instinct, emotion or inspiration can take the place of a properly functioning brain.
What are you without a brain?!

I have myself done and do the following for my brain:
- got rid of mercury (and avoid mercury sources like vaccines); i eat brazil nuts daily; these bind mercury and allow the body to naturally eliminate it [source: Atom Bergstrom].
- i make sure i get enough fats in my diet, particularly high quality ones
- I cured myself of burnout by making my own mead with herbal teas and things like molasses for minerals
- i have been drinking distilled water since about the year 2000 (i avoid water from tap or plastic)
- i've been taking nascent iodine for over a year now, according to a protocol by Robert Von
- I try to eat beetroot daily (for hormonal support)
- I focus on a high degree of omega 3 and 6 fats whenever possible [eating things like chia seeds]
- i have loads of seasalt and add things like magnesiumchloride [salt] and MSM to my water and drinks
- i take lithium orotate regularly
- i eat loads of fruit in the morning to support elimination and hydration
Such things i believe belong with life's basics. The age we live in demands them of us.

Also notice what i have NOT mentioned:
- positive attitude/thinking
- meditation
- tricks
- drugs
- family or friends
Such things FOLLOW AFTER you take care of business and make sure your brain can function properly. First things first. If you make plans or talk or network or turn to 'god' without a working brain, what's going to come of it?
If you don't do what needs to be done, your brain won't do things like accept what needs to be done...
You covered so much territory that it's difficult to comment w/o writing a novel.  But I'll try anyway.

It is so true that what we eat and drink and get injected with is waaaayyyy more important than most think.  And yeah, people often run to the nearest therapist for psychotherapy or whatever when many times all they need to do is eat real food and go cold-turkey off the processed and junk "food".

It's probably true that most (Americans at least) people are iodine deficient.  They use fluoride toothpaste, fluoridated water, fluoride-containing pharmaceuticals, brominated breads, chlorinated water and a myriad of substances that contain elements that interfere with iodine, particularly bromides and fluorides.

We may not NEED meditation, but some forms of meditation are beneficial in increasing our neuroplasticity.  Plus, meditation is voluntary, and I, for one, wish I had more time for it, but then again maybe it's poor self-discipline.  One problem is that those whose brains are not functioning properly do not know it!

And yes, I would advise anyone with mercury or "silver" dental fillings to have them removed by a biological dentist who has the proper technology for safely removing and handling the mercury amalgam.  I had all my mercury fillings removed in 2012 and it is one of the best and wisest things I've ever done, and it will hopefully help me regain health that was damaged by my earlier dentists who placed mercury inches from my brain every chance they got, from early childhood till 2012.

Your comment about Brazil nuts is intriguing, as that is new to me, that they can help remove mercury.  Wonderful news. 
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Socrates on August 09, 2016, 02:58:24 AM
Much more on (mercury) detox (http://b2012overleven.runboard.com/t518) at my online database.
Congrats on getting that stuff out of your mouth. It's a big deal if we're to believe the research. We've all been subjected to such madness. We are truly all victims but we're only about victim attitude if we let that stop us from doing what's necessary.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on August 12, 2016, 11:39:31 AM
Socrates, excellent posts and info!
ilinda, thank you too!
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on September 08, 2018, 11:59:44 PM
R.R. Book and Linda have been sharing good info about nutritional and herbs to help with mental illnesses and/or strenghen the brain.

Here's one tidbit I had come up with... more to come:

Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disease that is speculated to result from multiple genetic and environmental factors. A study by Silver (2000) on 644 bedridden psychotics reported that 78.3% of schizophrenic patients had vitamin B12 deficiency.
Folate and vitamin B12 status in schizophrenic patients - NCBI - NIH
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252772/

- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on September 09, 2018, 12:01:45 AM
PS to article quote, previous post -

Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Vitamin B12 is generally not present in plant foods, but fortified breakfast cereals are a readily available source of vitamin B12 with high bioavailability for vegetarians.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: ilinda on September 10, 2018, 02:08:37 PM
Synchronicity!  This recently-posted article from one of my favorite sites, www.greenmedinfo.com, is titled:
"60  Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia"  Definitely food for thought.

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/60-years-research-links-gluten-grains-schizophrenia
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on September 10, 2018, 08:35:02 PM
Synchronicity!  This recently-posted article from one of my favorite sites, www.greenmedinfo.com, is titled:
"60  Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia"  Definitely food for thought.

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/60-years-research-links-gluten-grains-schizophrenia

Wow! ilinda, thanks for posting this!
:)
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on September 10, 2018, 08:36:04 PM
Yowbarb Note - Just posting this now, so I will not lose track of it, in the hopes it will help someone. With my caveat that I do (not know) the validity of this but it sounds good!
Here is a link I JUST found!

http://www.mensahmedical.com/natural-healing-for-schizophrenia/ 

Natural Healing for Schizophrenia Balancing Brain Biochemistry


November 21, 2015 - Posted by: Albert Mensah, MD, BCIP - In category: Dr. Mensah's Blog, schizophrenia - No responses
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Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: R.R. Book on September 11, 2018, 06:01:39 AM
Barb, I am so pleased to see that there is a board certified practitioner who is skilled in targeting this difficult illness with nutrition. 
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: ilinda on September 11, 2018, 02:44:07 PM
Barb, I am so pleased to see that there is a board certified practitioner who is skilled in targeting this difficult illness with nutrition.
I second that.  It is good to see that there are M.D.'s who are not treating, as a first option, with BigPharma drugs, but instead looking at the biochemistry of their nutritional status.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: R.R. Book on June 12, 2019, 08:40:43 AM
I came across Cal Newport who has acquired expertise in the psychology of electronic interaction, arriving at it not from a background in psychology but from the field of electronics.  Though minus the psych background, he is highly sought out for his counter-cultural stance on breaking away from social media in an era in which everyone seems to be connected electronically.

His original intent was to learn how people can develop better concentration in order to be more creative and productive at whatever they do, and in the process discovered that social media "check-ins" were breaking people's stride at the rate of about every 10 minutes, such that just when they were needing deep concentration in order to complete a difficult task, they were being distracted.  This results in a constant accumulation of what he calls "attention residue," meaning that once an outside topic is even briefly focused upon, a larger lag time than imagined is necessary in order to fully refocus upon the task at hand.

So Newport began pursuing statistics on what social media is doing to people in general, and became alarmed at the rate of hospitalizations due to suicide attempts and anxiety over something which was supposed to be a tool and a pleasant pastime, specifically targeting mobile phones as the culprit, which the mobile aps and social media venues have spent a good deal of research to hook folks into.  He even more specifically became concerned about what these modern ways of communicating are doing to our young people, who have been immersed in technology since birth, and have been conditioned to Pavlovian responses to electronic approvals such as "likes" and "views" to the point of subordinating perhaps their entire sense of self worth to social media.

At a little past 30:00, he begins describing this problem in detail, and prescribes a means to break free from it.

Granted, social media facilitates contact of some geographically scattered families in the modern world, and such connection is not the target of his focus, and neither is the Internet blamed or devalued.

Perhaps this is more of an end-time topic than an Aftertime one, and perhaps the Aftertime will provide the deep electronic de-tox that many of us need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROKQHRfh2mA  @ around 30:15

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Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on June 12, 2019, 09:18:15 AM
Back in the early 1970s I scouted around and found a clinic that specialized fully on balancing the brain chemistry, solely with nutrition. No psychiatric stuff, no evaluations and mumbo jumbo and theories just science.

At the time I found three things which would have helped my youngest bro Neil, who had a shizophrenic epidodes beginning in his twenties. Since he turned down the one I really wanted him to try, which my parents would have paid for, I found the nutritional brain chemistry one. I thought, why not surely he would try it, but no.
Background to this, as a child Neil was almost like a little animal and not functioning well, interacting with people.
He was victimized once or twice, as can happen with isolated, confused young kids if no one is really looking out for them. That certainly did not help him. At the same time he has this big b___ of a teacher who decided to scapegoat him. Special place in hell for her. I heard about this, but at age 13 and being fairly neurotic, i seemed powerless to help my bro.

In high school years my bro and I finally bonded having long conversations, up in Colorado during vacations. It's like I felt, I was the first one he conversed with.....We developed an affinity and studied some high school classwork to get such as geology and history summer school. By his early twenties, My bro had a few friends, had got some college, was very creative, visual arts, innovative sculpture and musical was working and not doing so badly but someone drugged him with LSD laced with strychnine - Earlier, before I quit, we had smoked pot and hash together like I did with my other bro, but I had CAUTIONED him to never take heavy drugs.
But after someone targeted him ( I believe) and drugged him, he had an episode, suddenly pulled some weird stuff and from that point on some jail, prison and also psychiatric influence and drugs in his life. Then so much of it was out of my hands...
That is very common for that to start in Caucasian males in their twenties, I mean that 's when it often manifests.
Unfortunately my brother did want to accept my parents help they were prepared to pay many thousands of dollars to help him with the three programs I found.

So my now bro is doing fairly well, considering he has been stuck on psychiatric drugs for decades. He is on really powerful stuff and if goes off of it he falls apart. He has had a couple breaks but I am in close contact with him, take him shopping etc. He is fairly high functioning for his age and the amount of drugs pumped into him.

It took me many many decades to figure out but (I believe) my bro is on the autism spectrum manifesting as Asbergers. Being on the spectrum can cause the person to become so frustrated, alone and unable to function socially that they do have psychotic breaks. Scuse me for using psych terms, it is a common language many people use, definitions, even though in general I do not like the psychiatric field. I have other alnguages, technologies I know of, which actually work and not posting here.

Since I figured out one underlying problem is Asbergers, Neil was born with a different kind of brain and perceptions - I have changed my operating basis with my bro, talk at him far less, listen more, I try to keep things calm, etc.  He was born with an IQ several points above mine, multi talented, really an amazing person in many ways... but his life has been damaged partly by being ignored, victimized, thoughtless teachers, being targeted and etc.  I am not so in favor of psychiatrists but perhaps the programs to help Asbergers people understand their surrounding better would have helped him at an early age.

When he had his mental break in the 1970s he became very religious but he sort of half-invented sort of an oddball and way overly strict way of thinking and I feel sort of prevented him from starting to live... THAT SAID, he has a genuine, exalted religious, spiritual ability all his own and his prayer (yes) often works. I see him sort of as one of the Saints of Old, incarnated into perhaps a damaged body, afflicted, damaged but with a wonderful sense of humor at times, and a spiritual ability that can just about raise the dead... but he cannot seem to help himself, not to the degree he wants. I need to remember to pray for him... much more... Feel free, please to pray for my brother Neil.

Currently my bro has a high degree of independence in an assisted living (sorta, not officially) home with other men... Their laundry is done and dinners prepared, a FACT (mental health team assists by delivering the meds and talking to them and taking them shopping, if needed - actually a pretty good group for a bunch of shrinks, they want to help. So I strive to have good relationship with those psychs, just minor interaction... but I am polite. No time to battle now, other than to let them know, EYES ON THEM.
They know they cannot just do (anything to him.) My three local daughters and I had to "go to bat for Neil" or they would have sent him up to the State looney farm a few years ago. we had to do battle. So he lives half hour away not up by the Georgia line, thank god.
Neil is getting on in years.
But a strong body. Much better health than mine, except for whatever inborn afflictions and the problem of being on all the drugs. He is hanging in ther.e Neil is able to walk up to the store even the local Mall... I see him and take him for more major shopping etc. and he comes to most of the family gatherings.
Well the point is I had found the brain chemistry (forgot the name of the discipline I had found) but I wish he had tried it or one of the other programs I found...
May the Lord Bless him and grant him many good years and remove the spiritual part of the affliction...
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: R.R. Book on June 12, 2019, 01:21:43 PM
Amen.  Thank you so much for sharing this with us Barb.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: ilinda on June 12, 2019, 08:21:23 PM
Wow, Barb, that was an eye-opening tale.  You've touched on his issues before, but this time you gave us a sort of chronology.  I'm sure a lot of us will be praying for Neil, and for improving or stabilizing his condition, and that he be happy.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on June 13, 2019, 03:13:50 PM
Wow, Barb, that was an eye-opening tale.  You've touched on his issues before, but this time you gave us a sort of chronology.  I'm sure a lot of us will be praying for Neil, and for improving or stabilizing his condition, and that he be happy.

ilinda, thank you,
Not sure why I felt I had to share this, maybe the info will help someone else...?
I think in the Aftertimes, when there are no psychiatrists, if there is a child or adult who seems to be on the autism spectrum, (to use the psych term) there might be some things to help the person.
1)  A calm environment as much as possible.
2)  Structure, schedule and let the child decide on some of that.
3)  At times really trying to help the person confront other people I mean be able to look them in the face and converse.
4) Maybe some kind of practical teaching or instruction, since they are often bright so maybe they would actually remember what is being said.
5) One thing which does NOT work is bullying, being forceful, punitive.
At any rate, God spared my bro from becoming a murderer, I do think it helped that he began to have me to talk to when we were teens. Some common interests and summer school classes. he was also a good student and bright.

I mentioned he was abused victimized by an adult in the empty schoolground.
He also had a verbally abusive, scapegoating type of school teacher.
He also must have got on our Mom's last nerve, because she did hit him a lot, I do remember. All that was up to about age 4-5 then I do not remember him getting spanked after that. A toddler is basically too young to spank...

The Asberger teen, son of a teacher who went in and massacred his mother and several students, teachers, well his mother was seen being pretty harsh with him. A couple days before he went in with weapons and started firing.
The teen's mother told him he was going to be "sent away from the family to a facility."
The conversation was overhead and later reported to the news after the mother was killed.

Being "sent away" was supposed to happen very soon after he was brought to a barbershop and his mother forced him to have his longish hair buzzed off, which he hated, and felt humiliated by, all the while she is verbally abusing him (sounded like it to me from the description.) This was in some in-depth news coverage. Well he murdered his mother and many others.

I do not feel much physical corporal punishment is wise, especially mother to son. This can lead to some pretty bad consequences as the child gets older. I am sure it is not easy raising such a son, sorry to tell tales but I remember a a very young child my brother was always getting spanked. I must have been about 4 he was 1 1/2 -2. i do not remember hearing anything actually coherent come out of his mouth when he was young, like before six. Not much of a connection with him at the time, but I remember, as young as I was it did not seem right, always seeing my mother spank him.
Thankfully my bro never seriously hurt someone but he did eventually hurt someone when he was in his twenties and started shoeing signs of schizophrenia.

He started to show signs of (what leads to becoming a murderer) as a young preteen or teen.
At the time I did not know what all that meant. I was astounded, never saw it coming but powerless to do anything. I was about 13.
He took some darts and killed some of our next door neighbor's pigeons.
My best friend, and the pigeons were prized pigeons of her oldest brother.

Some signs to look out for/behaviors to avoid on the part of a caregiver or parent:
If a (boy particularly) has hit a lot by the mother
If he has a bed wetting history and
(I'm assuming) physically punished for that, would make it worse
If the boy kills little animals
then watch out, you may have a murderer in your survival group soon. So watch for those signs and even more importantly do not allow the boy to be verbally or physically abused in the first place.
Easier said than done. Spare the rod, spoil the child, is the philosophy of a lot of people and it is difficult to control what they do in their own families.
In reality, physical punishment just adds to the potential insanity of a child, which can manifest in the future if there is already something different or wrong with his brain or his perception.

I only have one son, my youngest. I went out of my way to not hit him, sure he got a couple swats but no, that was very rare. I knew he would grow up to be a big, tall strong Irish-German maybe NA and who knows what else but I figure he would have the family temper.
I really, really restrained myself from hitting him. Oddly enough he did not bring it out in me ...
I also communicated to him (NEVER) physically hurt a woman.
Cautioned him about giving in to his temper when being taunted etc. by boys.
He defended himself but is not physically violent and also than the Lord not on the spectrum... at least if he is it is not extreme... he is multi talented, intelligent, moody on and off, has friends, perhaps some traits as do I but he is far better socially adjusted than I am, thank God.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on June 13, 2019, 03:22:44 PM
Amen.  Thank you so much for sharing this with us Barb.

R.R. thanks...
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: R.R. Book on June 13, 2019, 03:48:38 PM
He seems very well adjusted to me, as well as absolutely adorable.
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: ilinda on June 13, 2019, 06:41:40 PM
In reading about how your/Neil's mother hit him so much until he was about 4 or 5, makes one wonder if he was unwanted?  There must be some reason she hit him, but not you. 

On a related note, my older sister has complained all her life about all the horrible whippings she received as a child, and how she never deserved them, but truthfully I don't recall more than a couple of times Mom whipped her and it wasn't anything like abuse.  Funny thing, I remember about every whipping I received and I deserved ALL of them, plus deserved some whippiings I never even received! 

Did your mother ever say anything to you after you were older, as to why she targeted Neil so much?
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on June 13, 2019, 11:01:11 PM
He seems very well adjusted to me, as well as absolutely adorable.

thanks :)
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: Yowbarb on June 13, 2019, 11:07:11 PM
In reading about how your/Neil's mother hit him so much until he was about 4 or 5, makes one wonder if he was unwanted?  There must be some reason she hit him, but not you. 

On a related note, my older sister has complained all her life about all the horrible whippings she received as a child, and how she never deserved them, but truthfully I don't recall more than a couple of times Mom whipped her and it wasn't anything like abuse.  Funny thing, I remember about every whipping I received and I deserved ALL of them, plus deserved some whippiings I never even received! 

Did your mother ever say anything to you after you were older, as to why she targeted Neil so much?

Hi ilinda, I can relate to what you are saying, yes sometimes a whipping (doesn't have to be very hard) does impinge on a person, and sometimes it is deserved.
I do realize it is really subjective, a person's early childhood memories. I think it was a specific time period when he was about 1 1/2 - 3 1/2 and I do remember her spanking him a lot. I recall every time I saw her and him she was giving him a swat and even at that young age, I thought well what could he have done at that young age to be spanked. I know it sounds far fetched but that is exactly what I thought. My memory track is long and I was very verbal and I recall some of my thoughts...
She used to hit me too, it was a thing she went through and then seemed to stop, perhaps great stress... World war II was not that far behind in the rear view mirror and she had lost her only sibling and then her firstborn died, (heart). I feel the moves and changes and then having a fourth child to care for, and no I do not think he was planned.
I do not feel she really wanted me either, I was the only girl though so she had some degree of appreciation and told me how pretty I was. But I got on her nerves too..
Well, I had promised myself not to dwell on negativity, it wasn't easy for them to have five children, lose the first one then, I think for her it was just too many children... years later she was like an angel how she helped me with my children and how she appreciated her grandkids...
Title: Re: Mental Fitness during end-time and after-time
Post by: R.R. Book on June 14, 2019, 05:23:37 AM
Back in the early 1970s I scouted around and found a clinic that specialized fully on balancing the brain chemistry, solely with nutrition.

That is very remarkable, as professional literature on that topic scarcely existed even in the 1990's when I wrote my thesis on CNS nutrition-based therapy for bi-polar disorder.  I could find only three clinical trials on Medline at the time, which is a very scant number to base a thesis upon.  Also had to break some institutional rules in order even to get my hands on copies of those studies from the archives of Villanova, U. Penn, etc.

One of the three studies focused upon the mental health degradation side of Pellegra, suggesting indirectly that B3 could be a target therapy, which I proposed be delivered in its -amide form for the slow, steady effect that avoids the "niacin flush" of nicotinic acid (common B3).  There are other potentially more bio-active forms of the vitamin now that are even more promising.

Interestingly, the trial mentioned above noted that those who suffer from diagnosable Pellegra frequently have a skin disorder of some sort accompanying it, such as eczema, etc.  And since eczema is now believed to be connected to an inflammatory response to something introduced into the diet, it could well be that we arrive back at the need to detox from our modern food processing methods.

Will share anecdotally that I also have an affected younger brother, and had put him on 500 mg slow niacin (niacinamide) daily, and he indeed went from a near-vegetative state to being able to complete his associate degree.  He lived about 3000 miles away from me at the time, so I mailed the supplement to him and sent funds to his local grocery store in order to ensure adequate nutrition during the worst of his illness.

If I were ever to go back and work on another thesis, it might be worthwhile to look into anti-inflammatory essential oils as a therapeutic means of addressing marginal Pellegra with mental health symptoms.  Black currant seed oil comes to mind as a possibility, and am sure you all could think of others.

Fortunately, 24 years after my thesis was completed with a dearth of trials available, the NIH is now swamped with data on this very subject.  So your CNS nutrition clinic was well ahead of its time!  :)