Posted: 04/07/2014By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. A lot of people do think that you automatically get slower and lose your memory with age. But the latest research findings show how wrong that assumption is. Somewhere along the line, some of us got sucked into this incorrect way of thinking about aging.
Posted: 03/26/2014By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. You have a brain, is that true? From that brain comes your mind: thoughts, ideas, and actions that create your life, fulfill your destiny and leave your legacy. What we’re learning more and more is that a certain particular part of your brain is very important. It’s called the frontal brain or frontal lobes and most importantly, the prefrontal cortex (PFC). You better hope yours is in great shape or you’re going to find aging more and more difficult. When your PFC works well, it helps you pay attention and not be distracted. Know anybody who is chronically late? Poor frontal lobes.
Posted: 03/20/2014By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. The second law of brain longevity reads, “What works for the heart works for the head.” That means that there are lifestyle measures which you can do to help your heart and memory as well.
Posted: 03/12/2014By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. You definitely don't want your brain to shrink with age. The reason is because brain shrinkage is a sign of brain aging and often the first finding when a doctor does a scan on a person who is complaining about memory loss. What you really want is a robust brain. As we heard in the media, a B vitamin deficiency has been revealed to be linked to depression, especially in women and now studies reveal cognitive decline also is an outcome of low B's. Now however, there's exciting news showing that taking B vitamins can reduce the brain shrinkage that is often seen in aging, Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Posted: 03/05/2014By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Scientists used to believe the connections among the brain nerve cells were set early in life and did not change in adulthood. However, with the help of advancements in brain imaging techniques, this assumption has been disproved. In fact, scientists have come to grasp the concept of ongoing brain development. Studies have indicated that mental training through meditation can change the inner workings of the brain and allow people to achieve different levels of awareness.
Posted: 02/24/2014You can start anew with your brain power. In fact, you can start right now to take advantage of the proven fact that your brain can grow new cells, that you change your brain for the better, and that you can create strong nerve cell connections between your brain cells.
The fact that you can change your brain for the better is called plasticity and it means that your brain can adapt and the connections between brain cells can be strengthened as well. Another revolutionary and proven concept is neurogenesis, which means that you can grow new brain cells to make up for the loss of cells that occurs with age.
By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Money and the economy continue to top the list of stressors for all Americans. Finances now overshadow the more usual daily stressors of work and relationships, with others worrying about providing for their family’s basic needs.
My own research clarifies that, when you feel you have less control over your stress, it definitely causes you more concern. It raises your internal mind, body, and emotional threat level.
by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
As Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones sang awhile ago: "Oh no, it’s only rock n’ roll and I like it. I like it. Yes I do!”
I like it, too. My personal special form of mental exercise or “brain aerobics” as it’s called, is writing and playing music.
I want to share an article that one of our Board Members, Carolyn Lucz, wrote for us that I thought would be helpful for those of you taking on the role of caretaker for your parents. I hope it is helpful for you.
Posted: 01/27/2014By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine once said, "Let food be thy medicine.”
Can food help prevent memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses? I believe it can.