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  • Posted: 05/12/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Dementia isn’t just a disease that affects the mind. As it slowly steals away cherished memories, dementia can also cause an increasing loss of basic physical skills, such as getting up from a chair to stretch or even going for a walk. But there is hope from a 2013 study conducted by the University of Arizona in Tucson.(1)
  • Posted: 05/02/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Creating new brain cells was previously thought to be impossible in humans, but not any more. And you don't need to have an injection of stem cells into your brain to do it, either. As you may know, stem cells are your body's basic building blocks, used for repair and growth. And when it comes to your brain, stem cells turn into new neurons or brain cells. These brainy stem cells then produce a chemical that protects other brain cells, even damaged ones, from deteriorating.
  • Posted: 04/25/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Everyone wants to boost their brain power, retard brain age, avoid dementia and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as well as all the chronic diseases of our modern times. These days we have instant news, instant money, instant communication, instant information, and instant gratification, and we’re stressed out like never before. Stress, no longer an abstract concept, is a physiological condition that can affect all of our bodily systems and contribute to heart disease, many forms of cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and other prevalent diseases of our time.
  • Posted: 04/07/2014
    By 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: 03/26/2014
    By 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: 03/20/2014
    By 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: 03/12/2014
    By 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: 03/05/2014
    By 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: 02/24/2014
    You 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.
  • Posted: 02/18/2014

    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.

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