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.
Posted: 01/22/2014By: Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
For Alzheimer’s, prevention is the best medicine. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet to cure this dreaded disease.
That’s why a holistic Alzheimer’s disease prevention strategy involving mind, body, nutrition, and stress — one that prevents cognitive decline and actually enhances mental capacity — is an excellent option.
by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
There have been many studies recently linking Alzheimer’s disease and nutrition. More and more, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that proper nutrition is essential to maintaining a healthy brain: it plays a major role in cognition, memory, and various neurological disorders — including Alzheimer’s disease.
Posted: 12/16/2013By: Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Did you know that the latest brain research reveals that stress may cause short term memory loss? Well, it's true. Stress, anxiety, and worry may also disrupt brain cell function leading to Alzheimer's disease as well as depression. This is vitally important information considering our multitasking, hyperwired, 24/7 lifestyle we live today. Here is an example of someone impacted by stress: Julie was distraught. She was a mother of two teenage girls and was happily married to Bill who was a physician. She worked full-time as a health care administrator, a job she enjoyed immensely. Her life seemed to be perfect yet the anguish in her face was easy to see.
by Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks