Our weather was great today so Bob and I went out and about in the city. Everyone else had the same idea so we were unable to find any place to park at The Zoo, The Botanical Garden, or anywhere else we tried to go, so we ended up just driving around and going to one of our favorite restaurants called The Elephant Bar for a light lunch and then to the Mall next door where they have a Barnes and Noble. I picked out 12 magazines to look through while we had coffee and I narrowed down my selection to 3 magazines, one being the Time Special on the Brain. It is a big issue and so far the most interesting thing I have read is about some new research being explored using a technique called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, which administers a series of magnetic pulses to the head. They induce a low-level electrical current in neurons that seems to reset the brain and improve mood. How does it work? No one seems to know. But the best hypothesis is that when the pulse is applied to the cortex- a higher region of the brain-it helps restore synchrony with lower regions like the limbic area. Scientists liken the results of a computer after rebooting. This caught my attention because I used a magnetic hematite bracelet a few times to help with my tendinitis, and it worked like a miracle for me. Wouldn't this be a great thing, if it had no side effects? Just a little zapping and it snaps us back into a better mood and maybe jars our memory at the same time. Bob and I were just talking about how as we age our minds wander sometimes trying to land on a thought. It really is annoying. A little magnetic zapping machine to restart the old thinker.
Last night I had a nightmare that I was trapped in some kind of a computer world and was unable to talk to a real person. I knew it was bound to happen. I have been on this computer too much and doing too much interacting via the keyboard. Well...maybe not too much. I do lots of activities that involve me being in contact with my fellow humans. All of this electronic socializing does make me wonder though...where is it all going to lead. What will our lives be like 5 to 10 years from now.
Myths and Mythconceptions
Rumor: It takes seven years to digest swallowed gum.
Truth: Despite what you heard on the playground, the gum you swallow doesn't exactly linger in your gut. It's true that your body can't digest gum, but it still shoots it through your system at the same speed as other foods. So, swallow away? Not quite. Pediatric studies have found rare cases in which children who gulp down multiple pieces a day can end up with wads of the sticky stuff blocking their intestines.
That little bit of info was not in the Brain Magazine...but in one called Mental Floss. Curious Minds want to know these things.