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The 2 most salient points made in the article.
I have covered this same ground in my book.
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Just two relevant pages from my book.
This article is worth it JUST for this one CRITICAL message — said twice:
“Pain — in such cases — becomes the disease.”
“Their pain is not a symptom; it is a disease — one caused by a malfunctioning nervous system”.
So, I am delighted that this article HIGHLIGHTS this very crucial aspect of chronic pain — where pain itself is the disease.
The other key message in this article is that pain is felt (i.e., perceived), tolerated and handled by each person in a different way.
Some folks deal with pain better than others. Some can modulate their pain.
This is another topic dear to I. I talk about this in my ‘Central Pain’ book as well as in my books about ‘Brain Meditation’. Yes, you can teach yourself to handle pain — and do so better than others.
As is inevitable with all ‘National Geographic‘ articles there is a lot of ‘fluff’, ‘futures’ & ‘gratuitous color’. But, the key messages make up for that.
The author, who appears Indian, pussyfoots, shamelessly, around the opioid issue. Touches upon it multiple times BUT avoids taking the issue to its conclusion. NatG does not want to offend anyone!
The article also is way too generous when it comes to doctors. Again it tries not to offend anyone. So many doctors have NO CLUE when it comes to pain. I really do mean that. They are completely clueless.
But, if you can SKIM through this article. If nothing else you should learn that ‘pain can be THE disease — not just a symptom’.
This Counsel About ‘Making Others Smile’ Was Totally Wasted On I; I Have Practised This For 33-Years.
I am a living contradiction and I like living as such.
I have been diagnosed, by psychologists as an ‘off-the-scale’ extrovert. That is why I, in my storied life, managed to snag so many plumb sales/marketing jobs. SMILE. But, I am also, by choice, a recluse! I can go for five, six or more days without ‘going out’. No, I am never housebound. I go out and walk/run for at least 90-minutes a day, but I do not need to go shopping, eating, drinking or anything else.
But, when I go out, I make sure that I make people SMILE. That I make them feel warm inside. I have done that, each and every time I have gone out, for 33-years.
Something about “bringing sunshine into other people’s life“.
It is easy for I. People just smile when they see my face. They have all my life. I kid you not. I think they feel sorry for them.
Today, I know for a FACT, that I made at least TWO people, one male, one female, smile.
Oh, I also hand out chocolates. That really makes people SMILE.
But, I can also SMILE.
I SMILE a lot. I am happy most of the time.
I also know how to smile. SMILE.
Well, this sign was at our orthodontists. Kind of self-serving. But, it amused I.
But, from what I can see, there are ‘wearables’ and then there are other ‘wearables’.
I would hate to equate these so called ‘brain wearables’ with a smartwatch or fitness tracker. To I there is a fundamental differences. Brain wearables are trying, via technology and some form of direct electromagnetic stimulation, to modify your behavior. A fitness tracker or smartwatch ONLY tries to ‘interfere’ with your behavior via motivation and/or shame. BIG difference.
I am familiar with tDCS technology. I have talked about it in my ‘Central Pain’ book. tDCS can work. But, with wearables the manufacturers have to be ULTRA cautious. They don’t want folks accidently frying their brains! So, they have to severely constrain the power output they deliver. And that is the crunch. tDCS, TMS or ECT administered under supervision can — and will — use significantly more juice. That in my opinion is what will cripple brain wearables. They will not be able to deliver adequate ‘juice’ to really make a difference.
So keep this in mind as you are reading about and evaluating brain wearables.
Though I did 7-years of chemistry in school I am sure I never learnt the stuff I am finding out from this book. I am learning something new in nearly every paragraph and I love learning new things.
But, what I learned about Iodine last night gave me quite the scare.
Our brain needs iodine. Without iodine our brain doesn’t work as well as it should. For a start it impacts your memory.
But, here was the kicker. Most people get all the iodine they (and their brain) need from iodised salt — i.e., salt with iodine added to it.
And that was the problem. I AVOID salt and I have been on basically a salt-free diet since I was 7.
So, was this the reason I have always struggled with matters requiring intelligence. As I get older my brain, noticeably, is even more sluggish than it used to be.
So, had I been depriving my brain of iodine.
Well, iodine deficiency or not, I knew that I did get salt in my diet from salad dressings, ketchup, the TONS of ham I eat, the ZILLIONS of sausages I pack away etc. So, I was slightly assuaged. But, I wanted to do more research in the morning.
Morning came. I was thinking about it. Then I remembered that I take the Walmart-brand Centrum Silver for Men and have been taking it (or a ‘plain’ multivitamin prior to that) for decades. I went and checked the label. WOW. Iodine was on the label and I was supposedly getting 100% of what I am supposed to ingest. What a relief.
Again, this is probably not an issue for most of you. My issue was that I don’t imbibe in salt — iodised salt. That was what got me concerned.
The creator of this fun & stimulating Website, Larry Mager, sent me an e-mail last week about his Website and how it came to be.
To quote Larry: “After being laid off from my teaching job several years ago, I was pretty low. I’d lost a job I loved, and didn’t know what I was going to do next.
But then a funny thing happened. My neighbor came to me desperate to find a tutor for her son. I offered my services as a temporary solution. Fast forward two years later and I’m running my own tutoring business and making progress with my mental fitness website, Readybrain.net.
I’ve never been happier, and I want to help those going through a tough spot in their careers feel like I do“.
I sure like what Larry is doing.
His premise is the same as my “A ‘Think’ A Day, Keeps Alzheimer’s At Bay” books. He even talks about it, on his home page, using terminology similar to what I advocate. So, yes, I am very happy and delighted to be able to promote this effort. Great job, Larry.
I like the Sudoku. I don’t know how to play Blackjack (and, alas, there are no instructions as yet) but it looks interesting. You definitely should explore this Website. You will find it rewarding.
So, for those that have made fun of me that my book are are on a diet, and keep on getting skinnier and skinnier.
Well I fixed that with this book. A full 471-pages long and we are talking good size 7″x10″ pages (and not ones that are small).
Took me 18-months to write and proof it. The longest I have worked on a book — ever!
Yes, I wrote it BEFORE my other two THINK books, BUT the proofing was a bitch. So, I spun the other two out and continued labouring on the BIG book.
Well, it is out. A true labor of love.
Check it out. I will arrange for FREE eBook downloads after Easter.
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How many New Year resolutions have YOU given up on? Have you ever thought about that.
Calling it a ‘New Year resolution‘ is a bad start. Think of it as a ‘Full Year resolution‘. You want to stick to it all year and make it a part of your life.
I have said this before and I will unashamedly say it again. When it comes to resolutions only one — and one alone — matters and makes sense, And that is the resolution that you are going to gift yourself the privilege of THINKING.
You are what you think; thinking is what you are.
Gift yourself that — A THINK A Day 2019.
Think about it.
The more you THINK about it the more you will see the benefits and joy.
The Joy of Thinking.