Monthly Archives: September 2014

Multitasking Makes Your Brain Smaller

From Mailonline

Multi-tasking makes your brain smaller: Grey matter shrinks if we do too much at once
People who multitask with multiple media devices have less grey matter
Grey matter is the part of the brain that processes information
Older studies found multitasking on media devices led to poor attention
Also linked to emotional problems such as depression and anxiety
Training the brain through learning can increase density of grey matter

PUBLISHED: 12:21 EST, 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 06:39 EST, 25 September 2014
If you are sending a text, watching the TV or listening to the radio, you may want to stop and give this your full attention.

Multi-tasking shrinks the brain, research suggests.

A study found that men and women who frequently used several types of technology at the same time had less grey matter in a key part of the brain.

People who text and surf the internet while watching TV have less grey matter in their brains compared to people who use only one media device at a time, or only use devices occasionally

People who text and surf the internet while watching TV have less grey matter in their brains compared to people who use only one media device at a time, or only use devices occasionally

University of Sussex researchers said: ‘Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains.’

Worryingly, the part of the brain that shrinks is involved in processing emotion.

The researchers began by asking 75 healthy men and women how often they divided their attention between different types of technology.

Experts said multitasking with multiple media devices wears away the grey matter, which is the part of the brain that processes information
Experts said multitasking with multiple media devices wears away the grey matter, which is the part of the brain that processes information

This could mean sending a text message while listening to music and checking email, or speaking on the phone while watching TV and surfing the web.

The volunteers were then given brain scans which showed they had less grey matter in a region called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC).

The findings held even when differences in personality were taken into account.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to make a link between multi-tasking and the structure of the brain.
Researcher Kep Kee Loh said: ‘Media multi-tasking is becoming more prevalent in our lives today and there is increasing concern about its impacts on our cognition and social-emotional well-being.’

He added that more research is needed to prove that multi-tasking shrinks the brain.

This is because it is also possible that people with less grey matter in the ACC are more drawn to using lots of gadgets simultaneously.

Scientists have previously demonstrated brain structure can be altered on prolonged exposure to novel environments and experience.

Other studies have shown that training – such as learning to juggle or taxi drivers learning the map of London – can increase grey-matter densities in certain parts.

Experts have also warned of the harmful impact technology can have on our memory and attention span.

The University of California team commissioned a survey of more than 18,000 people aged between 18 and 99 and found 20 per cent had problems with memory.

Researchers were taken aback by the 14 per cent of 18 to 39-year-olds who also worried about their memories.

Multi-tasking with gadgets may shorten attention span, making it harder to focus and form memories, the researchers said, adding that youngsters may be particularly affected by stress.

Forget multitasking, try monotasking: TED expert speaks out…


UNhelpful medications


Why We Need to Focus on Alzheimer’s Prevention
A stunning new report was just published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), revealing an incredible overusage of medications that are basically useless in nursing home residents with advanced dementia.

The study looked at a sample of 5,406 nursing home residents and reviewed the various medications they were taking. Specifically, the study looked at medications that were deemed to be “never appropriate” in this patient population including various “Alzheimer’s drugs” as well as drugs designed to lower cholesterol, and several others. The report demonstrated that 53.9% of the patients were receiving at least one drug that fell into this category, meaning that they were receiving a medication that is basically useless in this population.

Adverse effects of the so-called “Alzheimer’s drugs” include fainting, cardiac rhythm disturbances, urinary retention, and hip fractures, while adverse effects from statin cholesterol-lowering drugs in the elderly include muscle injury, memory loss, confusion, diabetes, and elevated blood sugar.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Jennifer Tjia, stated:

Despite standards of care that call for minimizing interventions that are unnecessary or provide little benefit in order to focus on interventions that optimize quality of life, polypharmacy (using more than one medication) remains common in this population.
Further, in the conclusion of the report, the authors state:

Our findings have important implications because the use of prescription medications in patients with advanced illness presents a burden to the health care system and to patients. At an economic level, the use of questionably beneficial medications accounts for a significant proportion of the average resident’s annual medication expenditure.
Incredibly, more than 35% of the drug costs in these nursing home patients, amounting to $816 per resident per quarter, was attributed to these unnecessary medications.

Duke U research using low carb, gluten free keto diet for schizophrenia-symptoms gone

This case study on 2 people is easy to read.

It’s interesting because Dr. Perlmutter has observed such cases in his own practice that have improved after the low carb, gluten free, keto diet.

You can access the case studies at the link above. But the abstract written by the principles is below:

We report the unexpected resolution
of longstanding schizophrenic symptoms after starting a low-
carbohydrate, ketogenic diet. After
a review of the literature, possi
ble reasons for this include the
metabolic consequences from the
elimination of gluten from the
diet, and the modulation of the
disease of schizophrenia
at the cellular level.
This is truly amazing! Miraculous!


Low Carb French Fries❗❗❗

We have tried french fries on low carb!!!!!

In stead of potatoes, we tried turnips. One turnip served us both a large helping of fries. Tasted very close to french fried potatoes and whereas white potatoes have 10-17 grams of carbs per 100 grams* of potatoes (depending on the type of potato) turnips contain 3.9 grams of carbs per 100 grams of turnip.

I fried the turnips which I cut into french fries like potatoes, in lard. McDonald’s used to use lard for their great fries when the company started up. We found the lard fried the turnips just right and the taste was lovely.

Our french fries yen is quenches!

We purchased kohlrabi as well to try as french fries. If I can find parsley root, I’d try that. It’s not quite 2 grams of carbs.

This site speaks to the vegetables you can use to make fries. It also gives the carbs for each vegetable.

If you miss french fries, you should try these!

They were great! We’ll have these with some frequency.




*100 grams is equal to about 3.5 ounces