I Have This Terminal Disease,
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Sunday, March 7, 2010
KEEP THE BRAIN COOKING!!!
This is a letter to my friend on Facebook responding to his recommendation about Niacin. Thank you Joe O’Connell
Joe, I take Niacin every day. Niacin along with many other common remedies including Fish Oil, Good Eating (like Mediterranean Diet,) Daily Exercise, and stimulating the brain with Creative, Intellectual and Social Activity. All are tools to prolong Early Stage in Alzheimer's Disease (AD). I believe it to effectually helps to develop Alternative Pathways and Regenerate Brain Tissue. This will not cure it but will curtail the progression of it.
I have wondered about and followed the growing reports of the benefit of artwork with AD afflicted. In my case I never had an interest nor ability with art work. After AD I observed this to grow into what you see of my work on Facebook. Where did this come from beats the hell out of me. Its value for me is it interests me no end, I find so much contentment in doing it, and I have the satisfaction knowing I am stimulating the hell out of my brain.
It was in this arena I was so doggoned please to have your interest in my work and then ask me for a digital copy of my Cosmos musing. I was honored to have been asked, more so to be able to share it with you.
I have wondered what the ArtWork Gig is with us AD Afflicted. I read a book some time ago that really captured my interest. My Stroke of Insight, written by Jill Bolte Taylor a neuroanatomist at Harvard. Jill had a stroke that completely disabled her left brain. The mechanical, the data cataloging, the logical part, as she described it. This function was lost to her. She found her consciousness emanating from her right brain, the part of the brain whose function is altogether different.
She describes that from the stand point of her experience as that part that evokes the world without sequence, all is Now. It sees intuitively, creatively, through it she believed she could hear the Cosmos sing. What she described was so much the viewpoint of Buddhists who see our material existence as an illusion, our real that over and above, experienced outside of, before and after life, sought in this life by way of meditation.
It was from the right brain, spurred by a general understanding from her professional background, that she went to work to revitalize her left brain and affected a full recovery.
My conclusion after reading the book, my experience, and everything else I read, the left brain, the usual site taking the hit in AD, particularly the Executive Function part found in the frontal lobe, can be supplemented by other pathways. From that I theorize: I wonder if we wander in and tap function of our right brain and creativity as well as other functions from that seep out and become functional in us in ways that we never had cause to utilize before.
I have no basis for this but my own experience. Nonetheless this is what my experience
leads me to.
Exhibit #1 A picture of the Courthouse where my Grandfather had his office as County Attorney for many years, where I would go to watch my father (The Impeller) cross examine witnesses in trial, where I spent a great deal of time trying cases.
It has nostalgic memories thus my impression of it is this: