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The Myth That Vegetarianism Shrinks The Brain
Dose your brain stop leaning @ age 25 or is it a myth.. If its not what can we as young adults do to absorb as much information as possible?
Highly improbable: It is possible to have brain (encephalocele) or the intracranial membranes (meningocele) or a combination of the two prolapse from the cranial cavity into the nose and sinuses.Most of these are after sinus surgery or trauma, not from nose blowing.If there is a defect between the nose and cranial cavity nose blowing can force air into the cranium (pneumocephalus).Worry if water drips from one nostr. ...Read more
Is msg bad because it actually interacts with your brain and nerves as a chemical transmitter, or is that a myth?
Glutamate: The glutamate part of monosodium glutamate (msg) is a chemical that excites brain cells by interacting with receptors as a neurotransmitter. Too much excitement might damage brain cells. It is not clear how much msg gets into the brain, but it does cause some people headaches and other symptoms. ...Read more
What are the best ways to deal with memory loss and dull brain syndrome due to menopause? Does it get better? Is all a myth?
More of a myth!: Less you wiorry the better. Menopause is not a disease. It happens to all the women and they are expected to live normal lives. You will too if you do not get hung up about it. Your 'slowed' memory may be more related to anxiety...So do something to make you happy and cheerful ....Like taking daily walks and relaxation in the outdoors! ...Read more
Does taking less than 60mg/day ritalin (methylphenidate) for 3-4 monthes, lower the brain's ability or cause any long term health problem, afterwards or it's just a myth?
Should be safe: No evidence that being on stimulants cause any chronic medical problems. It sounds like you may have specific concerns, which would be best addressed by following up with your physician. Good luck. ...Read more
No: The pop claim that they do is based on scientific illiteracy -- the radiation they produce isn't the ionizing kind that causes cancer, it's the low-energy stuff that's also emitted by a pet kitten. Unfortunately, when politics and fearmongering start, it's easy to do a bad epidemiologic study & scare people -- one had more of the cancers on the opposite side from the phone. It's dumb. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myths - a basis bit: Like most or all myths, there is a bit of a base. It's not at all like stress causes you to 'use up' serotonin. It's that there may be a type of person (nature+nurture) who has lower levels to begin w/ and thus tends to have more difficult stressed lives. Diet is a way to levels a bit and avoiding alcohol, caffiene or nicotine may help. See how you react. CBT or meditation are ideas too. ...Read more
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