It’s All The Rave – Inflammation!

Wikimedians socializing in the Wikimedia Found...

Wikimedians socializing in the Wikimedia Foundation office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have recently returned from the NEI Psychopharmacology Congress in San Diego, which was, of course, beautifully done, expensive as divorce, time-consuming, tiring and hugely important to my continuing medical education needs. And because we’re friends, (wink,) because I like you, (the other eye is twitching, wink,) and because I can’t entirely suppress the trading-Bedouin-code twisted into my DNA, I will tell you some of the pearls.

Socialization is a way to improve brain health. Areas of the brain that shrink from brain disease, such as schizophrenia, increase in size again with socialization over time. W-O-W!

We heard more often the connection between inflammation and brain disease. Inflammation is huge now and everyone that’s anyone wants in.

  • Cleansing diets
  • Cayenne pepper pills
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin D
  • Sleep therapy
  • Exercise
  • Slowing disease progression with psychotropics (psychiatric medications) therapies

– These are, with other anti inflammatory efforts, now deliberately spoken for against brain disease. One might even call them, anti-depressant. WHOOT!
We have often, here at Friend to Yourself, held hands and celebrated all the prickly bits of our selves. We have decidedly chosen to live a life with suffering and be present with all Me.
These choice morsels listed above from the NEI-Psychopharmacology table are tools for us to do this. These tips perhaps decrease our degree of suffering and improve our quality of life. Let us live well, fight well when we must, and yes, suffer well.

Shall we give them a try? Anything catch your eye? Believe it? or not? Please tell us how this resonates with you.

Fight well in friendship.


11 thoughts on “It’s All The Rave – Inflammation!

  1. I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In all the research I have been doing for my job (fitness and aging) and I do not come with a bunch of sophisticated degrees by any means but all the reading and articles sent by my teachers and other instructors. I have included below a recent blurb from an article sent to me (hope this is okay to include outside info. like this.) Also we know that sitting (and the huge amount that we do) is having massive and serious affects on our over all health (Didn’t want to include that here). Chinese proverb “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

    Nourishing (clean) food, exercise, rest and sleep. Our bodies are healing machines trying so hard if we let them, by providing all that it needs. Not always easy and life can be stressful but if we listen to our bodies and help reduce inflammation by eating better and alkalizing the body and having productive stress like exercise it can go along way.

    We just need to put on our shoes (or not) and start walking. Its the very best thing for us, our body, mind and spirit. Just walk.

    “Older individuals who engage in regular physical activity are less likely to experience loss of brain volume and other changes in brain structure, Scottish researchers found.
    After adjustment for variables such as age, sex, health, and intelligence, physical activity was significantly associated with less brain atrophy using both computed (standardized β = −0.09, P=0.017) and visually rated (β = −0.08, P=0.044) measures of brain atrophy, according to Alan J. Gow, PhD, of the University of Edinburgh, and colleagues.

    In addition, physical activity also was associated with increased gray matter volume (β = 0.09, P=0.038) and a decrease in the computed volume of white matter lesions (β = −0.09, P=0.038), the researchers reported in the Oct. 23 issue of Neurology.”


  2. Exercise is like a miracle medicine for so many illnesses/ailments that our bodies and minds endure. The challenge lies in having the motivation and determination to just make ourselves move, in some way, when it’s the last thing we feel like doing. For me, having an autoimmune disease, it’s very important that I do anything I can to prevent inflamation of any kind. Any little cut, flu, allergy attack, etc., sends my immune system into high gear, thus causing major internal inflamation, which in turn attacks internal organs, blood vessels in my brain, etc. Basically, good self-care is what it all boils down to for me. This includes most of those mentioned, and some things that weren’t listed.


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