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Topics from the book, The Human Brain by Stephen Gislason MD
Some Topics from the bookTuning into the Universe
Connected to the Environment
How Many Senses?
Right & Left Brain
History of Mind Drugs
Prescription Drug Abuse
Psychiatry versus Biology
Mechanisms of Brain Dysfunction
Nutrition & Brain
Allergy and the Brain
Wheat Gluten and the Brain
Is Stress Real ?
Is Stress Real?
We Prefer Clean Air, Pure Water, Healthy Food and Clear Minds
Human Brain in Health and Disease
Understanding the human brain is essential to become a well-informed, modern citizen. As always, nonsense proliferates around popular topics. The author of the human Brain is a physician-writer who is good a making complex subjects more understandable. Dr. Gislason is also an expert navigator who can steer you away from nonsense, and help you understand practical details about brain function and disease. This is a big book with big ideas, so be prepared to read, re-read and then keep the book as reference.
There are five main sections:
Section 1 Essential Concepts
Section 2 Mechanisms of Brain Disturbances
Section 3 Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
Section 4 Features of the Brain
Section 5 Perspectives on Neurological Diseases
The book begins:" Mind and body mesh with world events. The brain is the organ of the mind. Humans, like other animals, continuously interact with their environment to bring their existing or anticipated state into congruence with a desired state. Humans and other animals are engaged in a continuous tracking operation to locate sources of food and water and to avoid danger. The basic idea behind animal brains is to bring information about the outside world together with information from inside the body.
Images of the outside tend to be detailed and explicit in consciousness. Vision, hearing and smell are distance senses that inform about events far away.Sensors on the surface of the body inform about close contacts. Sensors in muscles and joints inform about our movement in space-time and provide information about contact with the ground. Sense receptors inside the body are of various kinds and are not clearly represented in consciousness. Inner sensors provide information to the brain about conditions in the body and provide feedback that informs the brain about the consequences of actions taken in the world outside.
Humans are animals in motion. They all appear to be looking for something or someone. Humans, like other animals, continuously interact with their environment to bring their existing or anticipated state into congruence with a desired state. The paradox is that the maintenance of inner homeostasis relies on continuously regenerating state of behavioral disequilibrium. To maintain blood sugar at a relatively stable level, for example, humans have to make repeated trips out of their comfort zone to find food. Humans and other animals are engaged in a continuous tracking operation to locate sources of food and water and to avoid danger. Drives are states of disequilibrium that originate with body needs and are briefly stabilized by satisfying the need. Foraging, hunting, capturing and killing are strategies of finding food. Predatory aggression is a behavior package attached to the drive to find food. Secondary goals are more numerous and include defining and defending territory, having sex, finding shelter and securing a modicum of temporary safety through group cooperation.
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