Category Archives: Health

Brain Train.

Have you ever felt stupid? Seriously, in any given situation, you jst feel like you’re a complete moron. We all have, unless of course pride gets in the way. What about pride? Do you have enough pride to warrant self-denial? Probably not if that’s true. However, these are, in fact very common. Everyone of us experiences things like this on a daily basis. Yes, even you.

It’s all about brain cells. Until about 10 or so years ago, researchers didn’t actually know the brain created new neurons all the time – this is true, and you can encourage it. The usual “exercise and eat well” blah blah advice is included, but it’s only a portion of the training you can start doing to, literally, get smarter.

Ask yourself this: “If I could see my brain right now, would it have any holes in it?” If you sit down and think about the fact that it is possible, it’s a pretty scary thought. I’m sure we’ve all heard or seen the “this is your brain on drugs” ad campaign of old, where the young woman smashes an egg with a frying pan. Well it hit the nail right on the head.

This is your brain due to various events that may affect or have affected your life:

Doctor Daniel Amen is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable brain doctors today. With 25 years of experience and a passion to informing people on how to heal their brain, rest assured this stuff is solid gold.

I stumbled upon his research when a family member told me about his program on Public Television. I watched the latter hour of his 1 1/2 hour speaking session, and it was brilliant.

To summarize what I saw, I’ll tell you a little about the parts of the brain he talked about.

First in his talk was the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain deals with things like, judgment, social behavior, personality, reasoning; general emotional type activity. If you’re an awkward or angry person, there’s a chance, not 100%, but still a chance that this part of the brain isn’t getting enough exercise.

Yes. Exercise can heal your brain. It increases blood flow, and we all know how blood is needed throughout the body, so why not boost the travel of it? Attention problems, people with ADD and like issues could have a damaged prefrontal cortex – that has been proven to be taken to a more mild level just with a 15 minute job per day. Procrastination is another related thing to the prefrontal cortex.

Another very interesting thing he mentioned was he mentioned research that flat out showed the advantages of exercise over Zoloft. Not only that, but fish oil, or Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and a supplement called Coromega (I take this, I highly recommend it – it’s not gross at all!) does wonders to brain healing. Everyone should definitely be taking Coromega (NOTE: talk to your doctor first).

Second, what is called the cingulate area of the brain, has influence on things like opposition without reason and error detection. Error detection, meaning when someone starts to see all of the negative things in someone or life in general, or they pick out everything that’s wrong. One thing he said is if you know someone like that and you want to get back at them for something, just move something on their desk, they’ll freak out. Of course he was joking about doing that, but it was worth the laugh. Reverse psychology is something that works very well on people with low cingulate activity. He suggested telling the person the opposite of what you want them to do, of course not in an obvious way. Be tactful about it.

Seratonin levels was something he emphasized when talking about the cingulate functions. If you recall my article on sleep when I joined The Underground, I talked about seratonin. When it gets dark, seratonin is released in our brains, causing us to get tired. If you force yourself to stay up, there’s a good chance you’re dealing damage to your cingulate. That is to say, you don’t necessarily have to go to bed when it gets dark out. Also, exercise majorly boosts seratonin levels. Work hard and rest well!

What about food and diet? Absolutely important! He listed 10 things that you can fit very easily into your diet, none of this crazy stuff from special markets and organic food stores – every day regular stuff. I didn’t catch the whole list, but I got most of it. Number one in my opinion was the green tea. While he said caffeine actually is not good for your brain, he said to drink green tea – obviously caffeine free is better than the caffeinated, though both are very good for you. It provides you with energy, and relaxation of focus, so he said it’s like a perfect supplement! Which I agree. My suggestion is, carry a few sticks of honey with you to give it some flavor.

Also on the list were oranges, avocados, spinach, red bell peppers and of course fish oil, found in salmon especially. Most of us probably eat something from this list quite often – though you shouldn’t over do it either. “Everything in moderation.” Balance is vital. He said that red bell peppers actually have a significant amount of vitamin C over oranges, if I recall correctly, and are much healthier for you than green peppers, which is sometimes more common in restaurants and fast food.

He also talked about another area of the brain, but I missed that section. I plan to re-watch it sometime and pick up what I didn’t see, but until then keep this information dear to you, because if you do feel you suffer from any thing like depression, bad attention span, personality issues like anger or awkwardness, you should definitely implement some of these steps. Of course, make sure that you talk to your doctor before taking or eating things you haven’t taken before. I’m personally allergic to avocados, even though I love guacamole.

Finally, it’s very important that you note:

THIS IS ALL FOR GENERAL INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. Get a medical exam if you feel something needs to be done. Also:

SUFFERING FROM THE MENTIONED ISSUES DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE BRAIN DAMAGE. It certainly can’t hurt to take at least some of these steps to improve your brain health though.

Either way, don’t do drugs, get good sleep, get exercise, but most importantly:

Take care.

[ Source: ]

P.S.: My apologies for all the head and brain cliche, I seemed to let them get aHEAD of me…..

God speed, and Best wishes.


Legally Ludicrous.

A close relative of mine recently found 2 interesting news reports in a nearby paper:


[to protect the identities of those involved, substitute names will be used. use your sources to find them if you need to]

APRIL 10 – “John Doe, 17, [Town], was charged with burglary and theft on April 3.

On Aug. 11, 2007, [Town] police received a report that [Business], on [Street] in [Town], had been broken into and that an undetermined amount of cash had been stolen.

On further investigation, police found that the boards over an old window had been pried off.

On Nov. 29, 2007, Detective Sgt. [Sergeant] interviewed [John Doe] who reportedly admitted to breaking into [Business] and taking about $30 from the cash register.

He faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.”


Here is a report from a newspaper in a next door city:

[again, the names have been changed]

APRIL 17 – “A [City] man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.

[Offender], 33, formerly of [Address], was convicted of one count of first degree sexual assault of a child after a February jury trial in front of [County] Circuit Judge [Judge].

At that trial, [Offender] was found not guilty of charges of second-degree sexual assault of the same child.

At the April 1 sentencing, [Judge] also ordered eight years of extended supervision.

The assault of the girl took place in [Different City] in October 2000.”


One wanted probably just wanted a video game. The other, well… And both get the same sentence.

Right now I’m writing a 12-page research document on similar, ridiculous incidents, however, regarding file sharing, the RIAA, MPAA, etc. Its purpose is to inform and open the minds of people with influence who are either out of control, like in this situation, or people who are uninformed. We all know how crazy the RIAA and MPAA are, as well as their supporters (includes some politicians; we love you Lieberman!……….)

I urge each and every one of you – do not make uninformed votes, write to your governors, make your voice heard.

“A water drop is little on it’s own, but without every single drop, there would be no water.”

Listening to the rain while falling asleep.

Good evening everyone. Well, it’s the third Thursday of the month which is the day I set aside for RFID, however I’ve been drifting from the life articles I came to write, so for now RFID Thursdays is on hold.

For this week in Life with GN, I wanted to really get deeply back into gear, try something somewhat fresh. But most importantly, and what this research was aimed at doing, was show each of you the things you can truly appreciate in your life.

I’m not exactly sure where the inspiration has come from, although there are a few sources I can be sure of contributing…however, the last couple of days have been very reconstructive for who I am, and compared to the last 2 or so years, I feel like I have myself back, and it truly is the best I’ve felt my entire life. Of course, it might be tied with one or two other things. ; – ) I really want to pass some of that on to you. We live in a busy, stressful world, and taking the little things that are good in our life for granted is second nature to us.

So, I conducted a research survey among several people I know, some who aren’t very close to me, more of acquaintances, some that are really great friends and love dearly, and one that I’ve gotten really close to. The results were incredible. I wrote up and asked a series of 5 questions, which through feedback I learned were quite more challenging than I had expected. Nonetheless, everyone enjoyed answering them (to the best of my knowledge) and I hope they take what they shared as a deep refreshment to heart.

These were the 5 questions:
1. what are your top 3 best moments in life while in the comfort of your own privacy?
2. what are your top 3 best moments in life while in the company of your friends
3. what are your top 3 best moments in life work or school related?
4. what are your top 3 best memories in life?
5. <ask what their main hobby is> what are your top 3 favorite moments in life related to <main hobby here>?
The answers I received were all across the board. Some specific, some general. I’ll give you a few different responses for each question.

1. “When I’m walking around downtown in on of the city parks and listening to music in my room while reading.”

“Playing a series of notes on guitar accidentally, that I didn’t know I could.”

“Sitting on the roof, sometimes at night watching the stars behind the city lights.”

2. “Sitting on the roof on the Fourth of July during a torrental downpour with close friends, singing koombaya.”

“Riding home on the school bus with all of my friends.”

“Going on vacation, sky diving, surfing, etc.”

3. “Getting accepted into college, while being in high school.”

“Going to the opera with my Creative Writing class.”

“Receiving a scholarship for high school.”

4. “Ah it’s horrible, but funny! When at a ski resort, I was tobbogan racing with my sister. I was getting ahead of her when I noticed she flipped up and out of her sled! The first aid guy helped her out, and she was crying and laughing at the same time!”

“Finding the final pieces of who I am, after them having been scattered for almost 2 years.”

“When I found out I was going to England.”

5. “Three Weeks before a costume convention, our group got in costume and took pictures on my front lawn. People were walking and driving past staring at us, but it didn’t matter.”

“When I finished a manga series. It’s such a sad, beautiful piece and I was sad for it to be over, but glad too.”

“Building my first computer for myself, and it not exploding, and loading up correctly when I first turned it on.”

Finally, one of the best and most heart warming experiences I’ve heard to this day:

“I had spine surgery for scoliosis when I was younger. After I woke up, my dad stayed with me for the whole week. I remember the first time they made me walk, I was bawling, but my dad managed to keep his cool and cradled me in his arms to calm me down and lifted me off the stretcher, and helped me walk for the first time. I’ll never forget his gentleness.”

Feel free to answer these questions yourself as well. I then challenge you, send them to a close friend, or post them in a community you can trust, one that will provide constructive feedback, or keep them with you on paper or on your PDA and take them out when you need your spirit lifted. Share these questions with your friends, take them to work, school (you may be able to get some extra credit or kudos, perhaps use them for an assignment or two) get creative! Spread the joy.

[ Source: Inspiration from the wonderful people I know! ]

God speed, and Best wishes.


For the Ladies.


I stumbled upon an article with a link to this site yesterday:

Mandy Moore has always seemed to be quite the sweetheart. Her goal for this site “…is aimed at helping women balance their “wellness” by sharing such stories to challenge and inspire each other to better their lives.” Having just launched it I felt it was perfect for the weekly Life post. For you lovely, loyal ladies visiting us at The Underground, this post goes out to you. Keep making the world run as well as you do.

[ Source: Mandy Moore aims to inspire life balance online @ Reuters ]

God Speed, and Best wishes.


Throw your problems out. Literally.


I hope everyone’s week has been enjoyable so far. The crazy weather recently, at the very least in our neck of the woods, has contributed to many unfortunate accidents. This being part reason for the slightly new sort of post this week in Life, I want to share something with you that has personally worked for me. There are some barriers people get to when using this method, but all I can offer to those of you in that situation is please, do your best to complete it. : ) I guarantee some sort of results.

So first of all, choose a simple, minor or major but absolutely realistic task that you know you are completely committed to completing, write it down, put it on the mirror in the bathroom, the fridge, TV, computer monitor, wherever you first go in the morning. The next morning, you’ll be able to feel fresh and ready to complete this task. Do this for every day you need to do the following and remember, it can be cleaning the couch, organizing a drawer, brushing your teeth, or winning the Super Bowl.

Next, list your current issues. Your problems, your pain, everything. Keep each item to a phrase or short sentence. Something short. Give a good amount of space in between each one. If they’re more of the moment or things that are more daily stresses instead of more serious ones, at every 7 minutes after the hour, rip one off and just throw it out.

If its a bigger issue, every day after you complete that one single thing you wrote down for the day, major or super minor, tear that big issue off and throw it out as you are going to bed. Don’t miss the trash bin!

There’s one more thing I would like you to do. Now that you’re in the habit of writing a goal to accomplish for each day, make it 2 goals. Make it regular, and make them more realistic and practical each day. You’ll find yourself having more free time with more things done. This particular tip I received from a professional, and it’s worked great for me and the people around me.

So let me know how this works for you. or please leave a comment to this article. Your e-mail and e-mail address will be completely confidential.

[ Source : GN ]

God speed and Best wishes.


Vitamin D deficiency linked to heart illness and cancer.


All of us at the Underground here, writers and readers are geeks, nerds, techies and so on, and probably don’t get nearly as much sunlight as we should. Lack of sunlight leads to vitamin D deficiency which can lead to various serious diseases and conditions.

Recent and strong studies by top research groups have found various facts regarding this topic, such as people living in about the top one-third of the earth don’t get as much sunlight as they should. As noted in the source article:

“Whitcomb said the study bolsters the idea that people living in Wisconsin and other northern latitude areas should be supplementing their diet with vitamin D pills from October through March.”

My own personal suggestion is get a portable handheld device, such as PSP or an MP3 player to encourage yourself to go outside. If you’re the business type take your Blackberry or PocketPC and get some work done while walking around your neighborhood at noon. I have a hacked PSP and can access my computer and all media via WiFi at a hotspot for example at the local beach.

“The researchers found that survival from various internal cancers improved with greater amounts of sun exposure.

“It’s at least a 30 percent reduction” in mortality, said senior author Richard Setlow, a biophysicist with the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. “It depends on the cancer.”

Most of the work on the study was done in Norway.”

Of course don’t get too much sunlight, be careful on choice of sun block and check regularly for sunspots and melanoma like marks on your body. The sooner you catch them the less complications arise.

[ Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online ]

God speed and Best wishes.


[Health] How to Avoid a Cold in Winter

For many of us right now, it is the holiday season, and with that said, its going to be cold and winter like out there in the streets of snow and crowded shopping stores.  It is very easy to get sick in the winter, and following these tips below, you can help reduce the chance of yourself getting sick too!

  • Avoid touching your face with your hands. Cold viruses can easily enter your body through the eyes and nose.
  • Speaking of hands, wash them. Frequently.
  • Avoid people who are sick, is possible.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. Cold viruses can live for up to three hours on the phone reciever or stair railing, so make sure you are wiping those down with disinfectant if a sick person has used them.
  • Take your echinacea at the first sign of sickness.
  • Get your vitamin C too — try drinking orange juice every day, for instance.

And if you’re the one with the cold? Be polite — cover your mouth when you sneeze and wash your hands often to prevent spreading the virus.