It's obvious. When it comes to the brain we have to take great care. The brain is about the consistency of soft tofu (some say a raw egg ) and it is housed in a hard scull with ridges on the inside. The brain is who we are and how we see the world. It holds our belief systems, and it can be our greatest asset or our worst enemy. Some say that the brain is the hardware of the soul. Such a great wonder, such an elevated organ of thought, ideas, faith and dreams. Why do we treat it like crap?
I guess it is like how most of us generally view our bodies. When we are young, we drive our bodies and mistreat them until something breaks down. We may consider it to be a badge of courage to get back in the game before we are healed, before we are physically and emotionally able. Well, the badge of courage and getting back in the game may not be all it is cracked up to be. Perhaps we were meant to do more than burn ourselves out and put ourselves at risk.
Case in point are head injuries. Do you know that a serious head injury does not necessarily mean loss of consciousness? Did you know that "taking one for the gipper" may mean that taking one more hit may seal your fate for Alzheimer's or another type of Dementia on down the line. Ah, sweet bird of youth, we all think we are immortal until it hits us - WE ARE NOT.
Since I have been studying the brain, I've gone over my personal history of potential brain injuries. Seriously, I never thought much about personal head trauma until I stared following Dr. Daniel Amen's advice. The first injury I had was on a contraption called "The Giant Stride". It included a steel pole on which a gear like object was mounted on top. Small ladder-like structures were at the end of each of those chains. We'd grab those things with such determination and run like hell around the pole, each competing for the highest and longest of strides, and sometimes the show offs would spin around while going around the pole. Well, I guess I may have been one of those show offs because one day my head slammed into that steel pole.
The next potential head injury was when I was about 10 years old and we were playing war games, and my sister threw a large rock that landed on my temple. The third was when I had an automobile accident (at around 30 years of age) and my head collided with my front windshield. Any one of these would be enough. And, because I would classify myself as having a "normal" childhood, I wonder how many of us have been at risk.
Well, as Dr. Amen says, "How do you know unless you look?" It is very easy to get a brain scan through Dr. Amen's newly opened New York City clinic. They are extremely thorough, so that by the time you are finished, you will know exactly how your brain works and what you can do about it (if anything). In my book that is a really good deal. Hey, the health of your brain is at stake.