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How You Can Measure Brain Function at Home

Have you ever wondered how your brain was functioning? This is especially important after a concussion. Many people worry about senior moments. Now you can actually measure brain function.

For decades, scientists thought of the brain as something of a black box. You could see inputs and outputs, but figuring out what was going on inside was too difficult. However, that is starting to change. Testing brain function is still complicated. If you want to know how well your brain is working you generally need to visit a neurologist, undergo a battery of expensive tests and maybe even have a CT scan or an MRI. Until now it has been impossible to measure brain function at home.

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Our radio show and podcast sponsor has changed the game with special technology that utilizes the sense of touch to measure brain function. The Brain Gauge looks a lot like a computer mouse, but it has two buttons that buzz your fingers. How your brain senses these vibrations can reveal a great deal about neural connections. Are you intrigued?

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You can learn more at GaugeYourBrain.com. This device can be used by physicians, scientists or ordinary people like you and me. It can tell a lot about brain functionality.

For example, someone who has experienced a concussion or traumatic brain injury will be able to assess recovery. Other conditions that may benefit from this new technology to measure brain function include ADHD, diabetes, OCD, migraine and pain. It also helps evaluates cognitive function.

Medications may have unrecognized effects on brain physiology. The Brain Gauge can detect subtle changes due to medicines, sleep and meditation. To learn more about how to measure brain function at home or in the clinic, check out GaugeYourBrain.com at this link. Health professionals who see patients may also be interested in this intriguing brain-testing system.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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I have a “brain gauge” that’s far less expensive. It’s called “crossword puzzle.” So many of the answers are things I’ve heard sometime or other, and when my brain is sharp, the answer just comes burbling up from the depths. I don’t KNOW that’s the correct answer. The word just comes to me like magic, and by golly, it turns out to be correct! Same thing with the puns and wordplay. When the brain is sharp, you can work them out pretty fast; but when it’s not, the solution doesn’t come. It’s amazing what an accurate “brain gauge” a crossword puzzle is!

I have been diagnosed as having osteoporosis, but prefer not to take any of the popular medications currently suggested by my primary care doctor. I walk several miles per day, do yoga and weight training, as well as eating calcium rich foods (sardines, leafy greens, little meat, yogurt and milk. I am 81, ideal weight with good vital statistics. Any thoughts on my not taking a medication?

Can you tell me is spinal epidurals affect one’s memory?

This was developed for detecting traumatic brain injury, which would be nice for mental health counselors to use to screen their clients when other options are not available. The model for multiple users is a little expensive unless an agency with multiple practitioners is buying it.

Sounds interesting.

My doctor says I need calcium and that I should take two Tums every evening. My friend who is a chemistry teacher says that your body does not absorbe this type of calcium. What type of calcium is absorbed by the body. I eat about seven fruits and vegetables a day, but only one glass of milk a day. What would be a good calcium supplement?

My gynecologist also used to suggest Tums for calcium until a friend, also her patient, developed very painful kidney stones requiring emergency treatment. The tending doctor doctor that said the stones were caused by the daily Tums. Our gynecologist no longer makes this recommendation to her patients.

Calcium from the diet is best, but it is very hard to get enough from non-dairy sources. Calcium Citrate is much better absorbed than Calcium carbonate. You can find the former in generic form next to the brand name Citracal.

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