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Can the Brain Change?

In my medical school days (late 1960’s) The brain was thought to have localized areas that performed certain functions and these areas did not change. Once they were damaged they were gone and nothing could be done about it.


This “localization” concept started in 1861 with Dr. Paul Broca, a surgeon. One of his patients could not speak after suffering a stroke. Since they did not have MRIs or CT or PET scans then, they performed a lot of autopsies to understand what happened anatomically. At autopsy the area of brain damage that caused loss of speech became known … Read the rest

Chocolate Decreases the Death Rate from Heart Attacks and Stroke

Wouldn’t you just feel vindicated if you found out that eating chocolate is actually healthy?

One group of researchers found that eating chocolate lowered blood pressure and decreased the risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and stroke).

But watch out. Read this whole article before you make your decisions.

Every time one of these articles comes out a lot of folks jump on the bandwagon to promote chocolate. In fact a number of multilevel companies are touting the health benefits of eating chocolate. I have remained extremely skeptical.

Here’s the problem:

Dark chocolate which is the kind that has the … Read the rest