Monday, May 19, 2008

Brain Damaging Habits...

Things that make you go HMMM...

Hmmm... I received this as part of a list of damaging habits that may cause a number of ailments from my sister, Sandy. In this case, this is a list that will cause me BRAIN DAMAGE. OH MY GAWD! I thought it interesting so I am sharing it with the rest of you.


1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. Overeating
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High Sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain


Based on the 10 top habits that can cause brain damage, well.. uhmmmm... I have to admit to:

#1 No Breakfast - I normally don't have a full breakfast unless I'm traveling for shows. This means at home I have brain damage but at shows, I don't. We'll at least in public I am somewhat sane, that's all that counts to me. How I behave at home, well that's my private time. HA!

#5 Air Pollution - Well, since I do live in the LA area I am SUFFOCATING in air pollution all the time. I can't escape this one. That is why I lock myself in my hot studio most days and ONLY leave the house if I have to.

#6 Sleep Deprivation - I do sleep but not much! Now how am I going to get what I need done, write poetry, post on the blog, make beads, make jewelry, and a whole slew of other tasks if I have to bother with SLEEP. Who needs sleep anyways? Obviously I am more brain damage than I thought. How would I know any better? EEEEyah....

#7 Head Covered While Sleeping - Possibly, very possibly I cover my head with the blanket when I sleep. I am not 100% sure on this one since when I wake up, the blanket is all thrashed around the bed and sometimes end up on the floor. Since I am not sure, I will just say I am "guilty" on this account too. Maybe by hiding under the sheets from the boogie man, I am hurting my poor brain. Okay... these are good things to keep in mind.

#8 Working Your Brain During Illness - I am constantly working 24/7 since I also dream about beads. I figure that accounts for the time during illness too. If your brain is not working during illness, I think you have a serious problem. How are you supposed to fight all the bad germies to get better? Your brain should ALWAYS be working, no?

I AM 50% guilty, so I am at least partially brain damaged? OH NO!! Help!

What I am not guilty of is the following:

#2 Overeating - unless you count the extra scoop of Breyer's No Sugar Added Chocolate ice cream I had on Sunday night. Or the THREE Claro's Italian fresh baked almond biscotti cookies (with NO anise, thank you) I had this morning with my coffee saturated with Hazelnut creamer. Ooops.

#3 Smoking - I am actually allergic to smoke. I will bear it if you are a good friend but please note that I really don't like it. I am sensitive and can spot cigarette smoking in people's hair or clothes. I am born in the year of the DOG you know. I can sniff it out so you can't lie to me that you didn't smoke, even if you chew some minty gum - it's all over your clothes and even your hair people.

#4 High Sugar Consumption - I am diabetic so although I am innocent of this one, I may be guilty of eating and drinking foods with too many artificial sugars. So I guess I am guilty in the OPPOSITE direction. I consume Diet Mountain Dew and Splenda infested goodies often. YIKES! What was I thinking... must be the brain damage at work. Goodness, I'm NOT doing anything right!

#9 Lack of Stimulating Thoughts - Uhmmm why do you think I've been writing poetry on the blog? I'm trying to stimulate my imagination and creativity. I make up a lot of scenarios and adventures from my Show and Food Stops but really everything I write here is TRUE. (wink) I even listen to "More Stimulating Talk Radio" daily (KFI 640AM)

#10 Talking Rarely - Well I am definitely not guilty on this account. I can be found talking to my dogs during the day. Talking to the radio in response to something inane. Talking to myself... well sometimes... not often. Well OKAY if you have to know, I talk and sing to myself ALL the time while I work in the studio. And for those who visit me at shows, you know I can't STOP talking so maybe this is what will save me in the saga of breaking free from being afflicted with BRAIN DAMAGE. Woooo... I may be saved after all. If I keep on talking, talking and talking I will either drive everyone around me insane or I will be brain damage FREE. Let me think about it over a good night's sleep with my head uncovered as I think of stimulating thoughts but only after I have a good chat with myself AND the boogie man!

Aaaaahh... it's gonna be a fun night tonight! (wink)

Photos borrowed from PBO31 and Marta Potoczek from Flickr


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