RSS Recent Posts by Arlene Taylor

  • Obesity & Brain Reward System (BRS) August 3, 2021
    What does obesity have to do with the Brain Reward System, whatever that is? The Brain Reward System is one of the most important functional systems in the brain. It drives human behavior towards pleasurable stimuli such as food, sex, relationships, etc., and away from painful ones (conflict, homework, etc.) that require more energy or […]
  • Obesity & the Heart August 2, 2021
    I cannot believe that excess weight requires the heart to work harder. Really? How? Obesity doesn’t just impact the brain, it impacts your heart, as well. For example, those with increased belly fat had a 30 percent higher risk of AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)  Overweight and obesity puts you at a higher risk for high […]
  • Obesity & Dementia July 30, 2021
    Are there studies verifying that obesity is more dangerous to the female brain?  Yes, there are. Studies have shown that being overweight or obese may be even more dangerous to the female brain. Women who are obese throughout life are more likely to lose brain tissue—linked to cognitive decline in the temporal lobe, involved with language, […]
  • Obesity Epidemic July 29, 2021
    I am a little tired of hearing about obesity, especially obesity supposedly liked with dementia. What is the real scoop?  Scientists have identified an obesity epidemic that spans the globe. According to World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. In 2020, 39 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or […]
  • Tour de France & Tears, 2 July 28, 2021
    The Tour de France is an annual, multi-stage, road bicycle race held in July. Established in 1903 by newspaper L'Auto, the Tour is the most well-known and prestigious of cycling's three Grand Tours. it consists of 21 day-long stages over the course of 23 days. Make no mistake: it is a very big deal if […]
  • Tour de France & Tears July 27, 2021
    I enjoy watching the Tour de France. However, I was almost embarrassed today to see one of the Stage Leaders shed tears. I mean, real men don’t cry. What is with that?  Ouch. I thought those old stereotypes were finally being put to rest. It is the brain that cries, and whether it does so, […]
  • Isolation & the Brain, 5 July 26, 2021
    There are things you can do to minimize the effect of social isolation as experienced by many during the COVID-19 pandemic. For one, select the behaviors you choose to exhibit with care, to avoid being incarcerated and placed in solitary confinement! This can result in the development of or exacerbations of many emotional problems including psychosis. […]
  • Isolation & the Brain, 4 July 23, 2021
     Kinesthesia is my second sensory system and when my English heritage is showing, I am relatively uninterested in touch. When my French heritage pops up, I crave being touched and hugged by my best friends. When that is not possible, I recall in my mind’s eye what that feels like. I score as an ambivert, […]
  • Isolation & the Brain, 3 July 22, 2021
    Other factors play into the impact of social isolation. These include an individual brain’s uniqueness. For example:  ·       Sensory preference (60 percent of the general population is visual, 20 percent is auditory, and 20 percent is kinesthetic). Kinesthetics are very sensitive to touch and extremely discriminating about who they touch and by whom they are […]
  • Isolation & the Brain, 2 July 21, 2021
    There are strategies you can embrace to minimize the effect of social isolation as experienced by many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Select the behaviors you choose to exhibit with care, to avoid being incarcerated and placed in solitary confinement. This can result in the development of or exacerbations of many emotional problems including psychosis. There […]