Nutrition, diets, detox, supplements, fat loss, muscle gain, longevity, energy, sleep words often used and seldom understood.
I have tried so many different products, diets, devices, ideas in health. There is only one thing besides nature (light ect) that has impacted my health dramatically enough for me to really promote it and try my hardest to educate people about it. You see there is you, you brain, you cells, your mitochondria (which power the cell and electron chain transfer in the mitochondria and then you've hit the sub atomic and we are talking about the land of physics. Don't get lost just know that the deeper you go the everything above it is effected much like going from the leaves of a tree down to the roots.
If you know that then when it comes to health you wanna start from the bottom and climb up.
Now stay with me I'm trying hard to pack a lot into this and not go too long.
The magnetism on earth goes in a cycle (everything in nature goes in cycles which if you realize that the when becomes very important all of a sudden) anyway the nature cycle of magnetism is very low. In fact it is nearing the end of its cycle. At the end there will be a pole shift. There have been nine that we know of so far. This isn't expected to happen for 400 years so don't freak out but freak out a little bit since as magnetism declines so does the charge on the electron. What that means is that life declines with it.
In fact when charge declines in studies animals gorge themselves on food to try to make up for it. Right now the earths magnetism is about .5 gauss which is a unit of magnetic measurement. around dinosaur times it was about 300 gauss (ever wonder why they got so big and the environment could sustain them) Like I said I'm keeping this as simple as possible. I have been on this health quest for quite some time and have tried so very many different things. Every pill, diet, gimmick, device I could find until about a year and a half ago. This was when i finally started getting into mitochondrial health. If you follow this blog then you know about mitochondria but I'll try to do a refresher just in case. this is a simplification.
The deeper you go into the body the more you effect every level above it.
your organs (lets use the brain as an example)
your mitochondria (the thing that powers your cells)
your electrons The at carry light as charge and tell you time
ok so in the mitochondria there is what is called electron chain transfer and this where what I will call physics (light, magnetism ect) takes the leap over the chemistry where the charge converts to ATP (chemical energy) and powers your cells, which power, your brain which powers your body which powers you.
Ok I know thats a lot but it no differnt than tracing aa tree from the leaves back to the roots. So everything in your body depends on this process. It is very very important.
If that wasn't enough now I'm going to tell you about magnetism.
When most people think of magnets they think of a refrigerator magnet or a small magnet. In magnetism there are two types.
Bi polar (two sides)
Uni directional (one side)
I would say that, at least for me the only magnetism I had heard of was bi polar. The earth has poles and has a magnetosphere except it is so big that we ar only ever exposed to one side of the magnetism at a time one side = uni directional. If you put a magnet on your wrist it is small enough that it wraps around and you get exposed to both sides (bi polar)
In healing magnetism is very misunderstood because bi polar and uni directional magnetism have very different effects but are both magnetism. This is like in haling and exhaling could both be considered breathing but are very different from each other and if confused will cause problems.
Small magnets acts like acupuncture. Its bi polar so one side pulls energy (electro magnetic energy) to the other side this is healing if done like acupuncture for no more than an hour a week. But no one leaves an acupuncture pin in all week long and no one should use some brace or something for healing all week long and no one should sleep on a bi polar mattress all night long. Short term benefit but long term cost.
How does nature do it. Uni directional. In fact nasa when they look for life on other planets looks for three things. Light, water and magnetism because theses are the three aspects of physics required to give life to chemistry. Mars for example has light from the sun, so water in the form of ice.....no magnetism. Its a dead plant.
Part of the reason that people aren't jumping on this is because it isn't a simple concept like eat juicing is healthy (which is a misunderstanding at best) but take the time to really learn it. If you understand that boosting unidirectional magnetism will increase every aspect of your health from the mitochondria to the cell to your brain to you.
Ok heres the secret the absolute only way I have found to increase unidirectional magnetism is with what is called a magnetico sleep pad. It is not a device that plugs into a wall. it is not a bi polar magnet it is a unidirectional pad that can be as strong as 20 gauss (40x stronger than .5) I don't promote much of anything these days because I know that chemistry comes from physics so anyone selling thing in the chemistry world either doesn't know or doesn't want to (I'm not saying chemistry doesn't matter I am just putting it in its rightful place under physics on where to start for health.
What does the magnetico do? It boosts all your bio chemistry ....yup every bio chemical function is improved. I could start listing off stuff but its a very long list. I will say that when people say they need more energy they think of chemicals but really need more actual electro magnetic energy.
For me the big stand outs. I have bad mitochondrial function so no matter how healthy my chemistry was I didn't have the energy to get the benefits. For example the cells charge is maintained witha sodium/potasium pump that is electromagnetically charged. When charge is low this pump shuts off and the cell (as an emergency survival mechanism) open up a calcium channel with it comes positivly charged toxins into a cell. This why one person gets toxic and another doesn't both may be exposed to the same toxin but one has low charge and the other doesn't. After years of struggling with toxicity issues and trying everything under the sun no one ever told me this. I got a magnetico and I never have to use the word detox again. This id just one example as detox products are so prevalent in the market.
The other major piece is wifi. If you know what happens when you sleep certain cells in your brain send out a spectrum frequency to your dividing cells telling them what to become. When you have nnemf (non native electromagnetic frequency aka wifi signals) around you when you sleep the cells can't make out the signal. People are starting to pic up on this and getting away from wifi is a great idea except that the entire world is upping the wifi and 5g is just the next level of this. What does it mean? It means we will not heal, we will age faster, our brains will not work as well, ect. We will have a faster internet connection for a shorter life.
The magnetico boosts the strength of you signal so that you can compete with the wifi. Wifi is bad no matter what but the magnetico is the only real natural way I have found to help with this (I have considered so many options and would love to discuss this more with others)
I could go on and on about this so if you have made it this far and have more questions please contact me and ask.
The magnetico isn't cheap. It will last the rest of your life with no additional cost. I am not a wealthy person and I made this a real priority and I can tell you that of all the aspects of health I have come across the only thing (besides natural light and other aspects of nature) is naturally increased uni directional magnetism using a magnetico.
If you are reading this thank you so much for getting this far. This really is the most important health tool I have ever found and I wanted to use it for a prologed period of time and really test it out for myself. i am so glad I did. I hesitantly sign up to be a reseller. I want people to get the 15% discount I offer but didn't want people to think I was just pushing a garbage product like so many others. I believe in magnetico and believe that in the future people with one will live and everyone else will, well, try to live.
Click on the this link for the discount or say Rob Alexander and call in. You can try for 6 months if you don't like it send it back.
Please consider this for you and your family. My hope is not only that you will get a magnetico but help to promote real health solutions in an industry filled with deception.
I've been really trying to think about what my goals should be for my learning as I understand the importance of clear and specific goals that are within the realm of accomplishment but are not currently attainable and all I keep coming back to is synaptic pruning. I'll circle back.
In the last post I had some fun with a nootropic company that markets a product that has ad words like Focus and Memory. What is wrong with this? Those words are not inherently good. Our brains remember traumatic experiences so that we don't repeat them which makes sense but in my life I spent a lot of time and drank a lot of beer trying to forget. It is not simply memory that benefits us. I saw a show once some time ago about people who have the ability to remember very specific details for years back. It was amazing. If you asked them a question about what happened on a specific day 15 years ago they could tell you. The strange thing is that none of the people where particularly successful. Some even complained wishing they could forget. You see we connect neuro ability to function, this is our attempt at merging logical consistency and practicality which I believe to be oppositional concepts and have basically been building a would view around that idea since college. Some people my have amazing abilities but that may not mean they are functional abilities. Much like the people with amazing memories probably had a flawed synaptic pruning system. This isn't a bad thing it just recognizes that there is an equal cost for everything (which sounds simple and seems to be one of the most eulsive truths flying around the ether today)
In the same way the cost of being focused is the loss of your peripheral vision. I know this all too well as I often focus on things so much that I miss out on very obvious things. I am sick right now. I have no voice which hasn't happened in forever. How did this happen when I am so healthy because I have been focused on the brain and mitochondrial optimization and my health blog and not on how damp my little apartment was getting. You see I don't really care that much about being comfortable because I'm so focused on the ideas in my head that my outside world is kind of just there sometimes. It has been rainy and the past few years here in California rain has been a rare thing. So when my apartment got a little damp with condensation on the windows I thought no big deal. Well, here I am. I got a dehumidifier and dried my place out and it is way better but this was a lesson for me. I laughed thinking that I could die of pneumonia with a healthy brain book in my hand. Focus also has its down side. These are not bits of information shared by nootropic sellers. My focus doesn't make you better it makes you different and if you are bored with who you are then different is better but not in the way that you are actually more. Advertising always promises that you will be more than you are implying you are not enough right now and forgetting that nature has been perfecting products like eggs and sunlight for millions of years. (I know getting off track here sorry)
I often choose quality over quantity. I do this relationally as I tend to not be a group person. Not better just the path I've chosen. Doesn't mean that its not lonely sometimes but its what I've chosen. I could choose quantity, guess what it would cost me.....quality and right now anyway I'm not bored with quality.
The take away from this is that the brain has many built in balance systems that were functionally established over millions of years. They are not objectively optimal and they are not even functionally optimal as our environment is changing far faster than we can evolve. So don't fall into traps set by others trying to get you to buy into their idea of better or to buy into their product promising you more focus or more memory. Have fun with the process of figuring out who you are and what you prefer. We are very impressed with savant types and at the same time is given the opportunity to trade with them we would not. They also suffer a great deal with their brilliance. Sometimes the best place to be is where you are, knowing its fun to think about where your not, who your not. Just don't forget where you are and who you are. Dr. Manhattan in the Watchman movie is a good example of this, also the movie The Fountain which is my absolute favorite brilliantly shows that there is no escape from this reality. (I constantly try to not just blog about The Fountain) The net can't catch the water and the water can't catch the net. My personal growth is that instead of that reality causing me to suffer I'm comforted by it. Now the two are dancing.
So for me the fun will be this fractal variation and repetition between focus and my peripheral. The natural brain is set to balance these these mechanisms. Our nootropics, drugs, tech and even or modern programming by people who know how our brains work are trying to take you out of the equation. Choose your own path, own it. Realize that the more we focus the less quantity we see but the more quality. As always this is as much for the reader as the writer.
NeuroHeckler.com is born
After being bombarded by an add on facebook that I thought was embarrassingly bad put out by a Neuro Group selling a nootropic I thought. --They need to take more of their product.
I posted some comment about no wanting to end up like the guy they had selected to rep their product. The funny thing is I ended up having a back and forth with them that I thought was funny. I made a Video having fun at the idea that you can get all kinds of brain benefits by thinking about the product.
Out of this the Neuro Heckler Collective was born. This is a page that I hope will allow me to point out some of the things in alt health that I think are funny that people tend to not talk about because they don't notice or because it would be bad for business. Either way laughing is good for your health.
But I was thinking about the Neuo Hacker Collective and why I took the time to respond so much which I rarely do on Facebook. Then I realized that its opportunity cost. You see the cost of doing or selling any one thing is the ability to do or sell anything else in that space and time.
I don't for one second think that I know more about the brain than the panel of people on the board of the neuro hacker collective but I think that I have a different focus that leaves the sellers of chemicals either ignorant or consciously overlooking the truth for profit or some other reason.
If you have followed my blogs hopefully you will see this but I'll review.
There is you, your brain, your cells, your mitochondria, your electrons - now we are sub atomic.
The cells are powered by the mitochondria and in the mitochondria is the process of electron chain transfer. Lets make it simple, light (which tells us time while giving us charge) goes through steps to create ATP or chemical energy to power the cell. Chemistry or the substances in qualia are subject to the things that happen beneath them.
My point is that for me my focus is on light, water , magnetism. Dealing with increasing my charge while communicating the right time to my body and brain. Nature has given substances to work with physics in this way like DHA and iodine. I could go on but through the entire process there is an almost endless list of brain boosting things that can be done that are in line with nature. The nootropic they are selling is not natural. I would much rather eat an oyster while engaging natural neuro genesis than get on that substance and my brain as its charge increases running on an optimal fuel source of light and fat will improve. I will get focus, memory and the other vague words that their pill creates. Do they not know this or like so many in health are they trying desperately to find a "hack" or a cheat pill.
So spend the next 10 years in sun light, in nature eating high fish, high fat, working out and learning as much as you can about as much as you can. The problem with that pill like many others is that if it gives you a benefit you stay on it and if it doesn't you will have wasted your money but either way its unnatural chemistry. All drugs alter the brain. I could list out a number of different drugs that will make you feel great and increase your focus ect. the problem is if they are unnatural the mechanisms the body has to regulate them are removed so you end up with an equal and opposite problem. A few more points I think the collective needs to be reminded of.
Sometimes a better functioning brain just means you do irrational things optimally. There is a necessity for wisdom and discernment.
The cost of focusing on this product is the time and energy that could have been given to providing real brain solutions for people that are deeper than chemistry and share the truth of the mitochondria and light.
Placebo is 30% if you are financially invested its more. Which is why my empty pill joke is funny to me.
Observation alters outcome
If you take money from something you are no longer able to view with unbiased reason.
It takes intelligent people to resist the temptation to take it, sell it and join in on the community that comes from these types of things. As a former bio hacker the logo, the "collective" and the brain boosting claims are appealing. The test is can a person see past the shiny and stay rational. Everything about the tech bio hacker world is great except that it doesn't work. Nature is the solution. She has been testing this stuff for millions of years so before you alter your brain with pills that cost you money stop think critically and ask yourself
-Am I looking for a quick fix because I don't want to make the sacrifices that are need for a better brain naturally? The same case can be made for steroids and muscles. They work but they come at a price and I am natural. There is just as much temptation to grow my brain enhanced as my muscles but I know that those things are quick fixes that nature frown upon.
It is wisdom on intelligence that says that there are no cheats in this life.
Plus lets not take things too seriously. Some of those ads were hilarious so thanks.
The idea of a group of broke cartoon super villains wanting to take over the world altering peoples brains by convincing the world to buy their pills that alter there brains is pretty funny.
This is a health blog so Thinking a great deal about my past few posts regarding the brain and how to use nuero expansion to combat depression it leads me back to the beginning.
Why bother we're just going to die anyway? This is a common thought. It is said by basically anyone who doesn't want tyo get healthy or improve. Why so appealing? Because it is true.
I heard it said recently in an with Aldous Huxley saying something along the lines of - we as a society are so preoccupied with death control that we have forgotten about birth control. And my hero Alan Watts constantly connecting life to death as the head and the tail of the same cat who when asked about all kinds of healthy living (most of which he didn't care for as far as I can tell) saying I could if I wanted to spend all my time preparing to live of coarse then I wouldn't be living.
I think about these things a great deal. I don't think being healthy is better and each person has to decide how healthy they want to be. I simply got bored with being unhealthy and I feel like I took it as far I could while staying alive to have fun trying out the health side of things. There is an equal and opposite price to be paid either way.
Is it better to burn out or fade away? no right answer.
The trap is how to be ok with death without being too ok with death. Its a balance and no one can say how to handle it. Some people are healthy because they are terified of death and that terror in turn is unhealthy. You see the problem here. Others are so ok with the idea of dying that they become suicidal also not good....I guess. I have never had an issue with people killing themselves. I had a friend kill himself and I thought to myself. he wanted to make his own decitions. Unfortunatly most of these suicides are done in an altered state which makes them different from honorable suicides like when a soldier would choose to kill himself as to not serve his enemy doing this with a clear mind and knowing his convictions are intact. No right answers here but I will say from my perspective in the health industry so much of our efferts are to cheat death. I saw a notable biohacker today who promotes all kinds of pills and gadgets ( most are silly at best but have made him rich in the process) he wants to live to be 170 or something. Sounds like a fun game to play as long as it is not a fear based game. Everything in nature has a way of killing off the weak and wasteful. In our own bodies if this process doesn't happen we get very ill, same with everything else in nature. But nature has figured out just how much and who to kill of as it is always eating itself while giving birth to itself at the same time. We are seperate from this or at least we think we are. I, as a former vegan, now look at universal veganism as a first world out of touch with nture type of religion that seeks to dethrone nature and make it submit to what they call consiousness. The issue is that the first rule of consiopusness is that you are not only a body. I never understood arbitrary lines of vegan ethics but then all lines are arbitrary.
I'm not promoting killing or death but I am chalenging they way we look at it or pointing out that most of us don't.
Grief is something that must be learned like everything else in micro doses and the dose makes the poison. Of coarse the more we hold on the more we suffer and at the same time if we are indifferent about death we come across cold and evil. The key is balance and discernment (back to the 4 swords of truth blog)
I have grieved a marriage and I think I knew I was holding onto things but at the same time I wanted the time I had put into the thing to matter as it was not something separate from me but we grieve the hybrid construct of use with a death or break up.
I heard a neuro science talk on the neurology of grief recently and of coarse the brain has to rewire itself or learn how to be without the thing that is now gone. This takes time so honor that if you are grieving. Take ownership of your grief. It is ok if you want to hold on to it but choose to. It is ok to let go of it but choose to. Honor then becomes the goal in the process. Self honor which more and more is becoming my super goal that all other goals spring from. Honoring myself. No victim thoughts. Not in life and not in death.
Pick your poison. Is it better to burn out or fade away. It is up to you. Look at death as the giver of life. if it goes away so does the ability to live.
First a quick explanation about what moment this particular blog post is being grown in.
I'm off today, got up and did very hard work out. Had my bi weekly carb up which I feel like I needed but of coarse like everything else the moments before Christmas are often better than the moments after. I'm now at the park in the sun shine. I have been to this park a hundred times and I have never come over to the spot i'm sitting in and it was surprisingly difficult to get my brain to make a new path over here but I did it. Here I am. i wish I had brought a cup of coffee and I'm listening to my good friend Conor Oberest (who I have never met but spend a massive amount of time with) ok on the post.
I have been trying to figure out how to make the things I'm learning practical. I've tried to strip it down for myself. Everything can be made more complex but sometimes making the complex simple is more impressive.
Lesson 1 - Learn
Lesson 2 - Discernment
Lesson 3 - Action
Lesson 4 - Patience
Lesson 1 - Learn - I mean information here - learning to learn is a good place to start
This involves figuring out what you don't know but want to
Learning is like picking up a sword and learning how to use it. This is a long process and will take years for mastery if that is the goal. The skill must be learned. This is the how.
Lesson 2 - Discernment - this is what has been on my mind lately
It is not enough to be a sword master but then you have to be able to know when, where and in some cases who to use the sword on if at all. Sometimes the greatest power is having the ability to use a sword and to not use it. This is very different than not using the sword because you don't know how even though neither one is using a sword.
Remember in the analogy the sword is truth, your truth. Most people never learn the truth of themselves, if they do they then may struggle with lesson 2 not realizing that even though a truth is truth it may not need to be used on someone else at a certain place or time. It is for you alone and if it is true it doesn't need to be externally defined so if you find yourself defending your ideas realize that you are showing where the weaknesses are (yes this blog post is for me)
Lesson 3 - Action - using the sword - once you know how to use the sword of truth and when to use it (far less than the ego would like) you use it even if you use it on a stone - it must be kept sharp a sword that isn't used is not a sword but maybe a paper weight instead. Take action in your life. This involves personal responsibility. You know what you can change and what you can't. A short person can react to being a short in any number of ways. He can get a ladder, he can learn to jump, he can accept his situation for inner peace ect. The one thing he can't do is magically grow tall. Only you know what you can and can't change about yourself. There is nothing worse than having a tall person tell a short person you just aren't believing enough to grow taller. Know yourself and don't let friends or society or social media or your past self tell you about your process. They don't know your insides and my guess is that a person who builds ladders will suggest ladders to a short person even if the short person is in the middle of learning to jump. It is up to you to go back to Lesson 2 and use discernment to know what you really want.
Lesson 4 - Patience
You have learned how to use the sword, when to use the sword, you have used the sword now you wait. This process must be repeated and the final lesson is the patience to let the this build into mastery. I have talked alot about a brain being like a tree in past blog posts and the tree must have time to grow.
I had a friend once who would constantly mention how she quit smoking weed for a month 4 years ago so she didn't have a problem with it. I didn't care that she smoked but it clearly had become a burden to her and "quitting" a thing for a month four years ago is at best a vacation. You see there wasn't enough patience to let the stopping grow into quitting.
Why these 4 Lessons? because every time I think about my situation and what I am frustrated with or don't like I have to ask myself am I applying these 4 lessons. I need to keep learning, I need to keep discerning, I need to keep doing and I (hardest lesson of all) must be patient enough to wait for the first 3 to grow in my life.
Knowing this 4 lesson process it also helps me to know that some things just aren't worth it or aren't worth it right now. I am not closed to who I will be in the future but also am aware of my practical time, energy and recources at this moment. You are the only one who know what you should be doing. Maybe suruviing is what these 4 lessons should be apllied to. maybe thriving? Only you know yourself. I myself have no excuses for my life. There are many swords and I dont know how or when to use very many of them but I am and will have fun doing these 4 lessons ...there is always another truth sword so have fun with it.
This is the best way to use the sword of truth in your life. Respect it. It will cut you just as easily as it cuts someone else. But this life is filled with lies that require a truth sword to not get deceived and lead into a a trap where you have to lie to yourself and everyone else to survive the reality of the situation you find yourself in.
Often the process of learning these 4 lessons is a lonely path. People perfer the known to the unknown. Stay true and keep your sword sharp.
If you are reading this thank you for being a part of my process.
Ok after Neurogenesis Vs Depression Series and my Self love post in the My Thoughts blog I'm gonna try and lighten things up a bit.....that was intense. Still processing it all.
On to my worm bin.
Why did I build a worm bin?
I hated throwing away my compost. You see I eat really good food. Its a priority for me and I know that my "waste" will make great food in the future. And there it is right away we jump into the circle of life type stuff. Imagine the lion king song in the back ground.
You see in modern life we are so separate from nature. I was asked by a friend today what I think about alchemy. The idea of the mystic being able to turn lead into gold is what he was referring to all I could think about was my worm bin. You see all nature does is alchemy. It turns shit into gold and back again over and over again and it is fun and we are a part of it.
My worms are gonna eat my really high quality waste and turn it into the best soil and I'm gonna grow food in it. Seeing these simple little nature pieces of gold has made life so alive so different from the anti bacterial spray on the kitchen counter top. The more separate we are from nature the easier it is for us to try to pick one part of the process of life/desath and make it the only process, this is because we don't all have worm bins. Every step of the process is important and not more important than another even if it is higher up on the natures priority list. The little things matter and guess what the big things matter too. You see I needed those worms and they needed me we are cooperating but at the same time we are competing. I'm gonna see how much they can eat and they are gonna see if they can escape my bin or see if they can eat faster than I can add to the bin. Then the game is who eats more and then you see that we are made of the same stuff. Fun diner guests to have for a person who often eats alone. Already I have started to think how happy I am to give my worms good stuff. Of coarse this is an easy way to decide what to eat as junk food would not make good soil. So worms are alchemists and in a way so am I because I am participating in the alchemist process of nature which the closer I look at it is becoming more and more magical. How much we want to improve what is a perfect system. A self regulating system.
I was learning about the brain and neuro genesis you see there is a mechanism called synaptic pruning If you payed attention to the neuro Genesis Vs Depression series you'll see the analogy between the brain and a tree. What your brain removes is as important as what it keeps, how does it know what to get rid off... the thing you wanna forget..no, the thing the makes you sad ...no , the thing you wish you could forget ...no. It gets rid of the stuff that doesn't get used or thought about. The synaptic pruner is just a gardener not a judge and he is a def gardener so he just watches to see what you branches you climb on the most and makes sure to let those grow and gets rid of the rest. So if you had a positive thought 1 time for every 10 negative thoughts chances are that 1 happy thought isn't making the cut so to speak. That is why it is so important to go big when you go positive. Really have the battle within yourself. Force your self to spend time on the branches you don't want to get pruned off.
Plus sleep (Here is a link to The Archive with a ton of how to sleep info) before you fall asleep you enter a theta brain state where you are not awake and not sleep. This when imagination comes in. Let your brain play but make sure it is playing with the safest toys like positive what ifs instead of dread thoughts about the world ending. Instead what if tonight in my sleep my subconscious mind can solve any problem that my conscious mind hasn't been able to solve.
And that's why you should get a worm bin. haha getting off track. Sorry clearly the neuro posts are still on my brain.
The worm bin is a simple way to eat better, to be more conscious of your waste and to participate in the alchmical process of nature. Realize that if done properly your negative thoughts can be pruned from your mind and made into the best soil or new healthy thoughts.
As far as the bin itself it is very simple to make one of these. Get 2 bins and drill some holes. I got my worms from Uncle Jims Worm farm online and they made the voyage just fine. I think this would be very fun for kids as well as adults and it makes me start thinking about getting some other small animal to participate like a turtle or something. That is the next thing to look into for me I guess. What my "turtle taught me about my brain" would be a good blog post....The shell, so much there already.
I hope to grow something with my amazing worm shit soil and once my worm friends get to living and I'll blog about that.
Remember when you were a kid in theta brain. Remember that imagination was all you needed to entertain yourself. Go there again but as a conscious person. The young don't appreciate their innocence and the old don't appreciate their wisdom. Both long for the opposite so go back with your wisdom and play with you imagination. Grow worms.
Welcome to Part 4 of NeuroGenesis Vs Depression
The idea is that a depressed brain is physically shrinking while a happy brain is growing.
I want to know where your brain starts and stops. First thought the brain inside your skull, but then the parts of that brain leading all the way out to your peripheral nervous system. This happy neuro genesis state is not a state of highs and lows it is a growth state and if your brain continues to grow it will start to merge with what we call the outside world. Things start to become extensions of you the thoughts in your mind are no longer separate from the things that we hold in our hands. We see this in dancers or people who have mastered as sport or instrument. We say they are one with the thing and in a very real way they are. This also happens with ideas and everything in our external environment. It is why it is so important to clean your house. Your environment is an extension of your nervous system and a tell about who you really are. If you have ever thought someone really has their shit together and then seem that there practical surroundings are a total mess you can trust the actions and not words. I work in health so remember never to take health advice from a person you don't want to look like. Choose your teachers wisely.
Anyway, where does the brain stop?
The fence between their brain and the thing has turned into a zipper instead of a fence. We feel this sometimes with other people. It is often described as love but not a conditional love as much a self love that over flows into the world around us. This sense can not be experienced by one in shrinking brain depressed state and is amplified by the other mitochondrial dense part of the body that is electromagnetic and puts a pulse into our environment that is and electromagnetic amplification of our nervous system condition of expansion.....the heart.
I know this sounds so fucking hippy of me and since I have been in a depressed state most of my life it is still a new path for my brain but understanding fractal intelligence helps me to follow things through and an expanding brain merges with the "outside world"
You see from one perspective a zipper is fence that keeps the two sides of my jacket from mixing together but on the other hand it holds them together. Like everything else it is a both/neither and you and the outside world can be held together by the very things you think are keeping you apart. This can easily extend out once you get past the difficult neuro pathway of separation being skin keeping your guts from the outside instead of holding your guts to the outside world.
But to bring it all back to neuro genesis the brain must expand and open up in order to be happy. A depressed shrinking brain will close in on ideas that will keep us apart they will keep us isolated feeling like we are in a cave. We are, the cave is the skull the brain is encased in. Break free, venture out into the periphery so that you do not become institutionalized. I say all this to myself. I want so badly to be right and yet I know that when I am merged with everyone around me there is no way for my ego to win as I am playing against myself or it is playing a game with me...both/neither.
I will say, we as humans, we need to pay close attention to the words we use to describe our emotional states as they are often the best descriptions of our physical neurological states. Our ideas are now able to become extensions of ourselves. This blog, this site, is an extension of my brain if you are reading this you are merging with you.
Neuro genesis leads to happy, choose your path and realize it is real physical pathway in your brain right now. Nothing that stops neuro genesis will lead to long term happy so sugar, alcohol, nicotine, negative or ego thoughts blue light and so many other temptations we are hooked on will lead us there. There is no escape from this truth. There are no cheats and there is no third way your brain is always either walking old pathways or creating new ones.
This is the science of happy.
A final thought. Guard your mind. If it leads to growth let it in if it leads to depression get rid of it. Wisdom is knowing the difference between happiness and pleasure. The best way to tell is to ask if it will still be there in the morning what or whoever it is. I say this less about sex and more about a hangover but you get the point and you know the answer. If you don't want to ask then the answer is nope sorry that is pleasure.
Grow your brain and you will find that the bars that you are trapped in are a zipper that holds you to the outside world.
The outside is reaching into you as much as you are reaching out to it. What is sight if not light reaching into your brain. It is up to you if you put sun glasses on to block it or not. If you do you will be left blind as light is sight. In the dark the world can be a scary and lonely place. You can't see that you are held. Life needs you as much as you need it. This rover that your consciousness is riding around in is remote controlled. If the remote controlled car breaks down it doesn't mean that the controller of that car is dead. The physical is biochemically established as a light based remote receiver for a signals. So have fun. Of coarse if you break your rover you can't play with it anymore so own your life and decide if you'd like it to burn out or fade away. No regrets no victims unless it's fun for you in which case you can't take it too seriously. All this was made for you.
In the first two parts of this series I have pointed out that depression is often described as a feeling of being hollow, compressed or becoming less. At least this was my experience with it. Depression involved a certain type of slow death that is a heavy weight that life seems to become. The idea that depression (along with many things in life) are described in what sounds like figurative language but in reality is a literal explanation of what is happening inside the body of the individual even if they do not know the biochemical or neurological level. In the same way that many of my blog posts have attempted to make a very literal connection light fueling the mitochondria and the language we use about our selves when we contain larger amounts of light aka have higher electro magnetic charge.
So the first phase is the lowest material level or going to the sub atomic and working your way up. The brain is packed with mitochondria compared to other parts of the body rivaled only by the heart (I'm sure I will get there eventually but for now the brain) So the brain first has to be addressed on the level of light by optimizing mitochondria and then in the brain itself.
I describe the opposite of depression happiness. Happy is different than high and I understand it and hope you will open yourself up to the idea that when you are learning and specifically learning about something you are authentically interested you are in flow. Imagine all behaviors to be learning so many actions that one may not think of as brain activities very much are. I'm imagining surfing, something I have never done but I think of as a flow state that involves learning the breath of the ocean with its inhales and exhales being the waves coming and going. When we are learning in this way we are establishing neuro genesis in the brain. In other words the brain is expanding and in turn we are happy. We often forget about time. Most people have experienced this but don't necessarily know the foods and behaviors necessary to make those happy flow state learning sessions.
The use of addictive behaviors will prop us up when our brain is shrinking and will give a short term benefit followed by more depression or shrinking of the brain.
You are never not learning but you learning to shirk the brain is just using the the same negative pathways over and over again. The brain requires new path ways to improve which is why closed minded and defensive thinking is a very obvious tell about whether a person is happy or not. This means a flexible brain is not threatened by new ideas.
Creating new paths in the brain is not easy.
It makes me think of the hiking blog I did recently and as I was hiking a I thought these paths are not necessarily the best (meaning the ones that would get you up the mountain the fastest) but they are worn.
It is hard to even think about making that winding path in the picture a straight path but that brain effort is literally what is required in the brain.
If you approach this process as a game it will be much more fun.
Visualizing making new paths in your brain will make new paths in the brain. Practice this in ways that are not so difficult and it will get easier when the difficult challenges come.
Consciously think - oh, I have to intentionally resist the temptation to let my thoughts walk on the same path.
Exercises- think of that you would use to identify yourself. I'm a (fill in the blank) now say the words I might be wrong. Then think it. How might you be wrong.
Ask yourself, have my ideas about this thing changed in the past? The answer is yes. Can they change in the future.....the answer is yes.
How could they change. When the idea pops up that makes you think, nope not that never that. There is your path. Now you can decide to keep walking it or not.
Are you describing yourself as a happy person? I never did. I do now even when I am not in a state of pleasure I am happy that my brain is growing because I am happy to be forging new paths in my mind and in my life which leads me to part 4 ( since I didn't plan on writing any of this)
If you didn't read Neurogenesis Vs Depression Part 1
Theres the link. So heres the thing to know about recovering from depression or at least how I did.
-This takes time - 3 weeks to start and maybe years to really rebuild. All depends on how much damage there is. For me I knew my brain was torn down so I made a conscious effort to rebuild it optimally.
-The things you are doing to survive are probably adding to the problem. No way to grow and shrink the brain at the same time....no way.... no third way, no cheats. Hard truth deal with it.
-No one can do it for you
The good news is that some of these things you can do while you are still in it. The more you do right the more you will recover. Many people are what i call institutionalized or victim people. They don't want to change they want to complain about why they can't. This is not for them.
Also, it will effect you socially either way-
If you start down the road to recovering from depression (a sunken or hollow brain) by growing your brain and being happy people will not know what to make of it.
People are used to you being depressed and if you are in their life then it is probably because you are the person they think of to feel better about themselves. Not always but sometimes. This applies to spouses, friends everyone. How will you know? People will leave. They will cheat. They will find a way to keep you the same. They will consciously or subconsciously try to keep you less than. They will caution you about being too smart, too fit, too happy......and so on. Pay no attention to these people. Let them go. They never loved you or cared about you they just loved feeling better than you. Very few... ( meaning 1 person) in my life made it through my transition and this person doesn't live near me. I'm sure there are lots of people who would love to think that I'm the same old depressed mess I was in my past life.
Ok now on to the to do list. This is in no particular order and is not everything for more ideas go to The Archive page. These are just things specific to neurogenesis and depression.
(see disclaimer in the footer)
Just try these things for 3 weeks - do them - just do them if you are an addict do them while your drunk or high just do them - it doesn't matter if you think they are ridiculous there is deep brain science behind all this
-Eat fish and sea food - lots as much as you want (not fried)
-Eat healthy fats (as much as you want)
-Go keto (eggs, bacon, beef, butter ect)
-Stop sugar all forms the less the better
-Move - any type of movement, exercise or other wise
-Get nature and natural light - as much as possible
-Get your bare feet on the earth
-Take cold showers or get cold
-Stop looking at screens without blue blocking glasses
-Intermittent fasting - eat in a small window start where you can and go from there try to get to a 6 hour window
-Take lions mane mushoom (I recommend mushroom wisdom)
-Take lithium oritate (advanced research)
-Sleep ....but wake up in the morning and look at the sun (not through a window) before you look at your phone
-Meditate - (even iof its only for 5 min)
-Deep breathing (even if its only for five minutes
-Try to stop or reduce addictive substances
-Eat lots of dark chocolate but nothing below 70% better if you tough it out and eat 100% or 90% I make my own savory chocolate
Anything that boosts neurogenesis will off set depression. The more you learn anything the better your brain will be. So if you have any interest start there. if not get interested in finding interests. Try things see what sticks. I now have such along list of things to learn about that I don't have any time to be depressed or to have those old addictions I used to struggle with.
I plan on doing a Part 3 to this series so stay tuned. Please share with anyone you know struggling form depression or getting a benefit from SSRI's as they will benefit even more if they had these behaviors and routines in.
The real key -
Constantly say What If (even if its a what if things get worse you can spin it because they haven't gotten worse yet) and say Then What? keep following it and before you know it things will cycle back. Everything in the universe in cycles. (nothing lasts forever just sometimes its a very long time which lets us learn the only lesson that can remove power from death....patience)
Just remember that the more time you spend forcing your brain to challenge and battle closed negative thinking the more your brain will grow and every battle matters. Look for the excuses.
I go excuse hunting in my mind I search myself for the thoughts I am afraid of and challenge them. I don't always win but I am now standing in my mind like a bloody samurai with dignity instead of a weak little bitch like I was just bowing down to any difficult thought that I couldn't handle.
Maybe your heros aren't really brave at all maybe they are just acting like their heros. Act like yours.
Make this a good story. The only reason depression exists is to give us something to conquer. I'm not grateful I had it.
Absolutely everything I think seems to be both obvious and profound to me.
When I was younger I was a fat, heavy, cigarette smoking, alcoholic. I strategically induced dopamine releases dosed out over time to stay in a perpetual state of spike with no crash......over time I proved this doesn't work. I now know there are no cheats. The lows always balance out the highs. This is a universal law you cannot get around. Guess what is on the other side of the mountain? A valley...consistently. Now that you know, you can enjoy the hike and realize that change is the only constant, and thank god or else we would be faced with the one problem that nature or god or whatever you'd like to call it has, which is boredom.
I could talk about this forever but a part of me doesn't want the secret to get out because if too many people figure out that everything that exists will swing back the other way, then there will be no fear, no villain, and no fun for the universe to play the hero.
So regarding neurogenesis: I have spent a great deal of time and energy learning about fractals. I often think of the brain an our nervous system as a tree in our body. When I was an alcoholic I was unknowingly chasing dopamine and destroying my neurogenesis and ultimately my brain. Alcohol stops the dopamine blocker in the brain (that normally shuts off when it's supposed to) so that you feel good along with a slew of other symptoms: vision issues, inhibited motor function, slurred speech, black outs, etc. This is really neurotoxicity or short term brain damage. I did not know this. I just knew that I didn't feel good sober and that certain behavior made me feel better. It was a self-medicating strategy. I didn't have enough neurological margin to make it through the day to invest in long term happiness, so I had to settle for short term highs. I was depressed. Think about the word depression. Here is the definition:
Take note of the 2nd definition listed above: a sunken place. This is a depressed brain. The point is, a shirking brain feels depressed and a growing brain feels happy. A depressed brain relies on short-term dopamine highs and a long-term happy brain has sustainable serotonin. Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters. They are always changing and I'm not trying to absolutize one over the other, but I will say that SSRI anti-depressants stand for Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors; meaning that the re-uptake of serotonin is stopped so there is more of it.
So why is it so hard to break free of depression? Lots of reasons, but the one I want to point out is that neurogenesis refers to a growing brain. This is common in kids because they are learning so much so fast. It's also common in people who are engaged in multiple engagements and activities. Happiness is reserved for people that can handle change. The reward of being open to learning is a brain that grows, which equates to a happy person. Here is the hard part: when the new pathways in the brain are emerging, it is like the birth of a new version of you. Giving birth (I've heard) is very challenging and painful, yet rewarding. Giving birth to new ideas and in turn a new brain is no different. If you are a visual learner, watch the 2 videos below: one is neurogenesis and the other is a seed growing over a 21 day period.
21 days is significant because that is about how long it takes for new neuro pathways to form. When I was drinking, I was just trying to make it through the day. I could never seem to get far enough ahead to make it the 3 weeks to learn and in turn be happy, so I just kept living pay check to pay check in my depressed brain.
It's important to understand that you are both the roots growing and the grounds surrounding the roots so to speak, and that is why it is so painful to learn and change. Wether conscious or subconscious, a part of me worried that if I became a happy person I wouldn't be me anymore. I was a drinker, I was a punk and city boy, a smoker. At the time I didn't want to lose myself and turn into some hippy, nature buff, typing on a health blog while intermittent fasting. I didn't know any better. When you see the plant grow, at no point do you think it's no longer the same plant even though it changes as it grows. If you have similar thoughts, trust that it is safe to change. The change will take time (at least 3 weeks), and you won't hardly notice it.
So growing brains are happy. In part 2 I'll tell you the things I did to get the margin to make it through my days and the weeks required for me to grow my brain along with what you can do to break out of any rut you find yourself in. Just be willing to give birth to those new ideas about becoming a happier version of yourself. Alcohol and other chemicals stunt and kill the idea babies the same way they do real babies. Part 2 is on the way. Until then, think about growing your brain and being happy. What would that look like?
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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