Some movies are based on an idea that in the future a human brain can be placed into a robots body citing the best of both worlds. Unfortunately the science is wrong because the robot body cannot provide blood at the correct viscosity and temperature and oxygen to the brain.
It's easy to get confused about our conscious self and that part of us that seems to run by itself. Of course it is just one body but for this discussion let's simplify and call our conscious self "Cself" and your body's autonomous systems controller and general manager "Aself".
Now imagine that the Cself of our body is the CEO of our body as well as an Advisory and Backup support person for Aself. Cself needs us (See Part 9). We (Cself) are Aself's source of knowledge and we have been teaching it to remember things since we were born. The Aself part of us looks after us and it is the Cself in us that has to make sure that this wonderful lightweight organic body of cells is well looked after. It lives comfortably inside our bony skull however it still can be damaged.
What are we talking about? Isn’t all of my Mind controlled by me?
Well yes and no because sometimes Aself will go ahead without Cself and it does influence Cself's decisions. Have you thought about who controls your body when you are breathing, eating or drinking or even walking? Do you personally have to think about every single move that you make or have you realised that our body is like these new autonomous motor vehicles as it does lots of things all by itself. Obviously something is controlling all of these. You are always teaching Aself many things like when you were a child on how to put a spoon full of food into your mouth. That took some time. You crawled on the floor for some time before you learned how to walk, or ride a bike. Now imagine you are about to cross a road: you look around and you (Cself) are about to cross over and someone toots their horn. Who thinks about what to do next. Actually Aself takes over a few microsecond before Cself actually hears the sound. Aself prioritises the neuron for you ears, recognises the possibility of danger and Aself stop you moving. All of this happens just as you, Cself, hears the sound. Aself didn't wait for Cself. Actually so many people walk while watching their smart phone get hurt because they aren't paying attention and Aself isn't getting any feedback for the senses.
Of course both Cself and Aself can manage without many parts of our body and we can even manage to survive brain damage. One thing is quite clear; Aself can do most things without any help from us.
Let’s learn what can damage our brain?
Before we do this let’s pause for a bit. We all lose cells and even if you have done some weird things and you understand what you have read and you realise that you’ve probably killed a few grey cells there is some hope. Firstly the fact you can still read and still think is a good sign (smile). It can rebuild new cells but of course you will have to make substantial changes in the Cself part of this amazing system
List of things that kill brain cells
- Bullets (Gunshot)
- If you get shot in the head. Obviously this is not good but it does happen so …!
- A concussion is a result of a violent blow to the head that can cause unconsciousness. Always make sure you are wearing proper equipment for various sports and/or a helmet when riding your bike or motorcycle just to be on the safe side.
- Contusion (Cerebral)
- A contusion is different from a concussion in that it is a bruise on actual cell tissue.
- This is caused by severe blows to cause bruising. Wear a helmet on a bike perhaps and don’t get into fights.
- Head banging
- Many people love to bang their heads (i.e. shaking their heads fast and hard) to heavy metal or rock music.
- If you get into a car accident and suffer extreme whiplash, it may jolt your head to the point where cells are killed. If your head comes in contact with a hard surface during the whipping motion, this may result in significant damage to your brain and cell loss. Take care when driving or being driven
- Alzheimer’s disease.
- Not much help at the moment but scientists are working on this sad condition.
- Dehydration (Severe)
- Keep yourself hydrated to avoid an unnecessary loss of cells.
- Cerebral hypoxia
- Hypoxia occurs when your cells aren’t getting enough oxygen. Neurons are extremely sensitive to oxygen levels and if oxygen levels are depleted, your cells start to die off. Blood carries oxygen so our heart and lungs need to be operating for our cells to survive
- Lyme disease
- Causes memory problems as well as cell death.
- Loss of cells
- Sleep Apnoea
- If your breathing becomes obstructed, you will not get enough oxygen to keep cells alive and healthy.
- Can cause major damage and involves extensive recovery to help get yourself back on track.
- Air pollution
- Gas from appliances, open fuel fires, or heaters consuming oxygen and with the house sealed to keep out cold (it keeps out fresh air also) is probably more dangerous than outdoor contamination of air. It is very important to make sure you are getting enough oxygen
- Carbon Monoxide
- Carbon monoxide poisoning results in a fairly quick cell death if immediate action is not taken to fix the problem. (see air pollution)
- Lead exposure/Mercury toxicity
- These are not common today but remember old houses used lead paint and mercury is in some batteries
- Everyone working in a home garden or even walking in a greengrocers store may be exposed to pesticides. If your skin start to feel itchy, or if your throat starts to close, get away from that place as soon as possible because you are in danger from an allergic reaction.
- A lot of people do not have a reaction and the pesticide will just be absorbed through your skin and cause problems inside.
- Just keep in mind that if you work with pesticides, you are putting your body at risk. This means regardless of what it is make sure you cover up all parts of your body. After work remove clothes and place them into water ready for washing. If you have a reaction go straight to the nearest shower and take an antihistamine.
- Welding fumes
- The fumes from welding contain high amounts of manganese that will kill cells
- Fluoride is found in things like toothpaste and drinking water. Although it is another highly controversial substance like aspartame, the general unproven consensus seems to be that it is bad for cells.
- Formaldehyde is a well-known human carcinogen, nevertheless millions of tons per year are used for building materials and household products. It highly toxic and exposure can cause problems within the central nervous system. New house or new car smells might include this chemical.
- There have been many reports on the abuse of formaldehyde as bleaching agents and preservatives in food. This is serious and important that we wash carefully all vegetables, fruits and where possible eat freshly caught fish.
- Nearly all solvents are poisonous if swallowed. Sniffing solvents, a popular pastime by some, can cause severe damage and death.
- Aspartame is an artificial sweetener. Aspartame contains amino acids that are capable of cell damage
- Chemotherapy cause cells to die off rapidly, but certain drugs given post-treatment continue to damage and kill neurons. Most chemotherapeutic agents target rapidly dividing cells – an extremely common trait of cancerous cells. Because these agents kill rapidly dividing cells, they also kill cells that divide rapidly as a part of their normal everyday functioning.
- Source: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/1312/common-cancer-treatments-toxic-to-healthy-brain-cells.aspx