Sunday, March 08, 2009

Book Review

What would happen if your brain could experience the joy it was created to experience? Dr. Earl Henslin has written a book about that very thing, This Is Your Brain On Joy. He makes very a valid point that our brains have experienced the fall of creation just as all other facets of creation. Death and illness came as a result of one man, Adam, and salvation comes from the death and resurrection of the second Adam, Jesus. So our brains for the most part aren't normal and the good news according to Dr. Henslin is there is help.

Dr. Henslin talks about the rat experiment where rats in cages became addicted to morphine rather than chose nutrition. Do you remember that study in any psych. class? Well, a Canadian researcher, Bruce Alexander, decided to redo that study, but this time he left a few in the colorless cages alone and the rest he built for them an interactive area full of color and stimulation. The same choices were given: nutrition by one button and morphine by the other. The rats in the cages became addicted but in the "rat park" there was no addiction. The next part of the study this researcher took the addicted rats from their cages and introduced them to the rat park. These addicted rats weened themselves off the morphine choosing nutrition instead. His point is anybody in a colorless, no-stimulation, lonely cell would become addicted to morphine just to escape the lack of stimulation. The rats were not stupid nor more prone to addiction if given the option except as a use from escaping a dismal reality.

Now Dr. Henslin points out that even in creatively stimulating environments, there are humans that become addicted because their brains are broken and cannot process their environment in the correct way. So then he breaks the brain down into very easy to understand language by using the rooms of the house as parts of the brain. People who are overly anxious when brain scans are done have an over active "basement" or basal ganglia which he calls the basement of giant fears. Basically the scan of a joyful peaceful brain looks somewhat like a smiley face. Dr. Henslin works with Dr. Daniel G. Amen, who is an expert on ADD, in using SPECT (single photon emission computerized tomography) images in treating problems such as ADD, anger, addictions, depression and compulsive issues.

It is a fascinating book and I would recommend it to anyone who is personally struggling with an issue or has a family member or loved one suffering with an issue. I myself read my description of which I sort of figured, as Temporal ADD. A type of ADD with issues in the temporal lobes that controls anger and quick temper is part of the description.

Dr. Henslin also gives OTC treatment recommendations and Rx suggestions for you to take to your physician to discuss options. His point is there is medication for some of the more difficult issues but if given a standard protocol med for a simple diagnosis when more could be determined with a brain scan, then treatment might not be as effective.

My only complaint is that every recommendation made where nutrition was given coffee or caffeine was recommended to be left out of your diet. Well, uh, um, NO! I will keep my coffee thankyouverymuch!


Anonymous said...

Dropping in from SITS.

The books sounds very interesting and the theory sounds pretty...logical is the only word I can think of to use. Too bad I'm horrible with reading nonfiction. LOL.

Have a great week!

Vivian M said...

It is so amazing how far medicine has come from my parents birth until today. All these amazing scans and treatments that exist!