Create a Better Brain Through Neuroplasticity – Concussions and Corona Virus Open Thread

Create a Better Brain Through Neuroplasticity – Concussions and Corona Virus Open Thread March 22, 2020

Weird talk from Hooterville. Debi and Shoshanna share how to stay healthy from Coronavirus. I’ll spare you actually having to watch the damned thing, it’s garlic. Lots and lots of garlic. Makes as much sense as this stupid book.

They at least gave a disclaimer about how they aren’t doctors, just medical researchers. Debi says that letting your kids play outside with other kids is the way to go. Debi also says you get 5 days of dry cough before the virus really kicks in. And breathe through a ‘wet warshragg’. Largely useless information.

Garlic can work as a low level antibiotic, I take it for sinus infections (thanks Cindy Kunsman!), but in capsule and in much MUCH higher doses that Herbalist Shoshanna is recommending here. I do 8 to 10 thousand milligrams every four hours.

They are also recommending the standard supplements everyone is promoting, vitamin D, vitamin C, Zinc, etc.

Feel free to talk about the Coronavirus in the comments.

Now onto this hot mess of a ridiculous book. Last week about Stinking Thinking is here. We are on to the chapter on concussions. I don’t know how many of you saw the movie “Concussion” or read the series of articles that the movie is based upon, but it’s an eyeopening look at how horribly the NFL hid the long term consequences of repeated concussions in their players. Many of the players have developed some form of CTE Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and it has wrecked many of their lives.

Look, I’m not going to do like Debi and break down what a concussion is, how it happens, or the symptoms here. We’re all adults, and with the NFL and CTE in the news so often I think it’s pretty safe to assume we all know what this is. Debi spends six pages yammering on.

“The best thing to do for concussions is to avoid activities that are likely to cause them.”

This is all followed by one of her beta editors for the book talking about her own concussions, car wreck, car wreck, boinked on the head by a walnut.

Seriously? A walnut? Was it being shot out of a cannon or grenade launcher?

“If I could go back and do life over, I would study some kind of brain something.”

I am sorry, but it seriously sounds like there’s more at play here than car wrecks and walnuts.

She goes on to claim that post menopausal women are always more emotional after a pile of TBI Traumatic Brain Injuries. She repeats the brain stem lie that Debi pushes about Dr. Paul Bach-Y-Rita’s father as giving her hope that she could recover from that walnut boink.

Doctor and qEEG later shows that parts of her brain are malfunctioning. Reams of pages about her feelings and mood swings and we’re out of this. For once Debi has no suggestions of what to do with your kids. Nothing. De nada. Zippity do dah!

Next week we look at “Mindfulness”? What? Didn’t Debi half-assed cover that already in a few chapters. I think Debi is as bored with this book as I am.

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  • AFo

    If garlic was really the answer, southern Italy would be fine since they put garlic on everything. I think I’ll trust the medical community and stick to rigorous hand washing and sanitizing

  • Saraquill

    Garlic is yummy. If I don’t go easy on it, I get ac1d burns in my chest and throat. No thank you.

  • DoctorDJ

    We were doing about 60 mph in our new car on a country highway, and we stuck a walnut falling from an overhanging tree. POW! put a nice dent in the front of the hood of the car.
    So maybe this person had their head hanging out the window? Woulda cracked her skull.

  • Polytropos

    Well, all that garlic should help them with social distancing if nothing else.

  • otrame


    I used to love football. Can’t watch it anymore.

  • otrame

    We were working under a bridge once. It was a good 50 ft above us. Some of the kids were complaining about being forced to wear hard hats until a truck full of feed corn went by over head, dribbling a few kernels. One hit a guy on his hard hat with a ping so loud everyone stopped and stared at him. No more complains about hard hats.

  • otrame

    I’m amazed it took that long for someone to say that.

  • Polytropos

    So am I.

  • French Pandora

    *Bring a plate full of plantain fritters*

  • Raging Bee

    Well, southern Italy is doing a bit better than NORTHERN Italy, which is where most of the COVID-19 cases are…and also where most of the fascists are. Just sayin’…

  • Linda

    It didn’t help that Italy’s gov brought in 300,000 Chinese workers.

  • Raging Bee

    Citation required, including evidence that any of those Chinese workers actually brought the virus to Italy.

  • Linda

    It’s easy to look up. Certainly you have the ability to do that. My search function is temp unavailable. If you can’t maybe some adult can do it and learn for themselves.

  • Raging Bee

    Yeah, right, the dog ate your citation. Go f00k yourself, you stupid nativist cow.

  • SAO

    My guess would be that the most common source of concussions for women is domestic abuse, as in wife beating and “training up” children.

    We laughed when we discovered our local store was out of garlic. Vanquish Vampires and Viruses!

  • Delilah Hart

    Does she know that mindfulness stems from Buddhist practices? Also, isn’t there a huge difference between an antibiotic and an antiviral?

  • Delta

    “We are not doctors, just medical researchers” They’re not even that! But sure.

  • Delta

    Is that supposed to be helpful in any way?

    People (predominantly elderly and disabled people, but not exclusively — and you know how much fascists love disabled people /s) are dying because there’s not enough medical resources to go around, and your response is “hmm, that’s where the bigots live”?

  • Delta

    So if you think inability to search means that a person is childish…

    What does that mean for you, who “temporarily” is unable to?

    You are the one who made the assertion; it is your responsibility to back it up.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Ladies, please break it up.. this is not helpful. Save the rancor for the Pearls.

  • Aloha 2

    Italy is a super-popular vacation spot. More travelers and tourists mean more risk — whether or not they are of Asian descent.

    So I’m just agreeing with you here.

  • Raging Bee

    Yeah, Venice is certainly popular, at least, and that’s in the north. And I’m sure there’s plenty of cruises that cover MOST of Italy’s coastal towns, including the north.

  • Aloha 2

    I didn’t know garlic is an anti-biotic.

    I consume tons of garlic, usually as garlic powder and just cloves.

    Strange that Shoshanna jumps directly to garlic in pill form. It seems like the more natural forms would work better.

  • Person223

    Argh. It’s an open secret that the Italians have been bringing Chinese to work in their clothing industry because Italians don’t want to do the work but the Made in Italy tag has value in the marketplace so they didn’t want to send production overseas. So it’s all made in Italy with Chinese labor.

  • Raging Bee

    That’s not what I asked you to prove. Oh, and that article you cited was OVER SIX YEARS OLD, so it has nothing at all to do with who may or may not have brought COVID-19 to Italy. So, thanks for proving you’re a flaming racist; you may go now.

  • All that garlic will help with the social distancing for sure.

  • You beat me to it by ten hours.

  • That’s… a really good point.

  • Cynthia

    Yes there is, and antibiotics don’t help against viruses.

  • But you can get secondary bacterial infections that kinda “piggyback” in and take advantage of the already-weakened organs and immune system. You want to, ideally, prevent that from happening, or more realistically, treat at the first signs of infection so it doesn’t have a chance to really get brewing.

  • Jennny

    TBI interests me since my friend’s husband fell off a horse in 2000, appeared to recover from concussion, but has subtle personality changes that only family and close friends notice – but it makes him harder to live with. I remember my mum, who was born in the 1910s using the expression when someone behaved a little strangely, ‘He must have been dropped on his head as a child.’ It was said by others I knew too. It’s good to read that the dangers of TBI to sportspeople are now being better understood and precautions taken, especially for children doing ball sports in schools (soccer, rugby in the UK.)
    What I know about psychology can be written on the back of a postcard…but I do wonder if more of the population has received damage to the brain from a bump or a fall or during sports which manifests itself subtly over the years than we realise. And I do seriously think something like that may well have happened to the crazies we read about here, like Lori, Debi, Nancy and the menfolk too..
    This article supports my amateur’s theory on the effects TBI may have over many years, an academic study shows that half of the homeless may have suffered a TBI….

  • Linda

    And I will when my search app is working again.

    No reason all of you can’t pull it up on your own, except you chose to avoid truth like the plague.

  • Nea

    Mikey Pearl’s “demonstration” of how to severely abuse a child included high-force impact to the head1, so you’re probably right.

  • Nea

    But she can sell the pills, as opposed to just picking up garlic at the local store.

  • Saraquill

    It might be one of those instances where using the Block feature helps. I know it’s given me peace of mind.

  • Delta

    Yup. That hasn’t been reported as much with covid-19 though, from what I’ve read (which could be incorrect or outdated)… The main threat seems to be primary pneumonia.

  • Delta

    I don’t think anything has to be physically “wrong” with someone for them to be abusive1, racist, or misogynist. I get that it makes many healthy people feel better to think that a normal person could never do such a thing. But the reality is that we live in a world where certain groups have historically had lots of power over other groups… And some members of those groups are very angry about any perceived loss in their unjust power over others.

    Doesn’t take a TBI, just years of being told & telling yourself you’re better than everyone else.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I think that is likely what is driving Lori Alexander’s most awful behavior. She has had a brain tumor, and what I read about those it seems that a post tumor personality change for the worse sometimes happens.

  • Cynthia

    One thing that’s interesting is that apparently once you get some viruses, it isn’t so much the virus itself as it is the immune response to it that can cause severe problems. So, the somewhat counter-intuitive answer may be to treat with medications that suppress the immune response.

    Actemra, a drug currently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, is in FDA trials to see how it helps people with severe COVID-19.

  • persephone

    Sure, it had absolutely nothing to do with tourism, not at all. *eyeroll*

  • persephone

    I read something about the pneumonia response results from the body fighting the virus, creating too much mucus and then is unable to clear it.

  • persephone

    If you haven’t seen it, the doc on Aaron Hernandez is eye-opening in regard to CTE.