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lucky 2.0
October 5th, 2007, 07:42 PM
Good article:

Brains can recover from alcoholic damage but patients should stop drinking as soon as possible (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-12/oup-bcr121406.php)

October 6th, 2007, 04:47 AM
Thanks lucky.......interesting and encouraging article, but am pissed off at how they excluded heavy smokers from their study, as can`t deduce if the brain of a smoker would recover as rapidly after quitting drinking. No worries.......am going on the nicotine patches on Mon.......hoping against hope that I can quit my last remaining disgusting habit.

Starlight Impress x

Roberta Jewell
October 21st, 2007, 04:25 PM
Brain function


Thanks for sharing this information. I've been following this with a great deal of interest for some time and was thrilled to learn that we can, in fact, recover from alcohol induced damage to our brains. For many years, researchers said this simply wasn't true. It's also one of the reasons I've been so passionate about promoting exercise. Recent animal studies indicate physical exercise may stimulate protective mechanisms that contribute to brain recovery.

As you know, many of our members are particularly concerned about this topic because one of the medications they take, Topamax, can further exacerbate, at least short term, cognitive capabilities. Some people have found that the nootroprics I recommend in my book, Olmifon and Adrafinil, are helpful in getting them over the hump. But what about long term?

For those who struggle with this, or are interested in more information, I highly recommend "The Better Brain Book" by David Perlmutter, M.D. It's well researched and contains a specific action plan to help you improve your memory and prevent early brain aging. His recommendations for dietary supplements include the Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin D, DHA, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Ginko Biloba, NAC, and Vinpocetine. Please see the book for details; you'll be asked to do a brain audit and a specific plan will be suggested.

Another supplement Perlmutter recommends and one we're very excited about is Phosphatidylserine, or PS. Of particular interest is the work of Dr. Thomas Crook, a highly regarded researcher who published a study in the Journal of Neurology regarding his clinical trial with 149 healthy men and women. The results were staggering. Crook concluded that phosphatidylserine was able to turn the clock back on the subjects' brains by an average of 12 years. The abstract is here (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&uid=2027477&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google) and an article from Better Nutrition provides more information (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FKA/is_6_61/ai_55618780).

We now sell PS in our Health Store in the new "Brain Health (http://shop.capalo.com/cat_brain_health.cfm)" section but you can source it from many places. We encourage you to learn more about this remarkable supplement and the dozens of studies that have been conducted related to its protective and healing properties.

For anyone who is serious about ramping up your brain power, we would challenge you to do the following for the next 12 weeks:

* Take a PS supplement every day (100 to 300 mg daily, preferably a brand with Ginko Biloba)
* Make an effort to exercise your mind each day. Do word games, puzzles, learn a new word.
* Give yourself a regular quiz. For instance, before attending an event or watching a television show, write a list of ten questions. Test yourself afterwards to see how well you answered. Keep track of your results from the beginning to end of the 12 week period.
* Do relaxation exercises daily if you do not now
* Make sure to take your regular supplements
* Exercise at least 20-30 minutes three times a week
* Get adequate sleep
* Laugh! And keep a positive attitude. Nip negative thoughts in the bud.
* If you drink, do so in moderation
* Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies.

Report back in 12 weeks and let us know how you're doing!


October 21st, 2007, 04:34 PM
Thanks RJ,
Reversing 12 yrs` worth of damage inflicted on the brain by alcohol is amazing........PS is very interesting.

Also, we should all take exercise seriously if it can aid brain recovery.

Starlight Impress x

October 21st, 2007, 04:48 PM
Looks like "synchronicity" here...or is it the holy spirit?!! Please, please, please tell me this was not a set up and it is the universe speaking.

October 21st, 2007, 05:03 PM
While we have known for three decades that smoking is a leading cause of cancer death, we have finally acknowledged that second hand smoke can cause the same problems as firsthand smoke. When Nicotine is absent in the user, the individual experiences withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, in many cases, people are at risk to live with heart complications for the rest of their lives. People who use tobacco products frequently depend upon it to provide these side effects to help them accomplish certain tasks at specific levels. On the average, tobacco use increases the heart rate 10 to 20 beats per minute and it increases the blood pressure reading by 5 to 10 millimeters of mercury (because it constricts the blood vessels). This tolerance and inherent addiction is what makes stopping smoking so difficult. Nicotine's effect upon hormonal activities is also present. A company called Celanese has created a chemical that, when injected in the human body, intercepts nicotine before it gets to the brain. It also contains greater amounts of nicotine and tar, both strong and addictive toxins

) Nicotine is felt, by many researches and scientists including the surgeon general, to be as addictive as heroin or cocaine. In early 1993, in fact, the EPA classified second hand smoke a Class A carcinogen. The Public Health Service has declared cigarettes and tobacco to be our most common form of drug dependency

Something a friend and I were discussing only 6 months ago was the effects of smoking from an addiction point of view. The above text was a return post I got off him. I've always thought tobacco was a more addictive drug than some Class A drugs and alcohol.

I've smoked for years know and I must admit I've never thought of quitting until I decided to stop drinking. I started out as a social smoker or a pissed smoker I should say. The booze and the fags went hand in hand but I progressed into smoking full time about 10 years ago. I'd love to give them up but I want to concentrate on the booze first.

Love and Happiness

October 21st, 2007, 05:10 PM
I feel relatively safe from the booze now, hip. I`ve smoked 20 a day for the past 25 yrs. and had never even given quitting a thought until I quit the booze. Strange thing is, since I quit the drink, I find that my tolerance of tobacco smoke is much reduced........I really do find the habit totally vile now, so I think that says I will manage to quit. Am not being over-ambitious though........would be nice to think I could manage to be an ex-smoker by Christmas.

Starlight Impress x

Roberta Jewell
October 21st, 2007, 05:13 PM

Not a set up or the universe speaking so far as I know. Simply me sharing some research as we introduce a new product. Lucky knew nothing of this so I want to be clear if there is any question about it. I had posted similar research a couple months ago as some of you may recall, because I have a particular interest in this subject.

Thanks for all feedback.


October 21st, 2007, 05:19 PM
Beautiful! "Great minds run in the same gutter"...you know how powerful ideas are transmitted such that scientists come up with the same discovery at the same time. Fascinating phenomena.

October 21st, 2007, 09:06 PM
I too have been investigating some of the phospholipid nutrients.

Common lecithin, derived from soybeans, contains three prominent phospholipids which are phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, and phosphatidylinositol.

My grandmother always said lecithin was good for alcohol recovery, and I believe the mechanisms are sound. Scientific studies seem inconclusive on that particular front.

Add to that, the PS, or phosphatidylserine is also derived from soy, then perhaps it makes some sense to increase soy products in our diets.

I switched over to soy milk here recently, about three months ago when I began my new diet, and it seems to make a difference. In addition, a lot of the other food products I buy now have soy proteins, or whole soy flour in them.

Perhaps the common soybean, which is grown around here in many fields, has more benefits to the recovering drinker than has yet been found.

On the exercise front, many of you know that I cross-train in a wide variety of exercises. In my thinking, activating as many different systems as possible, via different exertion modes, can only be of greater total benefit than just one type of activity. I switch back and forth between muscular resistance and cardio type exercise on alternate days. 6 days a week. About 20-30 minutes each session, with alternate methods of stretching to compliment the activity.

It works!!

Be well.


October 26th, 2007, 01:08 PM
good stuff

Thanks RJ and everyone, enjoyed all the info!!:thanks:

MA:h :l

October 29th, 2007, 12:16 PM
thank you lucky and RJ this is very informative and helpful.

December 22nd, 2007, 03:09 PM
Thanks for the info Roberta and for going throught the trouble of researching and putting this program together. I did get the Phosphatidylserine right away having read about the concern of the brain and alcohol previous to finding this site. I knew right away I wanted that product. I also had read the ravaging affects of alcohol on the entire body. Alcohol causes the body to not adequately use the nutrients introduced into the body. Bad enough trying to eat enough good food to get those nutrients and them not being used muchless not even taking supplements. The body is then actually starving for nutrition. Sad.

So yes, no drinking, eating right, and using good supplements, and exercise with some daily spinkles of the wonderful MWO cd's. Yummy! A recipe for a wonderful life.

OK, well, not just that but also looking at your life and understand why you felt the need to run away by drinking and see what other changes you can make. Learn what activities to do to replce that hole. Learn more about yourself, your needs, and what desires you have that you may want to fullfill. Learn to love yourself for who you are now. Now I am done ;)

February 1st, 2008, 12:09 AM
Just wanted to bring this topic up again, and give a personal account.

I got some high quality phosphatidylserine several weeks ago, and just now got around to including it in my supplement packages. I took a dose in the AM before heading off for work.

Just one dose, and within hours some most profound mental sensations. I don't usually respond to most supplements this strongly, and some times not at all, but this compound is pretty amazing.

Anyway, the main effect was a quite pleasant lifting of my whole attitude towards the day to day things usually taken as drudgery. High speed anti-depressant effect almost, without any negative side effects.

Also, a sharpening of sensory acuity in sight, smell, and hearing.

The PS works quite well for me! I anticipate further improvements with continued dosing over the next few days.

Like all supplements, no doubt it will not work for most folks this quickly or dramatically, but I am really astounded at how well this one worked for me.


February 1st, 2008, 12:12 AM
Thanks for that Neil. I noticed the health store here recently started carrying it and I was interested in trying it....

February 1st, 2008, 12:20 AM
I am definitely going to try it...thanks everyone

February 1st, 2008, 12:24 PM
I too started taking PS today. I ordered it from vitacost.com and even at that rate it was expensive.

I don't feel anything yet, but I will let you know.

Fresh Hope
February 1st, 2008, 12:56 PM
Very interesting PS thank to all for the info
XTexan what brand PS did you buy?


February 1st, 2008, 02:00 PM
Rosalind;264922 wrote: I too started taking PS today. I ordered it from vitacost.com and even at that rate it was expensive.

I don't feel anything yet, but I will let you know.
Ok, checking back.

I definitely do feel a lessening of depression already and I just started on PS today!

I have been very depressed lately because I am recovering from pneumonia and have been too tired to do anything and haven't gone anywhere except to the doctor who put me on an antibiotic.

Already I feel more hopeful, this P.S. stuff is amazing stuff!

February 5th, 2008, 06:26 PM
Do you take the PS with meals or on an empty stomach? And how much per day?

Also, does it have a stimulant effect? (I am hyper when not drinking, and can't tolerate any stimulants, not even a cup of coffee!).

Taking Control
May 2nd, 2008, 03:14 PM
I am posting so that this interesting thread goes to the top.

Taking Control
November 24th, 2008, 11:13 AM
Bumping this up for Beatle

November 24th, 2008, 11:40 AM
Thanks so much, Taking Control!

Obviously, I should have been taking the PS, since I forgot that this thread was on this forum (I was sure it was on Holistic Healing forum!).

Anyway, my questions haven't yet been answered, and I'm still cautious because I am afraid about it making me hyper. Even though I am depressed, I am also hyper and don't want to take anything that exacerbates that tendency, since that is also what makes me want to drink (to calm down).

I actually have a bottle of PS, and I only took it once, and I did notice a sort of clearing of the head and spurt of energy, but I also thought it made me kind of shaky, like coffee does, so am not sure if I want to continue. Maybe that was something else, though, that caused that shaky effect.

I'd also like to know if it is best taken with or without food and how much per day.

Also, I read that ginko should not be taken with alfalfa, which I am taking now. (The MWO brand has ginko in it). Anyone know anything about this?