Anita Kemp Ph.D. Blog

Ideas for a healthy body, mind and spirit.

Brain Changing

Yes, there is much information out there about the ability of the brain to change dramatically. We are very flexible and always developing in new ways. Check out the wonderful summary of some of the research in Norman Doidge’s book THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF. You will be amazed. But that’s not all. Genes also get turned on and off depending upon our thoughts and actions. Surprise! Herbert Benson, the father of the Relaxation Response, found that just 8 weeks of relaxation training changes the genes. Some genes are turned on and others turned off. The ones that are turned on create faster cell regeneration and more destruction of free radicals – good things for our health. Inflammation genes are turned down. The mind can affect gene expression. Check out Dawson Church’s book, THE GENIE IN YOUR GENES, for review of some of this type of research. Then make a decision to take time in your life for relaxation training or meditation. The benefits are great!

May 23, 2011 - Posted by | Emotional Well Being

1 Comment »

  1. Another excellent book on changing your brain is: Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, by Sharon Begley. I originally got this book because my dad had a stroke and I was interested in neuroplasticity for him. However, this book covers so much more than just stroke recovery. It is written for the layperson, and includes many interesting and illuminating anecdotes and examples.

    Comment by Stacey Laub | March 18, 2012 | Reply

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