2265 North Clybourn Avenue    Chicago, IL 60614    P: 773.296.6700     F: 773.296.1131

Your Brain: Maybe It’s a Human Version of Computer Overload

Click here for the original post.

Maybe there’s nothing wrong with your brain at all. Maybe it’s a human version of computer overload.

Stop and reflect on the amount of information our parents or grandparents dealt with every day and compare it to the volume of 24/7 info-tainment most of us are exposed to today.

In the distant past, Dad had one relatively simple, straightforward job, often lasting for years, and usually a job he didn’t bring home. Mom did household management, maybe an outside part-time job, kids, social activities. Homework in the evening, and if you were good maybe some, but certainly not unlimited, TV. You were reading a book. You went to an occasional movie at the theater. Vacation meant driving to a cabin to rest and restore.

Ponder our lives today: more complex jobs (often multiple jobs–and with uncertain futures, at that) requiring a lot of multi-tasking, mental attention, and mountains of e-mail. Balancing work and family. At work–and after work too–more e-mail, news via five different pieces of technology, hundreds of cable channels, cell phones, blackberries, your home computer, and a calendar filed with children’s activities and places to be. With iPods everywhere, lengthy periods of actual silence, which allow your brain to just chill out for a while, have become distant memory.

A few weeks ago, I was looking through issues of LIFE Magazine from the 1930s through the 1950s. Families around dinner tables, talking to each other. In living rooms, listening to the radio, playing records, watching TV.

In a nutshell, we’re assaulted by a lot of additional and generally useless information all day long. When our brains can’t keep track of everything, we think there’s something wrong with them.

Remember, in holistic medicine, symptoms (like your brain fog) don’t necessarily mean disease. The symptoms can be a message–in this case, your body telling you about a lifestyle it simply doesn’t like and wants you to change. Too bad your brain can’t send you an e-mail. You’d probably pay attention to a note that read: “This is your brain. You are mucking me up.”

Try taking a little break once a day. Go for a walk and look around. Don’t listen to music or check your messages along the way. Break away from all technology for an hour each day and let your mind wander.

Stroll through nature. Okay, I hear you. You’re very busy. And that is part of the problem.

Relax and breathe.

Next time: why stress matters in how your brain functions.

Leave a Comment


Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, delicious and time-saving recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!

BIRTHDAY

Health Tips

Dr. Edelberg’s Health Tips contain concise bits of advice, medical news, nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical updates, and stress relief ideas. With every Health Tip, you’ll also receive an easy, delicious, and healthful recipe.

When you sign up to receive Health Tips, you can look forward to Dr. Edelberg’s smart and very current observations arriving in your in-box weekly. They’re packed with helpful information and are often slightly irreverent. One of the most common responses to the tips is “I wish my doctor talked to me like this!”

Quick Connect

Get One Click Access to our

patient-portal

The Knowledge Base

Patient education is an integral part of our practice. Here you will find a comprehensive collection of staff articles, descriptions of therapies and nutritional supplements, information addressing your health concerns, and the latest research on nutritional supplements and alternative therapies.

Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!

Upcoming Workshops

**Adrenal Boost!
Wednesday, December 4, 6-8pm
With Caley Scott, ND, and Renee Zambo, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist

Course Fee: $75.00

Feeling Tired? Need help improving fatigue? Learn to boost energy with WholeHealth Chicago’s Naturopath Caley Scott and Yoga Therapist Renee Zambo. More →

**Facial Guasha Class
Thursday, December 5, 6-7:30pm
Hosted by Mari Stecker, LAc

Course Fee: $75.00
(includes take-home facial guasha tool and custom anti-aging facial oil!)

Join us and learn a traditional Chinese facial rejuvenation technique that you can do yourself! Guasha treatment is a 2,000 year old Chinese massage technique that uses a flat tool to apply pressure to the skin to increase circulation as it moves along acupuncture channels. More →

Recent Health Tips

  • NAD+: Finally Getting Serious About Anti-Aging Therapy

    We’re living in a time of major, worldwide breakthroughs when it comes to understanding how we age and also the steps we can take to not only slow down aging, but to all appearances reverse the process. Over history, the fountain of youth seekers came, literally and figuratively, to dead ends, but back then Ponce de Leon had no internet in Florida. I do and Read More

  • The Cleveland Clinic and WholeHealth Chicago

    I know, I know. It’s presumptuous of me to mention Cleveland Clinic in  the same line, much less on the same page, as WholeHealth Chicago, though we do have significant attributes in common, as you’ll see today. This research article, which appeared last week on the JAMA website, links the two of us in ways we never expected, though it didn’t surprise us. Naturally, we Read More

  • Diagnostic Tests Chart Path To A Healthful Longevity

    Let me start with a piece of disappointing news. You know that battery of blood tests ordered by your family doctor or internist during your dutiful check-up? That complete blood count (CBC), comprehensive metabolic profile (CMP), and so forth? All of them are pretty useless. Yes, they’re almost always covered by insurance, so they’re free, being part of the annual wellness exam your insurance company Read More

Support your brain, heart and immune system health this month with 20% off BodyBio Balance Oil

Omega 6s and Omega 3s are the most powerful nutrients we can give our bodies. BodyBio Balance Oil is formulated with a ratio of four (4) parts omega 6 to one (1) part omega 3. Taken in this ratio, these nutrients positively impact brain function, digestive health, immune support, liver function and cardiovascular activity.

Click here to take advantage of this month’s promotion!