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The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
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Virginia MD (gingercampbell) | 321 comments Mod
BS 169 is an interview with R. Douglas Fields about his book rThe Other Brain: The Scientific and Medical Breakthroughs That Will Heal Our Brains and Revolutionize Our Health. (Note that Goodreads appears to feature the hard cover and the subtitle was changed for the paperback.)

Ten years ago these ideas were controversial but now they are main stream. Fields explains how scientists discovered that glial cells do more than previously assumed and why this offers hope to people with a wide variety of nervous system disorders.

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Ian Niven | 1 comments Really useful discussion and many thanks for arranging it!
Some thoughts have come to me, I wonder if anyone has any feedback?
From a clinical perspective I wonder how one might differentially focus on what might be a neurally-driven presentation and what might be a 'glial' (eg myelination) pattern-driven presentation? And hence use different care approaches.
Perhaps separating tonic and phasic symptom patterns might be a way. By this I mean a symptom eg free-floating anxiety is more of a tonic problem (ie present most of the time and in a wide variety of sensory environments) and is perhaps more glial based cf context sensitive anxiety that only comes eg in a very busy sensory environment, or when a trauma memory is triggered. These experiences might be more neurally based. Understanding that these two patterns may well be on a continuum as opposed to distinctly separate, any care plan would have elements addressing both with however, a shifting emphasis. Treatment implications might be ranging from dominantly receptor based inputs for the latter and ? metabolic for the former eg BDNF stimulating activities such as exercise and n3/phospholipid support.


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