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Alcohol

Alcohol is slippery–it helps you slide out of the past and put you into the present while stopping you from getting traction to move into the future.

Alcohol steals moisture and hydration, it takes fluid from the brain and bones, and dries the skin and liver.

EEGs of alcoholics have revealed an inability to produce the alpha waves generally associated with feelings of relaxation and comfort. However, theta and alpha waves increase following the use of alcohol.  This can be expected considering the drowsiness and relaxation are common effects of alcohol. Therefore, alcoholics may be self-medicating.

Neurofeedback (NFB), also called neurotherapy, neurobiofeedback or neurofeedback biofeedback is a therapy technique that presents the user with real time feedback on brainwave activity, as measured by electrodes on the scalp, typically in the form of a video display, sound or vibration.

The aim is to enable conscious control of brainwave activity. If brain activity changes in the direction desired by the therapist, a positive “reward” feedback is given to the individual, and if it regresses, either a negative feedback or no feedback is given (depending on the protocol). Rewards can be as simple as a change in pitch of a tone or as complex as a certain type of movement of a character in a video game.

Healthcare

How did healthcare become such a polarizing issue?  Geez!

Yes, it’s expensive.  Yes, it has bankrupt many individuals and families.

Yes, drugs are really expensive and yes, drug companies are prospering.  Related?  Yes.

Yes, large companies and government provide health insurance to their employees.

Yes, our elected officials get great health insurance.

Yes, it is hard to leave employment with a large company and the insurance they provided to start a business and yes, new small businesses are where the job growth is and has been.

Yes, insurance companies prior to about 2009 did not have to sell anybody an individual policy if they thought that individual might actually use it and yes that statement is a slight exaggeration but conceptually accurate.

Yes, insurance companies had to sell insurance policies to groups as small as two but the premiums they could charge were not affordable to small businesses that had a group size less than 100 if as few as one employee or dependent had a precondition.

Yes, individuals without insurance could wait until an illness or physical condition got to a critical stage to receive treatment in the emergency room of hospitals.  And, yes, hospitals would try to collect reimbursement including efforts to make those patients sell whatever assets they had to pay for those services.  And, yes, the medical costs that remained, would be paid by increased rates/costs to everybody else.

Yes, it does cost more to treat an emergency condition than it does to avoid the emergencies through early detection and preventative treatment which is typically the case for those with insurance.

Yes, Medicare needs the legal ability to negotiate drug prices and yes, drug companies have apparently been able to keep legislators from eliminating the law that prevents Medicare from negotiating.

Yes, there are large populations in poorer countries that obtain their food from garbage dumps and clog streets that tourists visit to beg for money and food.  Social Security keeps many older and physically and mentally challenged Americans from doing the same in the United States.

Yes, if it were not for Medicaid, only those Americans 65 and older would qualify for government managed and provided Medicare.  And, yes, all others would have to purchase private insurance at rates tied to the size or healthiness or location of the group they are in.

Yes, without government subsidies, those Americans with the lowest incomes that find themselves in an expensive group will not be able to afford insurance.

Yes, there are some that want to reduce spending on health insurance subsidies in order to reduce taxes and balance the budget.  And, yes, there are some that want to use tax revenues to provide insurance subsidies.  Yes, one would lead to fewer people having insurance and make it difficult to leave a job that has health insurance benefits to start a business if that person has any history of a preexisting condition. And, yes, one would make it more difficult to reduce taxes but create a more mobile workforce.

Is there a way to reduce the cost of insurance and drug prices?  That way might be through a creative reinvention of the group and for government to negotiate drug prices for that reinvented group.

Dance Your Way to a Younger Brain

Dancing helps you think you can dance.

Two different types of physical (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.”

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-reverse-aging-brain.html

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