- 02/11/2016This is a great article written by Rachael Goldsworthy about the Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury on Caregivers. Please take a moment to read and share.The effect of traumatic brain injury on caregiverswww.apa.org Stressors unique to caregivers of persons with TBI, phases of adjustment post injury, challenges that family members typically experience when providing care and the importance of recognizing and managing...
- Producer31/08/2016Invisible Illnesses: Intracranial Hypertension and Chiari Malformation/ by Dr Margaret Aranda / This is a medical discussion with graphic pictures. It is not suitable for minors. Parents, please use discretion. Have you ever wondered why a baby's head is so, so soft? It really is. This is because all the bones on the...
Comments02/09/2016 #21 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#11 I know right? It is a lot of information. I added more history, and an epilogue after doing further research. Also, I'd like to ask what the Emergency phone number is in Spain and Portugal. Are there other countries I should include on an International List of Resources, as well? @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood, @John White, MBA, @Juan Imaz? Give me your best number ~ And and Open Invitation for others to ask me to list resources for their country. Happy to do that.02/09/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#6 Perfect solution ~ as I also don't particularly like to ask people to "Share" as a 'jump-start.' My thinking here in not posting to beBee EN was that I believe I'm the only doctor - introducing a medical image in a venue where this is a newbee post uniquely, I really didn't want a very very huge audience to get 'pounced on' with this article. There are more subject matters of impending delicate topics, and I'm paving the road step-by-step. Love your suggestions ~I'll take them all!01/09/2016 #9 Deb 🐝 Helfrich"Anything that makes the face red also increases blood supply to the brain" Been learning about this in some of my own brain studies, but the way you just stated this makes me curious about my rosacea.. Thanks for an arresting image and informative post, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD01/09/2016 #6 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianJust a suggestion, Mags. It's good to found your own hives. Posting only to them limits your distribution. The strongest part of publishing on beBee is that Hives handle distribution. Distribution begets Views. Views Beget Followers. Followers beget Comments. Comments beget shares.
That sounds almost Biblical.
Few of us, myself included, have the follower strength to float a hive, let alone three. Here's my thought: Post to 1 of yours and to 2 established hives that are pertinent to the subject matter. That's a compromise solution. You can build your own hive while still getting Views.
I shared this to Lifestyles. I'll go see what other busy hives make sense for this subject. That's important. I see recipes posted to IT professionals and Marketing... BAD IDEA!01/09/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#2 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian: Thank you so much for taking the time to read. You know I started to get that pit in my stomach since there were no Comments for over 12 hours. I'll be writing these very specifically, and as far as I know, this format is not found on any one else's blog.I'll be reaching out to all my Contacts in Invisible Illnesses, and ask that the beBee Community reach out to people afflicted with various syndromes that are bound to affect even one of us. If we help one person, it's all worth it. Thank you, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian ~reaching out to support this is just incredibly ...awesome. Thank you with my heartfelt appreciation.01/09/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDThis is my first 'medical' article, meant for patient education, medical students, interns and residents. Empowering for RebelPatients(TM). In every medical article that I write, I will include a sample exam question in the typical format of the American National Medical Board Examination. @Charles David Upchurch, @Phillip Louis D 'Amato, @Kirstie-Sweetie Louise, @Randy Smith, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, @Sara Jacobovici, @Michele Williams, @Tommy McElroy, MD, @Cristian Randieri, PhD -President & CEO of Intellisystem.it @C_Randieri, @Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI, @Tosin Ojajuni, PhD, @John White, MBA, @Juan Imaz. Adding another layer of patient education and academic medicine to beBee~
- Producer26/07/2016Challenging Limiting BeliefsMuch is being said about seeking and embracing authenticity. Implicit in this authenticity is a mind state free of limiting subjective beliefs and the identification and adoption of a universal objectivity, a connection to a greater truth....
Comments25/07/2017 #34 Cyndi wilkinsThis one hits a home-run @Ian Weinberg...A long time believer myself in childhood trauma being the primary catalyst for disease states of the mind and body...as serious childhood illness or injury predisposes an individual to these 'personality disorders' in which there is a profound need to be cared for and loved...Many develop chronic health issues that become very tiresome to family, friends, therapists, doctors etc... leaving them at their wits end in trying to help them. When what they are more in need of their 'own' attention when it comes to healing the heart...The seat of the soul...It is where our emotional body resides...It is there where we can 'tap the well.'
"Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest, unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today. The most important thing we need to do is have the courage to look this problem in the face and say..."This is real and this is in ALL of us!" -Dr. Nadine Burke Harris12/05/2017 #32 Harvey Lloyd#31 so true and the statement of courage is appropriate. Once you transcend a few rivers of subjective legs of the journey, you see others who drowning in their first.
Before I thought we were swimming together now the perspective has changed
Thanks for the feedback you enhance my journey12/05/2017 #31 Ian Weinberg#30 What you describe here @Harvey Lloyd is a profound truth of life - of all of our lives. Some are 'awakened' along the path of life when clarity evolves into awareness. From this space will flow the approach to self and the environment. But change requires courage, for all the reasons that you mentioned. And yes there are always the 'casualties' that are sacrificed in the process. But if clarity and awareness have been attained and we are unable/unwilling to take on the challenge, we face the potentially far more lethal consequence of a chronic hopeless-helpless mind state. Perhaps this awareness together with the low gratification of the status quo, hopeless-helpless mind state, may be enough to break the inertia. However at the end of the day, this potential for change itself is determined by intrinsic factors within the subjective narrative.12/05/2017 #30 Harvey Lloyd#29 Thanks for the feedback on my comment and the reread of this excellent post. I have always considered life to be a journey. Our subjective and/or limiting beliefs are what form as our journey matures in direction. These beliefs will cause our journey to begin a circular pattern that holds us from moving forward.
Subjectivity can be intrinsic but i believe the extrinsic can close the doors to objectivity as we engage deeper into professional/social commitment. Not being a doctor and merely a observer of the human condition my word is tools. We will meet the struggles of life as we seek objectivity the question is do we have the tools intrinsically to overcome our own subjectivity.
Inside the the life cycle folks become so accustomed to the subjective narrative they see it as objective. I learned early from business and later in personal life, the ability to recognize this state and the tools to extricate yourself were the most important aspects of my own existence. Within that journey and also the realization of the false narrative you have developed, there is huge risk. Within a subjective narrative we have made friends, built personas around and established an identity. Once we are shown objective, if ever, extrinsic possibilities, then our subjective made environment becomes the hurdle.
I cant abandon my friends, life etc becomes the challenge. Unfortunately though you have seen the other side. A comparison now exists. With no tools this can rip you apart. I see people at these way stations of existence.16/03/2017 #26 Harvey Lloyd"...and the identification and adoption of a universal objectivity, a connection to a greater truth. " This answers an earlier question i had asked on a separate post. If we are to change from our early narrative we will need the greater truth or something we see as larger than ourselves that we can push against and doesn't move.
Great insights.19/11/2016 #23 Ian Weinberg#21 @Donald 🐝 Grandy Used at the moment in rehab of stroke and head injured individuals. A similar application is being used in the neuro-coaching environment to move individuals from limiting beliefs into more resourceful mind states. That's about the limit of my knowledge on neuroplasticity applications right now.19/11/2016 #22 Gerald Hecht#20 @Ian Weinberg you are absolutely correct...the precursor to both subjective experience and objective knowledge (ethos and logos, etc.) is always out in front of us ...the only reality is us...where we "point ourselves" and then proceed...or fail to...Yeah it's easier when you're young...to a person who 1) was taught that Neuroplasticity "fades" with age (in the same chapter that discussed the "great developmental neuronal pruning" between birth and age five) ...and 2) actually "fell" for that "empirically derived fact" (from techniques, instrumentation, methodologies of the 1950's-60's)...internalized it and 3) transformed it into dogma ...which they now worship (have faith in)...29/07/2016 #17 Leckey Harrison#11 It's the other way around, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD. As trauma heals, it allows for curiosity which requires a certain level of feeling safe and taking risk. A brain in survival mode won't do that. You didn't ask me but...
Heller in his book "Healing Developmental Trauma," makes the comment that memory is the actual firing of two neurons. Essentially since memory seems scattered in the brain, and to re-capture it requires pulling from let's say the motor cortex, the olfactory and gustatory regions, and they all finally converge, the firing off that input in the last neuron is the memory. That's quite the thought, and some would say that the "mind" is the working of the brain. That "firing" is how I translate the "working."
In Buddhism there is little distinction between heart and mind, heart meaning emotion. I haven't yet tried to parse out what that means in terms of William James' assertion that we feel because we move (I fear because I run from danger) not the other way around. There seems to be some credence in that from a vagal nerve aspect, I just haven't put the time into it yet. Buddhism doesn't quite emphasize embodiment like I've experienced, so there seems to be some relationship, as even to Buddhists there is Buddha nature, which exists after the corporeal passes on. I think they refer to it as consciousness. That part of me that can objectively look at my thinking process and thoughts, and indeed, be separate from them.
What I call a material atheist, meaning one who denies there is any god(s), would deny anything called "spirit," "soul," or "mind," would say it's all electro-chemical. Partly due to biology, and partly due to the inability to prove the existence of non-material other and then claiming "it's a mystery."29/07/2016 #15 Gerald HechtI@Ian Weinberg I don't know if you've given investigated Kessler's latest, FWIW, it continues to grow on me; it only came out a few months Sno and it's already dogeared and margin defaced. https://katesharpernews.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/book-of-the-week-capture-david-a-kessler-m-d/ #2
- Producer08/07/2016Distracted Driving Derails an Innocent Doctorby Dr Margaret Aranda /In the USA, there are 6 million car accidents per year, with half resulting in personal injuries. 2015 statistics show the number of deaths per country (with the risk of dying) as follows: United States = 1.2 million (1.3%);...
Comments26/08/2016 #13 Mohammad Azam Khan5 times down. 3 cars, 2 motorcycles. Twice for distracted driving, searching for casettes on the floor including once on the passenger side. One tree, and once into a truck reversing onto the road from nowhere but I was looking elsewhere. Lucky, very lucky. None other hurt either. Too lucky. Since then has been quite a while. Taught the children too. Thank-you for your efforts Dr. Margaret Aranda. Sharing.18/08/2016 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, thank you for sending an extremely important message with your post. I cringe when I see someone driving while talking on their phone. I find it rude as there is no way they can be totally focused on driving. They are jeopardizing the lives of others and I believe most don't see it this way. It's very unfortunate.27/07/2016 #8 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWe have to realize that vehicles are weapon's of mass destruction without appropriately trained and alert drivers. The damage that can be done for those few seconds is incomprehensible. Very important, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD View moreWe have to realize that vehicles are weapon's of mass destruction without appropriately trained and alert drivers. The damage that can be done for those few seconds is incomprehensible. Very important, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD for us all to persistently call foul on the way the trends of technology cause us to forget how precious life and health are. Close09/07/2016 #7 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#4 @Brian McKenzie: No WONDER we have so much in common, and there's just something that draws me to you...we've both had head injuries. I don't remember if I knew that before (haha~ brain injury!) but I won't forget it now. Hey, we're Survivors and no one can take that away. And yes, I always drove a mile behind any motorcyclist, and got the heck away from them no matter where they were. Because it did't matter if they were already dead before I ran them over. I would still feel the death on my conscience, and that's something I could never bear. Wow. You keep on writing, man. Just keep on writing. You ROCK!09/07/2016 #6 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#3 @Lada 🏡 Prkic, yes, it is true that I am still disabled...and will remain on life-long medications and precautions for everyday survival. Perhaps that is why I want to give so much to the world each day, why my heart years to answer the calling to be a voice for the voiceless. I thrive in turning the 'negatives' into 'positives,' and I love how much I have learned about a living world of 'invisible' children and disabled who otherwise would not have had this platform. I'm just grateful to God.08/07/2016 #4 Brian McKenzieAs a long time motorcyclist; I trust none of you in cars. Not a single one. My Grandpa told me the key to riding in traffic was to ride like nobody sees you, and those that do - are aiming for you. Best advice you will ever get, to the two ton + idiot boxes rolling down the road. 40 years of riding and my one accident was from a deer.....that I am still convinced was suicidal. PS my own head trauma accident was because the car infront of me locked their brakes on a wet bridge deck and the Suburban behind me had nowhere to go but into me. RIP 68 CUSTOM BEETLE.08/07/2016 #3 Lada 🏡 PrkicDear Margaret, thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I read the Clinical Case Report. In the last paragraph I found this sentence “The patient is still disabled, has severe orthostatic hypotension, and some cognitive dysfunction is expected to remain”. It’s shocking.
I join all those who love you for everything you do for disabled people.:))08/07/2016 #1 Anees ZaidiDear @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD thank you for bringing attention to a monster killing and maiming thousands of lives every minute. Parents need to play a greater role in advising and training kids to learn and practice safe driving. The country I am residing in has a very bad record. Reckless and crazy driving is the norm here putting hundreds of lives at risk every second on the roads.
- 24/04/2016My friend and co-founder of Out-Thinking Parkinson's, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich has released her new book "Second: A Tale of Grief and Puppy Love" which she wrote to help anyone getting over the loss of a canine companion, by sharing her own story and experiences. Available exclusively from her website www.insightsoccur.com. She read it to me and I was totally enrapt in her story.
Comments26/08/2016 #11 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#10 Thanks so much my dear! It is absolutely essential to understand the responsibility of being a pet companion. And while it is predominantly smooth sailing the beginning and end of the relationship are the periods when we have to be ready to use our human brains in different ways. Since my end and 2nd beginning came so close together, I hope to be able to help others navigate those transitions with a little more preparation.02/07/2016 #6 Gary Sharpe#3 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD so I think this will be up your street https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gary-sharpe/how-to-get-moving-again-with-parkinson-s-disease - sorry I could not share it to invisible illness because I have already shared it to 3 hives myself... it contains a link to another one of @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and my books, which with the new cover image created by @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian I will share to your book hive. In the meantime I will use this opportunity to say that Deb's "Second" is available exclusively at www.insightsoccur.com02/07/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#2 @Service Dogs and their effect on us: great topic of super importance. @Selim Yeniçeri shared a fantastic, emotional, and life-saving video on the value of a dog in one man's life. And the loss of the dog is something near and dear to you, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich so I wonder if you've seen this video. I shall try to find it.02/07/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 @Gary Sharpe, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich: we need all your social media sites, to promote one anothers' books on my Hive (named after myself due to my traumatic brain injuries, so I can find my own string of Hives, (and not self-serving lol @Paul Waters!) Hive: "Dr Margaret Aranda: Stirring Authors Along." Just visited Deb's site and I particularly like the Donations page to further work on neuroplasticity. My first peer-reviewed manuscript was on Increased Intracranial Pressure after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and now I have suffered two TBIs. So, yes, it is an area of great importance. Please feel free to join my Hive ~ Invisible Illnesses: Traumatic Brain Injury, which will have a supreme overlap with Parkinson's. And just for you to know my empathy, I stayed at my father's side as he died from Alzheimer's disease. I pronounced his death so this is near and dear to me. Can't get any more near & dear.....
- Producer01/07/2016The Most Complex Machine on the Planet.Science tells us that the brain processes between 200 million and 400 trillion bits of information every second. We are actually aware of around 2,000. This means that at best estimate, we are aware of 0.00001% of whats going on at any moment. Add...
Comments11/07/2016 #13 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe starting point is important especially if we are looking adversity straight in the face. There is a great difference between the brain dealing with a hill of adversity rather than a brain that is facing an endless cliff face. We can build our resilience when the challenge is a hill, and we also acknowledge here that we have not really been on the receiving end of life. So from a state of health we can cultivate even more health but when one is facing extreme challenge, it is a long journey where the contemplative is a luxury for us, compared to those who are battling back from huge challenges. The kind of challenge I am talking about is featured in a documentary about British boxer Michael Watson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9ZO0FL2Vx811/07/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 I'll wager that in Bali, time is slower than in other areas...thereby leaving you in a time continuum where you are protected from the actual passage of 'real' time. I'll also bet that as long as you're taking care of your mind, body and soul, that you are aging slower than the rest of the average big-city population in the rat-race. So have another beer on me, yeah. It's a good diuretic and on a hot day, it hits you like nothing else.04/07/2016 #8 Sharon KingIt's true Daniel @Daniel Donachie, we really only fire off a few synapses at any given moment and most of the time they're spent on keeping a tight fist over something that happened in our past that we can't let go of. Please keep making these videos, they're really interesting and super informative.
- 27/06/2016Today in National PTSD Awareness Day. Traumatic stress isn't just the result of a singular event, or several of them. It is also the result of chronic unreleased stress. PTSD effects all of life, and it is curable. I know. Mine is the face of PTSD
Comments28/06/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDI think that there is a huge demand for this Hive to overlap with my hive, "Veterans: Mental Health" but I ran out of Buzzes to share. Can @Leckey Harrison, @Sara Jacobovici, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, @Brian McKenzie, @Randy Keho, @Mamen 🐝 Delgado, and would like to run that by my loves: @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador and @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee!28/06/2016 #2 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD@Leckey Harrison: ABSOLUTELY the "take-home" message of the month! Just as an anesthesiologist and trauma surgeon work together with the Operating Room nurses and surgical technicians, we too have to work on one human at a time, to "put them back together, healing their wounds." And we are DOING it! We don't just talk about it. We DO.28/06/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDPerfect scenario. Just perfect. And just as I dedicate a Buzz a week for our Veterans, the chronically ill, and the oppressed, I shall always be here, too. We don't need a National Day or a National Month to devote to honoring any of these issues. They are infinite and deserve great justice. Thank you for joining me, @Leckey Harrison! I can't thank your leadership enough!
- Producer03/06/2016Healing Trauma"Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering." - Peter Levine, Healing Trauma, page 7.I agree. I think I could add that stress rolls in at the number twocause. The solution can be simple....
Comments04/07/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#11 My biggest attitude of unrelenting Perseverance plowed me through enough to put me in a conversation that almost no MD's can have with millions of patients...and what we are doing here is so positive...I'm 'curious and curious-er' to see where we evolve together in one year. For me, I walk with the Lord most heavily, and I believe in miracles. My famous quote (haha) is: "You see a crack in the cement. If only one dandelion grows out of a crack in the cement, then that dandelion should be You." ~ I just Googled myself the other day and discovered the quote is official. So, keep track of your phrases and Quotes. Gather them as your essence, and you will have allowed your values, your inspiration to live on in one small way. I would like to see that for each one of us.03/07/2016 #12 Leckey Harrison#9 Where I think cognitive tools are helpful is in the narrative we all live. It sometimes helps to put t all together, and, a fresh set of perspective and eyes can't hurt. I just don't start there. My body is the bacon, ammo, and motorcycle. As Bessel van der Kolk, titled his book, "The Body Keeps the Score." The body can even it.02/07/2016 #11 Neville GauntThanks for prompting me @Gary Sharpe and I was most taken by the last para - worth repeating ... "It has to start with each of us healing our own hurts. Hurt people, hurt people. Not policies, or warm fuzzies talking about how great the world would be. It requires doing the work. It isn't a microwave solution, but the change will begin immediately. Then you won't have to just imagine the world as an invocation, you'll start to feel it. You'll start to live it." @Leckey Harrison. Because the first and last step is raising one's awareness and that applies to everyone and everything - not just the extreme nature of trauma. The one and only thing we can control is ourselves, our attitude and behaviour and that's probably what people don't like to believe, but it's true. That's the biggest elephant in the room so we just have to deal with it. Gary refers to Mind Fit and from 20 years of experience it's a process that works in your context, any context. Happy to explore more if it makes sense.02/07/2016 #10 Gary Sharpe@Leckey Harrison very interesting, because one of the things I wanted to share about my experience with counselling https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gary-sharpe/my-experience-with-counselling-and-parkinson-s-disease is that done right it is not just about talking and listening but it gives you the mind tools to be able to start tackling these things for yourselves. Another source which helped me to even begin to think about what traumatic events may have occured in my life which could have contributed to developing Parkinsonism's is @Neville Gaunt's "MindFit". Interestingly, I was just lying here before turning on the computer thinking back to past events to see if I could uncover anything. And I remembered an incident as a young man where I very nearly drowned.02/07/2016 #9 Brian McKenzieI never found talking about it did any good; especially since the prevailing wind of sentiment seems to be - get over it, it's all in your head, that was decades ago,.... etc. And the 'clinical' solution always seems to be the next and new pharma - candy that they are getting paid to push. F*ck - just give me bacon, ammo, and a motorcycle and I will deal with the shit on my own.02/07/2016 #6 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 I'm happy to have you here, too, @Leckey Harrison...our Invisible Illness population is so neGlEcTEd.....the rEsTLesSnESs iS jUsT aN eChO. @Anees Zaidi, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, @debasish majumder, @Gary Sharpe, @Brian McKenzie, @Dr. Allen Brown.