Sure-Fire Ammunition that will Murder Your Memory

Recall may not be on your priority list until you go crazy trying to find the car keys, or feel the embarrassment of forgetting the punch line at the end of a joke.

Storing information and recalling it later is critical to our survival. If something interferes with this process it not only puts a crimp in our lifestyle; it can be dangerous.

Smoking
Cigarettes kill the memory. Who knew? No wonder my husband teases, calls me an airhead.

He forgets that I quit in July of 1999.

Yet some studies that show those who smoke, especially those gettin’ up in years, have trouble with their memory and awareness compared to those who don’t smoke. Something else popped up in these studies; marijuana messes with short-term memory.

Okay, it’s been reported that the effects of nicotine can improve certain areas of short-term memory, still it’s only temporary.

Malnutrition
It’s no secret that the brain needs food. Kinda brings to mind the expression: You’re short on brains. Glucose is the brain’s specialty. Recently I read the lack of sugar can cause headaches.

I am borderline hypoglycemic and tend not to eat enough sugar. When this happens, I feel weak, hungry, tired and sometimes nauseous.

Another serious problem of starving the brain is the lack of vitamin B, which affects memory. Alcoholics can develop Korsakoff’s syndrome: http://psych.med.nyu.edu/conditions-we-treat/conditions/korsakoffs-syndrome

Hypnosis
Catch you off guard? Me too. Think about this. People who are “put under” are told that they will forget everything when they wake up. So, they do.

Until they are given a hint to recall what happened.

Hypnosis is a touchy subject. People say they have been helped by the process; others have recalled horrible memories and sued those involved.

Herpes
The word herpes comes from the Greek word meaning “to creep.” It can be a cold sore, chicken pox, etc.

A friend of mine was in therapy years ago and another patient in his mid-thirties was there … relearning how to eat, walk, etc. He had lost his memory because of a cold sore. It’s called Herpes Simplex Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain.

This condition is rare, yet one of the most severe infections of the central nervous system. It travels to the brain through nerves in the face.

Binge Drinking
What’s the first thing that comes to mind? College, right? Snap the head back, chug-a-lug, one after another. Next thing ya know you’re squintin’ from the light.

You scratch your head, “What the heck?” Then it hits and you run for the bowl.

It’s called a “blackout” caused by binge drinking. I hate to say it, but this is a real memory robber, may even sneak into your adult years.

Sippin’ a few through the night might be better; savor a lasting memory.

Shocking Event
Don’t we know it, how stress can eat up our mind.

Most of you reading this have probably been in an accident and don’t remember details to this day.

Bad things happened to me when I was very young, some I remember; others won’t come.

This is called repressed memory.

The American Psychology Association reports that it’s impossible to tell fake memory from repressed memory without evidence; which is why the issue is such a hottie in the legal world.

Let’s see I quit smoking, trying to up the glucose…

How about you? What are you doing to power those memory boosters?

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full


Maxi’s coming novel – Chapter Five
http://maximalone.com

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About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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