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DOPAMINE NATION – The Unnamed Epidemic

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An epidemic is raging through America that has completely escaped notice of the Centers for Disease Control.

It’s a plague of addiction to the neurochemical, dopamine, which exists naturally in the brain, and, in healthy amounts supports human survival. However, when a chronic excess of dopamine persists, it could be described as “dopamania”, and presents an extreme risk to society. 
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SHOOTINGS, HURRICANES, CRASHES USED BY MEDIA TO MANIPULATE VIEWERS

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Media sources love disasters, of all kinds – weather, transportation, and especially shootings.  Fear and anxiety produce the opioid drug made right between our ears, dopamine.  Heard the term, “news junkie”?  Biochemically similar to amphetamines and cocaine, we get high on media-generated excitement, and just like the street drugs, we continually need a new and bigger fix just to feel the same exhilaration.
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FINDING DOPAMINE IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES! Installment #2

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In the first installment, I gave a nod to proteins for the healthy boost they can give our  dopamine levels.  Now, add to your choices, the “Happy Veggies”!

Good news for vegans, and everyone looking for a dopamine feel-good lift, is that many vegetables (because of their folate content) will also help to produce dopamine.
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Making Friends with Dopamine Installment #1

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I regularly write and speak about the risk of too much dopamine. It’s the Svengali behind our alcohol, drug, caffeine, nicotine, fat, sugar, gambling, porn, violence, and stress addictions.   AND, it’s also a neurochemical we can’t live without. So each time I talk about the potential dangers of what I call,

Fox about to enjoy dopamine from the egg in my hand!
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Trump Dumps Paris Climate Accord for Dopamine

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Leaders of 194 countries, scientists, humanitarians, even Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Shell back the Paris Climate Accord. The President’s daughter and son-in-law are in favor the 2015 agreement. The Washington Post reports that 71% Americans support remaining in the agreement, and of Trump voters, only 25% oppose the treaty.
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Empathy vs. Dopamine

In Anger, Brain, Dopamine, Empathy, Influences, Learning, Media, Media Violence, Serotonin, Violence by dcmcguireLeave a Comment

In the the British journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Kevin Dutton  wrote about a study conducted by Jeffrey Zacks and his team at the Dynamic Cognition Laboratory, at Washington University in St. Louis. With the aid of fMRI, Zacks and his co-authors peered deep inside the brains of volunteers as they read stories.
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Post-Election: DOPAMINE REWARDS ANGER OR ALTRUISM!

In Altruism, Anger, Anxiety, Brain, Conflict, Dopamine, Happiness, Neuroscience, Oxytocin, Peace, Politics, Serotonin by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Feeling big concerns about the outcome of the Presidential election and its influence on the U.S. going forward? Then you’re experiencing the effects of dopamine on your mind and body. Dopamine is a natural narcotic-like neurochemical, instinctively supplied by our brain when we experience fear.
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3 SECOND BRAIN EXERCISE FOR RAISING DOPAMINE!

In Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Control, Dopamine, Focus, Happiness, Health, Memory, Neuroplasticity by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Successfully reshaping your mindset and raising the good feelings of dopamine, can be a matter of a 3 second brain exercise, including one that helps you recognize “thin slices of joy.” “Right now, I’m a little thirsty, so I will drink a bit of water.
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Dopamine Smart – New Solutions for Overeating, Over Stressing & Generally Living Better!

In Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Conflict, Control, Depression, Diabetes, Dopamine, Health, Learning, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity, Neuroscience, Overeating, Parenting, Politics, Social Issues, Stress, Success, technology, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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Enjoy a conversation recorded October 2016 between Gregory Anne Cox and her guest, neuroscience researcher, D.C. McGuire discussing the dangers and promises of dopamine.  They talk about recent findings linking one brain chemical to  challenges of overeating, stress, parenting, learning, and societal issues, especially bad behavior and violence. 
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KID’S BRAINS DROWNING IN A SEA OF DOPAMINE!

In Academics, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Dopamine, Focus, Health, Intelligence, Learning, Media Violence, Obesity, Parenting, Serotonin, Violence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Kid’s brains are drowning in a sea of dopamine.  This was the message of D. C. McGuire’s presentation to parents and teachers looking for new solutions to the  issues media, and addiction to media devices add to the challenges of successful teaching and parenting.
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Dopamine and Understanding Your Child’s Brain – New Brain Science Makes It Easier!

In Academics, Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Conflict, Control, Depression, Dopamine, Focus, Health, Humor, Intelligence, Learning, Media, Media Violence, Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Neuroplasticity and Dopamine, Neuroplasticity and the Future, Neuroscience, Overeating, Parenting, Porn, Relationships, Science, Serotonin, Social Issues, Stress, Success, Terrorism, Video Gaming, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

This is the PowerPoint presentation given October 12, 2016,  by D.C. McGuire speaking  about the groundbreaking brain science of neuroplasticity and dopamine that will empower parents to create a better future for our children. You are invited to use any part of this presentation for teachers, parents, in any non-profit setting. 
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IS DONALD TRUMP A DRUG ADDICT?

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Without tracks on their arms or powder around their nostrils Trump and his followers are all addicted to the same drug.  They’re high, or as they say in sports, “juiced”. The drug of choice? Dopamine; the brain chemical that gives us safety and pleasure in reasonable doses or irrationality and recklessness in large ones.
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BRAINS OF OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE TEN YEARS OLDER THAN LEAN COUNTERPARTS AT MIDDLE-AGE

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From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter (the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions) similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge.
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