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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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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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Dopamine Smart – New Solutions for Overeating, Over Stressing & Generally Living Better!

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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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Dopamine and Understanding Your Child’s Brain – New Brain Science Makes It Easier!

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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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Smiles Have Long Term Effects on our Health and Wellbeing

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Smiles Instead of Anti-Depressants?

Think of smiling as a natural anti-depressant. When we smile, fake or real, the contractions of the facial muscles slightly distort the shape of the thin facial bones.  This slight distortion in their shape leads increases blood flow into the frontal lobes of the brain, simultaneously increasing a release of dopamine and serotonin.
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SANTA’S CURE FOR HOLIDAY DEPRESSION!

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Holidays got you down? Are you more into bah humbug, than the jolly ho, ho, ho? Here are some “Whys” about what’s going on, along with some “How’s” for putting more jolly into this season, and all of life!

It’s true that happiness can be influenced by your genes.
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TIRED OF BEING EXHAUSTED?

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If you’re constantly in the red-zone with stress, here’s what’s likely to be happening!

#1 The first filter in the brain is the thalamus, which makes an instantaneous call on whether something is a possible (imagined or real) threat demanding instinctual action to be orchestrated by the Reptilian and Animal Brain, or intellectual processing in the Human Brain.
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Brain Inflammation Affects Thinking and Emotions

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Scientists have known for a while now that inflammation contributes to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. But lately they have been turning up evidence that inflammation can affect the brain more directly and acutely, and might underlie a wider range of problems, from impaired cognition during infections to depression and even schizophrenia.
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