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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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3 SECOND BRAIN EXERCISE FOR RAISING DOPAMINE!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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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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TOO MUCH (OR TOO LITTLE) WORK BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN!

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Lifestyle choices might also have a negative impact on our brains after a certain age. In the July 20, 2016 edition of Science Alert, http://www.sciencealert.com/working-full-time-could-be-bad-…, an international team of researchers found that more than a 40-hour work week, or less than 25 hours per week could cause cognitive decline in people over 40-years-old.
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FRIED, FRAZZLED, & UNFOCUSED?

In Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Focus, Health, Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Peace, Stress, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Keep this simple video handy! Listen to the first few minutes several times a day and you just might find yourself smarter, healthier, more more relaxed, and with a smile on your face!

Listen to the second part from time to time, and who knows what’s possible when your brain and body are working as the brilliant team they were meant to be Though this is designed to undo panic attacks, its emotional rewiring of our brain’s reactions to fears and threats, benefits all of us existing with the unavoidable anxiety that comes from inhabiting a “human suit”!
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QUICK TIP FOR TAKING YOUR DOPAMINE OUT OF THE RED ZONE AND PUTTING YOU BACK INTO CONTROL

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Like being in charge of your brain and life? Slow, deep breaths decrease the carbon dioxide levels in the brain and body, which in turn sends signals to the brain that it can begin to relax. Relax, and once again you’re supplying blood flow and oxygen to regions of the brain that make you smart, get your behavior under control, and, encourages empathy.
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QUIZ – Dopamine and Mental Illness

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What percentage of Americans are currently suffering with a dopamine-related diagnosis?

Bi-Polar Disorder ___ .75%, ___1%, ___3%

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ___ .05%,___ 1%,___ 4%

ADHD ___ 4%,___ 6%,___ 10%

Schizophrenia ___ .25%, ___ 1% ___ 2.5%

                                                                                                                                                                 Answers: 3%, 1%, 10%, 1% (National Institutes of Health)

To fully appreciate the impact of these numbers, multiply by three hundred million – the population of the United States.
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Healthy Highs!

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Drugs, alcohol, fatty and sugary foods, gambling, porn, dangerous behavior, and violent media can be counted on to produce big fixes of dopamine with high price tags including substance abuse, addiction, obesity, serious relationship, career and financial losses, physical damage, stress related diseases, and compromised brain function.
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