This blog will be a huge contradiction from what I previously posted on Addiction and the brain. After reading this book, I’ve gained a lot of understanding on why people need medication, because really it’s a lot more than just controling our way of thinking.
I’ve been researching and reading a lot on the most facisnating organ of the human body, the brian. I’m reading the book ‘Change Your Brain, Change Your Life’. It’s been a huge eye-opener reading this book and I urge anyone to read it.
Within the book there are SPECT scan images of the brain on various subjects, including brains affected by drugs, alcohol, strokes, brain injury, certain brain diseases, those who suffer from ADD, Depression, Aggression and even PMS. When I saw the images on these brain scans the hairs on the back of my head rised and my jaw dropped, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, like I was in shock. The brain is the most important organ of our body, without it we die. And how we treat our brain makes a huge influence on how we operate in our daily lives. A person’s character can change in a split second just from a brain injury.
These brain scans are real, and so is the damage we do to it. Most people take their bodies for granted, we can abuse it, disrespect it so easily, but what we have to come to realize is that you can have all those materalistic things, all the money in the world etc but without our health we got nothing.
And I want to share those images with you.
But before I do, I want to include an introductory to it;
“…SPECT Scanshave demonstrated a number of abnormalities in substance abusers in brain areas known to be involved in behavior, such as the frontal and temporal lobes. There are some SPECT similarities and differences between the damage we see caused by the different substances of abuse. I’ll discuss the differences in drug abuse patterns below. There tends to be several similarities seen among classes of abused drugs. The most common similarity among drug and alcohol abusers is that the brain has an overall toxic look to it. In general, the SPECT Scan studies look less active, more shriveled, and overall less healthy. A “scalloping effect” is common amongst drug abusing brains. Normal brain patterns show smooth activity across the cortical surface. Scalloping is a wavy, rough sea-like look on the brain’s surface. I also see this pattern in patients who have been exposed to toxic fumes or oxygen deprivation. My research assistant says that the drug brains she has seen look like someone poured acid on the brain. Not a pretty site.
SPECT can be helpful in evaluating the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain. On 3D surface brain images, several substances of abuse appear to show consistent patterns. For example, cocaine and methamphetamine abuse appear as multiple small holes across the cortical surface; heroin abuse appears as marked decreased activity across the whole cortical surface; heavy marijuana abuse shows decreased activity in the temporal lobes bilaterally and heavy alcohol abuse shows marked decreased activity throughout the brain. These findings tend to improve with abstinence, although long term use has been associated with continued SPECT deficits seen years after abstinence. SPECT can be helpful in several ways in drug and alcohol abuse. First, 3D surface SPECT brain images of drug and alcohol abusers can be used in drug prevention education. Second, SPECT studies can help break though the denial that often accompanies substance abuse. When one is faced with their own abnormal cerebral perfusion it is hard to remain in denial. Third, SPECT may help evaluate if there is an underlying neuropsychiatric condition that needs treatment…”