The Smorgasbord Health Column – The Organs of the Body – The Brain – Part One – Introduction and Anatomy.

I have received a number of emails on various health issues and one topic that comes up frequently is the fear that if we live long enough we will suffer from one form of dementia.

Last year I covered the major organs of the body. I appreciate and that many of you will have read these posts before but I hope that those of you new to the blog will find interesting.

The Brain – Introduction and Anatomy

For me, the brain has always been a fascinating part of the body as it is this organ rather than our hearts that makes us the person we are.

I remember the first heart transplant in 1967. The operation hit the headlines and because we had so recently left Cape Town I found it even more exciting. Dr. Christiaan Barnard pushed the boundaries of not just surgery but our understanding of the heart. Today the heart is just one organ that is transplanted and we also now have the ability to build artificial organs to either replace diseased parts of the body or temporarily keep us alive.

However, it is unlikely in my lifetime or for several generations to come that there will be a viable way to transplant or artificially replace our brains. There is a scientist preparing to do a full head transplant in Europe for a paraplegic young man who wants to take the huge risks involved to live a normal life.. I do feel for him and wish them well.

The brain is not just an organ that determines who we are mentally but is also the control centre for the operations throughout our bodies. Without it we would not take that breath, swallow or digest our food efficiently. Despite its huge power and being essential to life, we tend to take it for granted and rarely think of it in terms of nutrition or providing it with oxygen and hydration.. Of all our organs in the body, the brain is king and needs to be treated as such.

I fear losing my marbles, more than my general health. I have seen first-hand how dementia in the elderly turns a vibrant and capable person into a dependent and frightened individual. Some dementia is unavoidable but as you will see, most is definitely not a normal progression of old age.

I am going to do a very brief introduction to this amazing organ because I find that if you can understand the importance of the structure and workings of certain parts of your body you will treat it with respect.

The evolution of the brain.

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I have received a number of emails on various health issues and one topic that comes up frequently is the fear that if we live long enough we will suffer from one form of dementia.

Last year I covered the major organs of the body. I appreciate and that many of you will have read these posts before but I hope that those of you new to the blog will find interesting.

The Brain –  Introduction and Anatomy

For me, the brain has always been a fascinating part of the body as it is this organ rather than our hearts that makes us the person we are.

I remember the first heart transplant in 1967. The operation hit the headlines and because we had so recently left Cape Town I found it even more exciting. Dr. Christiaan Barnard pushed the boundaries of not just surgery but our understanding of the…

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

2 thoughts on “The Smorgasbord Health Column – The Organs of the Body – The Brain – Part One – Introduction and Anatomy.

  1. I spoke at length with an eminent Neorologist in London who said to me; we are only in the infancy of understanding the complexities of the brain. I have no formal education whatsoever in this area but studied it a lot in combination with a damage I sustained.
    Funnily, emotionally the heart is still where we feel the emotions. Love, loss, joy, elation, grief…, people die from broken heart.
    Maybe there is the harmony needed between the major organs of our body.

    By the way 😊 learning new languages is good against dementia as is learning to play an instrument and other challenging tasks.
    Stop rambling miriam

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    • Thanks Miriam.. and certainly languages are great for keeping the mind firing on all cylinders.. having had to learn three or four to live in certain places was interesting. Especially when thinking in one language and speaking another! Anyway I have an Italian language course waiting for me.. I will never go there but just love the sound of it.. hugs

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