The brain is the hub of the human body. It controls everything we do. The nervous system is like a series of wires through which information is passed to and from the brain to the other organs and parts of the body. Without the nervous system you cannot experience pain or joy, you cannot taste, touch, see, or smell. The nervous system transmits information to the brain about what’s happening with the other parts of the body and the brain interprets those signals and tells the body what to do about them.
The brain and nervous system work hand in hand and cannot effectively function without each other. When there is a problem with either of them, the entire body suffers. Here are some examples of brain and nervous system diseases.
Diseases of the Brain and Nervous System
Alzheimers disease is the deadly degeneration of the brain cells. It shows itself as memory loss at first, uncontrolled emotions, and finally an inability to cope with daily life. Science is beginning to realize that antioxidants can prevent Alzheimer’s disease by restoring health to damaged cells.
Epilepsy is a common disease of the brain. Almost 1% of the population has some form of epilepsy. It results from electric signals sent by the brain at abnormal timing. A healthy person receives signals from the brain one at a time, where epileptic patients’ brains send several electric signals at once causing seizures. There are effective ways to help people with epilepsy to cope with and minimize the occurrence of seizures.
Parkinson’s disease affects the brain and nerve cells that affect movement in the body. When the nerve cells break down, they stop producing enough dopamine which signals the nervous system to move. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s there are ways for people to cope with and minimize the symptoms of the disease, especially in the early stages.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the brain that attacks the spinal cord primarily. For unknown reasons the body begins attacking itself instead of bacteria or viruses in the body. People with MS eventually lose their ability to walk or talk because of a buildup of scar tissue in the brain and spinal cord. This prevents the nerves from delivering and the brain from receiving information.
Like MS, Lupus is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system attacks the tissues of the body. It is in essence, turning on itself. It usually starts with chronic fatigue, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe and almost every body part can be affected. It’s difficult to diagnose and so many people don’t get help right away.
Help for the Brain and Nervous System
Very little is known about the diseases of the brain and nervous system, and if you noticed there are rarely any cures for them. Preventative measures are your best defense. Eating whole foods with vitamins and minerals are important. Regular exercise and antioxidant supplements can also destroy free radicals that attack the brain cells. Being proactive in staying healthy is the easiest and most worthwhile thing you can do for yourself.