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The Neurological Epidemic

ApathyDuring the past several hundred years, we have lost millions of lives due to epidemics of small pox, yellow fever, cholera, Spanish flu, polio, Asian flu, Mexican hot sauce botulism, cryptosporidium, whooping cough, and probably some others I cannot recall.  As Gregory Petsko mentions in the following video, we are now facing another epidemic unless we do something to prevent it. Problems are unlikely to disappear if we are apathetic and take no action. Be proactive!


  1. What can we do to reduce the chance of a neurological disease?
  2. Can caffeine help in the fight against neurological disease?

Thanks to Angela Ronson, Gregory Petsko, TED, YouTube, and all the other people who participated in the sharing, making, and hosting of the video I included in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

6 Responses to “The Neurological Epidemic”

  • Howard Roll says:

    Scott, I almost turned this video off half-way through, it was so gloomy. Thank goodness I didn’t. But it leaves me with a couple questions back to you:

    1. It was made in 2008. Do you know what kind of advances have been made in treatment/potential cures for Alzheimers and Parkinsons since then?

    2. What should be the greater concern for people who have traumatic brain injury AND psychological/psychiatric disorders, BUT also have low blood pressure and take their fish oil/omega supplements religously: cancer or alzheimers?

    • Scott says:

      Howard, I will share my beliefs and reasoning with you, but please keep in mind I am a cancer survivor not a medical professional. You should consult with a trained medical professional who is fully aware of your medical situation. With that said . . .

      1. There have been numerous studies and tests since 2008. Most of the studies that I am aware of pertaining to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s deal with protection and detection rather than a cure. However, as I said earlier, I am not a medical professional. There may be a study or trial that pertains to potential cures.

      2. It is difficult to answer your second question without understanding more about the specific brain injury (location, damage, severity of problem, type of injury) and the progression of the Alzheimer’s. However, my priority would be achieving safe blood pressure (medicine, herbs, fish oil), brain injury (therapy, neuroplasticity, brain exercise), then Alzheimer’s. My reasoning is that your body and brain cannot perform well without oxygen and vitamins that blood provides. Brain injury, which could be treated simultaneously to blood pressure, because some blood pressure and brain injuries are treatable. Lastly, the Alzheimer’s because you need a nourished and high-functioning brain to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

      Again, the information I provided is based on untrained beliefs rather than medical facts. I am not providing medical, physical, or psychological advice. I have not seen all of your medical records and I have not received any medical training.

      • Howard Roll says:

        Scott thank you for your “untrained” but wise response. In the same line of thinking I would add aerobic exercise, yoga, martial arts and meditation to the list of tools for maintaining safe blood pressure.

      • Scott says:

        Howard, I definitely agree that some low-impact aerobic exercise could be beneficial. Since martial arts, boxing, cage fighting, street fighting, and bar fighting do not qualify as low impact, I would avoid those activities. Impact to the head is most likely not going to help anyone recovery from brain injury, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s. Thank you for taking the time to ask your questions.

      • Howard Roll says:

        Point taken! I was thinking tai chi but forgot to say that.

      • Scott says:

        I think chai tea is safer than tai chi.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.