As many of you know, ThoughtCrimeRadio, the show, and this site began as a compassionate response to the circumcision of infant boys. While reading this article (there’s more at Dr. Mercola’s website), please keep in mind, when you get to the information about autism, that boys develop autism four to five times as often as girls… and you might consider the loss of a foreskin a source of “phantom pain”, similar to the phantom pain generated by the loss of a limb. Tens of thousands of nerve endings are lost – tossed into the trash (or into the “sell to tissue handling companies for big bucks” bucket) and the big shock of the circumcision procedure to the child’s mind – the trauma of it – might explain some of the phenomena associated with what they call “hyperplasticity”:
“With excess connections and hyperactivity, the brain cannot function properly and intrusive thoughts, obsessions, ritualistic, and other abnormal behaviors may result.”
Someone already exposed to trauma – whether hospital birth trauma or circumcision or both and the assault of pushing heavy metals and other toxins into what is designed to be a pristine blood system… assault upon assault. No wonder our children are suffering.
The high incidence of male autism certainly deserves at least a thorough statistical analysis. Whose birth was “induced”; surgical (cesarean); were clamps or vacuum used? Whose mother smoked, drank, used drugs (street drugs and/or pharmaceutical drugs, including birthing drugs)? Who was subjected to premature cord clamping, blood transfusions, oxygen tent, etc? Who was breastfed and who was not? Who was circumcised and who was not? A little bit of number juggling might give us an indication of what is really going on with modern medical birthing procedures, early childhood vaccines and with circumcision.
The Dark Side of Neuroplasticity: Mind Your Moods
As phenomenal as neuroplasticity is, the effects are not always positive — plasticity actually presents a disadvantage in certain situations. Consider what happens in the brain of someone suffering from phantom limb pain. When a limb is amputated, brain neurons become “confused” and must reorganize, which sometimes results in “miswiring” as the brain misinterprets sensory data as it struggles to communicate with the missing limb.
The film features one phantom limb patient for whom facial sensations invaded recently vacated areas of his brain that had been receiving sensations from his amputated hand.
Your brain contains neural “maps,” and your facial map is adjacent to your hand map. This gentleman’s facial map had invaded his hand map — so touching his face generated sensations in his phantom hand. Unfortunately, touch sensations can present as pain. The good news is that the plasticity of the brain allows it to be tricked or manipulated into change. The hand amputee was able to get pain relief with the help of visual illusions that changed how his brain was interpreting sensory signals.
As mentioned earlier, you can deliberately reshape your neural pathways with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences — real or imagined. Neuroplasticity means that your habits can rewire your brain, favorably or unfavorably. For example, a negative outlook on life, depression, anxiety, or chronic pain can actually rewire your neural pathways in a way that makes those conditions more likely to continue.8 If you want to lose it, don’t use it! One excellent tool for reversing unfavorable neural pathways is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
Stanford University Professor Robert Sapolsky has shown that stress is associated with neural degeneration.9 His research shows that long-term stressful life experiences cause elevated cortisol production, which results in the shrinking of your hippocampus. The hippocampus is one of the few regions of your brain capable of producing new neurons (neurogenesis).
Autism May Reflect Brain Hyperplasticity
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