I’ve just spent two days at a conference on neuroscience and education!
It’s an area of great interest to me for many reasons and it’s the first time in over a year that I have done something professionally for myself .
I loved every minute. I even got to be the one wired up to check my brain’s response to stress!
And believe me I was listening out for every clue I could get about helping our ME/CFS kids too. Some of the presenters were really cutting edge researchers in the area of neuroscience. One of them taught us exercises for overriding the ANS (autonomic nervous system) so that it (momentarily?) resets the homeostasis in the body.
As you can imagine I was very motivated to learn about this as the ANS is so completely out of whack in ME/CFS.
I tried the first part with my daughter last night and it made her dizzy (she was in bed at the time so no falling)…I found that interesting because it obviously impacted in some way (my poor guinea pig girl!) The leading neuropsychologist whose work was most relevant also has a private practise so I’m going to make an appointment to see him myself and ‘pick his brain’ for want of a better phrase (and cos I couldn’t resist!) I don’t want to subject my girl to yet another appointment until I’ve really talked it through. As you know I’m always looking for ‘fixes’
There is more and more hard evidence coming through (now that we have more advanced brain imaging equipment) that we are at our healthiest when living in the moment. And the power of mindfulness and meditation are inarguable now. The science is in, it’s just going to take a while to get the word out so that it’s adopted into mainstream medicine.
I’m going to go right out there and hypothetise that (one of) the reasons this illness is seen predominantly amongst ‘driven’ people is that they have the wonderful brains that allow them to relive experiences and learn from them…and anticipate how to be more successful next time…and by doing this they are more often putting their bodies into a state of high alert (because of the chemicals the brain releases at the time) that makes them vulnerable to whatever the other trigger(s) are with this illness.
And that this would be why most people get immense benefit from employing mindfulness/meditation strategies?
Now I’m just putting this thought out there as a work in progress. I am by NO means arguing that this is not a physical illness, just pondering aloud that this may explain the demographic affected.