Protecting the Brain

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our brain is a very essential part of who we are. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the different parts of the brain and how we can protect them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

The brain is the most complex organ in the body and is divided into three main parts:

The hind brain the middle part of the brain called the brain stem and the cerebellum. This part of the brain controls involuntary functions such as breathing, heart rate and coordination of movement.

The midbrain just above the brain stem, controls reflex actions, eye movements and other voluntary muscle motion.

The forebrain the outer part of the brain, or cerebrum, allows us to think and controls the higher senses of smell, hearing, taste and touch.

What can we do to protect our brain? First, we need to avoid traumatic brain injury by wearing seat belts when driving and protective head gear when doing anything that puts us at risk. Avoid excessive alcohol which can damage brain tissues. High blood pressure and diabetes can damage the arteries in the brain. And last, we need to exercise the brain by continuing to learn and do things that stimulate this essential organ.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.