September 16, 2010
Posted: 04:35 PM ET
If you’ve ever wondered why we stay in
|Joe G. (Illinois)||
September 16th, 2010 6:51 pm ET
I was able to quit smoking; degenerative gambling of the worst king; porn; many different aspects of sexual immorality, etc, etc.
Basically, many of the worst and toughest things to get rid of “If not impossible” according to the very latest in Modern Medicine such as Psychology, Psychiatry and Rehab Counseling. All of them pretty much after 26 years, or what one might also call a life time.
Addictions are sins. Jesus Christ can help us get rid of sin, therefore addictions, therefore the pathology of bad behaviors.
Thanks and good day
|Smith in Oregon||
September 16th, 2010 8:21 pm ET
Secrets of the Brain? Reminds me of the Dr. Josef Mengele's Nazi study's on Gypsy and Jewish prisoners with their skulls opened up and probes inserted. No worries about medical malpractice, a Republican lawmakers dream.
|Judith in Nova Scotia||
September 16th, 2010 9:38 pm ET
Several years ago there was a study done and results published in the Science (I think) section of the New York Times. The memory I have, having been told by someone who had read the article, is that the study aimed to look at how the brain is wired. Two fairly large groups were amassed of people who held very, very strong and solid political views - conservative and liberal. Each person was wired up for an EEG. Every person was asked identical questions. The results showed that as a group, each group answered from different areas of the brain!!
This may not be written precisely, as I did not read the article myself, and have been unable to find it or something like it. The results, if true, have huge implications! It means that our "world view" is determined by how our brains are wired, and one could stretch this to say that when views are strongly held they are impossible to change. And likewise, probably it is impossible to truly understand an opposing 'world view.'
So, do you know of references to this study or others like it? It would be very interesting to know more!!
September 16th, 2010 9:40 pm ET
Just wanted to say how much I agree with Joe G. of ILLINOIS,
Thank you Joe !
September 16th, 2010 9:57 pm ET
Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes….pick your enslavement and
Nicotine gum, pills, patches, peppermint sticks and good intentions. I had been there, tried them all (even simultaneously) and still smoked. Then after 50 years of burning up over two packs of unfiltered Pall Malls each day, I decided to try something new.
I decided to develop a system of switching to another, more powerful thought every time my body told my brain to visualize a soothing, pleasing, lung-rotting cigarette. Obviously, two requirements had to be met; I required a pleasurable visualization and I had to practice switching to it in fractions of a second. So let me report, smokers: It worked. I stopped my strong 50-year habit immediately with no help beyond that of mental control and to this day seven years later, someone can blow smoke right in my face and I just smile and revel in being no longer slave to the nicotine pushers. In fact, the day after I quit using this method, someone sat beside me, lit up and created a cloud around us and I surprisingly felt no temptation.
Here then is one of the simplest systems for controlling a craving you might ever encounter. Pick a thought both pleasant and engaging. By engaging, I mean one that involves planning, revision, options, and above all, concentration. For you it might entail solving a complex mathematical problem; planning the restoration of an old car or house; mulling over the myriad of moves you must make before embarking on the dream vacation of your life. Are you studying some complex yet pleasant subject like learning how to fly, cook, make love? Don’t laugh; just don’t let anyone see you sitting alone breathing heavily with a truly silly grin on your face. Next, practice switching from one thought to immersing your mind in another in the blink of an eye. This mental gymnastic is key and must happen before the first “I need a smoke” synapse to fire in your brain ignites others in a cascade and the craving is established. You do not want that first visualization of a cigarette to blossom into a full-blown mouth-watering craving. How fast do you need to be? About 250 milliseconds. Ok, ok, that is about a quarter of a second. Remember the second count: “one, one thousand, two, one thousand, etc.?” So a quarter of a second is about as long as it takes to say “one” provided you are not from a Southern State and have a slow drawl that draws out longer but you get the idea. The more quickly you switch to your preplanned happy yet complex thought-captivating visualization, the easier it becomes to drop even the hint of smoking and its attendant craving and danger from your life. I shall not bother wishing you luck. You don’t need luck, only this little mental trick.
© Richard Mealey 3/13/08
September 17th, 2010 10:17 am ET
@ Joe G. Illinois.
Thank GOD you found GOD.
Tell me, were you able to discern whether GOD was black or white.
Some folks liken Barac Obama to a likness of GOD.
What's your opinion on that??
September 17th, 2010 11:16 am ET
A response t o Judith in Novia Scotia.
Historically, it has taken humanity a long time to change their point of view. An example is we thought the earth was flat, because we could see an horizontal line. It was science that revealed the earth was round.
The phrase "perception is reality" is all too common. It seems once someone has an opinion, then it sticks in their brain. I have asked the question " There is a power among humans to negate empathy towards other humans who are not like themselves. These “other” humans can be of a different gender, race, belief, or who simply have a different opinion. Where in the brain does this power reside? And how can it be overcome?"
September 17th, 2010 11:39 am ET
I wonder how those with right temporal lobe addictions get free of those enslaved contraindications? I always figured if you got it, you can't get rid of it, but it is learned and unlearning is a near possibility, less induced partial retention eradication is applied. How can anybody say forget about it and you do? Just withering the pea, as I have starved it of moisture and it is dry of temporal lobe clutter and misuse. What I like in the function of brain performance is, if there are no mirrors, one ages so much slower, even though the body shrivels. When we see our withered reflection we suddenly age mentally without the aid of disease or maturation wither.
Smith in Oregon..how does understanding the brain comprise images of Mengele and the Republican Party and what is a Nazi study of the brain? You said yourself the subjects were either Jewish or Gypsy or possibly both. I don't get the medical malpractice gesture of the Republicans, other than you may be suggesting they are a malady that practices the disastrous and unpalatable , that I can understand...
The mind is such a dangerous tool, even if the owner knows how to use it properly and discreetly, and only in the moment. The brain is just a device that makes us think that we think, that we think that we think we think, I think. Maybe not, maybe a sophisticated MP4...with play, rewind, and record, and an available option that makes calculated decisions with the opportunity of gross error..caj
September 17th, 2010 11:53 am ET
Joe G. Ill-noise
Do you spread Jesus on everything...politics, behavior, faith and belief, etc..etc..obviously? Doesn't the taste meld into a distorted card game score of sorts sometime? It solemnly appears to me that you crossover from one addiction to another. That is not unusual, but it suggests a need for third party mediation..you, your current addiction, and a behavioral professional. I am not being facetious, hopefully helpful with suggestion...caj
September 17th, 2010 1:28 pm ET
how common is it to have bad or weak behavior in a seemingly small instance effect a more glaring problem? do all behaviors need to be changed at the same time?
September 17th, 2010 2:13 pm ET
i believe that if you want to stop an addiction, or end a bad relationship anyone can...... but you have to really want to end it..... people can't see themselves so they may not even realize what their doing.... its not calculated, or planned it just becomes habit.... if you cant see yourself, you cant help yourself..... this is different than someone who is vicious, and attacks other people (murder, child abusers ect.... ) with evil it is a choice, manipulated, and planned...... addictions are just habits and anyone can break a habit..... everyone has an addiction to one thing or another....
|Smith in Oregon||
September 17th, 2010 6:18 pm ET
Intelligence training for the dwindling Republican party members:
'We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets." ~ Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." ~ George W. Bush
"I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." ~ George W. Bush
Following such utterly stupid Republican politicians results in a utterly failed outcome.
The Democratic party across America is trying to help America climb out of the deep economic recession the Republican administration pushed America into. Use the Secrets of the Brain, Vote Democratic straight across the board for a continued successful outcome and future American prosperity tomorrow.
September 17th, 2010 7:40 pm ET
I have a lot of thoughts on this subject; however, will need to read the transcripts before making a comment as I am in China and cannot view your program on TV. Looking forward to an interesting read.
September 17th, 2010 9:12 pm ET
Is there a way to re-program the brain to sleep better?
September 17th, 2010 9:22 pm ET
If the prefrontal cortex is the key, and there is (legal) medication to help that area of the brain if it is underdeveloped, why do people think it's a bad thing to take medication to help this? I realize that these are often medications like ritalin, etc., but why do we not have more finely tuned, effective ways to help those with prefrontal problems? Don't tell me science can't produce such a thing. Is there some reason having more of us well-adjusted and productive would be a problem?
September 17th, 2010 9:49 pm ET
If medication treats these problems in the brain, what about the side effects from these medications that permanently alters the brain activity. Tardive Dyskenisia and Tardive Dystonia, the disease no one wants to hear about, talk about, knows how to treat it and you become the same as a lepor when you develop this disease. What does the brain that has TD look like to Dr. Amen and how would he treat it with what medications? The psych meds don't work and make it worse, seizure meds don't work, muscle relaxers work for a while. The patient ends up with humiliating neuromuscular facial spasms and problems with language and movement. Most doctors assume that the patient was a schizoprenic but many times they were given an adjunct , off label medication for treatment of depression or mis-diagnosed with bi-polar. It's a permanent disease that never goes away.
September 17th, 2010 9:53 pm ET
I was once in a car accident and suffer a head injury and had memory loss and went into a short depression. They ( my Lawyer ) had me take several IQ test and I found that I averaged a 135 score.
I spent hours telling myself that because I knew I had a head injury and things were out of wack – that I should be able to counteract that – with the understanding that I knew what was happening with me.
In a wierd way I would not have traded that experience for anything – I really learned alot about thought and myself.
Does this make sense?
September 17th, 2010 9:56 pm ET
My mother was lobotomized in 1950 or so, and we all know the result of that psychosurgery. Needless to say, I find all this talk of using electrodes to fiddle with the brain in an attempt to cure issues like obesity, quite frightening.
September 17th, 2010 9:59 pm ET
Is Norman Doidge's book: "The Brain that Changes Itself" about brain plasticity accurate
September 17th, 2010 10:51 pm ET
Anyone know the name of the book they showed at the beginning of the show, don't think it was The Brain that changes itself? I think it was something else. Thanks
September 17th, 2010 11:42 pm ET
Fear not my dear, nothing of real great importance has occured since you went to China.
But we are looking forward to your return and great intellectual comments.
September 18th, 2010 12:13 am ET
Please list the guests (by name) who LKL had on the brain show. Thank you.
September 18th, 2010 12:18 am ET
What was the name of the book that is being discussed?
September 18th, 2010 12:53 am ET
Why would you have an in experience nueroscience researcher included in the discussion of this topic. It was obvious that the others were more educated and experienced in the subject. She was to young and apparently is not even doing any research in neuroscience anymore. You should have included a more mature researcher someone who has been involved in neuroscience research for a longer period. Dr. Drew and the other guest were more knowledgeable and hands on. Although, I guess she did accomplish getting Dr. Drews attention. I saw him glazing at her breast each time she talked..
September 18th, 2010 12:53 am ET
Please Please list the guests who were on this Secrets of the Brain show and how to get a transcript. This is fascinating. Knowledge is power. Thanks!
September 18th, 2010 12:57 am ET
This was by far the most informative, "walk away with something" show LKL has ever hosted. I want either a video copy or transcript to follow up on many of the details discussed this evening.
Bravo on an excellent, beneficial program.
September 18th, 2010 12:57 am ET
What cause epilepsy???
September 18th, 2010 1:11 am ET
I need and want help. I have suffered from anxiety/depression for 50 years. After many hours of cognitive therapy of all types, medications, I am still 'suffering'; I do have to wonder if I am 'addicted' to suffering...I would like to try newer 'therapies' to get off this treadmill.
September 18th, 2010 1:13 am ET
I liked it. SMART to have the younger researcher. Justin should get his mind out of the gutter. A.) not many scientists in this field who would be as well spoken and B.) the ones fresh out of school have the most updated knowledge on a constantly changing, often controversial subject. everyone else on the panel was "mature" . you guys who have nothing better to do than to get on here and talk about religion or who is looking and whose boobs, or anything else that is completely irrelevant to the subject, y'all obviously don't get it. and your mental problem is called "closed-mindedness" if anything. i think maybe some of you guys haven't had to deal with a mental illness or addiction up close and personal.
September 18th, 2010 1:31 am ET
GREAT SHOW!!!! I plan to order the transcripts and watch it over and over again. Larry, once again you came through and delivered an excellent program!!
September 18th, 2010 2:33 am ET
What was the title of the book featured on the show?
September 18th, 2010 2:41 am ET
I thought that as far as it went, the show was interesting and well done, and some of it was valuable. There was such an important part, only mentioned in passing by Daniel Amen, with the comment "natural" remedies, which he knows work exceptionally well. If you want to have a show that would really help people, consider having one on the little know and very important topic of a nutritional approach to addiction treatment. There could be many excellent guests, including Daniel Amen, but Pam Killeen, who just finished a book which reviews the topic, would be an excellent person to talk with. I know from personal experience that nutritional supplements and good nutrition can turn your life around.
September 18th, 2010 4:08 am ET
Hi, I need all the panel speakers, I would like to contact them, I did get some of their names, thanks Tina
I watch your program often Larry, and thumbs up,
SPECIAL REQUEST: I would like to get over my fears by being on your show, i would like to see how my brain works on your show!!! Please consider me, I do have a lot to talk about, very good, nothing embarrassing or bad, but who knows, I'm a part time business owner, work with gov admin for years, born in Florida, parentage of Southern Georgia, I am happy and want to share my happiness with others, and especially you Mr. Larry King! You are wonderful, Enjoy Tina.
|Jessie from Auckland, NZ||
September 18th, 2010 4:14 am ET
Yes, I can't understand how people can have an addiction to alcohol and cigarettes. One glass of alcohol or even a sip and one puff of a cigarette is all I can stomach. They make me sick.
The brain is complex thing.
September 18th, 2010 4:33 am ET
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease several years ago and, being a clinical diagnosis, I do not think was correct. I personally think that what I have is more related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My neurologist recommends Deep Brain Stimulation surgery and I just can"t bring myself to do it. I, like Joe from ILL, am person of deep faith. God has healed my many times in my life. In my late twenties, with God's help I was delivered of panic and anxiety attacks.. Although it took a year of looking inward – prayer and meditation, it was God who delivered me. But as I listened to this neuro-team I realized that in changing my way of thinking I literally rewired my brain! Why can't I do the same with Parkinson's? Is this what Christ mean when He said, "Physician Heal Thyself? or, "As your faith is, so shall be? It works for me! How do I get a copy of this transcript? Excellent show, Larry. Thank you.
September 18th, 2010 5:52 am ET
I've sustained three major brain injuries since nine years old. My last was when I was 20 in 1968. It wasn't until two decades had past that I came to "understand" that "You don't know what you don't know." I have had a hard time making sense of life's relationship forming and maintaining, knowing my priorities and staying on tasks or projects (jobs, relationships, responsibilities).
I'm happy to be alive and know what I now know but would like to know if there is a holistic approach to living after TBI.
Your show and the guests were great! Thank you very much. I couldn't see much of it and would like to know if the show will be aired in the future.
September 18th, 2010 8:08 am ET
thank-you for increasing awareness about the inner workings of the brain, there are scientific studies that assist the brain when there is an injury beyond the assistance of medication. I am one of the recipients of this technology. I use a device called the Brainport. Six years ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury. It has been featured on PBS in an episode of Brainfitness 2 which is periodically aired on PBS. There is a new device called the PONS that is even more powerful than the Brainport which is being studied at the University of Wisconsin. Please e-mail me for more information, this scientific study is groundbreaking, it has given me my life back and could help many others who suffer from brain injury.
September 18th, 2010 9:39 am ET
The guests were George Pratt, Cara Santa Maria, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Daniel Amen. I had purchased a book by Dr. Amen 2 years ago and it is wonderful. Gives tests for you to determine your symptoms and which part the brain is being effected. Then the different antidepressants that would be most beneficial. I had been taking them already. Dr. Amen was right on! (Healing the Hardware of the Soul)
September 18th, 2010 9:47 am ET
Another book mentioned was by Dr. George Pratt...Instant Emotional Healing.
September 18th, 2010 10:28 am ET
I watched this show 3 times! Thank you!! My son,Doug has just turned 40 yrs old (Aug 25th). He's got to be over 400lbs. Approx. 5yrs ago he moved out on his own (for the 3rd time) from "nowhere,NH" to "where it's happening,NH" Weight's steadily increased since then. The change was gradual, up and down, until he lost his job when the economy went south.(It's been almost a year) His wt gain's escalated.
September 18th, 2010 11:01 am ET
@ Smith in Oregon
Just read “Taiwan's bankrupt dollar diplomacy”and that will certainly curl your toes for a walk in the snow in order to cool off. It's a “how to bankrupt a country” in 5 easy steps and we are at step 3. Not a very positive sight… or maybe site? It's your choice!
I don’t know about intellectual comments but I might venture to say a gust of hot air swirling around the blog. You have me laughing hysterically. Always enjoy your posts. Keep up the good work and humor. ~Dodie in China
September 18th, 2010 11:20 am ET
How the brain functions and operates is much more complicated than we know. That is why antipsychotic or neuroleptic medications do not work well and sometimes not at all. It is much more complicated than just neurotransmitter or neuropeptide imbalance. You are correct, the side affects are horrific and often the cause of people stop taking their medications.
I wish we had the knowledge. Watching people suffer with these depilating illnesses is a very sad experience and pains me to see. My heart goes out to these people and I applaud their courage!!!
September 18th, 2010 12:42 pm ET
What I find as a quagmire is the human behavior in which an individual becomes seduced by their own thought process in an attraction of another individual that is young enough to be their daughter or son. What I find even more curious is the process in which they align with the other person; giving up much of their wisdom and maturity they obtained due to their age. For instance, they become interested in music and TV programs that are more akin to the younger person’s age group. I am not saying that music is defined by age; however, the process of alignment is often a giving up of enjoyed pleasures. Why would a person want to ‘mold’ another person? What would cause an individual to want such an unbalanced relationship? Would it be to have control? If you manipulate the other person through aspiration, would they end up hating the other person when they find out? What neurochemical plays in the “fear” of growing older?
September 18th, 2010 4:12 pm ET
Mr. King, Congratulations on a great program.
September 18th, 2010 8:00 pm ET
Is there any way I can view this show again but on my computer? "How The Brain Works"
Thank You Jan Bjarnason.......I love your shows Larry KIng
September 19th, 2010 2:41 am ET
September 19th, 2010 3:09 am ET
Our family and social environments along with polluted genetics from years of pharmaceuticals and toxic food and water via our prior generations have layed the foundations of what wire us physically, Psychologically, Emotionally and even spiritually .
September 19th, 2010 3:35 am ET
This was the most interesting, fascinating program on the brain, i so want to share it with my family who missed the viewing but cannot find a repeat show. PLEASE can you tell me when a repeat will take place or if the transcripts are available to read. There is so much information to take in so to have it in writing would be wonderful.
September 19th, 2010 8:13 am ET
I so enjoyed "Secrets of the Brain", but while I was processing one thing said I missed out on another.! Is there any chance of getting a copy of the transcript or video?
September 19th, 2010 12:07 pm ET
How do I get a transcript of "Secrets of the Brain"?
September 19th, 2010 7:17 pm ET
Please let me know the cost of the transcript of "Secrets of the Brain," or "How the Brain works," aired on LKL approx. 9/16. Also, if LKL will air it
September 20th, 2010 12:19 am ET
I would like to find articles by the guest on Secrets of the brain or the names of those guest so I can look them up. Great show and aslo like the others is it possible to get transcripts. I run a mental health forum and would love more info on that great show...Thanks
September 20th, 2010 4:24 am ET
It would be helpful if you could supply some information on who your guests were and maybe books they have written, some reference information to search more deeply about the subject matter. Very interesting topic, and I would like to learn more.
September 20th, 2010 5:37 am ET
Where can I watch the Larry King show of the (Secrets of the Brain) with Dr. Amen and Dr, Cara Santa Maria and Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Dr. Pratt.
September 20th, 2010 11:40 am ET
My 5 cents. Addictions are not sins. They are conditions. Self-induced sometimes, genetic some other times. "Jesus" does not get hurt by anyone smoking a cigarette or drinking a bottle of Scotch. You only hurt yourself. NA/AA are from 1858, hence they are expired tecniques, the way to get beter today it's called Rational Development. Basically finding the specific individual reason why you do what you do and look for alternatives based on your particular case and momentum. Don't look for Jesus, all you are going to do is confuse yourself and other people even more.
September 22nd, 2010 4:41 am ET
The human condition is too complicated to create a cause and effect paradigm with addictions. It could be genetic, environmental, stress induced, or just to list some probable causes. What has been proved is once you alter your neurochemical system, it seems to be for life.
September 25th, 2010 11:23 am ET
Please tell me the name of the book that was mentioned on the show.
September 30th, 2010 3:34 pm ET
I would like to know the names of the panel members and where I
October 9th, 2010 9:43 pm ET
When will this clip be available online? I'd love to view it again.
October 10th, 2010 4:24 am ET
I love watching most of your shows Larry but the show today'" Secrets of the Brain" is the best of all.
October 10th, 2010 9:25 am ET
Am very interested and i would like to understand things much more clearly, my request is to anyone with a precise knowledge of these things to put them here in a simple and understandable way, its a request.
October 10th, 2010 11:59 am ET
Ditto, when will this be avaiable online? I just saw it last night.
October 10th, 2010 3:39 pm ET
I suffer from OCD and depression. Can you supply me with doctors contact information? Thanks!
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