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Monday, April 21, 2008

POPE BENEDICT XVI

POPE BENEDICT XVI

I wrote a small piece yesterday about some of my thoughts on our Pope Benedict XVI. Watching the Mass he celebrated yesterday at Yankee Stadium was a most moving experience for me. He is so much better than his predecessor that I am confident he will be able to cure some of the ills in the church, especially the problem with gay and pedophile priests in the United States – something to which the previous pope was completely oblivious.
Watching my own parish in my hometown, I often wondered why the church there hired openly flaming gay priests. In a way, I have little quarrel with someone wishing to adopt a gay lifestyle – it is not my cup of tea – for what one does with his or her personal life is within him/her self. But to put gay individuals in the close proximity to young boys is just asking for trouble. The Gay community insists that being gay is different than being a pedophile. But you really need to prove this. This assertion begs the question and has absolutely no evidence to support it. But be that as it may, the Catholic Church in America was desperate because noone was entering the priesthood and they just "looked the other way" when recruiting priests.
Recently, they have and are continuing to pay the price of their laxity. Pope John Paul II was, as I said, completely oblivious to this problem. For this he should never be considered for sainthood because he is not worthy of it. He, single-handed, set the Roman Catholic Church back 2,000 years. I am hoping Pope Benedict XVI will do better. Already, I like what I am seeing. This man is holy, sincere, and is not afraid to tackle the serious spiritual problems facing our Modern World.
As I said in my previous Blog, I am now proud to admit: "I am a Roman Catholic."

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

SENSORY OVERLOAD – A SERIOUS PROBLEM

SENSORY OVERLOAD – A SERIOUS PROBLEM

In my opinion we are experiencing a serious health problem in a disease I am calling “Sensory Overload.” Our brains are processing so much information that it has little time to rest and regenerate. Our bodies require regeneration and we accomplish this by rest and sleep. However, many individuals do not sleep soundly and suffer with sleepless nights quite frequently also associated with restless leg syndrome where parts of their bodies are in constant motion. So both the brain/mind and physical body is in constant motion with no time to rest and regenerate. Today I wish to address the problem with the brain and not the body.

Although the brain is a marvelous organ much more complicated than any man-made computer, it has some limitations. If we understand some basic principles the limitations can be overcome. It would appear that the brain/mind complex is able to process almost limitless bits of information. It can remember and intertwine this memory with input from the other senses. It can make associations with other sensory information – something a computer cannot yet do because the computer has no real ears, or eyes, nor can it smell, taste or feel. Although it can process sound and visual data it no where can do what the mind/brain can do.

Unlike a computer the brain requires a period of rest in order to regenerate, for want of a better explanation. It must undergo sleep regeneration. I do not know why nor does any one else knows. Perhaps it is to regenerate the chemicals the brain requires to perform its functions. But for what ever reason, given the requirement of rest, the brain continues to function until it dies.

I have been interested in the limits of the brain to process information and whether too much information processed within a short period of time can overwhelm it. Also related to this might be the type and quality of the information.

QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF INFORMATION

I will discuss quality and quantity together. A teenage at one time, but now we see adults and even young children, walking mindlessly down the street completely absorbed by the information coming from the earphones of a music player or the newest thing, the Ipod. The hammer, anvil, and stapes – the three bones of the middle ear – are in constant motion. I am sometime with some people and one of the persons is a veritable “motor mouth” who never stops talking. I begin to get a sensation within my middle ear. Will this person not stop talking? My ears are aching. Additionally, the teenager is listening to the music at such a high decibel level that it eventually affects the nerve endings resulting in permanent hearing loss. So we have both the constant input of sound and the volume negatively impacting upon the entire hearing process, including the bones, nerves, and brain.

Frequently, the music is not the melodic soothing sounds of a symphony, but rather the cacophony of rock and heavy metal what-some-may-call music. Both the brain/mind and body are affected by the quality of sound. See how we react negatively to a high pitch shrieking sound. Each instrument in a band elicits a sound which in turn elicits a response from the listener. When we listen to the soothing sounds of Baroque classical we relax. It is music played often by individuals who meditate or relax during or after practicing yoga. The actual notes, level of playing, and beat or rhythm together produce a relaxation response within the body of the listener.

Observe the crowds attending the average rock concert. The music with its notes, level of playing, and rhythm is designed to cause the audience to go into a frenzy. This experience, at one time also accompanied by drugs, really produces an event! I went to several rock concerts and, believe me, it was not my cup-of-tea. But then I am in a minority. I know this. Being what I am, and I consider myself a serious thinking man, I carefully watch what I put into my brain. This not only includes drugs, except perhaps for an occasional glass or two of wine, but also the quantity and quality of the sounds to which I listen. If we overindulge in alcohol our sleep is subsequently affected, and we wake up the following morning agitated, sometimes confused, because we did not experience a sleep sufficient to regenerate the brain. We are affected by the alcohol and/or perhaps drugs

Similarly, the quality and quantity of our sensory input affect the sleep experience. The input of discordant sounds just does not stop where ever it finally resides within the brain. This memory continues to work and intertwine resulting in our subconscious experience. I believe that dreams are creations of our subconscious mind. How and why the brain/mind complex creates dreams, many of which we do not understand I do not know. But, nevertheless, dreams come from somewhere.

The obvious advice is to carefully watch what you put into the brain/mind with the same degree of scrutiny you give to the food you eat. We have finally realized that the foods we consume affect the health of the body. So let us also realize the food we feed our brain/mind also affects us.

nicola michael ©. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

FAITH BEING RESTORED IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

FAITH BEING RESTORED IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
As a Roman Catholic, it saddened me to watch the Roman Catholic Church deteriorate during the 27 year reign of Pope John Paul II. He had been called by some "The man of the century." But I always asked: "What century?" In my estimation, Pope John Paul II set the Roman Catholic Church back 2,000 years. Although he was well know for kissing the ground in every country he visited, his innovations never rose above ground level. He completely was oblivious to the pedophile problems occurring in the United States Church. When Boston’s Cardinal Law wanted to resign, Pope John Paul II refused to accept it until it became so obvious that he had to do it. Then Cardinal Law was sent to officiate in a nunnery in Maryland before the Pope finally brought him to Rome for a promotion. Now some are thinking of sainting him. If heaven is full of saints like that, one wonders what hell is like.
Now comes Pope Benedict XVI. What a refreshing Pontiff. At an age when one is assumed to have wisdom, this Pope HAS wisdom. It is refreshing to admit "I am a Roman Catholic!" He is unafraid to tackle the problems of our Modern Age, and I trust he might be able to undue the damage caused by his predecessor.
Some may disagree with my assessment, but it is mine, for whatever it may be worth.
nicola michael ©. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

HAVE WE GONE NUTS?

HAVE WE GONE NUTS?
Six million dollars for the twin pictures of Angelina Jolie’s and Brad Pitt’s twins. I cannot improve on what has already been written on this by www.yahoo.com, so here it is: http://omg.yahoo.com/most-expensive-celebrity-baby-pictures/news/8129?nc Now I know that Jolie and Pitt are very generous people and are giving the money to charity but are the companies buying these pictures making money for their owners and shareholders? They say they do, so who am I to ask?
But let’s face it folks, to me it is ridiculous when the world is facing such great problems to waste our time in what I consider frivolous matters. But then again my life has always represented the minority.
Over the years I have observed the many Americans dying in the battlefield for such great causes: Korea, Vietnam, Irak, and other places around the globe, and for what – to save the world from communism, or some other political bogeyman? So many families deprived of their loved ones usually dying in the prime of life. I do not profess to have any of the answers, and I do not think for a moment we will ever experience peace on this planet. There will not be peace until we create a Gort, the robot under the control of the spaceman, Klaatu (alias Mr. Carpenter, alias Michael Rennie) in the now legendary movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Gort was programmed to keep the peace and could destroy anyone who would even think of war. But lacking a Gort, wars and the useless killing of innocent people will continue. The real problem lies int he fact that Planet Earth is inhabited by humans.
Enough of my rambling. I just think 6 million dollars for baby pioctures is a bit ridiculous. It bespeaks of our deteriorating values.
nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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Blog site: http://www.drtauraso.com/blog/index.htm
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OPEN LETTER TO MICROSOFT

OPEN LETTER TO MICROSOFT
I have always respected Microsoft and as a writer I use a Windows computer every day. Last year I bought a MAC. Initially, I was afraid of the MAC because of unfamiliarity but I am getting used to it and use it more often now. Unfortunately, there are some programs which are not yet written for the MAC and this limits use of them.
I have been very happy with my Windows XP. Last year I bought a smaller computer so I could travel and write without having to lug around a heavier Laptop and it came with Windows Vista. What piece of s*** Vista is. I never cease to be amazed at how and why Microsoft would replace XP with Vista. XP was so easy to operate. Vista is not an improvement at all. Unfortunately, when Microsoft comes out with a new operating system, it is put in all new computers and buyers have no choice but to buy it. I do know why these companies come up with a new and improved version of something which works just fine. It is to make money. All the software companies do the same thing. With each new version of Quickbook and similar software programs, the newer version is changed so little that I opt to update only every 5 or so years and not every time a new version is published.
A great advantage of the MAC is that it is not susceptible to worms and viruses. I believe this might be due to MAC afficionados writing viruses to attack Windows-based computers [sic]!
Just want to share my frustration in this Blog.
nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
My advice is not to throw away your XP computer and resist buying a Vista based computer until you really have to.
nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
Web site: www.drtauraso.com
Blog site: http://www.drtauraso.com/blog/index.htm
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