Episode 22

Dr. Neil Grunberg of the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology from the Uniform Services of the Health Sciences is one of the leading minds in the study of nicotine. He’s spent almost thirty years studying the effects of nicotine on the body and brain. In this episode, Dr. Grunberg shares his wealth of knowledge regarding nicotine, and why he considers it “the most interesting drug in the world.”

If you think of nicotine merely as “the bad stuff in cigarettes,” you will find Grunberg’s report fascinating and surprising.

This Week In Neuroscience: Good Cholesterol Linked To Better Memory

The cholesterol debate has raged on for years. However, a study reported in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (yes, that’s a real magazine) suggests that higher levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL, or High-Density Lipoproteins) might help protect your brain’s ability to store memories. What can you do to increase HDL levels? Avoid tobacco and trans fats, exercise, limit alcohol consumption, and eat healthier. Makes sense.

Read the original article here.

What You’ll Learn

  • A candid discussion as to whether addiction is innately “bad.”
  • How nicotine itself causes very little physical damage to the body.
  • The unique qualities of nicotine that make it such an unusual compound.
  • How physicians’ recommendations regarding nicotine have changed in the past 30 years.
  • Dr. Grunberg’s thoughts on the use of nicotine as a cognitive enhancer.

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Written by Jesse Lawler
Jesse Lawler is a technologist, health nut, entrepreneur, and "one whose power switch defaults to On."  He created Smart Drug Smarts to learn how to make his brain do even more, and is greatly pleased to now see his little baby Frankenstein toddling around and helping others.  Jesse tweets about personal optimization, tech, and other stuff he finds interesting at @Lawlerpalooza.
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