BDNF

I had never heard of this and didn’t know what the hell it was until I took a course taught by Peter G. Levine.  BDNF stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor.  That’s a really long name for a protein.  BDNF is a protein that is produced by the brain.  It helps neurogenesis – it makes new brain cells.  New brain cells = neuroplasticity.  Neuroplasticity is the rewiring of the brain.  BDNF has been referred to as Miracle-Gro for the brain.  So we want it.  Stroke survivors want a lot of it.  Exercise stimulates its secretion.  So the moral of the story is…..workout……a lot.  Here, read this.

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Categories: Brain stuff, Health, Recovery, Rehab, Stroke stuff

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16 replies

  1. So it doesn’t stand for Big Dumb Neurons Failing?

  2. I too have learned a lot from Peter Levine’s seminars. Dean, he recently told Grace and me that he has learned a lot from you.

  3. But what about the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. New brain cells probably fit in there. I think I lost it there.

  4. nice to know!

    • Make him exercise a lot!!!!!!!

      • He still isn’t walking…six weeks post swelling and almost seven weeks post SECOND major surgery (he had two in a row due to a major complication with the first :-/). He has not only the brain injury against him but also two months of being bed ridden. It is taking time. We are praying things pick up soon. But I help him do in bed exercises that his PT/OT/ST gave. Can’t wait until we can go only family walks again! They started working on walking yesterday. Hopefully he will be there or almost there by the 6th, when he is supposed to be discharged from rehab.

        • not sure if I mentioned it in my email but it was a cardiothoracic surgery. He had a disease (mass) in his chest they thought could be why he had the inflammation in his brain….yes. mass in chest=brain swelling?! sounds puzzling, right? It is! Nobody knows for sure. pretty amazing! I guess we’re just special! 😉

          • He went in for cardiothoracic surgery and ended up with brain damage? Something doesn’t add up there. Demand more answers from his doctors, you probably won’t get any answers but I would give them hell.

            • whoops! nope. Sorry. He had the inflammation in his brain already and it looked like it was an autoimmune response so they went digging around and found the mass in his chest…Thinking it could be the reason for the swelling, they took it out. Then the next day he started bleeding into his lungs, so they had to do a second sternotomy to figure out the problem and to clean out his lung of the blood (he nearly died-trust me, I raised hell in that ICU as he was turning BLUE). The disease (castleman’s) is very rare but has not been know to cause auto-immune responses like that. So they did a second lumbar puncture and MRI, five days after surgery number 2, and the swelling was gone in his brain and almost gone in his spinal fluid. So it could have been the removal of the mass that caused it to go down..or it could have been the steroid or IVIG treatment they did the weeks before..no one knows for sure. They are still doing research based tests at hospitals all over the country to see if, possibly, it could be a new virus.

              whew. take a breath. Make more sense? Sorry for the confusion.

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