Fighting Alzheimer’s and depression using neurotraining
Microglia are brain cells present throughout the entire brain making up approximately 10 percent of our brain cells. Research shows that these cells play a significant role in a multitude of conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, depression, brain injuries etc.
When microglia are overactivated due to stress factors, disease, brain injuries, they start attacking mental stamina and healthy brain cells and degrades synapses between neurons.
One method is called “brain hacking” — using transcranial magnetic stimulation to rewire the brain and retrain its microglia cells. Another, often used in tandem, is neurofeedback, which relies on pleasing sounds and imagery to retrain the brain.
When people significantly reduce their calories it seems to also help balance the immune system and the brain. And then there are other technologies like gamma-ray light flicker therapy which helps train the brain to “heal itself” and is currently heading into clinical trials as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
These new microglia-harnessing technologies brings hope to one day treat the great number of depression suffering people.