TED Community » Deane Alban

About Me

I am the co-founder of BeBrainFit.com where I teach how to keep your mind sharp and your brain fit for the rest of your life. I hold a BA in biology from University of South Florida and currently live in Arizona. I have taught and written about natural health topics for over 25 years.

United States, Tucson, AZ
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University of South Florida

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  • A reply on Talk: Leana Wen: What your doctor wonât disclose

    Nov 17 2014: I find instead of taking notes I just sit back and watch then look at the transcript. You can copy and paste to your notes from there.
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    A reply on Talk: Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good nightâs sleep

    Oct 18 2014: Dr. Kirk Parsley, a former Navy SEAL doctor, found that using sleeping pills will render you unconscious, similar to being in a coma or passed out drunk, but NOT asleep! This discovery is profound. In this state you are missing out on all the essential benefits of sleep. You can learn more about this on his website: http://www.docparsley.com/
  • A reply on Talk: Tristram Stuart: The global food waste scandal

    May 31 2014: Food waste is a problem because a tremenous amount of resources goes into growing it: According to USDA when the resources to produce food are considered, the true cost of this waste amounts to:

    25 percent of all fresh water
    Four percent of the oil we consume
    $165 billion (more than $40 billion from households)
    $750 million per year just to dispose of discarded food
    33 million tons of landfill waste
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    A comment on Talk: James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents'

    Sep 27 2013: Are we smarter? Hardly! We've become button pushers. Take the average teenager now and send him back to his great grandparents' time and they would think he was totally useless. Can he milk a cow, shoe a horse, build a fire, grow food, or heal himself with herbal remedies?

    We are so out of touch with our true selves, we can't even figure out what kind of food we're supposed to eat. That's not smart. That's dumb.
  • A comment on Conversation: Does evolution destroy us?

    Jun 22 2013: One possibility for the next level of human evolution will be the evolution of the microbes that live on us and within us. Humans by cell count are 90% microbe and 10% human. Microbes are known to control digestive functions, brain functions (i.e., we create most of the neurotransmitter serotonin in our gut, not our brain), and immunity and we are only just beginning to learn all the ways they affect us. We have 21,000 genes but our combined microbe community contains 8 million and can evolve a lot faster than we can. An interesting article about this here - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Microbes-The-Trillions-of-Creatures-Governing-Your-Health-204134001.html
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    A comment on Conversation: What were 5 things you wish you knew as a senior in high school?

    Jun 22 2013: I hated high school years. They were truly the worst years of my life. A big thumbs down to everyone who says they are the best years of your life. Phooey! I wish I knew that the popular kids in high school wouldn't be the popular ones in college the successful ones in life, either. I wish I knew that when I got to college being different would be a good thing! Not so much in high school.

    I loved college from the first day. The freedom! The excitement! All these new people! And the endless possibilities... It was fantastic!

    Girls? Don't waste your time on anyone who doesn't appreciate you for who you really are. Don't put the moves on a girl too soon. It's OK to develop friendships first. My best relationships were with guys I was friends with first.

    You are clearly a thoughtful young man with a variety of cool interests. You should thrive in whatever you choose to do!
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    A reply on Talk: Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

    Dec 5 2012: There are 2 types of exercise that will help your brain - physical and mental. Walking has repeatedly shown to be the best form of physical exercise to improve brain health and function. At least 1/2 hour per day every day. Or you can take it to the next level and aim for 10,000 steps per day. Many experts agree that exercise will help your brain more than thinking does!
    Brain training programs like Lumosity, Posit Science, or Anti-aging Games are only one way to stimulate and challenge your brain. Other activities such as learning a language, playing music, and creating art are believed to work just as well, if not better. Brain training programs are still in their infancy and undoubtedly will get better.