Study: neckties are possibly mind-numbing

brain, news, stroke

Nerve-racking headline from NY Post:

“Wearing neckties reduces blood flow to the brain”

The Post goes on to reference a recent study from das University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, where German scientists scanned the brains of 30 healthy young men, some of whom were necktied; others necktie-free. Their conclusion?

Neckties squeeze neck veins, thus potentially causing the slowing of brain processing.

The Post continues:

“The study found that guys wearing ties had 7.5 percent less blood flow.

In extreme cases, insufficient blood flow to the brain can kill organ tissue or cause a stroke.”

That’s a little extreme. Big story. Small study. Few men. Organ-killing.

Some might say more research is needed. I’d say it doesn’t take more funding for gaggle of researchers to deduce that neckties lead to mind-numbing discomfort.

If, indeed, there is a tie/brain crisis backed by science, fear not! Here are three easy solutions, all inspired by rad 80’s fashion…

1. Loosen the tie, lose the shirt, like drummer Roger Taylor from Queen:

2. Wear a loose bolero with a t-shirt, like Joe Strummer from The Clash:

The Clash's Joe Strummer wearing a bowler instead of a tie

Photo credit: Bob Gruen /

3. Nix the tie altogether; only wear scrubs, like Dr. Fink from Prince & The Revolution:

I’m going for the scrubs.

Study participants needed: impact of music therapy

brain, music therapy

Colorado State University Music Therapy program is conducting a study on the impact of music therapy on brain responses in children with autism.

They are “seeking children ages 6-12 for a study on the impact of a music therapy attention protocol on the brainwaves and behaviors of individuals on the autism spectrum.” Click here for details.

I’m a strong proponent of music therapy. Read more about my Compassionate Care Mission here.

Audible/sensory phenomena experienced by diplomats in Havana

head injury, trauma

Here’s an out of the ordinary JAMA study: US government personnel based in Havana report directional audible and sensory phenomena such as “buzzing, grinding metal, piercing squeals and humming.”

The individuals experienced no blunt head trauma, but “appeared to have sustained injury to widespread brain networks without an associated history of head trauma.”

Hear for yourselfclick here to listen to the recordings.

Strange. Never underestimate the power of the brain. Never underestimate the power of those in power to affect the power of one’s brain.