Chemistry of the blood is very important to the ideal function of all systems of the body, including the full function of the brain and mind.
“Blood is familiar as the vehicle for oxygen transport from lungs to tissues, and for transport of CO2 generated during respiratory metabolism in tissues to the lungs for release. Blood plays many other roles in organisms with circulatory systems. Blood transports major organic nutrients from the intestine (where they are absorbed) to the liver (where they are processed) and ultimately to the other organs. Organic waste products and excess mineral ions are conveyed by blood to the kidneys for excretion. The blood also serves to transport hormones and other chemical messengers from various endocrine glands to their specific target organs. Finally, blood contains cells and antibody proteins that defend against disease.” The Analysis of Human Blood, Chemistry for Liberal Studies – Forensic Academy / Dr. Stephanie R. Dillon
Let us look at which molecules seem to be crucial for the the function of mind and the memory of self.
Loss of mind in adulthood is often called delirium, dementia, psychosis, insanity or brain damage. The person is no longer themselves and is not able to behave like their usual self.
Imbalance of organic or inorganic molecules in the blood can result in disturbances of the mind and brain such as delirium [all motor subtypes-hypo-motor, hyper-motor or mixed], dementia [slowly progressive] with or without accompanying mood disturbance.
This teaches a lot about normal and abnormal metabolism, physiology, blood chemistry, and the minimum requirements for normal activity of brain and mind.
A couple of examples of molecules found in the blood necessary for mind to function that come to mind are;
Niacin [ B3]
Ascorbic acid [Vitamin C]
…..to name a few…..
Deficiencies of these molecules or incorrect ratio’s of these molecules to other molecules are known to cause reversible [if treated], levels of madness and amnesia.
In addition to organic and inorganic molecules, the brain is encased in the skull and needs to be under acceptable amounts of pressure on its tissues.
local effects of a tumour for example,
intracranial hypertension for example.
The brain tissue and brain function is very sensitive to mechanical and other physical stressors.
to be continued