Tuesday, July 11, 2017

W. Gifford Jones MD

Increased Activity = Greater Brain Power

Studies linking exercise to brain health remind me of Dr. Paul Dudley White, the renowned professor of cardiology at The Harvard Medical School. He was asked to treat President Eisenhower who had suffered a heart attack. White believed in health benefits of exercise and was noted for riding his bicycle to work every day.

So it is not surprising that he remarked, “If you want to know how flabby your brain is, just feel your leg muscles!” Today, Boston’s 17 mile bicycle path is named after Dr. White. He also advised that we should all walk more, eat less and sleep more.

Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, “I have the best two doctors, my left leg and my right.” We should all use them more, so we have more gray matter and less flab in our brains.