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The “Use it or lose it” Model

In the context of pruning and the “use it or lose it” model, addiction is like a pathway.  It may start out as a mere amble through the woods, a poorly defined trail, but can end up like a super highway with few exits.  Drugs are the vehicles that drive that road, and every new […]

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Implications of Brain Plasticity Part 2

Implications of Brain Plasticity Part 2

Erich Engelhardt M.A. Joseph Shrand, MD The Oxford English dictionary defines plasticity as the ability to be easily molded or to undergo a permanent change in shape.  The biological definition describes plasticity as the adaptability of an organism to changes in its environment; specifically the ability to alter the neural connections of the brain as […]

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What’s a safe age to let kids drink?

What’s a safe age to let kids drink?

I was recently asked at what age is it safe for a parent to offer their teenager alcohol?  The question was innocent enough, from a parent who believed that if they were the one to introduce their kid to drinking, at least it could be in a controlled setting. My answer: there is no safe […]