Impossible! That was my first response when I heard a story about a little girl who had her entire right hemisphere surgically removed. Her brain restored itself to complete functioning. How remarkable.
But this is the new frontier of neuroscience, and it’s pushing our medical reality to new limits.
We’re seeing more and more how the brain has capabilities beyond our wildest dreams. And such capacity, known in the field as neuroplasticity, allows the brain to reinvent itself. Simply put, the brain recognizes a need and through its own plasticity creates new pathways of neural connections.
I’m referring to Jody Miller, who after her 3rd birthday, fell victim to debilitating epileptic seizures.
With random and frequent electrical explosions going-off in her brain’s right side, she was losing all control of her left-side, medication was having no effect, and the prognosis was dire.
But Jody’s pediatric neurologist and brain surgeon decided on a bold step: to remove her brain’s right hemisphere and fill that space with cerebral fluid.
Again, that would seem impossible, but see for yourself what happened. It’s a compelling story.
I especially wanted to share this story with you because neuroscience and brain plasticity can so impact the work we do as practitioners in mind/body medicine.
Every practitioner of medicine, nursing, psychotherapy or even energy therapy needs to understand how to align their work so as to harness neuroplasticity’s power.
That’s why we’ve dedicated entire programs to updating new research on brain science and neurobiology.
You can check them out here.