The older I get, the more I realize I need every last little cell in my brain... so I'm not going to give up a single one without a fight.
But if you ever get the old shake-and-quake -- a trembling condition known as essential tremor -- your doc might offer to "cure" it by zapping away at your gray matter.
They're pushing a new ultrasound device that fries the brain tissue in the area that scientists think is going haywire and causing the tremors.
Does it work?
Sort of -- it eases the tremors by about 50 percent.
But in return, you could end up with something a whole lot worse than a tremor: One of the side effects is "loss of complete body control."
Would you want to chance that? Me neither!
Even if you manage to zap away brain cells and still keep control over your body, you could end up with headaches... balance problems... numb fingers... blood clots... scars... burns... trouble walking... and more.
It's like a side effect party, and they're all invited.
That's just crazy -- because in most cases, you don't have to go to that extreme to get the shakes under control.
Most folks assume that that ET is a baby step away from Parkinson's. Because of that... because they FEAR these tremors could turn into this life-wrecking, dignity-stealing disease... they'll let a doc talk them into just about anything.
They'll take bad meds... have a risky surgery... and now, maybe they'll even give this new brain-frying gimmick a shot.
But essential tremor ISN'T Parkinson's disease, and very few of the people who have ET will end up with Parkinson's.
So if you've got it, don't panic into a bad decision. Take a few moments to calm down, and then consider a more rational approach -- because you can get the tremors under control without resorting to drugs, surgery, or frying your brain cells.
In many cases, doctors ignore the single most common cause of the tremors -- a simple condition that's easy to diagnose and easier to fix.
It's a magnesium deficiency.
That shakes are a textbook sign of the condition, and even if you don't have a deficiency by mainstream standards you could be low enough in this essential mineral to suffer.
So before you do anything else, make sure you boost your intake of magnesium.
You can add magnesium-rich foods to your diet, but that might not be enough to get the job done right.
Try a supplement instead -- and don't go for the bargain-basement stuff, which isn't always absorbed by the gut.
Look instead for a chelated form of magnesium. It's a couple bucks more, but it's worth every penny.