Types of Neurosurgeons: Benefits of Neurosurgery

Posted on September 4, 2015 By

In 2015, we have come a far long way from the medical studies of our ancestors. Previously when someone had some sort of ache or pain they were only able to see their family doctor. And if the family doctor was not educated enough to help them they might only supply them with basic information of how to make their problem go away. Nowadays, there are many different fields in the medical profession and many different types of specialist that can help you whether or not you are suffering from surface level aches and pains or something that is more deep-rooted and requires specialist.

A lot of people are not familiar with neurology. A surgeon is very different from a neurosurgeon. Neurosurgeons are extremely qualified and trained in order to help people that have problems affecting their peripheral nerves in the areas around the primary nervous system. It takes over 10 years of study to become a neurosurgeon and those who are very qualified in their field may earn up to $700,000 a year. There are many different types of neurosurgeons and one of the main types of this profession is brain neurology in which the professional has to work directly with the brain in order to help the patient.

Another type of neurologist specializes in helping children and this is known as a pediatric neurosurgeon. In this profession children can be helped if they have certain types of problems in the brain such as brain tumors and they will be able to receive treatment in order to reduce or remove these tumors. A lot of other children suffered from epilepsy and in some cases they may require surgery to see if there is something in the brain that can be adjusted were fixed in order to reduce the amount of epileptic episodes of the children  will have.

Many retired neurosurgeons eventually do not want to continue working in the field because working on people’s brains requires a great deal of dexterity and excellent balance. Because you are working with such small pieces and parts of the brain you must be able to, steady hand and be extremely capable of performing very detailed procedures. Retired neurosurgeons as they get older begin to lose these abilities and some of them because they are still only in their 60s and continue on to become academic neurosurgeons where they teach their work to students who are studying to become in the same field as once they were in.

If you are interested in becoming a neurosurgeon and following in one of these career paths, be prepared to have to study for up to 15 years before you will be able to make a large salary. After you become a neurosurgeon and start with your first patients you will be under scrutiny and under observation by other more professional and experienced workers in your field. This is a very important but also very difficult job and be prepared for a lot of trials and difficulties as you continue through the process.



Dr. Bens Study Suggests Diet and Mood Correlate

Posted on August 9, 2015 By

Have you ever been in a horrible mood and wondered why? Maybe you had a recent break-up or a bad day at work, but maybe nothing happened at all and you find yourself angry and grumpy all day long and have no idea why.  I want you to reflect the next time you find yourself in a bad mood and jot down all of the things you ate that day.  A recent study conducted my Dr. James Bens suggested that what you eat and your daily diet greatly affects your mood.

Participants in the study were divided into two different groups and neither group knew what the study was about.  Those in a group that ate primarily organic, fresh produce and healthy foods for one week with limited fat and sugar reported an elevated increase in mood and decrease in mood swings.  Participants in the other group which had a heavier intake of sugar and fat and less organic produce experienced tantrums, anger and mood swings much more frequently. This study on diet conducted by skinnyfibernetwork reviews suggests that weight loss and diet are imperative to mood.  If you are overweight, you are more prone to feel angry and have spouts of anger throughout the day. Whereas if you eat healthily and exercise regularly, you will feel happier throughout the day and will be in a more consistent good mood.  Some foods are more likely than others to elevate your mood. These include eating more fruits, vegetables and nuts like almonds.

It’s also important to do regular exercise throughout the day in order to feel better and happier. I recommend yoga or pilates for low impact exercise that focuses on stretching, relaxation and meditation. Stress is definitely a mood killer and if you have a lot going on in your life at work, or in family or relationships, you need to find a healthy way to eliminate stress inducers in your day. Doing yoga or practicing strenuous sport is an excellent way to keep fit, feel healthier and not focus so much on other things in your life.  Bens recommends taking skinny fiber pills for overall health improvement as these pills release endorphins causing you to feel happier and also help aid in weight loss which can be a contributing factor to feeling sluggish, tired and unhappy.  If you are looking for a solution for weight loss, this is definitely a recommended product.  Remember that diet affects mood the next time you reach for a pint of ice cream, go for an apple instead and smile about it. You made the right choice.

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Powering your Brain through Diet

Posted on July 16, 2015 By

Everyone knows that reading helps power up your brain! If you read a ton of books, you learn lots of things, more knowledge equals greater brain power. Reading a book a week can not only make you a smarter and more informed person, but it helps increase your vocabulary, increase your awareness of social issues and even become a more creative person.

My grandfather never went to high school or even finished elementary school, but that man is one of the most intelligent men in the world. He is so well-read, I’m sure he reads a book a day. You know what else he does? He eats healthily. He eats foods that make him focused, more energetic, less lethargic. He is in his mid eighties and he is as sharp as anyone in their twenties. He is clever and makes clever choices. This helpful diet information teaches you about a 3 phase hcg diet which gives you all the brain foods you need to become a more intelligent and clever person.

Some of the top foods for brain function include healthy fats with omega 3s that you can get from eating egg yolks and egg whites, raw nuts that are unsalted like almonds or cashews, and best of all, fish like salmon, fresh water fish and not packed in oil.  These foods can really help improve cognitive abilities and your ability to focus and become more energized, and motivated to complete daily tasks.


Not only do these foods make you a more clever person, but you will be in a better mood throughout the day. Eating crap makes you feel horrible and sad, depressed or anxious. Eat clean, eat foods that are natural and from the earth and you will feel so much better about yourself and your body. That’s just science after all.

Going on the hcg diet helped my cousin lose about 15 pounds and cleared up her skin. She became more successful at her job because she was focusing more and working so hard.  She didn’t have a lot of weight to lose but the diet really pushed her to lose that last bit right before her summer holiday and now she looks absolutely incredible.  She is going to continue to follow the diet plan to lose another 5 pounds before her wedding. She no longer experiences brain fog and is in general a happier person.


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Neurology Diet: Changing your Mood with Food

Posted on May 2, 2015 By

With neurological disorders, we can often feel helpless and out of control without the help of doctors or medical professionals.  However, there are some changes you can make in your own diet and lifestyle to limit the damaging impact some neurological conditions can have on your general mood and every day behavior.  We recommend adhering to a diet rich in fiber, proteins and high quality fats to give your body the energy it needs and keep you physically and mentally fit.


Go on the Mediterranean diet:  Studies published by a Psychiatry group in 2009 suggested that people who follow a diet similar to those in the Mediterranean (rich in fruits, veggies, nuts and complex carbohydrates and fats such as olive oil) are over thirty percent not as disposed to have depression in comparison to people who eat diets with a lot of fat and meat. Our friends recommend a diet rich in fiber to help give you energy and feel full so you can achieve more throughout the day. Olive oil also helps people with cognitive disorders and may even help prevent other diseases that lead to mental deterioration.

A Daily Mediterranean Diet Example:

Breakfast – plate of organic freshly cut fruit like apples and strawberries

Snack – Small handful of raw unsalted almonds or other form of high fiber nuts

Lunch – Bed of lettuce and chicken breast drizzled with pepper and olive oil and white vinegar salad dressing

Snack – Raw veggies and hummus

Dinner – Small red potatoes, 4 oz of wild salmon and 1/2 cup of green beans

Making small changes in your diet can really help your overall health and mood levels.  People who consume a lot of white sugars and high dairy fats and creams not only are at risk for obesity, high cholesterol levels and on the path to having heart problems, but they are also more moody, and frequently subjected to feelings of depression.

The expression and quote “You are what you eat” rings true in this regard.

It is also important to remember to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 5-6 days week. This exercise should get your heart rate up and should be more than basic walking.  Some examples of exercise include skipping, running, power walking, aerobics, kick-boxing, going on the treadmill or elliptical, spinning or riding your bike.

Doing regular exercise helps the heart and also lifts the spirit. By doing exercise, you release negative energy and tension and you are less inclined to have mood swings and feel stress.

If you make these adjustments to your regular routine, you will be surprised how much better you feel. Not only will you lose weight and feel trimmer every day (and fit your clothes for summer!) but more importantly, you will help combat and fight off signs of depression and mood swings which not only affect your mood and quality of life, but can hinder relationships between you and others.  Make these changes and be amazed at how much better your life is. We wish you all the success and please let us know how you get along and how these changes have positively impacted your life.  Blessings and to your health!


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Welcome to Capital Neurology!

Posted on April 26, 2015 By

We are a rapidly growing, subspecialty Neurology practice caring for infants, children and adults with a wide variety of neurological disorders.   Conveniently located on the Shady Grove Campus in Rockville, MD, we provide community based specialty care for patients.
We are excited to meet you and your family.  We recognize that Neurologic challenges often require long-term, holistic care for patients and families.  At Capital Neurology, you can expect a caring approach, consistent support and novel treatments for many disorders.