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Boy Without a Cerebellum Baffles Doctors

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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 05:49 PM
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OMG how is this possible?

"" doctors did an MRI, expecting to find he had a mild case of cerebral palsy. Instead, they discovered he was completely missing his cerebellum -- the part of the brain that controls motor skills, balance and emotions."""

read this story!!!!

www.aolnews.com...

he "baffles the doctors,, because he walks

"Things that, based on that diagnosis, he should not be able to do, he is doing. I mean, walking up and down the hall, riding a bike, holding a pencil or a pen to work on projects, using scissors."

wow.... the more doctors dont know,, the less i want to get sick...




posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 05:57 PM
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That's why they call it a medical "practice".

Even things they thought they had right are constantly being challenged and changed.

This is a fine example of the brain's innate ability to rewire itself. Amazing indeed.

S&F for the find.

~Namaste



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 05:58 PM
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I saw this earlier and didn't post it because I knew people would react like you did. This article is in no way a condemnation against neurology and neuroscience. I actually find it to be one of the most exciting cases of all time. My hypothesis is that once actual research is done, it will be found that the function of the cerebellum and the pons has been remapped to a different part of the brain, showing the true extent of neuroplasticity. This kid could end up being the Phineas Gage for a new century.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 05:58 PM
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wow i wish i had something to say,, other then sounding like a flake..


humans are impressive animals!!



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:00 PM
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The video is amazing, please take the time to watch the story and this precious little boy.


bcove.me...


Bless his heart, love and luck to him.
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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:04 PM
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Very interesting



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:06 PM
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TY Aquarius ,, great find!



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:07 PM
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royal oak!!!

i'm from Southfield....

lol

SMALL world..?



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:18 PM
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Awwwwww! He is so cuuuuute! I feel terrible that the two parents have had such a hard time, but they must be very happy to have a smiling son. My thought is that the MRI may have been misread or done improperly, but that is complete speculation as I have zero medical expertise.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:25 PM
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Incredible find and I'm sure that this will bust some old, long-held beliefs.

The mind is, perhaps provably, not the brain but the program. That's what neuroplasticity ultimately signals.

The mind can run on other hardware. Perhaps even silicon or optical or spintronic circuitry.

The upload of the human mind into machinery seems just that more feasible now.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:25 PM
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Here's another reason why I'm hesitant to put my faith into pharmaceuticals. Apparently this kid is missing the part of his brain that medical science says controls emotions and yet it appears that's not even right. Things like 'mood stabilizers' are looking a lot more like guesses and experiments based off of poor assumptions from where I'm sitting.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:33 PM
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The cerebellum is a small part of the limbic system. It is mainly part of the fight-or-flight response. Psychoactive medication generally acts on the cerebrum, so this in no way disproves psychopharmacology. In fact, look at the case I mentioned earlier, Phineas Gage, where his frontal lobe was damaged and his emotions and personality changed drastically.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:35 PM
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Tony Blair & Gordon Brown also have this condition and they've managed to cope OK.

Come to think of it, most the House of Commons probably need an MRI just in case, I always thought they were missing something.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:38 PM
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Originally posted by Xcalibur254
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The cerebellum is a small part of the limbic system.


... it's not that small, relatively speaking... and was always believed to be more crucial than the outer areas of the brain. That the pons is missing is also remarkable as that part governs sleep & breathing. It's an incredible, almost unbelievable case.


Originally posted by chr0naut
The upload of the human mind into machinery seems just that more feasible now.

...that's a bit of a leap!

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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:44 PM
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While the cerebellum is a large structure, it's role is emotion is small. In fact, now that I look back on my notes, the cerebellum isn't even part of the limbic system. As for the pons, it's role in respiration is fairly minor. The medulla is the structure that primarily controls respiration.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 06:46 PM
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Well, I know people who have no emotion & I dare say they'd argue it's actually beneficial. It's loss of total motor function that's the crippler!


Originally posted by Xcalibur254
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The medulla is the structure that primarily controls respiration.
Thanks for clarifying... just googled it all.
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posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 07:06 PM
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As with everything in the brain the cerebellum is only one part of a network. While the cerebellum plays a major role in motor function it sits in the middle of the network. This means that if my hypothesis is correct and this is the most extreme case of neuroplasticity ever recorded, then these other structures will take over the duties that the cerebellum would normally perform.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 07:50 PM
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Must be an E.T.!


Sorry, I needed to get a pun in this forum somewhere.

Look up Haulk Hogan's son's Toyota Supra Incident. His passenger has the whole frontal lobe of his brain gone, and his skull as well. The surgeons skin graphed over the whole, his forehead is caved in. So sad, and scary looking, but the poor guy can barely move on his own, and last I heard they don't know if he's a vegetable randomly moving around, or if he's trying to move and communicate. The human brain is amazing.



posted on Feb, 15 2011 @ 11:00 PM
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Yes it's a leap but I also feel that it's an inevitability. Moore's law predicts that soon computers will have memory capacity exceeding the human brain. That's a first step.

In fact, everything that we measure around us, everywhere we look, time, space, speed, energy, seems to come in discrete steps (quanta). It does begin to look like it has all been digitised when the world breaks down into pixels like that.

Are you so sure that you are real?



posted on Feb, 16 2011 @ 12:46 AM
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keep being impressed



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