> My mother, once prolific, has not written a word since she quit
> smoking. It is a well know anecdote among writers, that if you quit
> smoking, you are out of work. Sadly, it appears to be some kind of
> mental block, probably based on brain recptors. Similarly, I believe
> that there were some jazz players who couldn't improvise without a
> cigarette in the mouth.
> Does anyone know something more about this problem? Is it a promising
> area of research? Is there any way for me to help my mother, who has
> now been blocked for years, even though she hasn't touched tobacco again
> over that time? I feel that she just needs proper assistance in order
> to regain her gift.
> Perhaps being older, her brain needed the added stimulation ? There are
> other ways to stimulate the brain. DMAE
is very effective, seems to raise acetylcholine levels and promote new neural connections and updates old ones too.(old memories-- things you hadn't thought of in a while come into your awareness again. DMAE works better if about 2 to 4 hours before taking it you ingest a few hundred milligrams of pantothenic acid. that gives the B vitamin a chance to saturate the brain and also clear the stomach. The reaction of DMAE and pantothenic acid produces the acetylcholine and you don't want that to happen in your stomach. CrampCity! There are some side effects---increased muscle tone-stiff neck; headache, the effects tend to only occur to new users and decrease on regular use. At least in my experience.