“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friday, December 4, 2009

Nerve Transmission Speed


Myelin cover
affects nerve transmission speed.
It’s why we suffer.

One hundred eighty,
myelinated nerves reach;
mph, that is.

Half mph for
demyelinated nerves.
Quite a contrast.


4 comments:

Have Myelin? said...

OOOO...this is good.

Peace Be With You said...

My 180 vs. half mile per hour speed data come from the Dec 09 issue of Discover magazine, "The Brain" by Carl Zimmer. They represent the endpoints for each speed, highest at 180 mph for myelinated nerves, lowest at 1/2 mph for demyelinated nerves. The restrictions of the haiku form did not allow me to add this additional information. The point holds, though, and that is the significant reduction in nerve transmission speed.
Judy

Travelogue for the Universe said...

Oh your haiku explained it better than the scientific facts.No wonder I feel half speed sometimes. mary gerdt

Peace Be With You said...

Thanks Have Myelin and Mary. This does explain a lot. It is all in my head but not in a psychological way. It's that myelin or lack of it that explains so much.