Albert Einstein as a boy played with simple building blocks which some feel had a considerable effect on the way he thought later in life. He famously said "Imagination is everything”. A lot of educators like renowned child educator, Maria Montessori tend to agree. She shares, “Play is the child’s work.” Children are not just playing when they play, but they are working. Play is an important part of child development, and the types of toys that a child interacts with shapes their understanding of the world around them. Toys are the tools children use to accomplish their work, but it is best for the number of toys that a child has to be limited.
New international research shows that sleep deprivation disrupts and slows normal neural activity in specific regions of the brain. Israeli researchers have discovered it doesn’t just slow down our reactions, it also slows down individual neurons in our brain.
It is well known that exercise has a positive influence on cognitive function during ageing. However, the optimal dose, intensity and duration of exercise for improving cognitive function is not known, nor are the mechanisms by which exercise may prevent or even reverse cognitive decline. Join our study to help identify the ‘sweet spot’ for exercise and memory. How much is enough? How much is too little?
My Uncle Joe was ahead of his time. One day during the year he turned 96, he strode into the living room where my family was gathered, his head high and chest out, and shook everyone's hand in greeting. When my turn came, his grip felt like a vice closing on my fingers. I said, "Uncle Joe, you're almost 100 years old. How have you stayed so strong?" "I get up every day at 5:30," he said. "I spend a half hour on callisthenics. I eat bran and fruit. Then I play 18 holes of golf, walking from one hole to the other." When we turn 40, we cannot afford to say, 'I'm too old now to be an athlete.' Instead, we need to start training for the next 60 years of physical…
We live in a slick world where trends to make our homes appear fresh and modern influence the materials we use. To what effect does this influence our health and moods? While your new home or renovation might wow your friends with glistening tiled floors, vivid white walls and sleek modern minimalistic furniture, you may be depriving your body and brain of some important health benefits associated with building and furnishing with wood.
According to dietician Jane Jakubczak at the University of Maryland, negative emotions cause 75% of overeating. Reasons for “emotional eating” include past trauma, chronic or short-term stress, mood disorders like anxiety and depression, and low self-esteem. A survey of 9,125 U.S. adults conducted by Dr Gregory E. Simon, MD, MPH, at Seattle’s Group Health Cooperative showed that people who are obese are 25% more likely to have mood and anxiety disorders. People who overeat for these reasons may find themselves caught in a vicious cycle. They overeat because they feel bad, and they feel bad because they overeat.
Saving money when shopping for groceries is like a national sport for most Australian families, but what is the hidden risk and cost to our health and environment?
Scientific research into pain and what precisely causes it has come a long way in the past decade. This advance in understanding helps demystify why modalities like Chiropractic care works and has steadily grown in popularity in Australia.
The concept of ‘Superfoods is both misleading and controversial but because it is now a multi- billion dollar industry fueled by a growing desire to slow ageing (cosmetically most earnestly) it’s unlikely to slow down any time soon.
Problems with infertility in men and women have been steadily on the rise over the past few decades. The fertility society of Australia estimates that one in six couples are having trouble with fertility. Practitioners are seeing a rise in couples who have been struggling to conceive, simply give up hope as a result of feeling emotionally and physically drained. Both men and especially women go through an array of tests, invasive procedures and treatments (which takes its toll on their physical and mental state.) Adding to the problem some surgical procedures to treat certain conditions of infertility may lead to even further damage of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. What is causing this rise in infertility?w
Learn how acupuncture might help when Western medicine doesn't have an answer.
It is not surprising that paediatricians try to encourage fathers to play an early role in the care of their children. Research clearly shows the developmental and health benefits good father figures play in raising children.
There is a major shift occurring among the leading scientists and researchers with regard to human health. In the New York Times Magazine cover article (May 17, 2013) , Michael Pollan does a great job assembling some of this research and letting us know why it is critical of each of us to understand it.
Dread of cats, especially black cats, first arose in Europe in the Middle Ages, particularly in England. The cat's characteristic independence, willfulness, and stealth, coupled with its sudden overpopulation in major cities, contributed to its fall from grace. Alley cats were often fed by poor, lonely old ladies, and when witch hysteria struck Europe, and many of these homeless women were accused of practicing black magic, their cat companions (especially black ones) were deemed guilty of witchery by association.
There is a chill that we can feel in the air telling us that winter is slowly creeping closer. We have cosy evenings to look forward to of sitting at the fire place, having a relaxing warm bath or having a snooze under a soft blanket. But unfortunately the peak of flu season is coming closer and a new flu strain has arrived.
Out of nowhere, like a breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice, comes Byron Katie and “The Work.” In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work.
How many extra hours in your day would be enough for you? Sorry but until they invent time travel we all only have 24 hours.
The freedoms today’s parents enjoyed in their childhood are no longer the norm, in fact they are now a crime in some states of America. Police in Maryland picked up siblings aged 10 and 6 years old who were found walking home from a local park. The parents were later found guilty of unsubstantiated child neglect by the state’s Child Protective Services. The parents were trying to make their children more independent by allowing them this freedom.
Michael Grothaus is a novelist and journalist who recently wrote about his personal account of eliminating refined sugar from his diet on FastCompanies.com. After his doctor friend suggested he reconsider his refined sugar intake given the evidence from study after study showing how bad refined sugar is for both our waistlines and our brains. So taking on the challenge to see if it might actually make a difference to his cognitive function, he shares in this brief snippet of his article the other hidden benefits which were equally surprising and welcomed.
Breakthrough research identifies Sensory Processing Disorders affect 5 to 16 percent of school-aged children using an advanced form of MRI. Researchers at UCSF have identified abnormalities in the brain structure of children with Sensory Processing Disorders primarily in the back of the brain.