Sunday, December 29, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Overall, growing and eating lots of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and grains have abundant nutrients to keep your brain healthy.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Pandas are not the cute and cuddly things that Harper and his wife had a photo op with as they were welcomed to our Toronto zoo
Pandas is a medical term for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections. Scientists believe that Obsessive compulsive disorder can develop quickly in children ( a mental health disorder leading to uncontrollable compulsions, thoughts, behaviours) from strep throat...but when treated quickly, can be averted. Here's the story.
Monday, September 9, 2013
A new phobia, related to Swiss Cheese is now on the '"market". It is called : trypophobia (in other words, a fear of objects that are pock-marked or clustered with holes). A dear friend shared the above photo with me, and I'm thinking I may just have this phobia too. The pic is of a star nosed mole, which neither she or I knew existed, until her cats graciously adorned her step with this "gift"....soup anyone?
Geoff Cole, a vision and attention expert at the University of Essex, recently stumbled upon this fear which can cause nauseousness...ok, not a good ingredient for soup then.
My "beef" about all of this, not the mole but the study, is that perhaps money could be generated towards more serious research...say Alzheimers? We know that depth perception is a significant problem in Alzheimers, and environments such as "speckled" terrazzo concrete type flooring often used in nursing homes can make a person with Alzheimers very sea sick and anxious. I know one woman who constantly thinks she is "floating" at sea and has an extreme fear of water.
Maybe I'm just a scrooge, maybe Cole's idea to go ahead and research this more to see if the phobia has an "evolutionary basis" is a good idea? I wonder if his research could be speeded up if his cat left him a "holey" star nosed mole?
Friday, September 6, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Does it make sense to you? Do some people live in a world all to themselves because they are oblivious of people around them? If so, does this make the world a happier place?
Is the world a happy place if you have Alzhiemers? Can you be drunk (literally) with happiness? Can you laugh so much that the act of laughing can cause you to have a mental health crisis? Perhaps this was not meant to be a discriminatory statement?
What do you think?
I'd really like to know because for my family and myself, it's been a tough week in our own little world.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
The custom of lighting candles began with the Greeks who worshipped Artemis,goddess of the moon. Her birthday was celebrated once a month with a round cake and lighted candles to represent the glowing moon.And, of course, the delicious handmade birthday cake I indulged in was accompanied by the Happy Birthday song which began early in the 1900’s.
Research shows that rituals increase positive feelings of satisfaction:a sense of belonging and a stronger sense of identity. Families who develop rituals function more effectively. What I know, most definitely,was that I had fun…. and by the smiles on my family, so did they….right down to the dog! It was great to watch the girls decorate the cake, and my son showing off the costume that went with it (I’ll keep the details private….but I do have pictures!)
It’s times like these that make me wonder why we don’t “party” more often? Instead of just celebrating and remembering the day we were born, what would happen if we celebrated each and every day? Perhaps our “figures” mightchange with the indulgence of daily cake….or would we simply get accustomed to the celebration and not enjoy the party if we did so more often? I had a lot of time to think on my way back home….and I think the secret for me, to this “happy” weekend was the anticipation of having a good time. In fact, I’m going to try to have a year of “happy”!
As I wake up each day ( and I hope I will)…it will be a new birth-day, an attitude of anticipation and a reason to celebrate! Happy birth-day!