Parenting from before conception: Babies’ health doesn’t ‘start from scratch’

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August 14, 201, University of Adelaide There’s now overwhelming evidence that a child’s future health is influenced by more than just their parents’ genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health, according to University of Adelaide researchers.
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MENTAL HEALTH AND GUN CONTROL NOT ENOUGH TO STOP VIOLENT BEHAVIOR

In Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Media, Media Violence, Parenting, Uncategorized, Video Gaming, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

No amount of mental health care and gun control can stop violence in a population of children trained by hours of media to see violence as a way of life. First person shooter games are turning out young killers whose brains and motor skills are wired for stalking and killing.
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Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Linked to ADHD in Children

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 Date: February 25, 2014

The UCLA researchers used the Danish National Birth Cohort, a nationwide study of pregnancies and children, to examine pregnancy complications and diseases in offspring as a function of factors operating in early life.  The researchers studied 64,322 children and mothers who were enrolled in the Danish cohort from 1996 to 2002.
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COUPLES’ NEW BFF: NEUROPLASTICITY The sizzle doesn’t have to fizzle!

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Wow! It was hot and heavy for a while.  Everything about life was exciting.  Conversations were animated.  A shared trip to the grocery store was fun. You never knew what would happen next. 

If you’re the man in this story, the possibilities of being with a new woman were exhilarating.
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MEDITATION USES NEUROPLASTICITY TO RE-WIRE OUR BRAINS FOR LESS ANXIETY

In Anxiety, Brain, Control, Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Stress, Success, Wellbeing by DC McGuire1 Comment

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have succeeded in identifying the specific brain functions involved in meditation. Researchers were able to watch which areas of the brain are activated and which are quieted during meditation aimed at anxiety relief.

Subjects, with no prior meditation experience, participated in 20-minute classes to learn a technique known as mindfulness meditation.
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Bullying, Bad Even for DNA!

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Dr. Louise Arseneault’s group from King’s College London has discovered that being bullied can actually lead to a wide range of epigenetically induced mental health problems like depression and anxiety. In twin studies they observed that the bullied twin showed a decreased cortisol response.Decreased cortisol responses have  been linked to poor stress coping strategies and play a role in a number of  mental disorders.
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I’M OUTRAGED.

In Brain, Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Influences, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity and Media, Neuroplasticity and Society, Parenting, Relationships, Success, Video Gaming, Wellbeing by DC McGuire2 Comments

I was just told a horrific story, which would be absolutely unbelievable except that I heard it first hand, from a well-educated woman, with a successful career, and a child she loves very much.

Her seventeen-year-old son is failing in school and at life because his time is spent  absorbed by video gaming. 
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Medical Effects of Pessimism and Optimism

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CHRIS PETERSON,a professor at Virginia Tech discovered  that pessimists had twice as many infectious diseases and made twice as many trips to the doctor as the optimists.  Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, in effect explained Peterson’s observations by establishing that optimists actually have better immune activity than pessimists.
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SMART PEOPLE EAT MORE CHOCOLATE?

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If the number of Nobel Laureates a country produces can be correlated to the quantity of chocolate it consumes, should we all be eating more?  In a fun study, meant to be more whimsy than science, Franz Messerli, researcher at Columbia University (possibly rationalizing Valentine’s Day excesses?) discovered a positive correlation between annual chocolate consumption per capita and a country’s number of Nobel Prize winners per 10,000,000 citizens.
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SWEET DEPRESSION?

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CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 7:00AM EST

Drinking more than four sweetened beverages a day is definitely not great for your waistline, but it also might not be good for your mood.

A new study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health finds that fruit and soft drink drinkers are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who didn’t regularly drink sweetened beverages.
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HOW STRESS MAKES US STUPID!

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“Some of us like to think that we think better under pressure. Maybe under the pressure of a deadline, but when it comes to severe stress and times of crisis, well, cognitive performance tends to crumble.”

We know that part of what causes us to go dumb,  is that stress floods our brains with  the opiate-like neurochemical, dopamine. 
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