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wellness For All Ages
Virtually Everyone Can Benefit
wellness For All Ages
Virtually Everyone Can Benefit
Your brain is the CPU for your body! It is your Central Processing Unit.
Your brain is about 3 pounds of very soft, fragile tissue. Your skull is hard, your brain is soft.
Protect your brain!
1. Protect Your Brain from Injury.
• Wear a helmet when bicycling, skating, skateboarding,
• Wear your seat belt when riding in the car.
• Stay off roofs, especially after the age of 40.
• Do not repetitively use your head as an object for hitting
things like soccer balls, etc.
In this case, Don't Use Your Head!
2. Protect Your Brain - Get Enough Sleep!
• Lack of sleep affects memory, concentration and limits
the access to your learning ability.
• Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping.
• Humans are the only mammal that willingly delays going
• Divorced, widowed and separated people report more
3. Limit Stress
• Focus your attention on something you enjoy.
• Choose your attitude.
• Listen to joyful music.
Write down 5 things you are grateful for every day.
• Make sure you are not restricting your breathing
patterns (by shallow breathing or unconsciously holding
• Breathe fully and deeply.
• Make sure you are not breathing too fast and gulping air.
• Stand and sit tall so your lungs are not squished. Give
your lungs a chance to function properly.
5. Take in Enough Water.
• Some experts say that there is a link between
dehydration and mental confusion.
• There is a lot of controversy about how much water is
the right amount of water, but most experts agree that
you should drink before you are thirsty.
• Your body is something like a wet cell battery and needs
the fluid. Read, "THE HUMAN BODY IS AN ELECTRIC
BATTERY, suggested by the Center for Bibliographical
Studies and Research.
6. Do Not Put Toxic Substances In Your Body
or On Your Body.
• If you poison your body, you poison your brain.
• Limit Alcohol… Limit Tobacco… Do Not Abuse Drugs.
• Remember that what goes on your skin is easily
absorbed into your body.
• Think about your product choices for personal use
products; your clothing and shoe choices some contain
formaldehyde, pfas, and more), your choice of food, your
choice of furniture and household goods can make you
• Air, water, food, and things that touch your skin, can
affect your health - think about the consequences of the
products you choose.
• Tip-if you are having construction done in your home,
first do research on the products and the products they
use along with them, like the glues.
• Check for the dangers of products that gas out. For
example, home furnishing products-even air fresheners
may gas out poisons.
• If you are painting, get a no voc (volatile organic
compounds) or low voc paint.
• Read what the EPA has to say about the risks of volatile
Think about limiting the toxins that are in your
7. Use Household Cleaners Only in a Well-Ventilated
• Do not allow harsh chemical products on your skin
because that is the largest organ in your body that
breathes; the chemicals can go right in.
• Wear gloves.
• For some products it is prudent to wear eye protection or
and/or a mask to cover your nose and mouth. Read the
• If you think something may splash or if you are outside
and the wind may blow, remember to protect your eyes
and think about your face and other skin.
• Sometimes something as simple as opening a cap on a
bottle may let the liquid spurt out-think about turning
your head to avert your eyes when you open containers
with liquid inside.
• Do not breathe in toxins, especially in a confined area
like a bathroom.
• Or when possible, consider using household cleaners that
are non-toxic such as vinegar.
8. Food – Questions to Ask Yourself About Food
• GMO (genetically modified organism), also known as GE
(genetically engineered) is the result of a laboratory
process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an
unrelated plant or animal.
• Is this food (seriously)? Read the ingredients.
Could there be pesticides on or in this food?
Could those pesticides harm me or my family?
Did I thoroughly wash the food? Will that even work?
There is controversy and dispute about GMOs.
According to MIT Technology Review, October 7, 2017,
"A U.S. synthetic-biology conglomerate plans to begin
marketing genetically modified apples this fall but won’t
label them as GMOs."
You won't know what you are eating because there is a plan to not properly label food according to the article in MIT Technology Review.
Large lawsuits are being won against the
manufacturer of RoundUp (which contains
Check this out, CBS News Reports:
" 2 Billion Awarded to Family as Punitive
Damages after concluding that sustained
exposure to Monsanto Co.'s popular Roundup
weed killer led to their cancer diagnoses. The
couple will receive an additional $55 million for
pain and suffering and to cover medical
• Even if you thoroughly wash the food, since the plant
was modified to take up roundup (glyphosate) pesticide, can you wash it off?
• So pesticides are used to kill pests- mostly bugs. Are we
slowly killing ourselves?
• Have you ever sprayed a bug to kill it and have seen how
the spray affected its nervous system as it twitched and
then died? What are these pesticides doing to humans?
• For more information see:
What Can You Do to Ensure That You are Purchasing Healthier Food?
• Keep informed. Be knowledgeable.
• Know the names of ingredients that may be added to
food that are health risks.
• Know where your food is coming from.
• Sign up for alerts regarding food recalls.
• Wash your food to remove as much of the pesticides or
bacteria as possible. Before cooking, wash food with
clean water, (but not soap). Some people use vinegar.
Mix up a solution of 10 percent white vinegar and 90
percent water and soak your vegetables and fruits in
them. Stir them gently and rinse thoroughly.
• Peeling may help, but it does not remove all pesticide
residues as some is absorbed into the food. Some
GMO’s are made to soak up as much possible herbicide
• For meat, you may wish to trim the fat. Some pesticides
collect in animal fat. Trimming the excess fat from the
meat helps to reduce the amount of such pesticides that
would otherwise be eaten.
(By the way, toxins collect in the fat of humans also. The
fat takes up the toxin to protect your organs.)
"Sequestering them (toxins) in our fat cells could be the body’s way of protecting other organs from
exposure to these compounds."
Cooking helps. Cooking helps reduce some of the pesticide residues in food that are not removable by washing or peeling.
"Most pesticides are complex organic molecules and these tend not to be very heat stable. But reliably breaking down all pesticide molecules would likely require prolonged exposure to temperatures well over 100ºC, so you can’t rely on ordinary cooking to remove all traces. Peeling or washing fruit and vegetables does more to reduce pesticide levels than cooking, but . . . the only way to be entirely sure is to stick to organic produce." Per Science Focus Magazine of the BBC.
• Does baking soda remove pesticides?
"Submerging apples in a baking soda solution for two minutes removed more pesticides than a two-minute soak in the bleach solution, or two minutes of rinsing in running tap water. But it took 12 to 15 minutes in the baking soda solution to completely get rid of the pesticides used in this study." Per Consumer Reports, Oct 25, 2017.
• What you eat plays a significant role in how your brain
functions daily. Eat brain-healthy foods.
• It is essential for brain function to eat protein, complex
carbohydrates and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like
salmon, walnuts, trout and olive oil.
• Think about what a walnut looks like. It looks like a little
brain. Sometimes the appearance of our foods give us
clues as to what part of the body the food helps.
• Simple sugars and simple carbohydrates such as bread,
pasta, potatoes and rice cause people to feel lethargic
and they may experience “brain fog”.
• Eat foods rich in anti-oxidants. These tend to be dark-
skinned fruits and vegetables. Fruits such as blueberries,
blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, red grapes and
plums tend to be high in anti-oxidants.
• Vegetables such as spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, red
bell pepper and eggplant have higher than natural
occurring levels of anti-oxidants.
10. Stay Physically Active. Play a Sport, Go Dancing, Join a Gym, Go for a Walk, Play Tennis, Go
Swimming, Go Bike Riding, etc.
11. Stay Socially Active.
Being socially active helps reduce stress.
Here are some fun activities to try:
You may want to try a new hobby, join a travel club, try cooking classes, join a book club, and go dancing.
12. Exercise Your Brain-Learn Something New.
Try taking cooking classes, art classes, play Sudoku, play word games, etc.
• Take up dancing, learn how to play a musical instrument,
take cooking classes, create art, do a crossword puzzle,
take art classes, play Sudoku, play chess, play Scrabble,
and/or learn a new language.
Here are some benefits from learning:
Learning makes you more interesting. Learn something new so you are more interesting to other people. You will be able to add interesting discussion when you are with others. Learning gives you more talking points.
• Build self-esteem and confidence by mastering new
knowledge and new skills.
• You'll make more friends. The more you know the more,
the more you may have in common with someone else
which can lead to more friendships. This will help you to
be more relatable to others.
• Learning sets a good example. If you would like your
family and friends to reap the same benefits from
learning, lead by example.
• Learning makes you a better-rounded person. This
means you may have more opportunities and
advantages in life from which to draw.
• Learning is empowering. Make better-informed decisions
in your life.
• Learning fuels creativity. Learning new things may
trigger new ideas in other areas that may not even be related.
• Start learning easier and faster! The more you practice
learning, the faster you will learn. Why? As you practice
learning more and more, the denser the myelin gray
matter of your brain will become and the stronger your
neural pathways will become!
• Learn what is going on around you. Keep current of news
and trends worldwide, nationally, and locally. Be
relevant. Know the big picture and also accumulate
interesting knowledge and facts. Be able to talk on
different topics and different levels.
13. Take Supplements. Why take supplements?
• Most people do not eat balanced meals on a regular
• Medications often deplete essential nutrients.
• Supplements may help to reduce oxidative stress.
• Farming practices, including the equipment used in the
1930s that led to soil erosion, that in part lead to the
Dust Bowl, have lead to today's soil depletion.
Do you work out? Exercise increases your nutrient needs.
• According to a study at Oxford University, B vitamins, in
particular, are cited as helpful for the brain; especially for
protecting the elderly from memory loss and Alzheimer’s.
This same study shows that B vitamins reduce brain
shrinkage by half!
Think B vitamins for BRAIN.
• According to the Alzheimer’s Association . . .
The researchers used data on 168 people (85 receiving
active treatment and 83 receiving placebo) who had
completed an MRI at both the start and at follow-up.
• Treatment with vitamin B tablets had notable effects on
the levels of homocysteine in the blood, reducing it by
• Overall, treatment with B vitamins for a period of 24
months led to a reduction in the rate of brain atrophy.
• After the age of the participants was taken into account,
the rate of shrinkage in people receiving the vitamins
was 30 percent less than in the placebo group (0.76
percent shrinkage and 1.08 percent shrinkage
respectively). The researchers also found that, overall;
"the safety of vitamins was good with no adverse
14. Protect Both: The Brain-Heart Connection
• A newer branch of medical science known as neurocardiology has many aspects, but may be thought
of as being divided into 3 main categories – the effects
of the heart on the brain (such as embolic stroke), the effects of the brain on the heart (neurogenic heart disease), and neurocardiac syndromes (believed to be a result of miscommunication between brain and heart).
“Clinical management of many disorders of the heart and the brain cannot be viewed in isolation.”
The Heart Association published information from Japanese researchers who studied 23,119 men and 35,611 women ranging in age from 40-79. With 14 years of follow up, research shows that B vitamins protect the heart. Those with the highest levels, had significantly lower risk of death by heart failure or stroke.
15. Lead Safety.
There are no visible symptoms of lead poisoning, and children may suffer behavior or learning problems as a result of exposure to lead hazards.
Houses built prior to 1978 often have lead paint.
Do not attempt to remove lead paint yourself, consult with a professional.
Wash children’s hands, toys, and bottles often.
Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces to reduce possible exposure to lead and pesticide residues.
Be aware that new toys, new books and new fashion jewelry may also contain lead.
Lead is a cumulative toxin that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.
There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.
What are the most common causes of lead exposure?
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What is Attention Deficit Disorder?
Attention Deficit Disorder (also known as ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are terms used to describe chronic patterns of behavior that are associated with learning disorders. ADHD is quickly becoming the preferred term to use according to the Mayo Clinic because the term ADHD is inclusive of the ADD symptoms.
“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that typically begins in childhood and often persists into adulthood,” according to the CDC there is usually a combination of problems such as difficulty sustaining attention, impulsivity and an unusual amount of inappropriate movement. The primary difference between ADD and ADHD is the absence or presence of hyperactive behaviors. ADD is characterized more by lack of attention.
“ADHD Statistics: How Common is ADHD? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 11 percent of all children in the U.S. aged 4-17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) — that was roughly 6.1 million American children in 2016, a 43 percent increase since 2003.”
In 2019, the CDC reports that ADHD numbers are still rising and now affecting more than 6.4 million US children aged 4–17 years.
CDC- "Nearly two-thirds (64%) also had another mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder, such as conduct disorder, anxiety, depression, autism, and Tourette syndrome."
Percentage of the Population with Additional Issues:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neural developmental disorder that can be present life-long and may affect children, teens, and adults.
Children and adults with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking or not understanding what will be the outcome of their action), or be overly active.
Symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe. Often symptoms are noticeable by the age of 12, but not always. Sometimes the signs show before the age of 3.
Some of the Possible Signs:
These problems are persistent and usually cause difficulties in one or more major life areas: home, school, work, or social relationships.
Hyperactivity and Impulsivity
According to the Mayo Clinic there are
3 subtypes of ADHD:
RISKS . . .
What is the effect of ADHD on a person's daily life?
The effect of ADHD behaviors associated with the daily functioning of a person’s life can be very costly. The overall effects are multi-dimensional and can increase in time.
Significant Costs May Include . . .
Early Response Can Make a
Big Difference in the Outcome.
ADHD medications can reduce symptoms,
but might be associated with
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Check out the article on WedMD, about
“Startling Side-Effects of Children’s ADHD Medications”.
According to RXList
the Following is a List of Side Effects and Other
Complications Regarding the Use of Stimulants
Which Are Used for ADHD
Side Effects of Stimulants May Include:
The Side Effects Associated With Atomoxetine (Strattera) Include:
Guanfacine (Tenex) can have the following side effects:
Side effects associated with tricyclic antidepressants include:
Bupropion (Wellbutrin) may produce the following side effects:
There are Numerous Contraindications and
Black Box Warnings for Stimulants
According to the
Alcohol and Drug Foundation:
What are amphetamines?
Amphetamines are stimulant drugs, meaning they speed up the messages that travel between the brain and the body. Sometimes they are used for ADHD and sometimes they are sold illegally. There is a high addiction rate associated with amphetamines.
According to National Vital Statistics Reports, in 2016 they reported that amphetamine ranks among the top drugs involved in overdoses that result in death in the US. Yet to make matters worse, more and more doctors are prescribing amphetamines to their patients.
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug.
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Amphetamines can effect each person differently based on:
Long-Term Effects of Amphetamines
Regular use of amphetamines may eventually cause:
Mixing amphetamines with other drugs
(even prescribed drugs)
The effects of taking amphetamines with other drugs − including over-the-counter or prescribed medications −
can be unpredictable and dangerous, and could cause:
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