“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got
And fifty percent what people think you’ve got.”
Here’s the third weeks worth of Intober 2017
click on the above title to read what the FDA recommends
Early on in our practices we learned that feelings are neurochemically based. Emotions and what we think are vitally interconnected in a feed-back loop in our brain. There aren’t many things in this life we can control (contrary to popular opinion) but we CAN control what we THINK .
In “our” never-ending quest not to be bound by time/event constraints this wasn’t posted on National Coffee Day.
(I should say “my” and exonerate Peggy who is punctual and remembers special occasions)
I drink a cup of coffee every morning but according to researchers I need to drink more so I can live a few months longer than I otherwise would . . . .
“People who drank at least four cups of coffee a day were 65 per cent less likely to die during the study than those who never drank it, adjusting for lifestyle and class. The risk of dying early was 25 per cent lower for each extra two cups drunk, according to the results presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona.”
Photo by Betty Rawlings
(Thanks Betty for permission to use your great photo!)
“Scientists said that while they were not recommending a daily brew, it was fairly clear that healthy people did not need to worry about caffeine intake.”
“In the latest study, researchers looked at data on 20,000 Spanish graduates with an average age of 38 at the start of a ten-year study, during which 337 of them died.”
It’s that time of year when my human-beings buy bags of candy in the pretext of passing it out on Halloween. Then they close all the curtains, turn off the lights and eat the candy themselves.
I’m putting their artistic endeavors up for sale on
All the designs are on
Please buy a lot of these things because all we get is 5% of the sale and that doesn’t buy a lot of treats (human or canine).
Freddie Parker Westerfield, HMS
Head of Marketing & Sales
I didn’t think I was hard of hearing. My daughter did. I simply want to hear what I want to hear, not necessarily what others think I should be hearing . . .
Research* indicates that half of hearing loss is due to the brain getting “fuzzy” about discriminating sounds. There is some evidence that the brain can be re-trained. There are several sites which are based on neuroplasticity and retraining the brain. I figured I had nothing to lose and could prove to her I my hearing was just fine. I checked out one of several sites that claim to re-train the brain for better hearing.
The exercises I chose slowed down sounds. Then two sounds that were very alike and hard to tell apart were speeded up. I practiced discriminating between them.
Here’s some of the research I read:
“Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences, recently published the results of her dissertation work, “Reversal of Age-Related Neural Timing Delays with Training,” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, carried out at Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, focused on the effects of auditory training on the brain’s ability to rapidly process sound. Essentially, auditory training involves teaching the brain to listen. For those with unimpeded hearing, this normally occurs early in life and is part of a young child’s rearing. Later in life, or for those who require additional support, auditory training is usually supervised by an audiologist or speech-language pathologist and involves exposure to stimuli and coaching to help individuals identify and distinguish sounds”.
“Dr. Anderson’s research included 67 adults between the ages of 55 and 70. They completed in-home computerized training for 40 hours over eight weeks. The training involved discriminating between consonant-vowel syllables that were initially spoken slowly with exaggerated enunciation. As they improved, the syllables were compressed in time and were more difficult to distinguish. In addition, participants received memory training that focused attention on the syllables as they were presented in words, sentences and stories. “For most of my participants, the training was quite a positive experience,” Anderson said. “Many of them reported that they enjoyed the challenge and that they noticed the benefits of hearing better in social activities. In fact, I had no difficulty recruiting participants because they encouraged their friends to come in for the study. I was impressed with their high motivation to do activities that might offset the effects of aging.”’
“After training, the study participants had better scores on tests of speech-in-noise perception, memory and speed of processing—demonstrating their improved ability to decipher speech in challenging environments. They also had faster neural timing in the auditory brainstem, indicating that their brain’s processing speed was partially restored to typical timing in young adults. Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University and Anderson’s research partner, commented on the training’s effectiveness.”
https://bsos.umd.edu/messaging/Improving-Human-Condition-PSYC University of Maryland, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Here’s another study from The National Institute of Health