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25.9.14

5 Tips to Brain Health - #Alzheimer's Really Stinks

This is not a sponsored post, but I did want to share with you.  

My Grandaddy has Alzheimer's.  Let me just tell you, this disease SUCKS.
I am sorry, this is not a happy post, but like I said... I wanted to share it with you.

If you were around ages ago, I posted when my grandparents met Broxton for the first time... The joy and love...  I tell you, when it comes to family, I am totally spoiled with a wonderful family that is full of love.  Talk about being lucky...   Until Alzheimer's comes in and messes things up.

My uncle (my grandaddy's brother) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and recently passed...   It was a very hard time for me... and it makes me hate it that disease that much more.  (Several of my grandaddy's family has suffered with this horrible disease.)   Imagine going to visit your grandparents and then one day you go... He is there physically but he has that look in his eyes where he has no clue who you are... Yep, that is how it is now...   Most times he just sits there and watches, never speaking...    just watching (and mom says now he sleeps mostly)  It is heartbreaking and selfishly I go less and less now, trying to remember him the way he was....   (Don't judge, please)
Anyways -

I received an email saying that World Alzheimer's month is going on... and they had an article to share for brain health...  I wanted to share the five tips, so here you go :


5 Brain-Health Tips from Bodybuilding Neurosurgeon
During World Alzheimer’s Month, Take Steps 
to Care for Your Most Vital Organ

Osborn offers five tips to help everyone maintain brain health:
•  Learn new skills. “Just as with other health concerns, brain health should be rooted in the prevention of disease,” he says. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease, the causes of which, and the cure, are unknown. However, it’s widely thought that brain stimulation and activity can delay the onset of the disease. The acquisition of a new skill – whether it’s learning to play an instrument or taking up waterskiing – exercises the brain “muscle.”
•  Commit to actual exercise. Everyone knows that exercise helps protect the heart, but not everyone knows that physical activity is also good for the brain. The brain is not a muscle, but it can be worked as muscle is worked during exercise, which forges new neuron pathways.
“Let’s face it, there is a component of learning in exercise,” Osborn says. “You cannot master the squat overnight; the brain has to change. Neuronal connections, or ‘synapses,’ are formed through very complex biophysical mechanisms. That takes time.”
•  Don’t sweat stress. There is such a thing as good stress, including the acute bodily stress involved in strength training. Of course, there’s the bad stress, such as psychological stress associated with work or interpersonal relationships, and environmental stress, derived from pesticide-laden food – toxins. As always, you have a choice. You don’t have to accept mental stress in your life. Reconsider toxic relationships. Rethink how you handle pressure at work. Perhaps adopt a lunchtime exercise routine. 
•  Fuel a better body and brain. “I don’t believe in ‘diets,’ ” Osborn says. “Fit individuals were around for eons before the term existed, and I associate the term with temporary and, often, self-destructive behaviors.”

Again, it’s all connected. A healthy balance of food and activity will inevitably be good for the entire body: the heart, skeleton, muscles, brain, etc. Proper nutrition is a natural mood enhancer, and good health will inevitably improve self-esteem.

•  Feed your head with smart drugs. Some pharmaceuticals may help enhance cerebral blood flow and increase concentration, including Hydergine, Deprenyl and Prozac, to name a few. Ask your doctor about these. There are also over-the-counter smart drugs to consider. Piracetam is one of the oldest and has been shown to have a variety of positive effects in patients with cognitive disorders like dementia and epilepsy. Vinpocetine has potent anti-inflammatory effects, and inflammation is a key component in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease, and others. You may also want to check out gingko biloba and pregnenolone.

About Dr. Brett Osborn
Brett Osborn is a New York University-trained, Board-Certified neurological surgeon with a secondary certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He holds a CSCS honorarium from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Osborn specializes in scientifically based nutrition and exercise as a means to achieve optimal health and preventing disease. He is the author “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,”www.drbrettosborn.com.

22.9.14

Creative Activities for Small Hands and Big Imaginations #RecipesforPlay

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Have a child between the ages of 2-6?  Or do you have (or know)  a child that loves to have fun and age really doesn't matter?  If so, I have a book for you to check out!     We recently received the book Recipes for Play  and just looking at the cover, you know it will be a fun one!  The book starts with a "Letter to Mess"   You know, saying to come visit... but not stay to long :)  Then, as we get to the Table of Contents, you see what all is in store for you!
They have a Sensory Guide, a bit of an  introduction as to "getting started" and they even include a guide as to making your own color dyes!   (Who would have known that to make PINK - use BLUEBERRIES!)
At this point, we move on to all of the fun activities!  
INDOOR PLAY, OUTDOOR PLAY and TAKEAWAY PLAY!  
You might be wondering what the difference in each of the area's of play are:
Indoor play will include things such as yogurt paint, mail box, couch play and playdough plus.  
Outdoor play has miniature picnic, window dressing, fairy housing and ice excavation.  
Finally, in Takeaway play we get to experience with measurements, photo book and coin counters!  

What do I like most about this book??  All of the information!
Each page comes with the activity.  (I will tell you about couch play.)
On the page, we get the name of the activity.  We get the "times that are needed:
Set up time - low
Clean up time - low
Mess factor - low.

Then, we get a paragraph about what to do or expect.  (In this particular activity, we lern to let the kids have fun jumping on the cushions off the couch.) I remember doing this at my Nana's house.. and if you touched the ground, it was HOT LAVA!!!!  
I cracked up when it also says "if you're also feeling energetic, this is a great opportunity to vacuum under the couch cushions and fluff them up while you're there."

The page also includes what you will need for the activity and finally it gives you a couple options of how to play.    
We have been busy lately, but I know this will get plenty of use ... especially with cooler temps hopefully headed our way soon!  

21.9.14

Brick Mansions (With Paul Walker)

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Karate Kid meets Fast and Furious in Brick Mansions.  I wanted to watch it, since it had Paul Walker in it and I just love him...  (Rest in Peace, hate that such a great actor is gone.)  I guess this was the last movie he finished filming before he died...  Anyways... I was excited to see this movie and it did not disappoint.  I watched it after putting Broxton to bed and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  I was a bit confused in the start, since I did not read the synopsis beforehand...  I tell you, I saw "PAUL WALKER" and that was all it took...  
The movie starts with Paul Walker in a meeting with a few big wigs.. but quickly we head to following "Lino" as he jumps, kicks, flies and does whatever he has to do not be caught by the Drug Lords of Brick Mansions...    I will say it again and again... FAST PACED!!!!    It was only an hour and a half, but it felt like it went by to quickly for me! This is one I will be watching again soon!    I just had to go ahead and tell you about it now, it is that good!  

SYNOPSIS:Fast & Furious star Paul Walker takes it to the limit in this gritty thrill-ride packed with high-flying Parkour stunts. Walker stars as Damien, an undercover cop determined to bring down Tremaine (RZA), the crime lord who murdered his father. Tremaine rules the violent criminal compound known as “BrickMansions,” but he’s thwarted at every turn by a heroic ex-convict named Lino (David Belle). Their paths never should have crossed, but when Tremaine kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien and Lino become unlikely allies, and must work together to stop Tremaine’s sinister plot to devastate the entire city.
 
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