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ADD/ADHD, Preservatives, and Money: A Dangerous Trio

ADD/ADHD, Preservatives, and Money: A Dangerous Trio

I was born in 1950, and when I was going to school there was no such thing as ADD/ADHD. I never even heard the term “hyperactive.” The closest we came was to call someone squirrelly.

But now there are “official” reports that claim that 3%-5% of the U.S. population has ADD/ADHD, and up to 7,000,000 children (the numbers vary in the reports) have been diagnosed.

What is going on?

I find it almost impossible to believe that human brain chemistry has changed so radically in fifty years. Instead, our environment must have caused this change, and I see two direct links. The first one is the gargantuan profits that pharmaceutical companies are making from their ADD/ADHD drugs. And the second is the enormous change in the quality of our food.

Negative at self concept?

Negative at self concept?

Self concept in simple words means what you think of your self. Your views and perceptions about yourself are termed as self concept. How you think about your self affects your behavior to a great extent. When you have a positive view of self, you are confident, have high self esteem and resulting to a positive self concept. On the other hand, when you are low in love of self, and don't have a positive opinion of self. Criticize and judge yourself a lot, blame your self and have high degree of self doubt, all these contribute to a negative self concept. The seven reasons given here are my views based on famous theories or schools of psychology. Let us examine these seven reasons for negative self concept.

Autism - Sensory Integration Therapy

Autism - Sensory Integration Therapy

Over the years, many studies have demonstrated a link between sensory integration therapy and improving the quality of life for autistic people. Sensory integration therapy is a valuable tool to teach autistic children how to interact with their environment. One of the main difficulties autistic children face is how they perceive the environment. Oftentimes, their sensory impulses are contradictory to what is expected by society.

Autistic children often have severe difficulty managing their sensory perceptions and a host of seemingly self-destructive behaviors or actions that are perceived to be senseless is the result. Autistic people sometimes cannot perceive their own physicality and must resort to these behaviors to “feel” something. For instance, some autistic children may bang their head against a wall or spin around in circles. Others have been known to self harm or crash into objects. These behaviors are the direct result of sensory integration impairment.

Parkinson’s Disease Condition Improves with Implantation of Brain Electrodes – Alleviate Symptoms Better than Medication

Parkinson’s Disease Condition Improves with Implantation of Brain Electrodes – Alleviate Symptoms Better than Medication

Researchers say that conditions for Parkinson’s patients can be improved by placing electrodes into their brains. They say this is better than maintaining the patients on the best available medicinal treatments.

This new study backs up brain stimulation as an effective treatment. UPI reports that about 60 percent of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation achieved significant improvement compared to no change for those patients on medicine in the randomized, controlled clinical trial.

Alzheimer’s Disease Progresses sooner when exposed to Stress Hormones

Alzheimer’s Disease Progresses sooner when exposed to Stress Hormones

Researchers found that elderly Alzheimer’s patients have faster progression of developing brain plaque when stress hormones are elevated. Glucocorticoids containing medicine may also be contributing to the decline in mental ability. The stress hormones can help accelerate the development of brain lesions that damage the brain. The study was first reported in this week's issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Frank LaFerla, professor of neurobiology and behavior, and a team of UCI researchers studied genetically altered mice by injecting them with dexamethasone, which is a glucocorticoid that is like the body’s stress hormones. Within only seven days of injection the mice brain had an increase of 60 percent more protein beta-amyloid which promotes protein fragments and plaque formation. There was also another protein called tau that increased in these mice. Tau contributes to the development of tangles in the brain which is also part of the destruction caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

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