This can’t be good for you – Part 2

September 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The effects of stress on the developing brain

September 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The brain is the central organ of stress and adaptation because it perceives what is threatening and determines a behavioural response that may include fighting, fleeing, vigilance, and anxiety toward possible danger. The brain also determines health-damaging behaviours such as eating too much, smoking or drinking, and sleeping poorly. The brain regulates body processes through the nervous system, the neuroendocrine system, and the immune and metabolic systems, which work together as a nonlinear network that concurrently affects many body organs, such as heart, liver, kidneys and brain. The brain also responds to stress, sex, and metabolic hormones, which can alter neuronal architecture and alter behaviour as well as the regulation of those body processes.

For example, chronic stress, including sleep deprivation and jet lag, can produce changes in brain architecture, increase anxiety, alter mood, and decrease memory and cognitive flexibility. Fortunately, these changes in neuronal circuitry are reversible in a healthy, resilient brain. When they do not reverse after the stressor is removed, chronic anxiety and depression may occur that require treatment by behavioural and pharmaceutical means.

At the same time, with the epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, there is a new threat to the brain as well as to body health. Type 2 diabetes has damaging effects on the young brain as well as the adult brain. It impairs the capacity to learn and remember and has also been linked to increased risk for dementia. Thus counteractive measures, including diet and increased physical activity, are important for brain health as well as for body health.

The social environment has enormous impact on the individual through the brain. Besides major life events, abuse, and neglect, it is the ordinary day-to-day experiences in family, neighbourhood, school, and work that affect brain and body function and promote those health-damaging behaviours. Read more

How to be Good

September 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Rules that can be applied to 10-year-olds and adults alike.

My good friend has had this printed and tacked to her fridge for her boys for years. I laugh every time I read it.

How to be Good:

  1. Always share the Playstation.
  2. Don’t stand on things that break.
  3. Sit quietly when you are asked.
  4. Always share toys with others.
  5. Don’t fight with others or be annoying to people.
  6. Say “please” and “thank you”.
  7. Only touch food you will eat.
  8. Don’t argue with adults.
  9. Speak nicely to other people.
  10. Don’t hurt other people’s bodies or their feelings.
  11. Treat other people’s things nicely.

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