Thursday, May 04, 2006

Back to Blogging

I have returned from Ireland and have caught up on the backlog at ye old office. Ireland is a country whose self esteem, not to mention the wealth has been trodden on and taken by Vikings, Saxons and English for 1200 years.

The free Irish seem a happy lot and I did not see the numbers of neurodevelopmental issues that is easy to see here. However, the interns in Cork do work with childrn with autism and ADHD so maybe they are hidden.

The introductory training class went well with 12 people wanting more. Next Community Information night is May 16 at Chaska Rec Center in Room 2, 7-8 pm.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Cellular Communication

I have heard about intercelluar communication for a long time from energy workers. And who am I to question their thoughts? But as thoughts and feelings, they are not research. Research is only as good a the observer and the study design, but the info from Scientific American's February 2006 issue is amazing. The skinny on this article is that immune cells have synactic communication like neurons. They communicate proteins and molecules, as well as viruses. It is believed that if this system is infected or isn't working right many diseases. Not into wading through Scientific American? Get it to look at the great PICTURES of communicating cells. Go to articleID=00001587-0C36-13CC-8B1583414B7F0101 to buy to issue.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Busy, Busy

Today I was writing or talking about the following: Glyconutrients, consultant communication structures, Classical education, starting a new blog, program reviews with 2 interns, a proposal for a Montessori Conference, HANDLE and future presentations with a colleague and finishing up the website. That's what I call holistic! I'll write more tomorrow.

Thursday, March 30, 2006


I did a consult on an interesting case of a boy with OCD today. This was a 7 year old, who has had classic symptoms since age 4. Interestingly he is gifted and was born with an enlarged cerebrum. Does being able to think increase the chance of anxiety about the unknown? It would seem in this situation we have a boy who has weak proprioception, issues with the gut (constipation and picky eating), immune issues (strep 4 times this winter) sensitivity to sound and who didn't crawl. OCD is related to dopamine in the brain. Movement increases dopamine production. Lack of body in space perception sets off alarms in the brain and can trigger anxiety that sets the stage for OCD attacks. Interesting case.

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz wrote in Brain Lock that OCD is an addiction with no pleasure. He suggests the four step program of Relabel, Reattribute, Refocus and Revalue. First you recognize the obsessive thoughts, next you relabel that thought as OCD, not real. Then you reattribute--"It's not me--it's OCD that is giving the brain false messages. Refocusing means, although difficult, shift your thoughts and activities to something else, even for a few minutes. You reclaim you decision-making.

I think this approach along with neurodevelopmental work can make substantial differences in OCD behaviors.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Shuffling the Reflexes

Yesterday, Cat Burns of MamaBebe, was over yesterday. She was talking about how primitive reflexes can be grouped in different ways and with each way comes a different perspective and learning.

Reflexes can be sorted by:
Emergence time
Typical integration time
Parts of the brain involved
Parts of the body activiated
Connections in development
Label issues
Senory involvement

I bet there are many more.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Big Picture, Details

O.K., O.K., I did miss a day. Monday got me off to a rough start to the week.

One of the most interesting aspects of our truly amazing brains is the "part-to-whole/ whole-to-part" functioning. In one moment you take in the big picture prospective and then life demands that you focus in on one detail of that whole. Then you switch back to the whole view. This careening back and forth across the corpus callosum of at the midline of the brain can be dizzying and is energy expensive. However, the more capable one is, the more telescoping thought must happen.

No one always uses the right brain or the left brain, so the idea of a "left brained" person is faulty. We use both sides of our brain to walk for heavens sake. However, most people do feel more comfortable processing in one or the other mode. I am a big picutre thinker. I like to think it is my strength. I can see the parts and how they fit in the big picutre. I like to synthesize ideas. I dwell in the world of connection.

The down side is that when inundated with a lot of details, I have trouble focusing on just one and finishing with it. I tend to want to "herd" the details down the trail. I do a bit on this one, a bit on that one and another bit on this one. I have dreams where I am being attacked by small nagging creatures.

I also have packing dreams. In a packing dream, I am in, say, an apartment and I am told that I must have everything out in an hour. I usually can't find enough boxes or bags. I try to get all of the little details of stuff into these small containers. I think it is a metaphor for my brain.

Later, I'll write about the issues of those gifted in primarily left-brain analytical thought.....

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Future is Now

I was adding links to this blog today and it made me recall that when I started in neurodevelopment almost 9 years ago, I googled neurodevelopment and got a couple hundred sites. Today there are 314,000 sites. As a dedicated futurist, I have come to accept being ahead of the curve, but this time I'll be around to see the future become mainstream. That's satisfying.