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Brain Abnormality May be cause of SIDS

sleeping babyNIH-supported researchers find abnormality in brain area influencing breathing, heart functions in Babies who died form SIDS - 

More than 40 percent of infants in a group who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) were found to have an abnormality in a key part of the brain,  the hippocampus. researchers report. The hippocampus influences breathing, heart rate, and body temperature, via its neurological connections to the brainstem. According to the researchers, supported by the National Institutes of Health, the abnormality was present more often in infants who died of SIDS than in infants whose deaths could be attributed to known causes.

Living with Stress

stressful householdBy Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life - 


It seems that there’s nothing we can do about our stress level.

The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all our errands, and our career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. However, we have a lot more control than we might think. In fact, the simple realization that we are in control of our life is the foundation of stress management.

Managing stress is all about taking charge, taking charge of our thoughts, our emotions, our schedule, our environment, and the way we deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun.

How Too Little Sleep Can Kill You

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By Doctor Seibel - HouseCall® - Are you so tired that you're irritable, having trouble focusing, finding it hard to make it through the day? 

For 70 million American adults, too little sleep has become a way of life that is contributing to an increase of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. I'll write more about these in other blogs.

But for this posting, I want to tell you about one of the hazards of too little sleep that is the most lethal of all: falling asleep at the wheel.

A study by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) which was a collaboration between the CDC and the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research found that 4.7% of Americans reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month. That's 1 in 20 drivers across the country falling asleep at the wheel one or more times within a month. Considering all the traffic we drive in daily, that's pretty scary. Those drivers who inch right up into your trunk, weave around the road or demonstrate road rage may not be intoxicated; they could be exhibiting drowsy driving. That's why 1,500 people die each year from drowsy driving and 40,000 more have non-fatal injuries.

How Old Would You Be If You Didn't Know How Old You Are?

woman smilingBy Dale Peterson, MD -


Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a prominent U.S. physician, recently posted an editorial in which he explained why he didn’t want to live beyond age 75.  I disagree with his view of aging, but it is one that is far too common among people in the United States.

One of the reasons Dr. Emanuel hopes he dies at age 75 is because he believes that most elderly people have lived too long and have therefore become disabled, faltering, and in a state of decline that makes them unable to contribute to work, society, and the world.  He states that old age causes people to become feeble, ineffectual, and pathetic. 

Love is Our Soul Purpose

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Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. - Path to a Better Life -

Love is our Soul purpose. Our life direction is the trajectory we take, or the story we weave to get to that place of deeper love of self and other. Self is not “selfish” in an egoism self-centered fashion, rather it is the honoring of the place within us that is larger than our personal life story, or is our “Higher Self/Higher Power/God.”

Oscar Wilde once said: “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Isn’t that a delicious and outrageous thought? Who doesn’t want to rediscover themselves and fall in self-love again; to “re-invent” our lives and feel that sense of self? Or maybe we are more humble and simply want to have “a more determining say” in our destiny and fate; and perhaps like a good makeover, we confess it’s an intriguing idea.