By Natalie J. Trice -
My second born son, Lucas, has Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), a condition that affects between one and three children in every thousand and whilst it isn’t life threatening, it has certainly been life changing.
DDH, also referred to as congenital hip dysplasia or ‘clicky hips’, is where the ball and socket hip joint fails to develop correctly and doesn’t fit snugly together.
As with many conditions, the earlier DDH is detected the sooner treatment can begin and the less chance there is of life of pain, hip replacements and disability.
Lucas is now six and has just had his fourth operation and whilst he has spent time in casts, had more x-rays than I can remember and suffered more than any child should, I decided to turn a difficult situation into a positive one.
A single variation in the gene for brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) may influence obesity in children and adults, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study suggests that a less common version of the BDNF gene may predispose people to obesity by producing lower levels of BDNF protein, a regulator of appetite, in the brain. The authors propose that boosting BDNF protein levels may offer a therapeutic strategy for people with the genetic variation, which tends to occur more frequently in African Americans and Hispanics, than in non-Hispanic Caucasians. The study is published in the journal Cell Reports.
Obesity in children and adults is a serious issue in the United States, contributing to health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Importantly, genetic factors can predispose a person to obesity, as well as influence the effectiveness of weight-loss strategies. The body relies on cells to process and store energy, and changes in genes that regulate these functions can cause an imbalance that leads to excessive energy storage and weight gain.
- Category: Path to a Better Life
- Published: 18 October 2015
- Written by Dr. Howard Peiper
Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life -
Everybody wants to get enlightened, but nobody wants to change.
This is the simple, daunting truth that has been staring back at us for eons. The question arises, are we ready to change now? Mostly followed by a strange and surreal moment of ambiguitty, confusion, and backpedaling.
It is a very rare moment indeed when the evolutionary impulse – that mysterious urge toward unbounded freedom and our own potential for radical transformation in this life – arises in awareness, unimpeded by the endless fears and desires of the separate ego. But it is infinitely rarer that, when that impulse arises, there is a bold and fearless response that says yes and only yes, now and forever.
- Category: CoachMD
- Published: 18 October 2015
- Written by Dr. Charles Glassman
Charles F. Glassman, MD, FACP - Coach MD
I’m sure you have heard the call to “Just live in the moment.”
The question I ask is, “What defines a moment? Is it a second, is it a minute, is it an hour, a day, a lifetime? How long is it?”
In the context of the life of the universe, our lifetime is indeed an infinitesimal blip. So to the astrophysicist our lifetime is a moment.
Or you might choose to look at it the way the rock group Kansas did in their 1978 hit, Dust in the Wind: “I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone.”
All of these might make for interesting conversation, but don’t really help us to live happily in the moment. For me, living in the moment means being attentive to the activities and interactions going on right now, and being ever aware of the automatic brain’s attempts to disrupt everything. This concept is crucial because the automatic brain (AB) is constantly digging through the data banks of our past comparing present conditions and projecting into the future, in an attempt to get a handle on the unknown. The AB wants to get us to fight or flee present or potential dangers, which (to this primitive brain) often arise from the peacefulness and “vulnerability” of the moment.