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Sound Prenatal Learning

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

by NIH

Many pregnant women read to their bellies, others play music. And now Finnish researchers have found that an early introduction to sound may be a powerful way to stimulate speech and language development later on.

In a small study, researchers followed 33 women from their 29th week of pregnancy until birth. Half of the mothers listened to a recorded pseudoword TATATA repeated hundreds of times each week, sometimes pronounced differently, sometimes with a different pitch.

After birth, all of the babies were exposed to the pseudoword to see if they reacted. Infants who were exposed to the pseudoword in the womb showed a significant response to it reacting more strongly to the word, its pronunciation and pitch changes than newborns who weren’t exposed to the same stimuli.

Since human fetuses can hear outside sounds at around 27 weeks, the findings suggest they’re also learning as they listen.

The authors say these results may lead to interventions that prevent future language impairments and help compensate for genetic disorders such as dyslexia.

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Brainstorm

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

The BRAIN Initiative — short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — builds on the President’s State of the Union call for historic investments in research and development to fuel the innovation, job creation, and economic growth that together create a thriving middle class.

The Initiative promises to accelerate the invention of new technologies that will help researchers produce real-time pictures of complex neural circuits and visualize the rapid-fire interactions of cells that occur at the speed of thought. Such cutting-edge capabilities, applied to both simple and complex systems, will open new doors to understanding how brain function is linked to human behavior and learning, and the mechanisms of brain disease.

In his remarks this morning, the President highlighted the BRAIN Initiative as one of the Administration’s “Grand Challenges” – ambitious but achievable goals that require advances in science and technology to accomplish. The President called on companies, research universities, foundations, and philanthropies to join with him in identifying and pursuing additional Grand Challenges of the 21st century—challenges that can create the jobs and industries of the future while improving lives.

In addition to fueling invaluable advances that improve lives, the pursuit of Grand Challenges can create the jobs and industries of the future.

That’s what happened when the Nation took on the Grand Challenge of the Human Genome Project. As a result of that daunting but focused endeavor, the cost of sequencing a single human genome has declined from $100 million to $7,000, opening the door to personalized medicine.

Like sequencing the human genome, President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative provides an opportunity to rally innovative capacities in every corner of the Nation and leverage the diverse skills, tools, and resources from a variety of sectors to have a lasting positive impact on lives, the economy, and our national security.

That’s why we’re so excited that critical partners from within and outside government are already stepping up to the President’s BRAIN Initiative Grand Challenge.

The BRAIN Initiative is launching with approximately $100 million in funding for research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

Foundations and private research institutions are also investing in the neuroscience that will advance the BRAIN Initiative. The Allen Institute for Brain Science, for example, will spend at least $60 million annually to support projects related to this initiative. The Kavli Foundation plans to support BRAIN Initiative-related activities with approximately $4 million dollars per year over the next ten years. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will also dedicate research funding for projects that support the BRAIN Initiative.

This is just the beginning. We hope many more foundations, Federal agencies, philanthropists, non-profits, companies, and others will step up to the President’s call to action.

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Acupuncture for Infertility and Post Partum Treatment

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The Berkley Center For Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health is the only acupuncture and herbal medicine practice completely devoted to treating infertility.

The Berkley Center is world renowned in treating reproductive disorders with acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, yoga and massage. We take a comprehensive approach to increasing your fertile wellness.

The Berkley Centers’ focus is on healing the root causes of infertility. Our approach is straightforward: first we help you to achieve greater overall health; then we focus on greatly enhancing your reproductive function.

The Benefits of Acupuncture Treatments
The acupuncture protocols and techniques, herbal medicine prescriptions and nutritional guidance which have been refined at The Berkley Center For Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health over the past nine years continue to be effective in accomplishing these nine goals:

Improve the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs
Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
Relax and de-stress
Prevent uterine contraction post IVF embryo transfer
Reduce the side-effects of IVF medications
Strengthen the immune system/Increase energy
Improve sperm count, motility, morphology and reduce sperm DNA fragmentation
Increase chance of conceiving
Decrease chance of miscarriage

Mission Statement
At The Berkley Center For Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health we understand the enormous emotional, physical and spiritual impact that presents as a result of conception difficulties.

Our mission is to help you achieve your goal of conception and full term pregnancy.

We provide a safe, warm and compassionate environment offering a personal and caring relationship for each and every one of our patients. We understand that caring and nurturing are just as important to your success as medicine and procedures.

In addition to providing expert treatment through the administration of acupuncture and customized herbal medicine, we work very closely with a wonderful nutritionist and two excellent Reproductive Endocrinologists. We know from experience that a team oriented approach always works best.

It is our philosophy that through an integrated approach to reproductive wellness, encompassing acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, counseling, compassion and, when necessary, Western reproductive intervention, our patients will have the best outcome possible.

We invite you to join our family so we can help you start yours.

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Edible Plants and Herbal Remedies

Monday, September 24th, 2012


Basil Carotenoids Carrots Chinese Chestnut Cucumber Dandelions Grapes Mache Methyl Mustard Onions (Garlic Chives Scallions) Parsley Peas Peppers Peppermint Phytochemicals Popcorn Potatoes Raspberries Rosemary Sage Sweetleaf Spinach Thyme Tomatoes Vitamin K Watercress Wheatgrass

Food For Thought is a collection of songs and poems about traditional health foods by Daniel Brouse.

Introduction To Herbs

Hands-on Experience [basics of why you need to "work the garden" vs. taking a vitamin pill, etc.]

I Am What I Eat [how the body uses food to create a human]

Blooming Idiot [beyond the body needing food, the mind and spirit need nutrition, too.]

Are You Really Going to Put That in Your Mouth? [a sampling of "weird foods"]

Come And Get It! [favorite foods]

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Energy Work

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Energy work is a form of alternative medicine which relies on the idea that the body is filled with and surrounded by energy fields which can be manipulated. By working with these energy fields, practitioners believe that they can promote harmony and balance for their clients, addressing specific medical conditions in addition to easing emotional distress. Energy work takes a wide variety of forms, and is on offer from practitioners in many areas of the world.

According to energy workers, the health of the human body and mind rely on stability in the energy fields around the body. If the energy is blocked or disturbed, someone may feel a corresponding illness or emotional unease. Energy workers attempt to feel the energy in their clients, and to manipulate it, eliminating blockages, undoing knots, and addressing areas where the energy appears to be flowing counterintuitively.

The Healing Point – Cranio-Sacral Therapy – Montgomery County, PA, Southeastern Pennsylvania

Ame Salon and Spa
– Holistic Wellness, Massage, Reiki, Nutrition – Wayne, Delaware County PA, Main Line PA, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware

Sarah Dickinson Murray – Pure Healing Insight LLC -
Naturopathic Practitioner, Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Energy Worker, Reiki, Bach Flower Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Ethnobotanist – Wilmington, Delaware, Southeastern PA

Barbara Brennan Work
Developed by Barbara Brennan, this involves a four year training program. Practitioners work with the energy system through laying on of hands techniques which address spiritual, emotional, and physical issues. Through an in-depth system of training these practitioners utilize channeled guidance as well as counseling support to assist an individual’s process of centering and returning to the self, to assist individuals in their healing process.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy
This technique works with the cerebrospinal fluid which is housed within the cranium, spine and sacrum. The craniosacral rhythm circulated by hydraulic movement can be balanced through the light touch of a therapist.

Polarity Therapy
This therapy is based on the premise that all nature is permeated by energy fields and currents. The flow and balance of this energy in the body is the basis of health. Varying degrees of touch release blocks and restore balance.

Reiki
Reiki Practitioners are initiated, training is passed down. Practitioners transmit Universal Life Energy, which guides Chi, or life force, by a light touch, or placing hands in specific positions gently on and around the body.

Therapeutic Touch
Therapeutic Touch involves laying on of hands, assessing and unblocking energy, evoking relaxation and the client’s healing potential, as guided through the practitioner’s intention. It is a contemporary interpretation of many ancient healing practices, in which practitioners consciously direct or sensitively modulate human energies to reduce anxiety and stress, reduce pain, and ease problems associated with autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Therapeutic Touch has currently been taught to more than 37,000 nurses, doctors, and health practitioners.

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