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Friday, August 1st, 2014

If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the
beginning of our menstrual cycle, when the female hormone is at its
lowest level, then why isn’t it logical to say that in those few days
women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?
— Gloria Steinham

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.


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.

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.

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]