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Bring Back Physical Education Classes

A recent Internet MSN poll posed this question: Should an hour of exercise be required every day in U.S. schools? Remarkably, 88% of 379,091 responders voted yes, that obesity is epidemic; 8% voted no because it detracts from learning; 1% responded that it depends on the state; and 3% weren't sure. The Institute of Medicine (www.today.com/health/bring-back-pe-exercise-should-be-core-class.com) recommends that an hour of exercise every day be a "core" class for kids.  This committee of experts reported that children who exercise show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized tests than children who are less active. Implementation of an hour of exercise every day would draw attention to this problem and would allow schools to spend money to implement such a program.

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HOW GOD CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

As you learned in the previous blog, prior to the significant impact of  Dr. Dossey's writings praying was considered the domain of religious faith and organized religion. As a result of his efforts, during the past  twenty years research involving prayer, religion, and healing of patients has become much more precise and sophisticated. The book entitled How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Waldman (both affiliated with the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania) described a number of scientific breakthroughs. 

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PRAYER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This is the title of a book written by Larry Dossey, MD who served in the military as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam where he received the Army Commendation Medal of Valor as well as a Bronze Star.

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Bullying

b2ap3_thumbnail_3487148_s-1.jpgBullying is a popular topic these days as news reports and the Internet increasingly highlight its occurrence.  

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MEDITATION PART 2

b2ap3_thumbnail_7136699_s.jpgIn my last blog, I used two specific people--the Dalai Lama and Congressman Tim Ryan--to demonstrate the positive power of  meditation. Today I describe two major studies that show how we can benefit from the use of meditative approaches. Researchers at Harvard Medical School report that long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation had many more disease-fighting genes than individuals who did not practice any form of relaxation. These genes protect us from pain, infertility, high blood pressure, and even rheumatoid arthritis. Furthermore, the meditative state of relaxation is linked to higher levels of feel-good chemicals such as serotonin. According to the publication, Psychology Today, research also shows that when meditators shift their brain activity from the stress-prone right frontal portion of the brain to the calmer, left frontal portion of the brain, a decrease in the negative effects of stress, depression, and anxiety occur. Additionally, there is less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear.

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