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·         Arousal

·         The Brain

·         Exercise

·         Indoor Air Pollution

·         Muscle Tension

·         Nutrition

·         Posture

·         Sensory Processing

·         Sleep

·         Other Suggestions


Research Topics


My Theories

Former Theories



The Cause of Internet and TV Addiction?





·          I have more notes than I can publish at the moment. So, instead of leaving you in the dark until I do publish them, I’ve decided to post them here.

·          Notes will be removed when they become moot.



Muscle Tension: Take a shower in the morning or before you go to work:

“Studies on rats suggested a ten minute shower every day could cause brain and spinal cord damage, behavioural changes and a tremor condition similar to Parkinson's disease.”

Taking a shower could give you brain damage, new research suggests.


“A spokesman said: ‘The levels [safe levels in water for manganese] set by the EU [European Union] are safe for individuals who choose to shower.' The Drinking Water Inspectorate would consider the study and all the evidence, he added.”

Taking a shower could give you brain damage, new research suggests.


“However, while safe levels [of manganese] in the US are considered to be 0.5mg, a 1998 EU directive reduced acceptable levels in Europe to 0.05mg.”

Taking a shower could give you brain damage, new research suggests.


·        Nutrition: Water: Types of Water: Filtered Water: Shower Filters



Posture: Driving Posture

If you sit close to the steering wheel  your legs may become cramped, leg tension


Neuro-Linguistic Prorgramming

*a form of psychotherapy

*used to treat addiction? Internet addiction?


Other Suggestions: Dehydration


Things to Consider

*Other causes of digestive problems

*Other causes of heartburn


Nutrition: Salt


Sore Throat

“If your mother or grandmother fixed you a saltwater gargle whenever you had a sore throat as a kid, she was on the right track. Dr. Shar says that gargling often with warm saltwater can ease the pain and restore moisture to irritated throat tissues. Mix a pinch of salt with a quarter-cup of warm water. Repeat four or fives times a day.”


Posture: Weak Glutes


Stretching the Hamstrings:


Seated Hamstring Stretch

“Spine may be kept straight. Keep knees straight by tensing Quadriceps. Knees may inadvertently bend if feet are extended off of thick mat.” (also stretches erector spinae {lower back})


Hamstring inflexibility is common in modern society. This may be explained by the principles of detraining (aka ‘use it or lose it’). Except in some cultures, we rarely keep the hamstring limber by sitting on the ground, bending over regularly, etc. as our ancestors had. It is only relatively recently, as far as evolutionary time is concerned, we stopped performing manual labor and began regularly sitting in chairs for prolonged periods of time.” (contains additional hamstring stretches)


Some exercises for the glutes also exercise the hamstrings, and may lead to tight hamstrings unless doing additional stretches


Muscular imbalance between quads and hamstings: may need to also exercise the quadriceps. Quads may also need to be stretched, as they also shorted from prolonged sitting:


·        “As the psoas [hip flexors] and rectus femoris [quads] neurologically shorten from prolonged sitting,

·        the ilia [hip bones] are pulled in an anterior/inferior direction,

which results in excessive lumbar lordosis when standing.

Compensations from this swayback condition often lead to

·        Thoracic hyperkyphosis,

·        Forward head postures and typical upper crossed asymmetries.

Researchers estimate that up to 75 percent of chronic neck/back pain clients will present with one or both of these crossed patterns.”

Erik Dalton: Articles: Simplifying the Pain Puzzle


Stretching the Hip Flexors: (Hip Flexor Inflexibility)


Nutrition: Oral Infectious Diseases: Gingivitis


How Much Toothpaste Should I Use ?

·        For children: A pea-sized amount of toothpaste to avoid fluorosis.

·        For adults: Enough toothpaste to cover the whole length of the toothbrush bristles.

*Dr. Barry Kaufman for the ADA’s Dental Newsline.

"Toothpastes (Dentifrices)"




Increasing SMR brainwaves by allowing food to slowly dissolve in your mouth:

"The effect of consuming a soft drink under different situations demonstrates how food intake can impact dental health. Soft drinks have a high content of fermentable carbohydrates but can be less detrimental when consumed rapidly than sucking a hard candy for an extended time."

The Sugar Association: Nutrition Can Impact Impact Dental Health


Vision and Gaze

Looking upward

Reading posture: If book is not too large, try holding the book up with one hand, or maybe use a stand. Holding book up with one hand may cause winged scapula condition if the elbow isn’t properly supported


Other Suggestions: Keeping a Checklist

Backsliding: Gingivitis

Nutrition: Oral Infectious Diseases: Suggestions



Vision and Gaze


·        Research Topic: Neuro-Linguistic Programming



Research Topics: Color Temperature

“Home entertainment retailers are trained to deliberately misadjust display models to make them much brighter (and bluer) than standard [very high color temperature]. Received wisdom in that trade is that customers will prefer the brightest display and couldn't care less about accurate color rendition.”

Topic in rec.arts.sf.written


Vision and Gaze

Self-stimulatory behavior (ADD) can be caused by looking downward for long periods of time? Looking downward for long periods of time can also lead to Internet addiction?

”looking downward is associated with kinesthetic or emotional memories”


"Another self-stimulating behavior common in people with ADD is worrying or focusing on problems.  The emotional turmoil generated by worrying or being upset produces stress chemicals that keep the brain active." The Frontal Lobes


I’m not sure if the following excerpt is relevant here:

“If a Frontal Right child is forced to sit still, the need for lots of data may be satisfied by the child moving his or her head rapidly from side to side, paging rapidly through a book filled mostly with pictures, or going inside their own head to generate imaginary, moving pictures.  It has been said that a picture is a richer source of data because it is ‘worth a thousand words’.  For the young Frontal Right this is true for two reasons.  He or she may well not read easily or rapidly, and he or she sees in the picture a wealth of patterns and spatial information which stimulate more fully his/her imagination.”


Nutrition: Food: Meals: Breakfast

Keep the work energy flowing by having a mid-morning [complex] carbohydrate snack such as an apple or banana. This type of healthy carbohydrate will help you fulfill your carb needs in the best manner possible. For convenience, you could have a low-fat energy bar instead, if you wish.”



*Can be a sign of dehydration

*”Heartburn and other symptoms of GERD can be prevented and treated by various lifestyle changes.

·        Foods such as

  • coffee, chocolate [because of caffeine? (a diuretic)],
  • spicy [because of adrenaline?],
  • fatty, or fried foods,
  • carbonated [acidic; caffeine, aspartame, etc.] and alcoholic beverages [diuretics],
  • peppermint, spearmint,
  • citrus fruits [acidic], tomatoes, garlic, onions, [diuretics] and
  • very hot or very cold foods

should be avoided.

·        Not wearing tight fitting garments and keeping weight under control decrease pressure on the abdomen.

·        Elevating the head of the bed at least six inches at night will help keep acid in the stomach.

·        Do not lie down after eating, and don't eat for two to four hours before going to sleep.

·        Eating more frequent, smaller meals every day will also help.”

*”Ice cold water

·        shocks the system,

·        impairs digestion and the

·        body has to expand energy to warm the liquid. 

Try to drink at room temperature as often as possible.  If you crave ice cold drinks, try sipping it slowly, as opposed to gulping it down immediately.”



Avoid eating 2 to 4 hours before going to sleep

*Nightmares (only when eating meat before bed?)


*Dehydration, heartburn

*Increased risk of heart attack if going to sleep less than one hour after eating?


Vision: Bates Method

*The Problem with Corrective Lenses

**Psychological effects of glasses (Neuropsychology of Myopia)


Arousal: Allergies

More info about detoxification:

*skin brushing technique for detoxification vs. skin brushing therapy (suggested in sensory book)

*“We have major lymph nodes, behind the knees, in the groin, under the arms (the sweat glands), behind the ears.”

**Important to wash behind the ears?

*lymph nodes (e.g. underarms): affected by sensory overload, involved in detoxification

*blue light, dark eye circles


Vision: 3D Stereo Images


**Use a book light when viewing stereo image books at different angles


Muscle Tension: Leg Tension

*Leg cramps can be caused by dehydration

*Leg tension should be recognized as a signal to drink more fluids?

*Leg tension vs. problems with differentiation (e.g. overflow movements, sensory overload)


"When you are not drinking enough fluids, your

·          Muscles begin to get tired and

·          You may have leg cramps or

·          Feel faint."

WebMD: Dehydration: Topic Overview


Vision and Gaze


Light sensitivity

*Bates’ treatment of a light-sensitive patient (patient was told to look upward while Bates shined a small light on the white part of the patients eyes; article from on

*One of the goals of the ‘sunning’ exercise is to distribute light evenly across the retina? Looking down for long periods of time exacerbates light sensitivity?


Looking downward

*Some people may tend to look downward because of light sensitivity, fatigue, eyestrain, glasses (glasses can restrict peripheral vision)


Looking upward

*imagination, alpha-theta (eyes tend to diverge)


Vision: Computer Monitor Viewing Distance and Angle

Looking downward at a 30 degree angle

*Benefits of a closer ‘resting point of vergence’ when looking downward vs. the effects of looking downward for a long period of time (e.g. eyestrain as the eyes tend to convergence; problems with proprioception, sense of space; problems with hemispheric integration, EMDR)


Laterality: Preserving Hand Dominance


**brushing teeth with a non-electric toothbrush


07/04/05 (2nd post)

Vision and Gaze

*’Relaxercise’ exercises (developed from Feldenkrais’ work)

An Excerpt from 'Relaxercise: The Easy New Way to Health & Fitness'

*Hypothesis: Upward Gaze and Relaxation of Accommodation (Divergence)

Med Hypotheses: A presumed reflex by which upward gaze induces relaxation of accommodation, a way to overcome instrument myopia.


07/04/05 (1st post)

Organized Religion


*High ceilings of religious buildings causes people to look upward more often, and helps to relieve eyestrain by causing the eyes to diverge?

*Communion: Drinking a small amount of wine and/or allowing the host to slowly dissolve in your mouth increases SMR?


Nutrition: Oral Infectious Diseases: Gingivitis


*mint-free toothpaste (mint increases beta waves; too much beta; peppermint may cause insomnia)

*dry-mouth toothpaste: xylitol soothes dry mouth

*mint *stimulates* appetite over time


Nutrition: Food: Meals: Breakfast


Most people seem to agree that an ideal breakfast should consist of around 500 calories.

     “…A classic fiber-rich breakfast -- say a cup of raisin bran with blueberries and skim milk--provides less than 300 calories and only about 10 grams of protein. An ideal breakfast needs to be much larger -- between 500 and 600 calories. And it needs to be packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including at least 20 grams of protein and at least 5 grams of fiber. That will give your body a high-quality, long-lasting, steady supply of energy to help you through the morning.

     Here’s how to hit those numbers. Each of the following meals tastes great and can be made in minutes…”


“If you want to lose weight, you should start your diet at dinner, not at breakfast! For example, do not eat a meager bowl of Special K for your ‘diet breakfast.’ You'll get too hungry later in the day and crave sweets. A bigger breakfast (cereal+toast+peanut butter) can prevent afternoon or evening cookie-binges. An adequate (500-700 calorie) breakfast provides enough energy for you to enjoy your exercise, as opposed to drag yourself through an afternoon workout that feels like punishment.

     If you are trying to lose weight, you should target at least 500 to 700 calories for breakfast; this should leave you feeling adequately fed. To prove the benefits of eating such a big breakfast, try this experiment…”


“The best range of calories for breakfast is between 350 - 500. Below 350, your body will not fulfill the requirements for morning energy usage; above 500, your body may store unneeded calories as fat.”


Brainwaves: SMR
activities that may increase SMR:

*leaving your home, going for a walk or a drive, going


*high frequency noise (stimulating; Mozart effect) can increase SMR? low frequency noise can decreases SMR?


low SMR:

*fatigue, hypoglycemia, arousal

*low SMR and low blood sugar levels

*hypoglycemia: snacking to increase blood sugar levels, and SMR


Lack of tolerance for ‘activities which require SMR’ such as waiting vs. Problems with Proprioception:

·        Sensory Processing: Neurodevelopmental Delays: Problems with Proprioception



SMR and sensory deprivation, sensory overload, sensory modulation


Vision and Gaze

*looking upward and EMDR

*myopes tend to look down more often, hyperopes tend not to look downward unless required

*looking downward or upward and self-esteem

*convergence and diveregence and alpha-theta brainwaves

*looking downward for long periods of time->muscular imbalance in the eyes?

*”looking downward is associated with kinesthetic or emotional memories”: what impact does this have on depression, self-esteem, stress, endorphin levels?

*signs of eyestrain: if you start tilting your head forward while using a computer (which would move the direction of your gaze upward as you look at the screen) take a break and look upward in the distance for a while to allow your eyes to diverge and relax

*vision improvement exercises: look upward to improve exercises that are intended to cause your eyes to diverge? look downward to improve exercises that are intended to cause your eyes to converge?

*not looking upward for long periods of time causes problems with proprioception, sense of space


“…Recent brain research that tells us that we can cause our right brain to become more responsive by looking up [should probably say looking up and to the right] with our eyes. In other words, we use our eyes to help us think, as well as to see. When the student is looking up, he is ‘seeing’ the word in his head.”




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