If you’ve been trying different brain teasers or puzzles it
might be a good idea to avoid visual search puzzles. Visual
search puzzles may exacerbate visual overload associated with excessive
computer and television use.
Exercise Mistakes: Bent-Over Cat Stretch for Lower Back (Erertor Spinae) Muscles
When doing the bent-over cat stretch, which is
especially helpful for conditions like lumbar Lordosis, it’s important that
your hands are above your knees. This positions the shoulders correctly,
and prevents rounded shoulders.
One way to improve deductive reasoning skills is by doing
These are some ‘logic problem’ links containing useful
information, such as reviews of logic problem magazines:
This is a description of what a course typical course for
improving deductive reasoning skills might look like:
Deductive Reasoning Skills: Paul Allan, Palmer High School
computer use leads to sensory
overload. Sensory overload may be exacerbated in people with
sensitivities to sound, light, touch (e.g. electrical sensitivity),
experiencing sensory overload may become more and more dependent and
focused on their senses and instincts, and less and less
dependent on their deductive reasoning ability.
- Difficulties in
deductive reasoning lead to difficulties in making decisions. People
become more neurotic and more open to suggestion, leading to
additional computer use, additional sensory overload, and additional
difficulties with deductive reasoning.
I recently found a helpful tip page while searching for:
Google Search: "sensory overload"
Although eating a spicy
meal has some benefits, but too much spice can destroy beneficial bacteria
and cause heartburn and dehydration.
Pulling too hard on your toe
may dislocate it.
If you increase the
amount of water you drink you also need to take a multivitamin (for the
water-soluble vitamins) and you may need to increase your salt intake.
Also, drinking too much water can lead to water intoxication which can be
fatal. For more information please see the section Nutrition: Water
24 Great Ways to Boost Your Energy and Vitality - Goals
Vision: Insufficient Light
Insufficient light may cause a piece of paper that is held
vertically to appear darker than a piece of paper resting horizontally on a
surface. Paper may also be lit insufficiently when held by a paper stand.
As a result, insufficient light may cause people to look down more, onto
horizontal surfaces, exacerbating neck tension and posture.
Binocular Functions: Convergence Insufficiency
It’s important to remember that convergence insufficiency can
be exacerbated by psychological causes such as anxiety over waiting for a
web site to load, or about being in the same room with certain people, or
anxiety caused by light or sound sensitivity.
Bates Method: Palming
If you are in a situation where casual palming might be
considered inappropriate, you might try looking slightly in the direction
opposite to your dominant hand. For more information please see the section
‘Horizontal Gaze Angle’ in the section Vision: Binocular Functions:
Amblyopia. Doing this for an extended period of time may cause eyestrain.
Indoor Air Pollution: Electrical Sensitivity
I’ve recently met numerous people with the symptoms of electrical
sensitivity. I wonder if this condition is becoming more commonplace. A
symptom not listed on my ‘Electrical Sensitivity’ page is discomfort
experienced when someone with this condition wears metal jewelry such as
rings. I believe that rings can acquire an electric charge easily when
exposed to an electric field. Some people with this condition tend to wear
a lot of cotton clothing because it doesn’t acquire an electric charge
Vision: Eye Exercises
Most eye exercises are more effective if…
*The monitor is turned off—at your own discretion
*If your eyes are open make sure you have sufficient light
Important to wait from at least ½ hour to two hours before
exercising, depending on how much you consumed
Vision: Bates Method: Palming
Important to rest elbows on a comfortable surface (e.g. a
pillow) in order to reduce pressure on the elbows
Chocolate and Caffeine
*Caffeine in chocolate, and other foods, depresses the immune
system and exacerbates irritable bowel syndrome—people with conditions such
as candida/yeast intolerance should limit chocolate; caffeine free
*People with the following other conditions should limit or
**Sugar sensitivity, hypoglycemia, diabetes (sugar and
caffeine in chocolate raise blood sugar significantly)
*Too much vanadium in chocolate is associated with depressed
accommodation in myopes (Nutritional Optometry)
*Discussion (dated 2003):
Vision: Bates Method
Note: The information included in the section Fusion (e.g. pencil
fusion) is mainly intended to help you to determine if you have difficulty
with fusion. There are more advanced fusion exercises that may be helpful
in correcting fusion that can be found in books and in the section on
accommodation. There are also suggestions for improving fusion in the
sections ‘Convergence Insufficiency’ and ‘Accommodative Insufficiency’ on
the ‘Binocular Functions’ page.
Vision: Binocular Functions: Light Sensitivity:
Reduce eyestrain and glare while your sleeping with an eye
mask; also increases melatonin (more information in section The Brain:
Hyperacusis: Suggestions: Stretching and Strengthening
Looking up vs looking at ceiling:
Looking up seems to relieve the symptoms for some people;
You may notice different sensations when you just look up
(e.g. at the top of a wall) vs looking at the
ceiling (note: important to do slowly to avoid damaging the neck)
Nutrition: Things to Consider
Nitrites (sodium nitrite) in some brands of hot dogs; limit consumption
of these brands
Hyperacusis: Things to consider
*More stress when person’s voice or a speaker (e.g. television
or radio speaker) is aimed directly at your head
*People who are more sensitve to
high frequencies may tend to lower the treble of their radios or tvs. Lowing the treble increases the bass and may
exacerbate phonophobia as low pitched voices
sound deeper. The opposite can happen with two much treble and high pitched
*Alpha rhythm (e.g. one beat per second) may be helpful for
I have reposted a note here, that was originally posted
on 01/07/06, and later reposted on 09/19/06 with some corrections. A note has
been added to the bottom.
Laterality: Correcting Laterality: Preserving *Foot*
Supination and Pronation
Poor posture can affect foot pronation
and supination, and foot dominance:
“Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips [when
sitting in a chair].
hips and knees at a right angle (use a foot rest or stool if necessary) [or
position your chair so your hips are slightly higher than your knees]. Your
legs should not be crossed and your feet should be flat on the floor.”
Maintaining Proper Body Mechanics
Moving one foot, while sitting in a chair, might
be helpful for correcting foot pronation and supination, and foot dominance in the other foot.
Stretches like the ‘warrior lunge’
might also be helpful. For example, if you are right handed, you could
perform the ‘warrior lunge’ with your left foot forward. This might
encourage foot supination in your left foot, and
foot pronation in your right foot [Note:
stretching only one side of the body may lead to muscular imbalances].