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·         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?



04/07 to 06/07


·          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.



Deductive Reasoning




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.



Deductive Reasoning


One way to improve deductive reasoning skills is by doing logic problems.


These are some ‘logic problem’ links containing useful information, such as reviews of logic problem magazines:

·        Logic Problems Page

·        Judy's Logic Problems


This is a description of what a course typical course for improving deductive reasoning skills might look like:

·        Improving Deductive Reasoning Skills: Paul Allan, Palmer High School



New Theory:


  1. Excessive computer use leads to sensory overload. Sensory overload may be exacerbated in people with sensitivities to sound, light, touch (e.g. electrical sensitivity), etc.
  2. People 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.
  3. 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" affirmations confidence




·        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 to Action



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 easily.


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 chocolate?

*People with the following other conditions should limit or avoid chocolate


**urinary incontinence

**chronic insomnia

**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: Melatonin)


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 voices.

*Alpha rhythm (e.g. one beat per second) may be helpful for alleviating phonophobia



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* Dominance:


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].

·         Keep your 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].




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