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Too much sugar = Bad Memory
by Tom On October 24, 2013

I love when research keeps coming back to the same themes and lessons. Too much sugar and a high blood sugar level has been shown to reduce your memory’s power. AND, they can’t prove this quite yet, but the researchers believe that elevated blood sugar levels can lead to increased chances to dementia.

“We know people who live an active lifestyle and eat a healthy diet are less likely to get type 2 diabetes and dementia. Having a healthy lifestyle is good for the brain.” Continue reading ›

Exercise makes kids smarter??
by Tom On October 22, 2013

A recently conducted study in Scotland found that kids who got 60 minutes of physical activity were getting a full letter grade (i.e. Continue reading ›

Why do we sleep?
by Tom On October 21, 2013

No one can actually tell you WHY we sleep yet. Despite spending millions of dollars on research there is still no definitive answer to this question, but it appears that scientists have taken a step forward in understanding.

A new study found that when animals sleep the brain is flushing out toxins produced from that days activity. Your normal brain activity produces cellular waste and it is being cleaned out constantly but at night certain processes kick into high gear and turbo clean.

The study found a correlation between certain proteins that, if they do not get properly & regularly cleaned, will build up overtime and can lead to dementia and Alzheimers.  Continue reading ›

Get some sun!
by Tom On October 16, 2013

It seems that the risk of having a Vitamin D deficiency is a far greater risk than the risk of skin cancer. Here is a great article about a new meta-study done by the Mayo Clinic. The Dr. explains 30 pages into a very nice blog post. http://www.wholehealthchicago.com/5768/mayo-clinics-stunning-vitamin-d-research/

I for one will be wearing less sunscreen and getting to the beach a little more (and adding some Vitamin D supplements to my diet).

Belly Fat Double Whammy
by Tom On October 11, 2013

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So it appears that there is another reason to trim that waistline. Belly fat (the more you have the worse it is) has been linked to dementia and Alzheimers.

Although there are several risk factors of dementia, abnormal fat metabolism has been known to pose a risk for memory and learning. People with high amounts of abdominal fat in their middle age are 3.6 times as likely to develop Continue reading ›

Better Multi-tasking ≠ Higher Intelligence
by Tom On October 10, 2013

New research on brain training games seems to show that the games can help you get better with multi-tasking but not any smarter.

The results suggest that the students improved in their ability to update and maintain information on multiple tasks as they switched between them, which could have important implications for real-world multitasking:

“This work affects nearly everyone living in the complex modern world,” says Harrison, “but it particularly affects individuals that find themselves trying to do multiple tasks or rapidly switching between complex tasks, such as driving and talking on a cell phone, alternating between conversations with two different people, or cooking dinner and dealing with a crying child.”

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Better to have a short life…
by Tom On February 28, 2013

Wow, that seems like a funny thing to say “better to have a short life”. When you take it out of context it is a ridiculous thing to say. So, let’s give it the context it deserves.

“It is better to have a short life doing the things that you love doing, rather than a long life feeling miserable about what you are doing.” – Alan Watts

Alan Watts, was an author, philosopher, speaker, professor, and Zen master that traveled and taught around the world during the 50′s & 60′s. He passed away in 1973, and even though he has been dead for 40 years his words still ring true today. This is a profoundly simple truth that any simpleton could read and logically agree with…BUT how many of us are truly doing what makes us happy?

What makes you happy? What would you do if money didn’t matter? I have no answers for you, no words of wisdom…you know the answers…they are somewhere inside of you. If the answer isn’t readily available, just keep looking…and then look deeper.

Here is a very short video (3:09) from one of Alan’s lectures set to some great images. (I’ve yet to find actual video of him speaking). Watch it again and again. I do. It helps me keep asking the question.

 

Here’s to a long life FULL of the things that you love doing…

Start with Why
by Tom On February 6, 2013

Why am I doing this? Why am I, not only writing a blog, why do I get up in the morning? Why do I do this job and not that job?

Let’s start with the big one. Why am I here on this planet? I have wondered about this question for most of my life, as I am assuming that many of you have, and I have constructively worked on my answer for the better part of 7 years now. The best answer that I have is “I exist to serve by expanding horizons.”

That stems from a belief that we are all here to “serve” in someway, followed up by an exercise where you find two words that describe “how” you serve. So, what the hell does “expanding horizons” mean? I believe that we are far greater than we can imagine, that we have untold, unfathomable potential stored up within us and that with the right set of tools, accountability, discipline, and effort we can realize that potential. If you are standing still and looking out at the horizon it would appear that there is a limit to how far you can go. By moving toward that horizon you will realize that limit, was imaginary.

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