The ADHD Fix
For some time now, scientists have known that a lack of sunshine in the fall and winter months can have an impact on some of us. In fact, the new DSMV (diagnostic criteria for mental health conditions) specifies a type of depression “with seasonal pattern.” This is a type of depression that comes from those less than sunny seasonal patterns. Although the diagnosis is often used for severe types of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), in my practice I have known many people to have more mild forms of SAD tha
As school moves into routine, you may be hearing that your child is having a hard time sitting still, paying attention, completing school tasks and may even be failing. The thought may be that your child needs a quick evaluation for ADHD at the doctor’s office. But, let’s take a step back for a moment. Gifted children often under perform in school with some studies suggesting as many as 30% drop out of high school. The majority of symptoms often attributed to ADHD are actually the same that can be obser
Here are my 6 winning strategies if you are working with a child or teen diagnosed with ADHD.
There has been more hysteria regarding the research mentioned in the press that talks about the false belief that all of those who play football, hockey, rugby or other contact sports will experience some form of brain injury. While these ideas make for sensational headlines and press coverage, they are far from the truth. My opinion, and that of many others who are studying all of the aspects of concussion, is that with proper systems in place, the benefits of involving your child in contact sports far o
As your children gets ready to return to school, Elementary or High School age, likely things are ready to go. School supplies, special clothes or gym equipment are ready for that first day. But what can you do as a parent to make this year a roaring success? Here is my list of 5 must dos for you when it comes to teachers or schools.
As things continually change around us, from what is happening in the U.S. to our own province of Ontario, many of you may be looking for some stability, some sense of tradition and predictability. The answer may be flying around you. This past weekend, we attended a seminar on the harvesting of honey from bees. It was a great 2 hours of stories and a demonstration with a hands on chance to uncap a frame and then taste the honey. It was offered by Bria Lee’s Bees, a start-up in Dresden, Ontario: https
You likely have a cell phone. The brand doesn’t matter much for our discussion today, but let’s say it takes 1.5 hours to fully charge your phone if it is without power. You likely do that many times a day. Recharging a phone is the lifeblood of the service. If you don’t do that, the phone is useless.
A couple of weeks ago while fishing a stream, I came in contact with some type of weed or toxic plant that gave me poison ivy like symptoms on my arm. It itches. It’s a pain and gets worse as the heat picks up. Wearing long sleeves and seeking out the assistance of a pharmacist has helped greatly, but it’s still a bother.
Although a concussion (traumatic brain injury-TBI) is caused by a blow to your head, or sudden deceleration in speed (like a whip lash), what if the symptoms and failure of your brain to regenerate or heal has nothing to do with your brain?
Our world continues to change at a pace we have never witnessed. Experts say that by the time your child trains for a profession, that career may have been replaced by robots, artificial intelligence or at the least require a new set of skills and training by the time they graduate. Being open to new learning and training opportunities is important, but not the most valuable skill your child must learn.
About a year ago, after being inspired by the passing of the Bill for Rowan’s Law in Ontario, we started on a journey in establishing the Sport Concussion Research Center at our 4 clinics. The modest goal was to collect data and evaluate factors that could help us better explain the condition. We funded it privately through our own resources, from the sale of my parenting book and from a generous donation from Dr. Robert Thatcher who donated his extensive EEG software to our cause. If you haven’t picked
This time of the year as you plan vacation or time with the children, you may be wondering what structure or interventions would be helpful to take full advantage of this opportunity. Here are this year’s tips to help.
The other day I decided to take #3 highway instead of the usual 401 from London, Ontario. As you drive in the country, you quickly notice that many farmers have a number of different crops on their land. Corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay, and other specialty crops such as blueberries dot the countryside. There is a very good reason why farmers do this. Crops are very sensitive to climate and moisture. If it’s a late spring, it could hurt corn when sometimes the seed rots before it emerges from the ground
After 20 or more years at the same location in London, Ontario, we are moving our offices. The building has been sold and we are excited about our new space and the opportunities that it will bring. The lessons in today’s blog came from our hunting for office space. We were fortunate to have been represented by Craig, a residential broker, who agreed to help us through the process of finding the right spot. Unfortunately, we had to work through a number of commercial brokers who had the property listed
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When Dr. Jess Goodman, the developer of Iheart (get your free one here www.exercisemd.ca ), told Mary and I how our internal age would improve by adding Yoga to our regular routine of exercise, diet and less stress, I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. Memories of modern dance classes at college where I was constantly told I had no flexibility, combined with a history of muscle tears (ruptured both my Achilles) and the ongoing pain in joints and muscles from past injuries, made me doubt the advice.
If you are 50 years of age or older, or have been diagnosed with a chronic disease, you are likely thinking of your longevity and the quality of that life. The Butterfly Effect means that even a very small change in some event can cause a greater one and even catastrophic one later. Originally it was felt that the flap of a butterfly may later cause a tornado due to the changes in the course of events brought on by the simple flap of those wings. If there were such a small action that would enhance your
If you listen to the media or read popular online posts, you will find that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is touted as the next major revolution after the driverless car. AI refers to the ability of computers and robots to be able to “think” as we do to help with decision making, which could include everything from financial buy and sell recommendations to your health care diagnosis.
If there is one thing we know now with the new President having served 100 days, it is that we really have no idea what policy, procedure, trade, tax, economic or social policy will become reality.
You are standing in a grocery store, and a 3-year-old waiting in line with their parent throws a dozen eggs onto the floor. The parent smiles looks at the check-out employee and says “Oh my daughter is so intelligent; it’s really a challenge to keep her interested when I’m shopping.” The parent stands and smiles while another clerk cleans up the mess and offers no help, or pay for the broken eggs. You are watching and quite disgusted with the parent’s lack of action.