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Thursday
Sep222011

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, 2006

A Plume book, 2009

Loved it.

Do yourself a favor, and read it before someone you know gets a stroke or a brain injury.

Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist, suffered from a massive stroke at age 37. She recovered from it and has been able to tell the fascinating tale of what it felt like to get acquainted with her right hemisphere as her left one shut down. I loved her writing; I loved the two chapters about the function of the brain, and I found her insights into the recovery of an injured brain invaluable. If you're helping someone recover from a brain injury, keep this book handy. Here are a few of her suggestions:

* Protect my energy. No talk radio, TV; or nervous visitors! Keep visitation brief (five minutes)

* Ask me multiple-choice questions. Avoid Yes/No questions

* Expect me to recover completely

* If I can't find an old file, make it a point to create a new one

... this is just a taste of it. You want the rest of the list? Read it.

Monday
Aug012011

Poisoned for Profit by Philip and Alice Shabecoff, 2010

Subtitle: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill

Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010

Originally published by Random House in 2008 as Poisoned Profits

 

If you aren’t alarmed yet by the number of American children who are chronically ill – suffering from cognitive or behavioral problems, cancer, asthma, birth defects and other ailments (are we talking about your own child, grandchild or student?) then this book will be your wake up call. As the environment gets more polluted by toxic waste sites, pesticides, industry and power plants, and dangerous substances in our food, cleaning materials and cosmetics, more children and their families are suffering. I heard Alice speak about the subject at a presentation she made in San Francisco and I just had to get the book (yes, my copy is autographed).

 

The very well written book is a thorough investigation of the toxic threat to children in America. A lot of information, a lot of sensibility, interviews with the right people (more than 170 of them).

 

What you also will find in this book is a call to action (with specific suggestions) and a lot of resources that you can use to minimize the exposure to toxins that your children (and you) may be suffering from.

http://www.poisonedforprofit.net/

Sunday
Jul312011

The Horse Boy, a documentary, 2009


Parents of children with autism often go to great lengths to try to help their children recover. The Isaacsons did too. They traveled with their son Rowan all the way to outer Mongolia to ride horses and meet with shamans. On a superficial level this may sound very different from the paths chosen by the families I meet, but I was struck by how their journey was similar to my own and that of other families. Always wondering if they’re doing the right thing for their child, and if any changes that they see in him would have happened anyway; fearful that his difficulties will persist, wondering if he’ll be cured; in the process learning to accept that he is who he is, learning to take cues from his non-verbal communications rather than follow an agenda, and realizing that even with autism their child can be happier, more social, more verbal, more free.

This film was originally named “Over The Hills And Far Away”. I loved it.

To learn more and view a trailer, http://www.horseboymovie.com/Film.php

Wednesday
Jul272011

Book Review: Fixing My Gaze by Susan R Barry

Fixing my Gaze

A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions

By Susan R. Barry

Basic Books publishers, 2009

Susan Barry is a professor of neurobiology, who in her late 40s, with the help of a behavioral optometrist, learned to team her eyes and see in three dimensions for the first time in her life.

By all means get hold of a copy of this book. I don’t think you would want to borrow mine since I have highlighted nearly every page. If you seek a really good read with in-depth explanations of challenges to binocularity and what can be done to overcome them; if you want to be reminded of how much plasticity the human brain has even in adulthood; if you want insights into why adults require different exercise programs than those designed for children, and what a critical period in human vision development really means; or if you want to understand better how lack of vision modifies how the other senses work.  

And if this hasn’t convinced you yet, then here is a quote to whet your appetite: “My son and daughter, when young, could grasp the details and the big picture at the same time. I didn’t know how to do this until midlife, when I learned to see simultaneously with two eyes.”

Learn more about it at http://www.fixingmygaze.com/

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