ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones

A new study announced at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthapaedic Surgeons shows that drugs prescribed for ADHD can weaken bones in children during a time of critical growth. This study tested 5,315 kids between the ages of 8 and 17 and compared the results to a subgroup of 1,967. Each child was given a bone mineral density scan on the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. 

The children taking ADHD medications of Ritalin, Focalin, Dexetrine, Strattera, and Vyvanese had lower bone mineral density, and at least 25 percent were characterized as having osteopenia. 

Prescriptions of ADHD medications to children in the U.S. grew by 36 percent between 2008 and 2012. 

Hypnosis could be a helpful alternative.

There is no scientific evidence supporting hypnotherapy as a treatment for symptoms of ADHD like inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. But clinical studies suggest that hypnosis can be useful in the treatment of anxiety and sleep problems, which many with ADHD experience. 

Hypnosis produces a relaxed state of heightened focus that increases receptivity to suggestions. 

Hypnosis can give a person with ADHD the feeling of being in charge of his or her behavior. 

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DIY Scented Tissues

If you’ve ever had a cold, you know how awful it is to keep needing a tissue. Make blowing your nosea little more enjoyable by adding essential oils to your tissue box. Just open the bottom or side of a tissue box, and add a few drops of essential oil directly to the tissues. Seal the box again, and enjoy the scent each time you blow your nose. You may also enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the essential oil you choose as you breathe in its aroma. Some oils to try include peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, or lavender. I really love a lavender/rosemary blend, or lavender/eucalyptus. 

Regulate the effect of salt in your body

It might seem surprising that a sweet, juicy orange has the power to control the negative effects of sodium in your body, but it’s true. Oranges are rich in potassium, the mineral that helps regulate sodium. The benefit: an orange a day may help lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke, and help keep your heart healthy and strong. 

The world’s oldest memory technique, and how to use it

1. Build your own “memory palace”

Used by the ancient Greeks, the “memory palace” technique is based on the fact that people have a far better memory for the tangible (physical spaces, images) than the abstract (numbers, words, ideas). 
To create your own memory palace, pick a familiar space and populate it with vivid representations of whatever you want to remember. The odder these images, the better. 
Let’s say you need to buy a bag of oranges, then pick up a dog at the pound. Picture walking into your house. Now picture an orange-skinned man standing on your TV wearing a bag as a hat (that’s your bag of oranges). Then mentally travel to your bathroom, where you see a tiny one-pound dog sitting on a scale. You’ve now created a “memory palace” that will make your to-do list very hard to forget.

2. Break information into bite-sized chunks

In 1955, psychologist George Miller discovered that most people can only hold about seven “chunks” of information in their head at once. While the precise number varies depending on the context and the individual, scientists agree that the number is relatively small.

Get the most out of your available memory chunks by grouping information intelligently. Let’s say you’re given the numbers “7 4 7 6.” Instead of storing them as four separate chunks, you can transform them into one memorable date: July 4, 1776. Keep doing this, and you’ll be amazed by how much information you can string together. 

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The Dark Bread Myth

Many people believe a dark color is an indication of whole-grain bread, and that dark bread is therefore healthier. That’s a myth. Don’t pay attention to a bread’s color – pay attention to the ingredients! A whole grain should be a part of the first ingredient. Look for “whole wheat flour” for example (not “enriched wheat flour”). 

How to Breathe

People talk of deep breathing as the key to controlling stress.  Deep breathing is not the key.  In fact, deep breathing alone may cause hyperventilation which will make you feel even worse. The key is slow breathing. Easy breaths taken deep in your stomach with your diaphragm. Find a relatively quiet spot to sit down and put your feet up. Become aware of your breaths and gently focus on your exhales. Do this for about 15 minutes at a time. If you do this simple exercise just once each day, it can make a difference in your stress perceptions and reactions.