Reading to baby develops language skills

Learning theories and recommendations on optimizing your child’s future performance is freely exchanged in books, websites, and TV shows. Reading to a newborn baby develops better language skills, according to the professional organization of pediatricians. It’s yet another competitive way to further confuse expecting parents. Exposure of newborns to words may help develop language skills through the first 3 years of the rapidly developing brain. Yet there are more things in action than improved language skills. Those first 3 years are a sensory excitement for a new baby and, while extra care may help, there’s more happening than interactive language skills.

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) is releasing advice to new parents that reading to your newborn baby helps develop better language skills during their first three years. The AAP represents 62,000 practicing pediatricians in the USA.

Most of the evidence came from a Stanford University Study, from December 2013, that at 18-months, children of higher socioeconomic status had better language skills than those of lower socioeconomic status.

The small sample of children available near the university were tested twice, at 18 months and at 2 years. The results were:

At 18 months, toddlers in the higher SES group could identify the correct object in about 750 milliseconds, while the lower SES toddlers were 200 milliseconds slower to respond.

“A 200-millisecond difference in response time at 18 months may not sound like much, but it’s huge in terms of mental processing speed,” Associate Professor Ann Fernald said. Fernald did the study at Stanford’s Center of Infant Studies.

The belief is that those of higher socioeconomic status read or interact more with their children than those of lower socioeconomic status. There is no guaranty which kids will attain those language skills, academic success, or special talents later in life. Friends, environment, access to private schools are also variables. Basically, reading to you child at infancy may not produce another Stephen King or playing music to your newborn may not produce a Mozart.

According to the Baby Center website, there may be many other constituents that factor into a baby’s language delay.

Parents have the jitters when their children show language abilities a little later, at 3 years than at less than 2 years. Some studies demonstrate that undetected hearing problems by as little as 10% may alter language development.

It has been validated that, even from before birth, babies are major sensory mechanisms to what goes on around them. They are keen observers. The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. A newborn’s brain is about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight. But by age 3, it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells. These are due to exposure to language, music, athletic play, motion, color, and all the stimuli the baby was exposed to. as well as the baby’s emotional connections with those stimuli. Selecting which of those are “likes” and which of those should be developed further is often random. That’s why there are many children in music school but only one in 100,000 might make it to the stage.

A part of language, culture, and innocent defense is deception. Being careful what you say and do can influence a young child’s mind in many ways. How many children heard, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” from their parents? Deception can often confound any attempt to convey honest, pure language skills.

The brain is an astute observer and your baby learns to imprint behaviors that you do daily, often without thought. Sometimes the use of common deceptions by an adult may impress children in certain ways. Deception is so much a part of our culture that many people don’t know they are doing it. For example, when is it correct to lie? What does that lie do to an impressionable, developing mind? It can create something called cognitive dissonance and a state of confusion. This may haunt the ever-cautious parent as the child grows.

Perhaps a little less scientific, Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget believed that, based on stimuli, babies may construct their own references, feelings, and files of everything they interact with. it asserts that, even as adults, we construct our cognitive abilities through self-motivated action in the world as we develop more independence and autonomy. The art of deception may often be integrated as a color in the construct.

For example, while I wasn’t exposed to classical music in my first three years, I watched TV. Every Sunday, I was in awe of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People Concerts and his exciting explanations about music. This passion for classical music has been part of my life even though I’ve been exposed to more contemporary genres like rock and hip-hop. It is true that one’s positive impressions in early life stages help shape thoughts and ideas. My shift was to science and writing over music as a career choice.

Culture offers significant variables in childhood development. Tight community boundaries and education may also
contribute to control further in life.

So the AAP is telling all its members to advise parents to begin reading to children as newborns. Millions of new parents will jump and do so. Like all potentially good things, it is easy to overwhelm a developing child by flooding stimuli at a rapid, constant rate.

IQ scores and personality traits, for example, vary from one child to another regardless of economics or upbringing. Genetics may be one factor and more studies are demonstrating that genetic mutations (such as USP9X) may cause certain early disabilities in developmental learning.

Every parent wants their child and children to grow to optimum capacity and, many, are saddened when disorders like autism and other negative conditions crop-up in later years. There may be so many reasons why and few answers. Parents dread when their guidance is disrupted by a child’s evolutionary path to individuation and autonomy.

Language and the control of language are important skills worth developing. They are how you interact and influence people. They are part of the cover that people judge you by. If you believe that reading to your newborn and playing music to your newborn will help assure positive development, then heed that advice. It may aid a singularity but, as children grow to adulthood, there may be many surprises to come.

Your normal newborn is an exceptionally tunable sensory device that grows exponentially in the course of three years. The brain retains plasticity through adulthood. Expose your child’s rapidly developing brain to many different stimuli but try not to overwhelm. Language and its content are extremely important. Pediatricians must advise new parents that there are many components of language and how it’s developed in the best and worst of circumstances and benefits. There is no single rule and no single path that leads to improved language skills. Love and attention helps along the way.

Coffee sugar creme and nasty addictions

If there was anything that could be considered true, nearly anything is prone to be addictive. While starting innocently, addictions are a form of repetitious abuse, almost obsessions. There are health supportive addictions and there are nasty addictions. It’s those nasty addictions that seem to become very popular. We’re familiar of the problems associated with drug, alcohol, predatory sex, abusive behaviors, overeating and tobacco. Nasty addictions may also involve the foods we are drawn to. They are sugar, fats, and certain soft beverages like cola and coffee. Of themselves they are not nasty, they may actually beneficial in some way. What makes it an addictive habit is how much you use and how frequently you need it. Like any addict you’re attracted and can’t live without them. You are an addict.

It is believed that the original coffee came from Africa to Arabia. The first European country to grow coffee was Denmark in the 17th century, with plantations in India and Indonesia. The Dutch started the spread of the coffee plant in Central and South America. Eventually Brazil and Colombia became the largest growers of coffee beans. Originally, coffee beans (as cherries) were fed to African slaves but, in Europe and America, was mainly enjoyed by the rich as a delicious hot beverage. Brewing coffee became easier and cheaper over the years to grow as a favorite hot beverage virtually anywhere, except (maybe Britain).

Estimates consider that about 80% of the global adult population drink coffee of some kind. In 1999 there were 108,000,000 coffee consumers in the United States spending an approximated 9.2 billion dollars in the retail sector and 8.7 billion dollars in the foodservice sector every year. By 2014, at least 54% of USA adults consumed at least 1 cup of coffee each day. Among coffee drinkers (i.e. not per capita) the average coffee consumption in the United States is 3.1 cups of coffee per day. Per capita, men drink approximately 1.9 cups per day, whereas women drink an average of 1.4 cups of coffee a day.

What is the capacity for a cup of coffee? While 5-ounces is considered for a European cup of coffee, most coffee purveyors in the USA consider 8-ounces as a small cup. Starbucks Tall size is 12 ounces and is considered their smallest size in most areas.

Coffee is a hot, flavorful beverage. Depending on where the coffee comes from, there are hundreds of possible flavor nuances. It’s great with breakfast and social occasions. Perhaps the best attractant is a substance called caffeine, a stimulant of the central nervous system and a way to wake you each morning. Caffeine in coffee is a very fast-acting stimulant because it goes directly to your brain and makes you alert.

It was found that caffeine may lower cerebral blood flow among high caffeine users. That means if you consume many cups of coffee per day, less blood is moving to your brain. Caffeine is a Xanthine, a chemical group of mild stimulants. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. Vasoconstriction is the narrowing (constriction) of blood vessels by small muscle actions in their walls. When blood vessels constrict, blood flow slows. Caffeine is used in some analgesic formulas as this action can reduce pain associated with tension headaches. In contrast, there may be cardiovascular problems if someone is not tolerant of coffee consumption. Stress can influence peripheral vasoconstriction. Coffee is, indeed, a complex chemical. When consumed regularly, with sugar and cream, it can become nasty addictions.

As a dietary drink, straight black coffee has somewhere between 0 to 5 calories per cup. If you add a tablespoon of Heavy cream, add 52 calories per 5-ounce cup; table sugar adds 49 calories; Half-and-half adds 20 calories; Fat-free milk: 5 calories. A tablespoon is roughly equivalent to 3 teaspoons. If you consume 3 or 4 of these cups per day with cream and sugar, you’re adding 300 calories in your diet. Specialty coffees like cappuccino and latte may add more. Think about fat calories from the dairy additives. It takes 1-hour of brisk walking to burn 300 calories. Think about adding those additives. They are nasty addictions and difficult to give up.

Routine consumption of coffee (for example, a cup every 3 hours) not only influences blood flow but also interacts with the central and peripheral nervous system in your body. It is very similar to the addictive behaviors resulting from routine alcohol and drug use. If your body is accustomed to receiving a cup of coffee every 3 hours, skipping a cup may send out alerts to make you thirsty. Some of those effects might be weakness, dizziness, jitters, and panic. Your body tries to maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis in a general sense refers to stability, balance or equilibrium. It is the body’s attempt to maintain a constant internal environment for optimal function. If it expects caffeine, your body will do what it must to get it. As with alcohol and drugs, battling your body is an entire group of addictions that’s difficult to conquer.

Ninety percent of people in the world use caffeine in one form or another. In the U.S., 80 percent of adults consume caffeine every day – the average adult has an intake of 250 mg per day, the amount in two 5-ounce cups of coffee. Caffeine in coffee isn’t the only resource. Caffeine is also found in black and green tea. It is also in cola and in chocolate. Caffeine is water soluble and passes easily through cell membranes, which means that your body absorbs this drug very quickly. If you drink a few cups of coffee per day, caffeine’s long lasting effects have left shadows in most of your membranes.

Caffeine is chemically similar to adenosine, a type of sugar that plays a central role in providing energy to your body’s cells, but caffeine is active as an antagonist – going against adenosine. Adenosine is a naturally occurring nucleoside that forms from the breakdown of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the primary energy source in cells for transport systems and many enzymes. and plays a role in the transmission of nerve signals. It is considered by biologists to be the energy currency of life. It is the high-energy molecule that stores the energy we need to do just about everything we do. Caffeine almost matches those same receptors as Adenosine. While adenosine may moderate neurons in the brain, caffeine ignites functioning. Caffeine’s direct pathway to the brain goes against adenosine and is associated to influence brain functions such as sleep, cognition, learning, and memory in positive and negative ways, depending on dosage.

Caffeine has been reported to generate anxiety when absorbed in excessive amounts in the general population. Caffeine may play an abusive role with dopamine and serotonin. Psychologically, it can reduce dream cycles in sleep and be a driving constituent in promoting something like anxiety-attack symptoms. Of course, these responses vary by amounts of coffee consumed and caffeine sensitivity among individuals. The responses generally require higher caffeine doses than national averages of 250mg.

On the positive side, coffee studies show that coffee is a rich source of antioxidants from naturally occurring substances found in the coffee bean. It remains unclear how readily they are absorbed and whether sugar and dairy additives interfere with bioavailability of these healthy phytonutrients. As a result, one recent study suggests that drinking 2 cups of coffee per day may help reduce liver cancer probabilities. Another positive effect of coffee for men is the possible reduction of prostate cancer incidence.

All those possible antioxidant positives do not outweigh the addiction to coffee consumption and the possible ill effects that might occur as you age. As with alcohol and recreational drugs, your body makes it difficult for you to modify the addictive behavior. After a few cups of coffee during the day, ceasing coffee may result in anxiety, energy reduction, dizziness and (possibly) panic attacks. Yet, drinking coffee up to 6 hours before sleep may disrupt normal sleep patterns and result in feeling tired the next day. It isn’t really the coffee, it’s the caffeine in the coffee.

Caffeine artificially increases cortisol production, the hormone that makes you wake up in the morning. People going through caffeine withdrawal can experience a hard time waking up without coffee as a stimulant. Muted alertness, inability to concentrate and feelings of decreased well-being including irritability and depression are frequently experienced during caffeine withdrawal. Some people experience insomnia and constipation. Caffeine withdrawal is a very unpleasant experience and, like other addictions, is a disciplined battle between your will to withdraw and your body’s “need” for caffeine. Some help in mediating symptoms may result from a slow, gradual behavior modification in your coffee consumption regimen. Imagine how long you’ve been drinking the beverage.

Reducing coffee consumption and caffeine intake is like those nasty addictions associated with alcohol and drugs. Caffeine intoxication and withdrawal has been added as a condition to American Psychiatric Association DSM-V, according to an article in Wall Street Journal. That is because, like all substance and behavior abuses, the homeostasis process of your body will fight you through the process.

Consuming 200mg of caffeine per day promotes alertness but keep that large dose in the morning over several small ones throughout the day. That way, you get your morning pick-up with a moderate (average) caffeine level without saturating your body.

On the sugar and cream additives, some may experience increases in hunger and anxiety by losing the sugar content in the coffee. This intensifies some of the experiences in caffeine withdrawal. Matched with processed foods with added sugar, adding sugar to coffee may lead to increased death-risk rates from obesity and cardiovascular issues over time. Sugar substitutes may not satisfy your taste. It is advisable to gradually reduce added sugar to coffee and adapt for a less sweet but more flavorful brew.

Most milk products, dairy or vegetarian, already have about 13 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving. Adding an ounce or two of milk to your coffee won’t break the sugar bank in your diet. But 4 cups of coffee would equal one 8-ounce milk serving. Try to stay away from the cream. Adding one ounce of cream may contribute about 12 grams of fat. An ounce of whole milk is about 1 gram of fat. Black coffee has no fat. Milk is also a source of vitamin D and calcium. Enjoy the milk if you drink coffee but curb the cream.

Of all the good and nasty addictions, coffee seems rather neutral and everyday. We are drawn to many attractive things about the taste and joys of coffee. Consideration must be placed that the nature of coffee has good and bad components that may benefit and harm you. A major misconception involving addiction is the idea that certain substances are addictive. Coffee is sold everywhere and you can brew it at home or office. There are so many social occasions and sluggish mornings to make coffee a part of each day. Coffee use can be addictive and, when you try to cut the habit, you’re gong to confront many of the obstacles that any addiction requires. There even is a Coffee Anonymous group to help.

Some addictions are good and some somewhat bad. Just know this: For most people two 8-ounce servings of coffee per day may not be harmful. A 4-cup a day habit might be. What make addictions nasty addictions are usually not the substance or the abuse. It’s the battle of mind over body to reduce consumption. The body is often stronger. This confounds most attempts at breaking addictions. It is possible.

HP memristor delivers revolution for computers

Technology needs to gestate before giving birth to applicable products. In 2008, HP developed memristor. The memristor — short for memory resistor – could make it possible to develop far more energy-efficient computing systems with memories that retain information even after the power is off. This changes the concept of saving what’s in RAM before turning off your computer and saves lots of energy.

Will the memristor find its way to your notebook or tablet soon? It’s hard to tell. HP is currently targeting businesses using Linux operating systems. Dubbed by insiders as “The Machine”, This positions HP as a leader in to-the-edge computing.

Memristor uses a relatively new application called ReRAM. ReRAM (also known as RRAM) works by creating resistance rather than directly storing charge. It is dubbed to replace NAND solid-state FLASH storage systems very soon. HP is spear-heading it (at least) in the USA.

After failing miserably in the smartphone and tablet offers a couple years back, HP considered dropping consumer notebooks. Fortunately, HP reversed their decision. In 2012, among a field of many consumer notebook brands, analysts dubbed HP the market share leader. Lenovo raced ahead in 2013 among PC sales.

But HP market strength is in the business server market. In server sales to businesses, HP was number one in December 2013.

In business, and in many homes, a server is the main computer of a small to large network, serving workgroups on less expensive workstations. With Microsoft’s flawless integration of wireless network applications in Windows 7, servers make business very possible in the previously untapped non-business sector. Servers allow customers to interact on internet web sites and are also used for cloud storage services.

HP developed memristor servers are expected to be available in about two years. The fastest electronic component for general use completely revises the way memory is stored and used by computers for generating faster processing. As wireless computing grows broader, users will be demanding greater speeds and performance. The memristor will further help HP rule the market.

What does this mean to the other key players of the computer market? Practically nothing for now. Within two years, everything will adapt to the new technology. By 2020, memristor technologies will shift to consumer use. Then notebooks and tablets will require less energy and perform faster as needed.

Needless to say, the competitive market is not resting idly by. The memristor is on sight by many interested parties eyeing silicon resolutions that are revolutionary. It may move to the consumer sooner than later.

The computer market seemed to be in hibernation mode for the past year or so. It wasn’t going to last. Memory and storage is being redefined and readied for newer generations of demanding users.

Evoked responses spark terrorism

Satisfaction as an affect event is often a personal thing and is part of your feelings about your self and those around you. Almost always, satisfaction is rated by comfortable access to shelter, clothing, and food. Waves of satisfaction depend on your comfort levels and other needs to fuel good feelings. Acquiring those things needed to satisfy safety and security usually means being part of a group. Sharing within groups may be ideal on average but individualism is lost and competition is favored as some seek to expand evoked potentials. Affect satisfaction events often fluctuate as evoked responses through internal and external events. Enduring satisfaction is often enduring an fleeting as evoked responses vary. The primitive idea of one struggling to dominate another is often at root of any potential conflict. Terrorism and rebellion are rare but potent languages to revise a balance of satisfaction.

Countries normally don’t define individuals. They define groups and classes. A country may have thousand of groups competing as a tossed salad for necessities of self-worth. In Iraq, for example, there’s an infinite discourse among three large groups that struggle for dominance. Their actions are evoked responses to satisfy self-worth. When you survey our planet, you will note that most conflicts involve multitudes of tribes vying to satisfy personal needs, often exacting costs on neighboring tribes. Most of Europe and North America have negotiated enforced individual-oriented constitutions to keep the peace. Most countries have not. When one tries to instill an influence of one lifestyle into a space where other tribes compete through conflict, results are often futile. The core quest of finding satisfaction through shelter, clothing, and food evokes responses that often thwart ideological potentials. In roles of dominance and submission, most remain temporary.

Everyone has different backgrounds, ideologies, and opinions that are either unique or shared. From primitive areas to the most progressive societies, each individual struggles each day to find shelter, food, and clothing. This holy trinity is the basis of survival. It is what sparks economical and social thinking. It is the enigmatic reasoning behind wars and class-struggles of governments. Finding shelter, food, and clothing has been the basis of explaining the unexplainable. Getting and securing these three things has been the root of struggles. Then came the evoked responses of having them and having the best of them, as attached to self-worth and self-esteem.

Some might be angry of the holy trinity reference to shelter, food, and clothing. Stock markets around the world respond to positive and negative markers of home sales, food commodities, and consumer (non-food) spending. The values of these three impact all economies. The ability to satisfy the comfort of shelter, food, and clothing is essential to creativity and extension. The world is empowered by this trinity.

The trinity of shelter, food, and clothing is so central because humans have senses that motivate these needs. These are parts of our very sophisticated nervous system and a brain’s potential to grow and survive. The needs to protect against rain and snow, to cover skin, and to eat for energy is shared globally. The way we pursue our evoked potentials results in satisfying the multitude of evoked responses.

The odd thing is that every cell, every connection, and every being lives by evoked potentials and evoked responses. The qualities of those responses reap rewards to promote living and (among other beings) self-worth. It is often the line between instinct and thought. In humans, the needs of shelter, food, and clothing stem evoked responses to seek acquiring them. Getting and securing them is self-worth but one individual simply can’t do it alone. This is why groups are formed and social behaviors within those groups are fostered.

An evoked potential is the time it takes for nerves to respond to any stimulation – touch, light, noise, hunger, smell and temperature. Evoked responses are innate in our muscles, organs, vascular system, and everything else that makes you the you that you are. It’s associated with fight or flight evoked response. The efficiency and success of these responses are generally learned through successful repetition and are rooted to promote survival.

Science has been exploring evoked potentials and evoked responses in different ways for many years and many studies and tests have been created in diagnosing and treating conditions. Besides medicine, psychology became the nest of study of responses and operant conditioning of those responses. After Freud’s theoretical approaches, B.F. Skinner (in the 1920’s) decided to study behavior through potentials and responses. His approach brought about behavioral psychology but popularity waned because humans did not only respond to stimuli the same way, they thought about responses. That allowed ample space for Cognitive and Neurocognitive psychology to expand pursuit of evoked responses. By measuring evoked responses, scientists can use these indicators to highlight certain conditions and research possible therapies on more concrete levels.

For the most part, experimental subjects and clients have shelter, food, and clothing met. They may be interested in meta-needs. Abraham Maslow, humanist psychologist, identified these meta-needs: Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Wholeness, Transcendence, Aliveness, Uniqueness, Perfection, Necessity, Completion, Justice, Order, Simplicity, Richness, Effortlessness, Playfulness and Self-Sufficiency. Cognitive psychology can help guide people to achieve these things but only in a pro-active, cooperative lifestyle. At the core, people attach self-worth to the holy trinity.

Any group, however, can breed potential terrorism as an evoked or natural response. Psychologists often profile those who like to perform terrorism but are generally off at predicting potentials.

In a group, most people are average. They follow the group’s rules, precepts, justice in exchange for food, clothing, and shelter. Whether workgroups or social groups, most people adhere to guidelines. Many people seek and are comfortable with structure and discipline but don’t have any. This is what attracts many outsiders to cults and communes. There are also those that want more than the group offers them. These either leave or become discontented. Perpetual and restrained, discontented evoked responses that may spark terrorism using low self-worth levels as catalysts.

In a group, there are masters, slaves, and prostitutes. Masters are the group leaders – the king and the council. Slaves are the 24/7 underlings that support their master’s wishes. Prostitutes are the masses in the group that work their shift of a proscribed duty and then cater to their family. If only it were that easy.

There are those among the prostitutes that have negative feelings. They dislike the group. They envy masters and slaves for larger homes and better views. They feel they have the lowest picks of the food. Their complaints gnaw at them and their self-worth declines. Typical evoked responses would be to undermine the group. They know that there is a risk of eviction, excommunication from group protection. They don’t care. They can either attack the masters or induct similar discontents to form a subgroup. Their evoked potentials are balanced in that any anti-group response will be met by heinous punishments. Their evoked responses are shaped by whether they are willing to risk it.

In every non-democratic country, this is the general rule. Coups and overthrows occur regularly.

It’s the principle players, like the ones you follow in the Game of Thrones, who have sated food, clothing, and shelter that play those games. The average person is unseen, working in the woods trying to preserve his own trinity.

Unresolved, deep discontent is the fuel that is required to make a terrorist. Offering a group that is a magnet to discontents and provides food, clothing, shelter, and exercises promoting self-worth is a great way to convert a rebel without a particular cause to a rebel for your cause. While there is strict discipline, there are many rewards for group supportive behavior. In a sense, the group’s leaders cater to personal evoked potentials to evoke responses that are favorable to the group and its causes.

If there is discontent, blame a competitive group. Better yet, blame an abstract group…like western civilization or narrower target groups. To promote self worth, raise status to freedom fighter and offer many rankings, with more rewards. It’s easy to breed a freedom fighter. On the other side of the coin, they are breeding future terrorists. Either way, groups feed on potentials to deliver especially evoked responses to convert discontents to symbols of heroism, elevating self-worth. In the arms of support, truth is defined as the group’s truth. If you blow yourself up or fly a jet into a building, you’re a hero. There are so many of these groups fighting for dominance in Africa, South America, Asia, and even the United States. These groups are so pervasive and powerful that countries reach out to them. There may be potential benefits to protect the average but, often, there are consequences in the future. Overall, these groups comprise about 3% of the population but they are excellent operant conditioners for evoked emotional responses.

Every society has crime and most that have been in prison seem to want to return. A study released recently indicated that 3 of 4 former prisoners were arrested for crimes within 5 years of release. Is this level of recidivism mean that, in many exhibiting criminal behaviors, quickly return after released from jail?

Could a portion of the recidivism rate be a list of other evoked responses? It may be possible that some want and wait to be caught because, as bad a prisons might be, there are shelter, food, and freedom available, if you abide by the rules.

The very high rates of recidivism are examined by correctional services that believe crime is a matter of evoked potential and evoke response. They employ desistance and rehabilitation as goal directives. Desistance refers to the process by which a person arrives at a permanent state of non-offending. Rehabilitation refers to the extent to which a program is implicated in the reduction of crime by “repairing” the individual in some way by addressing his or her needs or deficits. What isn’t being tested is the ability of a person to seek and find shelter, food, and clothing upon release from prison. Recidivism may be due to some inviting degree that prison offers.

It may seem ironic that, for some, prison is an acceptable reality to satisfy trinity needs under a legitimate authority scheme, even though personal freedom may be an overlying motivation. Living in cages may be more satisfying to some than others. The dynamic makes reducing recidivism very challenging to legitimate authoritarians and governments. When it comes to satisfying the trinity, incarceration may be personally satisfying.

That may be why many terror groups prefer killing enemies than long-term incarceration. Each terror group recognizes its own legitimacy.

Examining evoked responses through benefits like child education, tuning behaviors, and other things are worth exploring. We must also explore the validity of evoked potential testing in predicting accurate evoked responses. There are emotional considerations. There are also the fine lines and crossovers from delusions to dreams that can confound everything.

Most psychologists will advise that finding and keeping a stable, satisfying lifestyle would lead to satisfaction. Evoked responses, on average, may be wonderful to deliver satisfaction potentials. On the other hand, deeper and more cognizant study still needs to be constructed to understand evoked potentials and evoked responses in individuals. There is still no fine line or thorough list that allows any evoked potential to define the totality of that individual. There are also very few reliable predictors to track how individuals really behave in group interactions.

Each person may have several persona. For many, an evoked response of a very brief nature could turn an average person into a killer. For in all the Doctor Jekylls, there are also many Hydes. On average, antisocial behaviors are not premeditated. They just happen. Evoked responses almost always involve protecting one’s trinity and self satisfaction. It’s a price tag for the human condition that contradicts the ideal that peace is an ideal that we should all seek.

I do not support terrorism and crime as tools for survival or promotion. These are not conducive to human idealism and quests for common sense. Nonetheless, these acts are accounted in old scriptures that bear historical significance. Looking at what is happening in Iraq, the possible future of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of Africa and Asia, my hopes for a universal peace and kindred spirit seem too distant to realize. Is it nature? We should honor peace and understanding over war and conflicts. It will help us pursue other, higher needs to advance and enhance humanity and our world.

Rhinovirus hunting in season for common cold

It is rhinovirus season. Rhinovirus hunting is in season except you are the target. The Rhinovirus is one of several viruses that are the culprits behind annoying common colds. Rhinovirus has many subspecies and strains. It’s the variety of them that makes the body struggle against getting infected. When it attacks and your immune system is weak, you feel miserable.

A common cold may be a socially transmitted disease. You may get it from a handshake, a sneeze nearby, a shared surface area, among many other things. It is not weather related, necessarily.

How do you get a cold? Going out in cold weather or swimming in cold water isn’t what helps you catch cold, though many people believe so. You cold began when a cold-virus attaches to the lining of your nose or throat.

A rhinovirus lands on and enters your body. Consider a virus an illegal alien that sneaks through the border patrol as it enters your body. The virus is a foreign germ and your body triggers defenses against it. This is the immune system. Your immune system sends white blood cells out to attack this germ. Unless you’ve encountered that exact strain of the virus before, the initial attack fails and your body sends in the infantry and paratroopers. Your nose and throat get inflamed. Histamine, mucus and phlegm form and you get runny nose, watery eyes, and congestion. With so much of your body’s energy directed at fighting the cold virus, you’re left feeling tired and miserable. You have a cold.

How do you fortify your immune system with stronger weapons? One approach is maintaining a healthy lifestyle to boost your immune system. That might include:

Don’t smoke.
Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
Exercise regularly.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Control your blood pressure.
Drink alcohol only in moderation.
Get adequate sleep.
Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.

Seems to make sense. Even if you do follow most or all these things, you may still get a viral cold. It’s common.

Chronic psychological stress may tax your immune system, according to an article in New England Journal of Medicine. When you have chronic stress, your hormones come from glands. These chemicals act as messengers that places your body on alert to defend itself. Chronic stress or people with chronic stress, barring allergy sensitivity, are likely to have more cold symptoms because stress makes it easier for a virus to enter.

An end product of the adrenals contribution to stress response is a class of chemicals called glucocorticoids (GC). Glucocorticoids are designed to help reduce body inflammation in small doses. It’s part of the fight or flight system essential to survival. Chronic stress releases glucocorticoids in large doses. GC interrupts inflammation by moving into cells and suppressing the proteins that go on to promote inflammation. GCs also affect your metabolism by causing cells in the liver to make more sugar. This may lead to too much sugar in the blood, and cause steroid induced diabetes mellitus. Glucocorticoids also affect food intake during the sleep-wake cycle. Your Cortisol levels, which vary naturally over a 24-hour period, peak in the body in the early-morning hours just before waking. This hormone helps produce a wake-up signal, turning on appetite and physical activity. Cortisol is a common partner with glucocorticoids.

It has been believed that enduring glucocorticoids in high-levels may (with other factors) lead to cancer. Cancer is sometimes seen as a virus. A recent study in the Journal of Immunology cites evidence about how the immune system kills healthy cells while attacking infections. The immune system also performs surveillance of tumor cells, and immune suppression has been reported to increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Dealing with a virus and a compromised autoimmune system means no treatment. Doctors often prescribe antibiotics to fight against bacterial germs that might be present in some colds. These drugs do not work against viruses. Too many repetitive prescriptions of antibiotics may cause antibiotic resistance as bacteria become immune to those drugs. This is a pressing problem at treating global bacterial infections.

Suprisingly, there is no cure for the common cold, but you can get relief from the symptoms. The United States National Institute of Health offers guidelines and most advise NOT seeing a doctor, unless symptoms last more than 5 days. It recommends using over-the-counter cold symptom relievers.

While the many strains of rhinovirus may result with a common cold any time of year, another nasty virus attacks seasonally. It called the influenza or flu virus and this has more severe symptoms. That’s why guards against influenza are strongly advised as vaccines. Vaccinating at the appropriate time may help your body fight off these aliens. There is no vaccine for the rhinovirus.

Of course, as we’ve seen with glucocorticoids and side effects as the body activates an immune system to aid and combat stress, a healthier immune system may be the best way to fight that rhinovirus from giving you a common cold. What can you do?

Many products on store shelves claim to boost or support immunity. The concept of boosting immunity actually makes little sense scientifically because those pills may have ingredients that negatively influence the immune system.

Only a lifestyle choice may help boost immune regulation over time. Unfortunately, factors such as enduring stress may confound the benefits.

According to the Center of Disease Control, “Common colds are the main reason that children miss school and adults miss work. Each year in the United States, there are millions of cases of the common cold. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.” There is no vaccine. The cure remains an ominous ghost.

It amazes me how few people realize the virus relationship to the common cold. It astounds how doctors continue to prescribe antibiotics to relieve colds. It fascinates about how few are willing to adopt a lifestyle for immune enhancement.

There are many ways to control stress and its accompanying anxieties from being chronic. Exercise and diet are among them and are present in an immune protection lifestyle. Stress is integral to living but chronic stress may be fatal. Your goal must aim at suppressing chronic stress.

Some of the elements of the lifestyle to boost the immune system are attractive for overall wellness throughout a lifespan. Yet, every day and in every way a rhinovirus wants to find a host. Are you a willing candidate?

Search seizure law and computers and 4th amendment

Remember the controversies surrounding random search and frisk? In a smarter age of mobile devices and the different things people do and express, computers and 4th amendment constitution rights are discussed and debated in criminal procedures. What does this mean to you? According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects every citizen’s right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion into his or her body, house and property — whether in public, or at home, work or school. Associations of smart mobile devices, computers and 4th amendment issues may become hotter as mobile computing extends further into everyday use by everyone.

A crime has been committed. Investigators get a search warrant and frisk premises for evidence. They find a notebook computer on a desk. Do they a right to examine its contents? A study at NYU School of Law examines search and seizure law in the computer age. Discussion examines Mosaic Theory and Fourth Amendment rights in the United States Constitution.

The Fourth Amendment, in essence, gives United States citizens “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” In a paperless generation surrounding massive mobile computer technology and the many things these are used for, what can be a probable cause to go through hard drives, clouds, and internet archives?

Mobile phones, tablets, and notebooks have only been extremely popular in the past 12 years. Everyone, at virtually any age, has been exposed or uses/owns at least one of these devices. Can investigators search all online documentation and surmise a “whole” impression or only have access to pertinent parts? Should they have any access at all? Should the legal controversies surrounding search and seizure be studied further? How will it impact society and individuals? What is protected property?

Mosaic theory involves collecting information from different sources, public and private, to calculate the value of security. Mosaic theory was first supported in the case of Global Positioning Sensors. Law enforcement officials describe GPS devices as an efficient, safe, and accurate way to track vehicle movement. The car that you drive may be tracked by satellites. Where your vehicle goes may be associated with a possible crime.

The point is the technology you so enjoy because of the first and fourth amendments may be scrutinized by law enforcement using the same technologies. Your computers and 4th amendment rights can be viewed if you are merely a suspect in a crime.

What people browse, write, and mail on mobile devices are personal. Whether you use one or multiple roles of representation for various things is your right in representing yourself to others.

People in shared social media can see you if you add an image and read your thoughts, ideas, and messages. On some sites, whether you know it or not, the long legal mumbo jumbo you needed to sign, means all entries you submit are public domain. Can law enforcement monitor public domain materials of yours?

Sometimes what you represent may be seen in different contexts. What you wrote may not be what you meant. Based on a law enforcement’s agent perception, what may have been innocent or stupid might be construed as criminal.

Geek science students may send each other explosive or bomb-making instructions. How many of these are really culpable and how many will actually produce that bomb. Yet, even by coincidence, if you’re suspected by law for being near at the wrong place and time, can your fourth amendment rights be abrogated? Can they process you as a terrorist?

The recent news and world controversies show that governments harness the data deluge of today’s information society by efficiently organizing data, finding statistical regularities and other patterns in it, and making predictions of what it might be. It is done on the premise of public safety. Yet your contact to a friend might be sifted through the same way.

If fantasies were discussed or written on computers or smart mobile devices, might they be subject to fall under certain algorithms and formulae that can be perceived as suspicious?

In many cases, particularly in the 2013 New York Mayoral race, one of the more promising candidates was squashed and publically disgraced when good news researchers found him cavorting on some website.

The recent incident where a person posted thoughts on YouTube for a while, prior before going on a killing spree, was extremely public. Constitutional rights were with him. There may even have been suspicion. Can law enforcement or anyone accurately predict that the person in these videos (like thousands of other personal musings online) would develop in such a heinous criminal act?

Facts are that while the majority of cases are easily solved, psychology and forensics have not really tried-true methods to pre-determine crimes before they happen. Retrospections do not always balance predictions, and possible biases.

We are fortunate that we live in a society with an individual-oriented constitution. We are also fortunate for freedom of speech, press, and privacy. Yet as technology become more pervasive, people need to be more sensitive that what they say, do, browse and favorite through everyday mobile interactions may be subject to be seen by other witnesses.

Prospective employers may use your LinkedIn and Facebook pages. Other people may be looking you up on social media and Google searches. You can easily be scrutinized whether you like it or not.

Search seizure law aligned with the vast use of computers and 4th amendment (rights to them) is a hotly written and debated topic among lawyers and legislators. It might be useful in tracking suspects (such as those in the Boston Marathon bombing) but can also infringe on the freedoms of individuals.

Mobile devices and computers aren’t lifestyles. They are aspects of life and living. What people do and the many things they enjoy on computers and mobile devices should be protected under the fourth amendment. Online technology is a reflection of the human condition – our norms and deviations. As on public streets, there are predators lurking everywhere. From hacking systems to government scrutiny, the users have a responsibility to make sure that what they do might be seen by others through different contexts. The users may want to support those officials who want to keep the 4th amendment’s legitimacy uncompromised. Mobile technology is a powerful tool but, as with all tools, use properly.

Life changes regressing to the mean

She says, “I am not mean”. He responds, “Yes you are.” Are you mean?

Mean is average and average is mean. Mean is a statistical term that defines average. It is often used in academic studies in finance, psychology, and medicine. Regressing to the mean is one of Sigmund Freud’s early psychoanalytic defenses. Regression is like a retreat. Average people often seek self-improvement to lose weight, quit smoking, become better educated, improve appearance, and many other things. There’s lots of advice that seem simple and sensible. Action is easy but, following through the course, regressing to the mean seems to be a powerful force.

Weight loss is a often sought and some go to extremes to lose weight. One of my early internships involved following obese people and their results after bariatric surgery for weight loss. Bariatric surgery is an extreme surgical method to help obese people lose weight. One method reduces stomach size to reduce capacity of food intake. The goal of these patients include dreams along a menu of life changes. Tracking results, many were happy initially. Over longer periods, weight slowly returned. Imposed post-surgical lifestyle changes fade as individuals start regressing to the mean. It’s their average lifestyle and, slowly, the weight returns. Many patients felt hurt and found that the surgery did not provide the life changes they fantasized about.

Basically, if you can stick with a healthy diet and exercise, experts say you’ll enjoy extremely satisfying results. That means, of course, a long-term lifestyle approach. A normal deviation in motivation, regressing to the mean of your normal pre-surgical behavior, confounds all you went through in pursuing bariatric surgery in the first place.

Dentists caution patients that routine examinations, twice a year, are recommended. They advise frequent brushing and flossing in between. Many dentists tell me that many patients who have had gum disease surgery may follow instructions for a couple weeks. On their follow-up, many show retreating gum disease evidence and admit that they stopped flossing. Surgery is treatment. It is not a cure. People don’t realize that an after-care success means a lifestyle change. Regressing to the mean may financially drain you.

When it comes to weight loss, there are hundreds of methods to follow. Most try and succeed in the short term of weeks, months, or a couple years. Once they go back to “normal”, the weight returns.

Following through with life changes requires mind over matter. It sounds easy, very logical. It isn’t. Matter is constant. It follows strict rules and balances. Mind, as thought, fluctuates and shifts as moods and ideas conflict with what you focus. Inconstancy obstructs the concentration needed to follow through thoroughly with a life change. Selecting a goal to pursue wellness requires tricking your body’s constancy to maintain homeostasis – matter’s balances. Lifestyle changes require slow methodical shifts and new enduring habits to make matter respond to your mind. Whatever your individual goal might be, you are battling against thousands if not millions of years of life sustaining matter that instinctively survives. Regressing to the mean means matter is often stronger than mind.

Your body is a finely tuned system. There are many organic cells that make up all your body parts. Some seem simple. Others, like brain neurons, may be more complex. Then there are germs, like bacteria and fungi, lurking between them all. Each cell has a key functional lifestyle and needs the fundamental nutrients. If it doesn’t get them, it can die. If it gets too much, it can grow or die. While each cell may seem independent, what each does is integral to body functioning.

As you age, cells (with genetic coding) change. Skin and muscles waste. Neurons in the brain may lose certain connections. You seem to be fatter than before and have less energy to make those life changes. If you are over 40, you have to work harder and harder to try to win over losing elasticity and appearance. Yet natural aging induces hormonal changes and those affect your performance on several levels. As you age, engaging significant life changes seem more challenging. That’s because matter is winning over mind.

The concept of aging is not linear. Several factors contribute to age but they are more guesses than facts. They are variables. Becoming senile or getting dementia when you are older may be attributed to aging but neuroscientists find that long-term stimulation may restore lost memory pathways in normal brains. More studies show that muscle development, energy, and mood in an aging population. Exercising these variables may pay off with better, longer lives. Might be a gamble. Is it worth it?

Enduring lifestyles require the tenacity and stubbornness to follow through that mind can control matter, at least in some ways. Both mentally and physically dietary changes mixed with exercise cite evidence that (while you may not live longer) you may live better. Those stubborn people are still a scant minority. Most are constantly regressing to the mean.

Fortunately, technology doesn’t require playing tennis, polo, swimming, and running through years. Playing computer games provides mental, social, and physical exercises that, as a lifestyle, may help keep your cells stimulated. Supplemental use of massive multiplayer online games may stimulate coordination, imagination, and dexterity. One must remember that games alone aren’t the answer. Overuse may lead to game addictive behaviors that may harm more than support. Various sources of lifestyle stimulation are necessary.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) contributes toward brain research and cites evidence that lifestyle brain stimulation helps promote healthy longevity.

Mind over matter has been an eternal conflict and it is much simple to submit towards regressing to the mean. Your body is a machine that requires to eat for energy and will stimulate hunger. The basic idea is to expend those calories into physical and mental activity. Thinking uses calories too but doing both help longevity considerably. Your body wasn’t made for eating potato chips in front of the TV, after a full meal.

Changing lifestyles for life changes may be hard. Any change from the mean meets difficulties. There’s a lot of peer pressure and advertising against alternate lifestyles. You’ll reach points when you can’t cover the fat, or iron your wrinkles and you may resort to invasive measures with vague results. Slow, methodical lifestyle changes push your body to slowly adapt to those changes. The sooner you choose and endure a lifestyle, over time, you’ll see changes that might make you smile.

Implementing a lifestyle change may be a difficult challenge. The results are often painfully slow. Your body will bother you to regress. If you persist, and monitor your health, results will come. Persisting is hard but results may satisfy.

Regressing to the mean is easy. Most people are mean. Living better requires some sacrifices. It is tough to live long, healthy, and happy (let alone prosper). Choosing and accepting a life changing lifestyle over time is a positive move. If you can endure a chosen lifestyle, mind over matter become one synergistic power. Are you mean?