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January 23, 2015

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The Remarkable Effects of Exercise on Cognition and Brain Cell Regeneration

By Dr. Mercola

Scientists have been linking physical exercise to brain health for many years. In fact, compelling evidence shows that physical exercise helps build a brain that not only resists shrinkage, but increases cognitive abilities.

For example, we now know that exercise promotes a process known as neurogenesis, i.e. your brain's ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age. READ FULL ARTICLE

"Our initial research hypothesis was that trained muscle would produce a substance with beneficial effects on the brain. We actually found the opposite: well-trained muscle produces an enzyme that purges the body of harmful substances. So in this context the muscle's function is reminiscent of that of the kidney or the liver."

"These results suggest that cardiovascular fitness is associated with the sparing of brain tissue in aging humans. Furthermore, these results suggest a strong biological basis for the role of aerobic fitness in maintaining and enhancing central nervous system health and cognitive functioning in older adults."

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Corn Syrup Is More Toxic Than Refined Sugar

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism.

He's become quite well-known in recent years for stating that excessive amounts of sugar in your diet has toxic effects. He's also pointed out that processed fructose is far worse, from a metabolic standpoint, than refined sugar. READ FULL ARTICLE

According to the authors of this paper, 42 percent of the added sugar found in the US diet comes from corn syrup; 44 percent comes from sucrose. The remaining 14 percent of added sugars are in the form of natural sweeteners such as honey, molasses, and fruit.

The mice on the fructose-glucose diet produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring than their counterparts on the diet containing added table sugar.

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Special Education Advocacy

Good special education services are individualized, intensive and expensive. Schools often balk at providing intensive services. Parents are often dealing with personal obstacles - lack of information, isolation, and emotions. What can you do?

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Advocacy Rule #1: Write Things Down When They Happen. You can't wait until the last minute to prepare documentation. Documenting events and conversations later is never as effective or accurate as writing things down, in detail, at the time they occur.

The Power of Parent Advocacy. If you don't have it, get some advocacy power. Find out what other parents have done.

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