Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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12/1/2017The
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On a bone-chilling day this month, as the hometown Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League practiced for a playoff game against the Edmonton Eskimos, something was noticeably missing: the unmistakable crack of plastic hitting plastic.

In September,  the league barred players  from deliberately slamming into one another during regular-season practices, and while they still wear helmets, they no longer wear shoulder pads and other protective gear in practices.

By most standards, the league’s decision, aimed at reducing injuries like concussions, was a bold one. To date, the  Ivy League is the only college conference  to end full-contact football practices in the regular season. The C.F.L., which will crown its champion on Sunday in the Grey Cup, also added a third bye week to its 18-game calendar so there would be more time between games for players to recover.

The moves were not entirely welcomed by coaches and general managers, coming in the middle of the season. But the league commissioner has stood by them.

Thoughts to consider, eh? , CLICK HERE.
Photo credit:   Sandra Fiorella
New research has estimated that each year five babies in every 1,000 born in England suffer a condition or sign linked to brain injury.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit at Imperial College London and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, analysed data on babies born between 2010 and 2015 to assess the number that may have sustained brain injury at or soon after birth.

The researchers used routinely recorded NHS data and so were able to measure the incidence rate of brain injury in newborns without any additional workload for doctors or nurses.

Ultimately, this research could lead to a better understanding of how to prevent brain injury in preterm and full term babies.
Dr Chris Gale, lead author and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London and Consultant Neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Brain injury at or soon after birth is a serious problem, as it can lead to long-term conditions later in life such as cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness and learning deficits. A proportion of these cases could be avoided."

As government brain injury research dollars come under fire in the United States, we can look to other countries for helpful approaches, CLICK HERE
Yes, there is a place where the two meet. There is a way that time spent on your yoga mat can positively affect the brain injury that takes a permanent place in your life.

Thank goodness I found yoga. Yoga has, and will always be, the pathway to the light that can shine on grief, frustration, and fear—on brain injury. Join me on the journey. Ask me the questions as they come up. Let me show you the practice as we go.

An accident happens. A brain injury rocks your world, and not in a good way. It literally rocks, cracks, or crumbles the very foundation of where you stand in your life. And when it doesn’t feel like you can stand and feel safe on the earth and in your life, fears arise. What ifs invade. What if I get hurt, what will happen to my husband? What if I can’t handle this? What if it happens again? What if I will always be in fear? What if this is how I’m meant to live? What if my daughter wants to race bikes? Fear rises like a tide, and soon enough, a tidal wave of anxiety.

Anxiety lives in the mind and manifests in the body. Meaning that we think anxiety into being. We worry. We fret. We overplan. Anxiety begins as something cognitive. We ask questions one thousand times and play out imagined scenarios like a worn out VCR tape. We ruminate on the happenings of the future, and we focus on what isn’t even our reality. To reverse that way of thinking through more thinking is like switching the direction of the Earth’s rotation. You can’t. You’ll exhaust yourself trying. And then you are anxious and tired. So rather than trying to erase the what ifs and quit thinking about the worst case scenario or any future scenario, you can get down into your body: your physical, tactile , and real body. You can’t think that body of yours into being, because it’s right here with you—all the time.

Check out Janna Hockenjos's blog post which came from watching her father struggle with brain injury, CLICK HERE
 2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...
Brain imaging research demonstrates that memory loss actually starts in the brain decades before you have any symptoms. Learn the actions you can take to help not just prevent memory loss later in life . . . but to begin restoring the memory you may have already lost.

Expert physician Dr. Amen reveals how a multipronged strategy―including dietary changes, physical and mental exercises, and spiritual practices―can improve your brain health, enhance your memory, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop Alzheimer’s and other memory loss–related conditions.

Keeping your brain healthy isn’t just a medical issue; it’s a God-given capacity and an essential building block for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Take action against the fast-increasing memory crisis that threatens this crucial part of who you are―and help your brain, body, and soul stay strong for the rest of your life.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

“Whether you think the glass is half-full or half-empty, you are missing the point. The glass is refillable."

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