Over eating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, and depression have been linked in recent research to the over-consumption of sugar. The average person eats 156 pounds a year. Sugar is something many people have a “tooth” for. What we often don’t realize, is the damage we do to our system (and brain) when we eat more sugar than our body can handle. What that amount is, seems to be debated often. My goal is to eat less and less and still find ways to have my “fix” with out my body having such a strong reaction.
Our favorite sugar substitute?
Xylitol. Various products are available on our online store HERE.
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My trip to Bali was beyond wonderful. The environment of beauty, a slower pace of life, healthy unprocessed food was a reminder of how life can be. Can we slow down for beauty to enter?
I spoke to an enthusiastic crowd at the Brain Gym International Conference. I was uplifted by all the young people embracing the idea that movement moves the brain into higher functioning. Watching the various kinds of physical exercise and mental activities was very inspiring. I got a glimpse of where the world is headed, at least in Malaysia, Australia and the Eastern parts of the world. Next fall, I will be teaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as various places in Australia. Life is good, and I am glad to be on the path to helping promote stronger brains and bodies around the world. – Dr. B
Do Your Brainercises
And keep your body moving for a stronger brain
by Naomi Emmerson and Rosita Alvarez
A key part to the success of clients of Books Neural Therapy™ (BNT), thegentle, hands on, non-invasive treatment that “re-wires” the nervous system repairing communication breakdowns between brain and body, is Dr. Books’ integral Brainercises. This series of fun, simple body co-ordination movements (6 in total) are to be performed twice a day while under treatment and are used to accelerate the results of BNT. The movement variations support and challenge the new pathways that are being created and re-enforce these patterns to hold more quickly. Along with the 6 brain enhancing exercises, patients of BNT also keep a journal – writing every day to monitor improved penmanship and thought structure; they follow a sugar free diet – sugar prevents the sphenoid bone realignments from holding; and they drink lots of water – dehydration prevents realignments from holding, and it causes unreliable results in muscle testing.
Kathy Balcer, the Educational Consultant at Books Family Health Center says, “The parents and I have noticed that when the children practice the Brainercises, their results are better. When parents do the Brainercises with their kids, the parents come back smiling saying that they themselves notice more balance and a sense of calm energy.”
The Brainercises are demonstrated first with the client at the Center, then the clients are given a DVD of the Brainercises so they can be easily guided through the sequence at home.
“Two students (clients) were reticent at first about doing the exercises, but then saw after two 15 minute sessions at the office, they were more balanced and found the exercises more fun and so began doing them at home on their own. Their consistent practice at Brainercises gave them a greater feeling of happiness that even their parents noticed the change!”, says Kathy.
Even Elaine, the Center’s office manager, is doing them, “After only one and a half weeks, I have noticed that my balance has improved and my concentration is better.” read more
So, for greater success and for a more
Dr. Books recommends reading about how movement affects the brain in SPARK by Jon Ratey
In the words of Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”. Instead of reaching for that pill bottle when your brain is feeling blue or it can’t concentrate, feed it nuts! Nuts contain many key nutrients for enhancing brain fortitude, increasing memory, enhancing mood and slowing brain degeneration. Plus, nuts are a delicious, crunchy addition to any meal or snack! They contain important nutritional ingredients like iron, fatty acids, B-complex, calcium and magnesium that your brain craves. Here are our top top three:
Macadamia nuts, high in oleic acid and a fatty acid known as palmitoleic acid which is an important component of myelin, the fatty layer that insulates and protects nerve cells in the brain. Macadamias are an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc and selenium. They are also rich in many important B-complex vitamins that are vital for metabolic functions, concentration and mood stabilizing.
Walnuts Not only do some lab studies (on animals) show that walnuts have promoted the brain’s natural waste removal processes, but they also noted that walnuts boosted the brain’s normal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
Almonds improve memory and lower cholesterol levels in some animal studies, and showed that they improved learning and memory. Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that increases attention and awareness, is supported by the consumption of Almonds.
So, throw those nuts on your salads, in your soups, or in your morning oatmeal and boost your brain!
Here is Naomi’s favorite morning brain booster chocked full of the nuts above, blueberries, raspberries (anti-oxidants), flax seeds (omega-3), and goat yogurt. Add a cup of organic green tea (poly-phenols) and you have brain energy ’til lunch!
Oh those hot, dog days of summer! Holiday picnics and July 4th fireworks displays go hand in hand with all kids’ favorite way to cool off – ice cream! But store bought ice cream, like BlueBell Vanilla Ice-cream has 18g of processed sugar in just one scoop. Not great for BNT clients!
It can be very confusing finding out how much sugar one can tolerate in a day. Some info (Mayo clinic) says 40g, others (diabetic.org) says 28g. I choose the word tolerate, because the intricate process of digestion actually turns carbohydrates into sugars your body can use for fuel. The ideal is to have these sugars take a long time to digest, so you don’t get what is call a “spike”. Fructose, starches, and simple processed sugars will create a “spike” meaning quick sugars into the blood steam. Increasing your fiber while consuming sugar will slow things down so you don’t spike.
Reducing the sugar in my recipes is easy, and they still taste great. At home, start by reducing the sugar called for in any recipe a fraction, soon you will be down to half of the sugars you normally use. Doing this slowly you will meet less resistance from the people you are cooking for.
Almond Milk Ice Cream
by Elaine McDaniel
I use 2 dates instead of Xylitol when I make this recipe, so I increase my sugars just a bit, but I also increase the fiber. This recipe (with out the dates!) has 5g of fiber (the goal is 45g of fiber a day or more!) Also, soaking the cashews will make the difference in creaminess of the ice-cream. It’s worth the 2 minutes it takes the night before to soak the cashews. Use filtered water to cover the nuts by a few inches.
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (1 can full fat coconut milk can be substituted)
1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight and drained to make them rich and creamy)
1/3 cup Xylitol
2 tbl vanilla
1 tbl lecithin
1/4 tbl Himalayan salt
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well (about 1 minute)
Refrigerate for 2 hours
Place in an ice-cream maker until frozen.
Serve with a few blueberries and strawberries for the perfect Holiday red,white and blue!
Events and Invitations
Launch of Level 1 BNT Online Training
Level 1 Books Neural Therapy™ONLINE course is READY!
In a nutshell, Dr. Books has condensed the most effective strategies – based on 30 years as a doctor specializing in pediatrics and learning challenges – into a three level course.
“Building the Foundation”
of Books Neural Therapy ™
1) Starts with triune brain theory; neurology of learning; reticular activating system, limbic system and its various components, survival systems and how they affect our learning and our health
2) Historical layering of events in the nervous system. Going deeper and lower in the brain rather than lateral and higher; why it’s important to go slower and deeper; how to recognize abuse and trauma in the body, how to update neurological circuits.
3) Refining perceptual skills; reading layers in the energy field; perception training; developing non-verbal listening skills that engender trust, develop rapport and enhance treatment.
4) Creating a safe place for deep change to happen.
5) Atlas redeemed from various holding patterns
6) Eye codes and how they affect the long term success of Books Neural Therapy.
7) Core Centering Reflexes and building a cohesive nervous system from the bottom up.
Testimonials and Comments from clients past and present
Family member describes the improvements in her adult brother’s dyslexia after Books Neural Therapy with Dr. Phyllis Books. He’s a happy camper…and he ordered a kindle so he can read around the world. Watch the VIDEO testimony HERE