The Moro reflex, commonly known as the startle reflex in babies is a primitive reflex (emerges at 9 weeks in utero) that is present after birth in infants.
The purpose for this reflex is to provide the baby with an internal alarm system to protect himself from danger. We see this reflex in action when the baby is startled by a noise, sudden movement or Changes in gravity as felt by the head.
It consists of a sudden symmetrical movement of the arms upwards - away from the body - with opening of the hands, momentary freeze and then a gradual return of the arms across the body into a clasping posture (Sally Goddard).
The beginning of a new year is usually a time for setting new goals. Goals can relate to health, business, personal growth, relationship or wealth. More often than not however, all our good intentions fizzle and we fail to follow through. Either we lose focus and motivation, procrastinate, change our minds, or simply give up.
There are some deeper underlying reasons causing our goals to fail. The common ones I see in my clinic are:
Do I really want to change?
If you are honest with yourself, maybe deep down you are not ready for change or haven’t consciously made the decision to stop drinking, or lose weight, or exercise. P...
Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Emerging evidence confirms that nearly two-thirds of the population in the western world is not achieving the recommended daily allowance for magnesium, a deficiency problem contributing to various health conditions .
Deficiencies also impact kids and even kids with obesity who may consume an excess of energy but still not be meeting all of their micronutrient needs’ .
Magnesium is the fourth most common mineral in the human body after calcium, sodium, and potassium and is the second most common intracellular cation after potassium.
I came across the polyvagal theory during my Kinesiology studies. It has completely changed my perspective on what I thought I knew about our nervous system (acquired through my Pharmaceutical studies). It is a breakthrough work offering different understanding of human behaviours and trauma and I thought it was really worth a blog.
The polyvagal theory from Dr. Stephen W Porges revisits the anatomy and physiology of one the most important actor of the mind-body connection: the vagus nerve.
It presents new ways of approaching mental health, such as anxiety, depression, recovery from early trauma which can commonly k...