Epigenetics and You

While traditional genetics describe how the DNA sequences in our genes are passed from one generation to the next, epigenetics control the way the genes are used. Many researchers have been studying epigenetics over the last couple of decades. Currently it’s an arena of intense research activity. Epigenetics works in part by adding or removing methyl group tags to DNA. These Methyl groups are added to...

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Chunking, Memory and Music

he term chunking originates from a paper written in 1956 by George A. Miller, The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two. Miller observed that some human cognitive tasks fit the model of a “channel capacity” (limitation) characterized by a roughly constant capacity in bits, but short-term memory did not.  A variety of studies could be summarized by saying that short term memory had a capacity of about “seven plus or minus two” 

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Childhood trauma, health and addiction

It may not be a surprise that individuals that have experienced childhood traumas generally have more difficult lives. Studies now also suggest that their lifespans might be shortened by up to 20 years. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that children who experience six or more traumatic experiences, such as physical....

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How Epigenetics Affects Your Behavioral Blueprint

Is it possible that we can “genetically” inherit behaviors from our parents or grandparents? What I am referring to here doesn’t include “learned behaviors” that are passed down socially from observing or being exposed to your parents’ behavior. I mean to say that at a cellular level, our parents can pass on to us the potential for certain tendencies, behaviours, and even the effects of trauma.

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ANXIETY: Your Life on the A-List

Under typical life circumstances, anxiety can be a normal reaction to stressors in your environment. In today’s society however, anxiety is often excessive, cannot be controlled, and negatively impacts day-to-day living. The reason why we need to talk about it openly is because collectively, anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health challenges experienced by individuals in both Canada and the United States today.

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