Free seminars offered on thyroid disorders, treatments

(Rowlett/Greenville) Lake Pointe Health Network will begin its free 2012 Community Seminar Series with two informational programs on thyroid disorders – one in Greenville on Wednesday, Jan. 25; and one in Rowlett on Thursday, Jan. 26. Wednesday’s program will be presented by Dr. Sreedevi Guttikonda at 6:30 p.m. at the Wesley Medical Plaza, 4101 Wesley, […]

Saving children from ‘nature deficit disorder’

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm.  One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.—Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949 A visit to a toy store in a California beach town uncovered a new product, a mud pie […]

ADHD: Teach children to pay attention, instead of paying for drugs

Attention deficit to attention abundance Nine million prescriptions were written last year in the United States for school aged children for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).  In 1975 roughly 150,000 children were taking Ritalin.  In 2003, the latest figures available, about 6 million American children took Ritalin. Drugging children to get them to behave seems […]

Preparing to ‘fall back’: Circadian rhythms and sleep

Inside each of us is a natural clock that tells us when to sleep and when to wake. Exposure to light and darkness help set the clock. When you travel across time zones, change shifts at work or even stay up or awaken later or earlier than usual, your inner clock can go awry. According […]

Too few ZZZs? Maybe it’s Shift Work Disorder

Most people are going to bed at 10 o’clock at night – not going to work. But more than 15 million Americans perform some kind of nonstandard shift work1, including nurses, air traffic controllers, firefighters, radio DJs and truck drivers. Approximately one-fourth of those who work a night, early morning and/or rotating-shift may be suffering […]