Today, Barb and I were interviewed on the Internet TV show, Your Family Live, about our book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. Continue reading
There are still some, particularly ardent feminists, who claim that men and women are innately the same and that gender differences are environmentally acquired. As one researcher wisely observed, “those who still believe this all share one characteristic in common — they are childless.” Now, another study reveals what virtually all of us instinctively understand and appreciate, males and females are as different as night and day. Continue reading
The brains of new mothers actually get bigger within months of giving birth, according to new research. The researchers, most from the Yale University School of Medicine, said that the growth was likely fueled by changes in levels of certain hormones just after birth. They reported finding expansion in areas of the brain associated with behavior and motivation. Here are more details from HealthDay News:
The researchers also found that mothers who were most enthusiastic about their babies had more growth in key parts of the mid-brain — areas linked to maternal motivation, rewards and emotion processing — than did mothers who were more reserved about their infants.
The findings, from a small study reported in Behavioral Neuroscience, suggest that a new mother’s desire to look after her baby may be driven less by instinct and more by active brain building, according to two neuroscientists whose commentary on the study was also published in the journal.
Led by neuroscientist Pilyoung Kim, the study compared MRI images of 19 women taken two to three weeks and three to four months after they gave birth at Yale-New Haven Hospital, in Connecticut. The women averaged about 33 years old, all were breast-feeding, nearly half had other children and none had postpartum depression.
The brain scans revealed small but significant increases in gray matter volume in various parts of the brain, including areas associated with maternal motivation (hypothalamus), reward and emotion processing (substantia nigra and amygdala), sensory integration (parietal lobe) and reasoning and judgment (prefrontal cortex).
In adults, gray matter generally does not change size over a few months without significant learning, brain injury or illness, or a major shift in the environment, according to background information in a news release from the American Psychological Association.
Hormonal changes that occur immediately after birth, including increases in estrogen, oxytocin and prolactin, may make new mothers’ brains more susceptible to reshaping in response to their infant, according to the researchers.
Mothers who suffer postpartum depression may experience reductions, instead of growth, in these same brain areas, the researchers suggested. They added that further research into what occurs in the brains of at-risk mothers could lead to new treatments.
For More information: The Nemours Foundation has more about bonding with babies here.
Here are the contents for this month’s newsletter:
- Family Update
- Publication Update
- 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People available
- His Brain, Her Brain published in Spanish and in a new Audio Book
- Events of the last month
- Upcoming Events
Barb and I had a lovely month at home together for the Christmas holidays. We enjoyed being off the road for a bit and fellowshipping with friends and our church family.
During this time I was able to make significant inroads in finishing the manuscript for my first solo novel, tentatively called Hazel Creek. It’s a story about five young sisters who are orphaned in the Smoky Mountain wilderness of western North Carolina in the 1920’s and have to fend off their family farm from an unscrupulous lumber baron.
Speaking of orphans, this month Barb and I have an exciting mission trip we’ll be taking to Ethiopia. We’ll be involved in providing health care for a group of orphans in the northern part of the country. (details below in “Upcoming Events”)
10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People available
If your New Year’s resolutions include improving your health (physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually), you’ll want to pick up a copy of this book, which is my newest book. You can order an autographed copy here.
Here’s what one review said about the book:
A must-have resource for pursuing wellness, coping with illness, and developing a plan to care for the health needs of life.
For yourself and those you love. Expert, current, and full of surprises. Medically reliable. Biblically sound.
10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People is like having your very own health mentor to guide you in your total health picture, from treating illness and navigating the health care system to developing a proactive approach to vibrant health.
You’ll learn how to balance the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual parts of your life to help you achieve maximum health.
Whether you’re eighteen or eighty, you can become healthy—highly healthy.
The 10 principles in this book have made a life-changing—and in many cases a life-saving—difference for many people. They can for you, too. Here are some of the topics covered:
- Master 10 powerful principles for improving your well-being.
- Discover the secret to becoming your own health care quarterback.
- Chart your plan to improved health using the numerous self-assessments provided.
- Learn the right questions to ask your doctors.
- Gain the confidence to hire and fire your health care providers.
- Explore the most reliable Internet resources available.
His Brain, Her Brain published in Spanish and in an audio book
Barb and I were delighted to hear that our His Brain, Her Brain book was just published in Spanish. It’s titled, Mente de él, mente de ella. You can find the book here.
In addition, we were equally delighted that the book was made into an unabridged audio-book by a British publisher. The two actors who narrated the book are British. Barb and I sound wonderful in a British accent. You can order the book (and listen to a British sample) here.
Events of the last month
- Dec 9-15: Barb, Kate, and I flew to Baton Rouge to be with family for a week. We had a restful and enjoyable family week.
- Otherwise, we were home for the Christmas season.
We hope each of you had a restful and wonderful Christmas.
- Jan 15: The due date for my first solo novel, tentatively named Hazel Creek.
- Jan 15-25: Walt and Barb will travel to Ethiopia to participate in a mission trip to provide medical care to an orphanage in Northern Ethiopia. We’ll also be able to do some sightseeing:
- Axum. The legends narrated in the Kebre Nagast (“Book of Kings”) recount how the city of Axum as early as the 10th century B.C. was already the city in which the Queen of Sheba resided. We visit the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s Palace and exotic tombs of former kings, an ancient hilltop church, plus a mysterious lion’s head dating back to the Knights Templar. In addition we visit the version of the “Rosetta Stone” of the Axumite Kingdom and visit some newly-uncovered archeological sites and recently-opened tombs. We will have an opportunity to visit with the administrator of St. Mary’s to discuss the Ark of the Covenant and the significance of its keeping it safe and see the crowns of Ethiopian Kings and other treasures.
- Lalibela: the “New Jerusalem.” We’ll visit the amazing underground monolithic churches, which were hewn completely out of pink granite rock in the 12th century, and considered one of the wonders of the world. The Ethiopians believe that they play a part in the second coming of the Lord.
- Bahir Dar: We’ll visit the thundering Blue Nile Falls, which is locally known as Tissat Falls—100 meters wide, the water plunges for 45 meters and gives rise to steam clouds and rainbows. We’ll cross the Blue Nile in papyrus boats. We’ll also visit several islands on Lake Tana, including Tana Kirkos – the island that held the Ark of the Covenant for many years. We have made special arrangements with the monks to have artifacts from the monastery and brought out for viewing. We’ll also be visiting the islands where Nargo Silassie and Ura Kidane Mihret Monastaries are located.
- Jan 28-30: HCJB Global Board Meeting in Colorado Springs.
- December 2009
- November 2009 edition
- October 2009 Edition
- September 2009 Edition
- August 2009 Edition
- July 2009 Edition
You can get more information on many of Dr. Walt’s upcoming events at www.DrWalt.com/schedule
Barb and I are scheduled to be featured on the Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast on Monday, July 6. We are to be interviewed on our book His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage.
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- Dr. Walt Named in “Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors”
- Dr. Walt Finally on Facebook
- New Title for Dr. Walt’s First Novel: The Gabon Virus
- Dr. Walt writes chapter for Joe Gibbs’ new book: Game Plan for Life
- Nice Blog Review of Bryon City Seasons and Bryson City Secrets
- Nice Blog Review of Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook
- Dr. Walt and Barb to be featured on the Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast in July
Events of the last month and Upcoming Events
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In 2008 I was honored to be asked to present this topic to the 36th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in San Antonio, TX. The talk and the handout were prepared from my and Barb’s book His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. I thought you might be interested in seeing a copy of the handout I prepared for the meeting. Feel free to share it with others.
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