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Reading is my favorite past time and writing comes in a close second if  I’m not creating something from a recyclable item or just any craft that conjures that imaginary bulb to pop up in my mind and makes my creative juices flowing.

Writing makes me learn of  new things I wouldn’t have known if  I was not being paid to write about a subject.

I will admit I’m not at all techie about cellphones, smartphones, apps, iPads, laptops or whatever my young nieces, nephew and yuppies are raving about.  This for me is just plain commercialism, technical advancement growing so fast you have to dispose what is just barely old to purchase something new to keep up with the fad.

The folly of youth, not yet learning how to value money and save while they are still young enough to earn much. Oh well, they have to learn how to pull themselves out from their own sand pits, although parents and aunties are just an arm away to pull them up if needed and summoned.

Anyways, I was going to write about the joys of  writing not about the perils of  youthful spending on technical gadgets.

So here goes, last year without meaning to, I learned vicariously about  QR codes, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft’s 2011 Christmas promo the new horoscope date, spas, esoteric studies, Australian recipes and now about GPS tracking devices and sales coaching.

Oh my, how wonderful to be able to spin words and come up with something worth reading without actually being an expert on it. Although it takes me a lot of  time to compose an article after reading 5-10 references to be credible enough and know how to cite references to pass Copyscape, it is exhilarating after I finally finish my write-up and someone appreciates my efforts and pays me for it!

Aside from the monetary pleasure, though writing like reading broadens up the four corners of  my room, leading me into a world that was once virtually unknown to something I already know and enjoy.  Although, I’m still not a convert to the techie gadget’s fans club, nor have I turned into a sales guru ( haha … wishful thinking ) I am now conversant with many things, well at least the subjects I had the opportunity to write about.

Writing stretches and flexes my 50 plus brain cells and gray matter to make it supple enough to remember the almost forgotten English vocabulary, spelling, grammar lessons, idioms, metaphors I learned more than 30 years ago.  The punctuation rules is a dim memory, unfortunately.

Aye,  writing is an exercise of  the brain to fend off  the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease just like doing crossword puzzles and Rubik’s cube.

Okay, I’m done with my brain exercise for the day, till next time …

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Breatharianism … huh? That was my first reaction when a friend told me she was changing into another eating lifestyle. Scratching my head, I thought, “wait, I haven’t even gotten into the full swing of being a vegetarian yet and here is something new and even more life changing. For an ignorant me,  being vegetarian was the ultimate sacrifice of turning back from the gastronomic delights I’ve been used to.

Decades ago, I was trying to lose weight  and was battling with a hormonal imbalance and a myoma that made me bleed profusely and was looking into an alternative treatment to avoid a hysterectomy.  A vegetarian doctor friend gave me a list of  food to avoid, I told him, “what can I eat? everything I’m eating is in your list.”  He just gave me a smug smile or was it a smirk and said, “that’s why you’re overweight and sick.”  Ouch … that hurt and pricked my pride!

And so, I embarked on and ON again OFF again foray into the world of vegetarianism. Not eating pork or meat was easy because I don’t really crave for it, but preparing a meal for two with one a carnivorous, whining elderly mother was, and still is a frustrating challenge. Her whining that she was not trying to lose weight and she felt weak if she can’t eat pork or beef once in awhile, made me gave up the cause of vegetarianism then.

But, I’m back again because there is someone else who will prepare the food for us and a younger sister who decided to live with us prefers vegetables than meat too. Alleluia!!!  For a month now, I’m pork free …yehey!!! I was feeling proud of myself when I heard there is another purer, cleaner diet … AIR!  Oh no, this is the ultimate penance for my sins …

Breatharianism or  Inedia is living on air and not even drinking … OH NO,  NO!!!  This can not be … hahaha huhuhu …. I’ll go crazy with nothing to munch on and feel the heaviness in my tummy. Oh sigh, this air diet is not for everyone, this is for special people who wants to expand their consciousness.  Although, I would like to experience this broadening awareness, I prefer to be conscious rather than be unconscious because of hunger.

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WHM Syndrome, do you know what those letters mean and how they describe  conditions that are often experienced by women in their perimenopausal, menopausal and mid life stages? If  not, so did I,  and perhaps so many women out there are ignorant of this condition that triggers what others call as MBF or “menopausal brain fog.”

In her book, “Menopause and the Mind: The Complete Guide to Coping with Memory Loss, Foggy Thinking, Verbal Confusion, and Other Cognitive Effects of Perimenopause and Menopause,” Dr. Claire Warga, a research neuropsychologist and a licensed New York psychologist coined the term WHM syndrome, which means Warga’s Hormonal Misconnection Syndrome. This is a first ever scientific explanation for a set of  40 cognitive symptoms that affect different aspect of women’s mind who are in their perimenopause and menopausal stage: thinking, speech, attention, memory, spatial skills, the 3 R’s (reading, writing and ‘rithmetic).

Yep! A misconnection occurs in our brain during these stages of our womanhood due to hormonal imbalance, particularly changes with estrogen.

Perked your attention, did I? Perhaps you’ve experienced these behavioral changes and thought something was going wrong inside your brain and might be a precursor to a dreaded disease like Alzheimer or a brain tumor.

Relax a little, because if you have no other health condition that will trigger these behavioral changes, these symptoms are as common as hot flashes and can be reversed or alleviated according to Dr. Claire’s studies.

These are the conditions that comprise WHM syndrome which affects our cognition and memory:

  • Changes in thinking, losing train of thought and trouble prioritizing
  • Speech changes, difficulty in remembering names of people and places that you have known for a long time and relying on “filler words” like “you know what I mean” in trying to express herself
  • Attention changes such as being more distracted or listening but not really hearing
  • Memory changes both  short tem and long term such as taking longer to retrieve memories,  doing so with less accuracy and forgetting something you just did.
  • Behavioral changes such as briefly forgetting how to do something you once knew
  • Altered sense of time such as forgetting appointments and events of personal importance
  • Spatial skill changes-briefly forgetting how to get to familiar places or landmarks

There are many women who have experienced the symptoms of WHM syndrome and have suffered silently with these unexplained behavioral changes often relating it to signs of aging, but, hey this affects women in their mid 30s too and that is not yet old.

Fortunately for me, I stumbled upon the explanation of this condition and it was such a relief that the memory blanks I experienced and  the loss of focus have a scientific explanation.  WHM or Warga’s Hormonal Misconnection Syndrome is not a dreaded disease, women are silently fearful of,  it is just a hormonal imbalance caused by fluctuations in our body’s estrogen production.

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