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Natural Energy Boost

May 14, 2008

Well, as a matter of fact, there is such an easy and quick way to give yourself a natural energy boost. It consists of simply thumping two points in your chest. The points are given the name “K-27”. K-27 is the 27th and last point on the Kidney meridian.

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A New Take on the Nature vs Nurture Debate

May 6, 2008

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Debates have raged for several generations as to whether our genetic make up has more or less influence than our upbringing. Maybe there is no debate and never should have been.

Debates have raged for several generations, ever since biology and genetics became mainstream knowledge, whether our DNA has more or less influence than our environment. Whether how we are raised or what climate and tribe mates we deal with have more impact than our pre-programmed biology. Nature versus nurture. Nurture versus nature. If the two factors were to slug it out, which would win?

This is incredibly typical of human beings. We seem to have an inherent drive to categorize things, especially into opposing sides. One or the other. Black or white. Us versus Them. But when it comes to what influences the development of our species as a whole and as individuals, there is – no, not shades of gray, although those are in there, too – but stripes, dots and splotches of black and white, all interwoven. And don’t forget all the other colors of the rainbow. We are exposed to a wide kaleidoscope of factors that shape us. Inside and outside.

Quite honestly, the entire debate of nature vs nurture is ridiculous. There is nothing to debate. According to the most recent findings, it turns out to be pretty much 50-50. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. As such, there is no reason to try and tilt the scales one way or the other – the scales are already balanced. Each side contains different as well as similar factors, but the grand totals come out even.

Life is complicated. What influences us to become who we are is complicated. Not necessarily because we make it that way, but because life is full of a wide variety of stuff that we have to deal with. Genetic code. Parents and other guardians. Bosses. Siblings and peers. Weather and other environmental conditions. The moon and its cycle. Solar flares and other radiation. Acid rain, toxic waste and other pollutants. And I’m sure you can think of plenty of other internal as well as external influences that can shape an organism. Especially one as complicated as homo sapiens.

Despite our need to categorize, we can’t allow ourselves to take two factors that either appear to be opposites or perhaps are two similar yet equally strong factors and then discount one over the other. Studying both factions simultaneously is the ticket. Learn how to differentiate between the two as far as which one may affect a particular facet of our development more or how much each affects the same facet is the better and more reasonable approach. If we are to truly study and understand how we turn out the way we do, all factors must be weighed in. All of them.


Nature vs Nurture

May 6, 2008

A theory that scientists have debated for years. But who’s to say that there can be only one answer?

A new school year has just begun and already children are being suspended. At one particular local school two grade 12 student were suspended for paddling a grade 9 as an initiation. The same thing happened in the woods off of school grounds and the police officers were called to treat it as an assault. The principal of the school looked at it as an assault, but the children did not, they saw it as harmless fun. Therefore no charges were laid.

Whether it was an assault or not, I’m not positive, but I do know that there are some angry parents out there saying that the schools should be putting a stop to this, and that everything is happening because of television and “bad” music. I could go on and on with a list of what is “supposedly” ruining our children and their futures, but I won’t.

Let’s just say that the paddling was an assault, did the child do it because of the way he was brought up by his parents, because of his surroundings, or was he merely born an angry child?

When you were a baby, you knew to cry when you were hungry or wet. You knew how to laugh, how to move your fingers and toes. This would be the Nature side. Your parents taught you right from wrong, they acted as your role models, and when you were smaller you probably mimicked them every chance you had. This is the Nurture side.

Scientists have debated this for years. I myself have debated for hours with friends about it. Personally, I believe that it’s a bit of each. I know I was born with certain instincts, that I am my own person, but you’d be surprised how much alike each person is with his/her own parents.