Solutions now possible for brain imbalance
Dr. Peter Scire
Special to GwinnettForum.com
SUWANEE, Ga., June 17, 2008 -- Medical epidemics occur all over
the globe -- AIDS in Africa, SARS in China. These are tragedies
the world cannot turn a cheek to; but while monitoring these issues
in distant countries, let's not forget about a homegrown crisis.
One in 150 children born in the United States will be diagnosed
with autism or a related neurobehavioral/developmental disorder,
often called Functional Disconnection Syndrome (FDS).
Autism and related disorders are not new. They are just beginning
to be understood, dissected, and in some cases, corrected. Unfortunately,
no one quite understands why a disorder like autism occurs. There
are several theories, such as a link to a childhood vaccine, environmental
factors, and genetics. And because the cause is not known, there
are no medical cures. Currently, the best hope physicians can offer
for a child suffering from a developmental disorder is a cocktail
of drugs, psychotherapy, or medical procedures.
However, there is an organization leading the charge to solve these
problems. Rather than relying on drugs, therapy, or medical procedures,
it tries to correct what is believed to be the problem -- a fundamental
imbalance between the two hemispheres of the brain that leaves children
disconnected from their own bodies and the world around them. Brain
Balance, based in Long Island, N.Y., and with two offices
in Metro Atlanta, believes they have the best answer for families
seeking to free their children from their mental dysfunction.
The brain needs to be in rhythm, similar to an orchestra. If the
horns are not in time with the percussion section, the entire piece
is disrupted. This is what is going on inside the mind of a child
with autism. The two sides of the brain are not firing together
correctly, leading one hemisphere to work harder and display the
traits associated with that hemisphere more predominantly. Brain
Balance takes a practical approach to this dilemma by addressing
the problem -- the hemispheric imbalance -- and not just treating
This is accomplished through various tests and exercises. After
an assessment to determine the weak areas of the brain, a custom
regimen is designed. This may include audio and/or visual sensory
exercises, motor skills development, physical exercise, and an altered
diet with nutritional counseling. Individual weaknesses are addressed
one at a time and then slowly incorporated together to work with
the strong side of the brain, eventually leading to full reconnection
of the child to himself, and consequently, the world around him.
The entire program is based on the concept of the brain's neuroplasticity,
that is, the ability of the brain to improve its function throughout
a person's life. It is proven that a brain can and will continually
advance and progress if prodded to do so. Dr. Norman Doidge, noted
psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, and author of the New
York Times bestseller The Brain That Changes Itself,"said
neuroplasticity is "arguably the most important breakthrough
in neuroscience since scientists first sketched out the brain's
Brain Balance, like Dr. Doidge, believes children with FDS
are not destined to spend their life in their own disconnected universe.
They simply need some help and direction in getting reconnected
For more information on Brain Balance, visit www.bbcenters.org.
Greater Atlanta campus grows again with new
Editor and Publisher
JUNE 17, 2008 -- Gwinnett was once cotton farming land
one time the third largest cotton producing county in Georgia. If
the land where Greater Atlanta Christian School once grew cotton,
those stalks of cotton couldn't be growing much closer than the
buildings now rise on the school campus off Indian Trail Road in
Norcross. The campus is full to overflowing.
Recently we attended a celebration of yet another Greater Atlanta
Christian School building----this time the topping out of the 3,400
seat Long Forum, aptly named for the school's founder, Dr. Jesse
Long. The new facility, located on the small patch of once vacant
land immediately to your left as you come on campus, will be used
for daily chapel services, Christian concerts, special speakers,
guest performances and school family-wide activities. It will also
be a physical education building, for basketball, volleyball and
other events. In addition, a film/video studio, athletic offices
and other activities will be there.
Dr. David Fincher, the school president, notes that for the first
time, the school body of 1,950 students can now be gathered together
at one time for special events. "That will make it a lot easier,"
he admits, rather than having to bring several smaller groups together
for key announcements.
Since the school was first the gleam in the eyes of Jesse Long
and others back when they incorporated in 1961, and later when they
purchased the property in 1964, the school has continually expanded.
Today it's one of the largest private school in Georgia, and has
earned itself a position of producing top quality graduates who
go on to excel in college. Routinely, 99 per cent of its graduates
go on to college, among them the most prestigious in the nation.
From its inception, Dr. Long made sure that local residents understood
that the private school's ideals. He says: "Our concept was
to provide academic excellence in a Christian environment. We intended
to be winners in curricular and extra-curricular activities. We
were not opposed to public school. We just offered a different kind
of school with daily Bible classes and a chapel with a Christian
There were only 150 students in grades 7-11 when the school opened.
Today the school counts students coming from 12 counties, though
the largest enrollment is from Gwinnett. From the first year's two
buildings of 26,496 square feet, it has grown in 2008 to 22 buildings
and nearly a half million square feel on the 75 acre campus.
What is impressive about the Long Forum is its vastness. Two full-size
basketball courts can be accommodated on the main floor, in a massively
open space, with a soaring ceiling of about 50 feet. With recessed
seating on the second level, it seems extra spacious. Recently some
300-400 people, many of them construction workers still completing
the building, seemed dwarfed at tables during lunch at the Topping
Out. Completion of the Forum is on schedule for winter 2009.
Greater Atlanta has been a good neighbor in Gwinnett for years
now, as it continues to bring pride and distinction to the county.
We congratulate them on honoring its founder by naming this new
facility for it the (Jesse) Long Forum! It's in mighty high cotton
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no stamp machines, now no clocks at post offices
Editor, the Forum:
As if security precautions aren't enough, notice now at the Post
Office that to purchase stamps, you either have to buy online, stand
in line, buy at some grocery stores, or use the kiosk that requires
plastic, debit or credit. Gone are the machines that would take
your good old currency in denominations up to $20.
The last little source of irritation is the removal of clocks in
postal branches. They don't want you to know how long you have been
standing in line waiting for so-called "service"
Seems that every time the Postal Service gets a rate increase,
they find another way to reduce "services." Consumers
frequently complain about the amount of junk mail and advertising
circulars that they receive. I live in an apartment complex that
has a central location for all mail boxes. Management has placed
two 40 gallon trash cans for disposal of unsolicited mail. Every
Monday and Tuesday, they are full. Next stop, the landfill.
I understand that bulk mail is a big source of income for the post
office, but they may also be the biggest single contributor to unnecessary
waste on a daily basis. Doesn't sound too eco-friendly to me.
-- Larry Partain, Norcross
reviewed on Friday has already closed!
Editor, the Forum:
Just thought readers might like to know the restaurant reviewed
on Friday, Buffalo's Express Café, is now closed. Too bad,
as it served great ribs! Two other locations for this chain are
now in Hamilton Mill or Flowery Branch. As a good substitute, try
Lenny Mac's across from the Arena.
I guess as Gwinnett grows, good eateries will follow that growth.
I get the feeling the good times are passing Duluth by, and we'll
be a copy of Norcross before too long. The open/close cycle of six
months for an eatery is more in line with Atlanta, but it is creeping
its way outside OTP.
-- John Burris, Duluth
Dear John: Thanks for update. But what is this
crack about good times bypassing Duluth and Norcross? Others will
say that these two cities are coming into their own with eating
and entertainment activities now. ---eeb
offsprings and solve problems
Editor, the Forum:
Check this out from FreeRepublic.com,
how to stop the wars -- conscript the sons of politicians.
"Come to think of it, we could require the sons of all public
officials, when the latter are elected, to enlist in the military.
Then, they'd be ready for combat when Mommy or Daddy cast that vote
or lobbied for war." That's from Cort Kirkwood back in April
It makes sense to me. Politicians, most of whom have no military
service, now play with other people's lives. After all, they "volunteered,"
didn't they ? I don't think they volunteered for endless and needless
involvement in foreign hellholes around the world.
-- Marshall Miller, Lilburn
of Snellville considers new stormwater rates June 30
The City of Snellville is considering adoption of the a new way
to pay for stormwater run-offs.. It will be the topic at a special
called City Council meeting on Monday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Snellville's Stormwater Utility will assess a fee to property owners
based on the demand that their property places on the drainage system.
This method is being considered in-lieu of raising property taxes
which have historically been utilized for stormwater management.
Properties in the City will be divided into various billing classes
based on their usage as residential or non-residential. Residential
customers would be billed by the total area of impervious surface
on their property (i.e. sidewalks, driveways, rooftops, patios,
etc.). All other developed properties will be considered non -residential
and would be billed $75.60 per 3,800 square feet of impervious surface
area. Examples of these types of properties include offices, apartment
complexes, shopping centers, etc. Properties that are undeveloped
or do not have any impervious surface area on the property would
not receive a bill.
Driving this proposal are the State and Federal regulations that
have been placed on the City in the past two years as well as the
need to replace several large drainage systems under city streets.
Historically, Gwinnett County has managed the stormwater regulatory
needs of the city but has recently changed this practice since implementing
their own Stormwater Utility. As such, the City is now required
to implement these programs internally.
Here is the proposed City of Snellville stormwater utility rate
Billing Class Impervious Surface Range Annual Bill, based on
Residential Tier 1 Up to 2,850 sq ft $56.70
Residential Tier 2 2,851 sq ft - 4,750 sq ft $75.60
Residential Tier 3 Greater than 4,750 sq ft $94.50
Non-Residential Properties $75.60 per 3,800 square feet.
Walton EMC plans 72nd
annual meeting on June 21
Ice cream sandwiches smeared on the faces of youngsters, live music
by local artists and door prizes are activities that Walton Electric
Membership Corporation customer-owners expect at the 72nd annual
members' meeting, to be Saturday, June 21.
More than 3,000 Walton EMC customer-owners and their families venture
out to the Walton County Agricultural Center off Criswell Road,
south of Monroe, each June to enjoy a day full of festivities for
the whole family.
Registering begins at 8 a.m. while enjoying the music of young
country-rock singer Moriah Martin. Higher Ground, a Southern gospel
group, will perform at 9 a.m.
The first 1,000 customer-owners to register will receive a traditional
annual meeting bucket of gifts that includes a 30-piece toolbox
and a compact fluorescent light bulb.
County seeking proposal-partner
for Ronald Reagan Ext.
Connecting Ronald Reagan Parkway to Interstate 85 is the subject
of a request for proposals issued by the Gwinnett County Board of
Commissioners. The Board is seeking a public-private partnership
to develop the new roadway project that could be financed privately
through tolls or user fees.
Gwinnett DOT Director Brian Allen says: "We need to relieve
the traffic congestion on Pleasant Hill Road, Steve Reynolds Boulevard,
Beaver Ruin Road and U.S. Highway 29, but we don't have the funding
to do it any time soon." The County is currently building an
extension of Sugarloaf Parkway to State Route 316 near Dacula.
The proposed project would include planning and building new interchanges
at Pleasant Hill Road and at I-85 plus about three miles of four-lane
roadway. The developer could use a toll-collection system to pay
for the new roadway improvements instead of traditional taxpayer
funding. Under this proposal, there would be no toll charges for
the use of the existing roadway.
Ronald Reagan Parkway is a limited-access, four-lane road divided
by a median. The major east-west thoroughfare currently extends
from Scenic Highway/Georgia Highway 124 in Snellville to Pleasant
Hill Road northeast of Lilburn.
Gwinnett County Administrator Jock Connell says: "We're looking
for private businesses capable of designing, building, financing,
operating, and maintaining this much-needed road extension."
Grayson senior wins
$4,000 NAMAR scholarship
Mitchell and Small
Mike Small, scholarship Chair of the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association
of Realtors, presents a $4,000 scholarship certificate to Kristin
Mitchell of Grayson High School. She is the daughter of Lamar and
Jan Mitchell of Lawrenceville. Jan Mitchell is a NAMAR member and
agent for Solid Source Realty. Kristin maintains a 3.92 grade point
average and has lettered in academics each year of high school.
She is currently ranked in the top four percent of her graduating
class, has also lettered in Varsity Cheerleading and put in 150
hours of Community Service since her freshman year. She plans to
attend Georgia College and State University and major in Psychology.
Gwinnett Tech surgical
tech students score among highest
Gwinnett Technical College's surgical technology students scored
among the best in the nation on the most recent Program Assessment
Exam (PAE), ranking Gwinnett Tech's program in the country's top
20 of 435 accredited surgical technology programs.
The PAE exam is administered by the Accreditation Review Committee
on Education in Surgical Technology who has admitted Gwinnett Tech
to the Par Elite Twenty Program in honor of the high achievement.
This most recent result surpasses Gwinnett Tech's previous status
as a top 10 percent program.
T.C. Parker, surgical technology program director at Gwinnett Tech,
says: "We have always been proud of the fact that the hospitals
hiring our students have been so pleased with their level of training
and knowledge. This award is truly icing on the cake for us and
substantiates all the hard work we've done here."
Parker credited success on exams to the program's contacts with
the local medical industry, which have provided opportunities that
would otherwise have been unavailable, such as the use of cadavers
and other surgical supplies.
He adds: "It's always great to hear comments on how well
prepared and educated our students are, and this level of national
achievement really underscores our outstanding reputation in our
ARCST is a national organization that accredits surgical technology
programs. The accreditation process involves a thorough review of
the program's resources, including faculty, student/faculty ratio,
financial resources, physical resources, learning resources, admissions
policies, student records, curriculum and student evaluation methods.
Critical to any operating room, surgical technologists ensure that
it is safe and properly equipped for procedures on patients. Gwinnett
Tech's Surgical Technology Program prepares students for employment
in a variety of positions in the surgical field. Graduates of the
program receive a surgical technology diploma and may become certified
as a surgical technologist by taking the National Surgical Technologists
Certification Exam. The program takes about five quarters to complete.
- An invitation: What
Web sites, books or restaurants have you enjoyed? Send us your
best recent visit to a restaurant or most recent book you have
read along with a short paragraph as to why you liked it, plus
what book you plan to read next. --eeb
Historical Society traces founding to 1839
Founded in 1839, the Georgia
Historical Society remains committed to its original mission
"to collect, preserve, and diffuse information relating to
the History of the State of Georgia." Headquartered in Savannah,
Georgia's colonial capital, the society continues to bear the seal
of the colony's Trustees, along with their philanthropic motto:
Non sibi sed aliis -"Not for self, but for others."
In the spring of 1839 three Savannah residents, Richard D. Arnold,
William Bacon Stevens, and Israel K. Tefft, founded the Georgia
Historical Society. The state legislature in Milledgeville incorporated
the organization in December of the same year. Arnold described
Tefft, an autograph and manuscript collector, as the true "
fons et origo [source and origin]" of the society. Certainly,
Tefft's splendid collection of documentary treasures suggested both
a nucleus and an exemplar for the organization's collections.
The three founders soon succeeded in attracting to their cause
an impressive group of tidewater "aristocrats" and businessmen.
They also framed a constitution calling for a governing structure
that continues, in general, to be followed today, with a president
and other officers assisted by a governing board whose members are
known as curators.
From around 100 active members in 1839, the society had grown to
some 6,000 by the beginning of the 21st century. Among the most
effective of the organization's 19th-century presidents were its
first two: John Macpherson Berrien (a lawyer, U.S. senator, and
U.S. attorney general) and James Moore Wayne (a lawyer, U.S. congressman,
and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. One or the other
served as president between 1839 and 1862. Henry Rootes Jackson
(a lawyer, jurist, diplomat, and Confederate general) held the presidency
from 1875 to 1898.
During the 20th century few presidents served more than one term,
and the majority were professionals or businessmen from the Savannah
area. Some, however, like Alexander A. Lawrence and Malcolm Bell
Jr., were also historians in their own right. Toward the end of
the century, university-affiliated historians, including William
M. Gabard and Roger K. Warlick, often led the society. In 1996 the
attorney Lisa Lacy White became the first female president and served
a term marked by productive initiatives and imaginative leadership.
(To Be Continued)
Margaret Mitchell with
comment about a person's reputation
"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what
a burden it was."
-- Margaret Mitchell, Atlanta based newspaperwoman and novelist
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