Taxi Firm Celebrates A Treasured Customer’s 100th Birthday With Her

Central Taxi, of Edinburgh Scotland, has taken weekly calls for taxi pick ups from Christine Gibson for 30 years. The taxi firm has become like family for Christine, and she tips drivers generously every week with a pound and a sweet treat.

Christine Gibson can do most things for herself, but styling her hair is something she prefers others to do for her, so every Saturday she contacts Central Taxi for a ride to Muse Hairdressing in Edinburgh. When drivers at Central Taxi found out that Christine Gibson’s 100th birthday was coming up they sprung into action and contacted Muse Hairdressing regarding having flowers and champagne waiting for Christine on her birthday. Christian Broda has read that Christine Gibson was “absolutely gobsmacked” when she saw her birthday surprise. She lives alone and thought she would be spending her 100th birthday alone without much fuss. Read More About Christine And Her Surprise Party Here.

After champagne and her hair appointment, Christine was driven back to Central Taxi’s new headquarters and given a tour. She got to meet staff who had taken her calls over the years, and even donned a headset and dispatched a few taxi calls herself, an all around wonderful way to spend a birthday!

And She Saw Her Newborn Babe

Living a life legally blind is just as difficult as if you are blind. Maybe even a bit more frustrating. You can see only images not details up close. Well a new Mother that was legally blind was able to see her newborn because of special glasses loaned to her by a company called eSight. The eSight Corporation loaned Kathy Beltz the glasses the day her baby arrived for the day. She was even able to fill out the birth certificate. She was able to try on the eSight glasses around her fifth month.

Her sister Yvonne Felix who is also legally blind had the chance to see herr six year old and two month for the first time but had not been able to see them when they were first born. She wanted her sister to be able to see her newborn child and have that memory that she did not have the chance to have.

The eSight Corporation have created these glasses for the legally blind but the cost is $15,000 for them.From what Sergio Andrade Gutierrez understands,  the glasses use a camera, real time video, and computing technology to aid the person to see. While wearing them you can also focus and zoom and alter what you are focused on.

Felix has started a funding project called Make Blindness History. Her goal is for every person that needs a pair, to be able to have them.

Grounded People | Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Daniel Amen | A Visionary of the Brain

Dr. Daniel Amen is a pioneer in brain research, and is touted by Dr. Mehmet Oz as “one of the most gifted minds in medicine.” Because of Dr. Amen’s belief that health of both body and mind is dependent on health of the brain, his life has been dedicated to ensuring that people everywhere have better brains and better lives.

Dr. Amen is a double board certified psychiatrist, a New York Times bestselling author, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a television producer. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics, located in San Francisco and Newport Beach, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, and New York City.

Amen Clinics house the world’s largest database of brain scans, with almost 90,000 scans on patients worldwide. These scans show the effect on the brain of various illnesses of brain and body. With this knowledge it has been possible to prescribe more precise modalities of treatment.

Dr. Amen is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, which is the highest honor given by his peers. He is the foremost researcher on the largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study for professional football players. He has devised treatment and recovery programs employing principles that he created for those suffering traumatic brain injury. He is also an expert on treating attention deficit disorder more commonly known as ADD.

In concert with Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amen formulated the “Daniel Plan”, which is a 52-week program designed to be used through religious organizations to improve the health of their members.

Dr. Amen’s nine shows about the brain have raised more than 52 million dollars for public television. He has co-authored and authored 60 professional articles, and over 30 books which include the #1 New York Times bestseller, “The Daniel Plan”.

Dr. Amen’s published scientific articles include publication in almost every scientific and medical journal reporting on brain issues. 

Dr. Amen has appeared in several movies, as well as Emmy award winning TV programs, and has been a key speaker for the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), at Harvard’s “Learning and the Brain Conference” and many more venues that would fill pages to list. 

Dr. Amen is the father of four children, five grandchildren to date, and is married to Tana. He enjoys table tennis and is an avid player.

He is named by Sharecare as the web’s #1 most influential mental health expert and advocate.

Conquering Yourself

Browsing through Buzzfeed.com, I discovered an article that caught my interest. The article is about the study of our weaknesses. As human beings, we are not perfect. Sometimes we try so hard to live our lives in a certain way. Often, we lose the whole essence of life. Lee G. Lovett says

What is a life without meaning? In this busy world in which we find ourselves in, it’s easy to forget about the things that are most important. Lee G. Lovett says we need to all slow down every now and then and remember. Of course, our family and friends come to mind, but that’s not all I’m talking about here.

What is the purpose of life? Have you ever asked yourself this? Upon my personal journey of life, I believe that I have discovered the answer. The meaning of life is not about our jobs or our social status in the world. The purpose of life is actually quite simple.

All you need to do is live. Live in the present moment. One day, we are all going to vanish into the ether. So, knowing that you only have a certain amount of time on this planet, wouldn’t you try to make the best of it? You can easily begin a new life right now, a life that is lived to the fullest. From this point on, I challenge you to put everything that you have into whatever it is that you love. Don’t waste anymore time, because time is running out.

Start this new beginning, by telling that person you love them, forgive that person that wronged you, and give your best at whatever it is that you are doing. If you start to live your life like this, you will begin to notice a change. Conquering yourself, and creating your own destiny, is the true purpose of life.

Exercises Tested Against Placebos

Several well-known affirmations about physical exercise improving cognitive functions have been heard by many. Such affirmations are usually tested for placebo effects, but in case of exercising, the scientists were unsure in which way they could even organize such tests to prevent confusion.

Experimental science uses the practice of separating individuals in two groups and testing the ”real thing” and ”dummies”. If the groups show approximately the same improvements, the placebo is there.

The video game cognitive improvement tool has been tested, and it showed that everyone’s expectations regarding skills they would develop by playing games were met. That is a definite placebo.

Scientists started to doubt previous studies that unanimously claim that memory and thinking are positively affected by exercise.

The participants were asked about how much stretching three times a week would improve their mental multitasking, for example. The report says that participants who walked for the test showed the best follow-up results, although expectations of all the groups were approximately the same as Flavio Mulaf-Pontes predicted.

The researchers published their study according to which exercise did make a difference to the end. Besides that, they classified the effects of different types of sport activities.

Ebola-Infected Nurse Tests Negative for Virus

A nurse from Spain has become the very first Ebola sufferer to be tested for the Ebola virus, and the results to come back negative.

Teresa Romero is a 44-year-old health professional, who was considered to be infected with the Ebola virus until the latest round of discoveries. However, Lee G. Lovett reminds us that she is not out of the woods yet.

A second test is needed to confirm that the results are genuine. She originally became infected with the disease when she was treating two infected patients in a Madrid hospital, at the start of this month.

Currently the disease has killed over four thousand people in the west African region, where the disease has become an epidemic. It was the 6th of October when Ms. Romero tested positive for the virus, after her time spent treating a pair of West African Missionaries.

The pair later succumbed to the illness.

The BBC has theorized that she may have contracted the virus when she was removing her protective clothing, and that she might have touched her face with some of the suit’s material that came in contact with an infected patient.

She was being treated in Carlos III hospital, where she was administered a serum containing antibodies of the Ebola viruses which were taken from people who were infected with the virus. It was after the serum treatment that the tests showed that the infection was no longer present in her body.