A Brain Is Born: Exploring the Birth and Development of the Central Nervous System

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North Atlantic Books, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 380 pages
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Witness the dramatic unfolding of the human form in all its potential. Join John E. Upledger, D.O.,O.M.M., as he takes you from the first union of sperm and egg through the development of the complex circuitry that makes up the human brain.

You'll learn about birth, growth, function and dysfunction, and how all these aspects influence physical, mental, and emotional well-being. You'll discover problems that can alter brain and spinal cord development in each of the first eight weeks of pregnancy, and then monthly right through delivery.

Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Upledger outlines a series of simple physical tests that can help determine the status of a baby's central nervous system and, to some extent, the peripheral nervous system. Then he shows you, step-by-step, how potential problems might be treated using CranioSacral Therapy and related therapeutic approaches.

This breakthrough book empowers parents with knowledge to help them make practical decisions concerning the health of their children. And it crosses the boundaries of many disciplines, including embryology, obstetrics, pediatrics, neurology, and CranioSacral Therapy. A Brain Is Born is as valuable to expectant parents as it is to those who work with children every day.
 

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Contents

Fertilization Cell Division and Implantation
25
The First Four Weeks
35
Topic
37
The Fifth Week of Embryonic Life
59
The Sixth Week of Embryonic Life
67
The Third Month of Gestation 8 l
81
The Second Trimester
91
Labor and Delivery of the Newborn
101
Congenital Malformations of the Skull and Vertebral Column
279
Scoliosis 28 l
281
Congenital Hydrocephalus
283
Congenital Malformations of the Eye and the Ear
285
Brain Function and Dysfunction
287
Cerebral Palsy
289
A Model by Paul D Maelaean 29l Topic 56 The Foundation of the Triune Brain Model
295
The Reptilian Brain
299

The Spinal Cord III
111
The Hindbmin
117
The Midbrain
127
The Forebrain
133
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149
The Lobes of the Cerebral Hemispheres
153
The Autonomic Nervous System
161
The Reticular Formation
169
The Pineal Gland
175
Topic
178
Myelin
183
The FarReaching Effccts of Traumatic Experiences of the Newborn Infants
261
Congenital hlillfUlltlklfiOlIS
265
Viruses and Congenital Malfonnations
269
Other Factors That Cause Congenital Malformations 27 l
271
Drugs That Can Cause Congenital Malformations
273
Neural Tube Development and Malfonnations
275
The Causes of Neural Tube Closure Defects
277
chtilian Brain Function 30l Topic 59 The Mammalian Brain
303
What the Mammalian Brain Docs For You
305
Seizures
307
The Neoconex
309
The Parts
317
Neurons Synapses and Glial Cells
319
The Neurotransmitters
323
Myelin
325
Closing Thought
327
Iteattment of the Brain and Spinal lord
329
C ranioSacral Therapy
333
SomatoEmotional Release
335
Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue
337
In Closing
339
References
341
Glosqary 343
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Dr. John E. Upledger is founder and medical director of The Upledger Institute, Inc., based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Dedicated to the natural enhancement of health, the Institute is recognized worldwide for its groundbreaking continuing-education programs, clinical research, and therapeutic services. Throughout his career as an osteopathic physician and surgeon, Dr. Upledger has been recognized as an innovator and leading proponent in the investigation of new therapies. His development of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in particular earned him an international reputation. In 2001 he was featured on CNN and in Time magazine as one of America's next wave of innovators. Dr. Upledger is a Certified Specialist of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, an Academic Fellow of the British Society of Osteopathy, and a Doctor of Science in alternative medicine. He has also served on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington,D.C.

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