WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
(Dr. W.) At age seven months in the womb, humans begin language coordination in response to what they hear through the mother’s belly wall. Some 52 muscles learn to respond to the various phonemes (a basic language sound like 'b' in boy and 'm' in man) of the language surrounding that belly. There are also studies showing that the emotional state of the parent imprints as do things like music and other environmental conditions. Nutrition, drug use and pollution spill right through directly to the fetus via the placenta and umbilical cord. Parenting begins way before the bassinet.
At eighteen months, the child has a brain 1/3 the size of an adult but the same number of neural connections. These connections are called synapses and relay information – outgoing from the nerve cell through axons, ingoing by way of dendrites. It is the number of connections of nerve cells that relates to intelligence, not the number of neurons.
As the brain grows, by age 6 we have about five times the neural
connections we do as adults. These trillions upon trillions of connections
are there waiting to be imprinted by the environment, parents and
society. This is probably the reason, some 2000 years ago, the church
started the sacraments at ages 6 or 7. (It is remarkable how so many
'new' scientific discoveries were anticipated by the intuitive traditions
of, what we believe to be, unsophisticated minds of the past.) Beginning
at about age 12, the fatty myelin sheath covering connecting neuronal
tendrils not used, are literally dissolved, absorbed into the cerebrospinal
fluid. Thus 80% of the neural brain mass present at age 6 is gone
by age 14 as a result of disuse. Further belittling is the fact that
of the remaining 20% of the brain, we only use 5%. That means, of
our full potential, we only use about 1%! (For evolutionary materialists
out there, please explain to me how something as complex as a brain
– infinitely more complex than anything humans have ever invented
– developed so that 80% of it could dissolve and 95% of what remains
What is primarily responsible for making and holding neural connections
is not what we can beat into our kids with rules, instructions and
performance pressures, but what they experience around them. At least
95% of the imprinting a child receives, neither the child nor the
parents are aware of. Who we are emotionally, ethically and intellectually
at our core in our day-to-day routines as parents – not what we pretend
or preach – is picked up by the child as its most important lessons
and is then 'neural connected.' So telling a child to be something
we are not doesn't work. If we want better children, then we must
be better people.
But the present circumstances for children are a peculiar situation with no historical precedent. There is no solution other than for the adults to not be distracted by the veneer of civilization, its glamour of modernity, and its amoral and libertine pressures. Even though we are left with 1% of our mental potential, we can make a lot of good use of that. It means reaching inside for the goodness that is there in our hearts and extending that to our fellow humans. It means not following the conscience of others but learning what is already within and being true to it. Children don't need money, videos, signature shoes and pressure for grades and sports performance. The inner needs of children don't care about being raised in a pigpen so long as there is love. If that critical emotional relationship is not there, children will seek it in peers, including the perverted, money grubbing, media models. Then we have the ethically blind (other children, brainless idols and profiteering media) leading our blind children. This is the proper incubator for the adults of the future? What then, particularly when everyone has been indoctrinated into thinking they are victims and any failure in life is the fault of somebody else? What a formula for the collapse of society!
The answer is that greatest of all intelligences, love. That is
not a platitude. Love requires an expansive and wise mind. Even with
the puny 1% of our brain that we use, the capacity for love is infinite.
In the end, what else really matters anyway? In the process, by being
a person of goodness and reaching out in this way to others, we become
the perfect model for the development of a loving and well-adjusted
child. And hardly a word needs to be spoken in the process.
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