Overcoming Learning Disabilities
The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Caroline Manzo shares her story about raising a child with a learning disability. Her son Albie was diagnosed with a learning disability at the age of 11, but overcame the challenge and graduated from college in hopes of going to law school to become an attorney. But Albie's goals came to a screeching halt when he received a rejection letter from law school. "Because I have a learning disability, [the school said] I should consider another career because someone with a learning disability cannot be a lawyer," Albie says.
Determined to see her son succeed, Caroline encouraged Albie not to take no for an answer and to set his mind to it, and Albie was eventually accepted into law school. Caroline's experience with Albie has moved her to encourage parents to stay active in their child's academics and not let their child's talents be overlooked due to a learning disability.
Caroline makes a mother-to-mother house call to Kari, whose 6-year-old daughter, Bryn, has been diagnosed with several learning disorders. Kari shares her frustrations with struggling to find a solution.
Reclaim Your Brain
Are we becoming less intelligent as a society? Women's rights attorney and author of THINK: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, Lisa Bloom, discusses why we need to reclaim our brains, and shares ways to stimulate our minds.
Does Watching Reality TV Lower Your IQ?
Twin sisters Maggie and Molly admit to being reality TV junkies and say they watch three to four hours each day. The sisters undergo brain scans and intelligence tests before and after watching six hours of reality programming to see the effects the shows have on their brains. See the results!
Tips to Keeping Your Brain Sharp:
• Build muscle to pump up your brain. Adding two to three strength training sessions to your weekly workout routine cuts your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in half if you are older than 65.
• Do crossword puzzles for a few weeks, then alternate to Sudoku puzzles.
• Get enough sleep.
• Add walnuts to your diet. These nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to protect neural pathways.
Is the Daily Grind Grinding You Down?
From working in an office to walking your dog, we unknowingly make mistakes that can hamper our health. Pilates instructor and author of The Office Effect, Craig Zuckerman, shows several small changes to make to your daily route to avoid common health mistakes.