1. What is smartphone use doing to our brains? • Having the world’s information at our finger tips is making our brains lazy. • Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that people who use their phones to find information tend to react from a gut instinct rather than analyze facts and data • This research provides support for an association between heavy smartphone use and lowered intelligence • Whether smartphones actually decrease intelligence is still an open question that requires future research • But researchers believe that when we turn to our phones for problem solving instead of using our brains, we're speeding up the process of deterioration on our minds that comes with aging. Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM, is a traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in integrative medicine. Dr. Romie helps individuals and audiences learn to heal from stress-based illnesses such as insomnia, anxiety, and career-burnout. Her mindful living program, Mindset Matters, is based in neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness. Dr. Romie completed her medical training at the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Michigan where she won numerous teaching and research awards. She previously served as faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After surviving career burnout and undergoing life-saving surgery, she traveled the world learning various yoga and mindfulness techniques. Dr. Romie is a highly sought after professional speaker, teaching the medicine behind mindfulness to groups and corporations. She is an expert contributor in national and local media outlets such as Fox Business, The Huffington Post, Fox 35 News-Orlando, and NPR. Dr. Romie shared her story and wisdom during her TEDx Talk “The Powerful Secret of Your Breath.” When not speaking around the country, she heals clients at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida. #DrRomie #MindfulMD
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