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How To Switch on Your Brain - Book Summary

Posted Tuesday, October 08, 2019 by Ed Harper

How to Switch on your Brain – The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking and Health. By Caroline Leaf, PhD. c. 2013.Book Summary. Dr. Leaf is an expert who has conducted research, treated brain injured patients and studied the debilitating challenges for individuals who live with brain difficulties, ranging from learning disabilities to brain injuries.

This is a detailed and step-by-step approach to living with and overcoming difficulties in brain function. It provides a 5-step approach for training a person’s mind and help with controlling their thoughts. By doing her 5-step approach, over time, one can live with a healthier thought life which can translate into healthier relationships, emotions and decision-making.

Briefly, the book is broken up into two parts – Part One - deals with the keys to the brain’s structure. How the brain works and how thoughts are transmitted throughout the brain. It points out that the Creator has created an intricate and amazing brain, and how one can re-wire thinking. Part Two – deals with the methodology Dr. Leaf has created to help re-work and re-wire the brain.

I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered from a brain injury, has any level of learning disabilities, those who have suffered emotional trauma and also to care-givers and loved ones.

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What must I do to be saved?

Posted Wednesday, October 02, 2019 by Ed Harper

What must I do to be saved?Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is it. That is all it takes.Acts 16:30 – 31 - Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”In helping to answer the question – Who do you say that I am? Peter answered – you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Here, the Philippian jailer is asking a similar question upon the release of Paul and Silas from jail by a divine event/occurrence. He has received an awakening by the Spirit of the Lord – and in asking this question, he has allowed himself to be open to the answer – Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household (household being saved different topic.)According to FF Bruce, page 274 – “In Acts, as in the Gospels, faith is regularly emphasized as a condition of receiving both physical and spiritual healing.” See Mark 5:34 – Jesus in saying to the woman who had a bleeding disorder for 12 years – “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”It hearkens back to Nicodemus asking the question in John 3 – In verse 15 - The Lord answers to him that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life…and he was sent into the world to save the world … not to condemn the world v. 17. And in verse 18 – whoever believes in him is not condemned; and verse 36 – whoever believes in the son has eternal life.Also, in Luke 18:18, when the Rich Young Ruler asks – what must I do to inherit eternal life? – Jesus in essence states, sell all you have and get your priorities straight, and follow me. Believing in what the Lord has to offer, you put him first in your life, and follow.In Acts 16 – the slave girl who was possessed by a demon and was a fortune teller gets it right and tells everyone – in verse 17 – these men, Paul and Silas are here to proclaim to you the way of salvation. And Paul and Silas are imprisoned by the owners of this girl as they have lost their livelihood. Similar to the Rich Young Ruler – he has not re-arranged his priorities to sell his worldly possession for spiritual survival, and with these fortune tellers (owners) they were more concerned with their livelihood, they were perturbed and missed the opportunity to hear and be saved if they would choose to follow. JB Phillips - 30 He led them outside, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”31 And they replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and then you will be saved, you and your household.”

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Turning it all over to Him - Letting Go and Letting God Lead

Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Ed Harper

3/14/19 Turning it all over to Him – Letting Go and Letting God LeadPoured out like a drink offering. What an example of how to live. With the humility of Christ – “who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Phil. 2:6-7. Therefore, he did not think of himself more highly than he ought. But was realistic and superimposed his Father’s will instead of his own. There are times in my life where I have had to turn everything over to the Lord. I have had priorities in my life where God was not the #1 thing. Golf, work, hobbies, chasing the bad elements of life, peers wanting me to do things. I had not been strong enough to say no, or be dedicated and committed enough to God to say – no, there is a better way.Or, when Golf was my number one focus – School was my number one focus – or a relationship was my number one focus – all detracted me from what really needed to be my number one focus – and that is my Heavenly Father and the plans he had for me.Turning all of these things over to him meant that I had to lay down my own thoughts, my own desires, and letting him lead me.So, what did he do when I did not turn these things over to him? In essence, they were taken away from me. The desires of my heart – selfish ambition were taken away, in order to instill in me humility and a lack of my own selfish desires, until my desires were lined up with his. So, golf was taken away, a long-term relationship was taken away. And I was thrust back into school.It took a few years to accept this change of plan – or what I thought was a change of plans. I acknowledged that he could forgive me for my failings, that he could forgive me and he did indeed forgive me 100%. But better than that, he had plans for me – I just had to let go and allow the Lord to lead me – rather than trailing the Lord along behind me, hoping he’d bless my doings/my work.So, bottom line – let God lead you, and then you can release from your control the thoughts, the desires, the commitments to something else. The good is the enemy of the best. Therefore, only God can truly know the desires of your heart and what is best for you.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Persisting Symptoms

Posted Monday, August 05, 2019 by Ed Harper

Traumatic brain injurySeveral my most recent and satisfying cases involving traumatic brain injury include horrific damages which have had significant effect on clients. All socio-economic categories can be affected by traumatic brain injury, and I do not like to designate any brain injury as a mild event. Any brain injury is significant for the injured person.Cases involving brain injury can be the most rewarding and I enjoy them particularly as a brain injured sufferer myself, as well as supporting families through this difficult time.Postconcussion syndrome (PCS) recently has been assessed in the Journal of Neurotrauma by Carmen Hiploylee, a neurosurgeon at the Canadian Concussion Center in Toronto. An article Dr. Hiploylee authored in 2017 indicates Link Text that those suffering from brain injury and responded to Dr. Hiploylee’s study indicated that “no patient recovered who had PCS lasting 3 years or longer. Only 27% of the population studied eventually recovered and 67% of those who recovered did so within the 1st year. The finding that PCS may be permanent if it lasts longer than 3 years suggests that it may be critical to treat PCS appropriately in the early stages.” Pg. 1518 of Dr. Hiploylee’s study.Some things you can be aware of if you have these persisting symptoms after a brain injury: HeadachesDifficulty concentratingFatigueDazed/don’t feel right/feeling in a fogPressure in the head sensitivity to light difficulty remembering recent/remote eventsNeck pain Sensitivity to noise depression/sadness Insomnia/sleeping too little or too much Irritability Anxiety Frustration Feeling slowed down Noise in the ears Vision changes Lightheadedness Imbalance More emotional Dizziness Nausea Increased sensitivity to alcohol ConfusionPersonality changesVivid dreamsNumbnessVertigoPanic attacksDisorientationStomach acheLoss of appetite Slurred speech Seizures VomitingAt Harper Law, we strive to support TBI victims and their families. If you suffer from the residual and persisting symptoms from a brain injury mentioned above following an injury through no fault of your own, talk to Ed Harper at Harper Law PLLC. or 425-284-3333.

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Locations where we are handling cases at this moment

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Ed Harper

Here at Harper Law PLLC, located in Kirkland, Washington, we often are asked, do you handle cases outside your geographic region. The answer is yes. Just looking at my case file presently, we are handling cases in five different states - Washington primarily, but also, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Oregon.

As far as within Washington, we have active cases in King County, Snohomish County and Pierce County. More specifically, the cities we are representing clients are located in Kirkland, Bellevue, Seattle, Federal Way, Issaquah, Snohomish, Everett, Marysville, Mt. Vernon, Oak Harbor, Renton, Maple Valley, May Valley, Tacoma, West Seattle, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Tukwila, Sea-Tac, Puyallup, Fife, Lynnwood, Woodinville and Stanwood as well as Redmond.

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