Any info on psuedo sci. Dr. Caroline Leaf (Switch On Your Brain) ?
She is from South Africa and recently is trying to make a name for herself in the states. I'm curious because she is trying to change the school curiculum at a local private school where a friend of mine works.
Initially when looking at [www.drleaf.net
] it seems to be mostly about the power of positive thinking but in her book and in person she states odd unscientific ideas regarding the brain.
For example, from a transcript at
she states that if a negative event happens around a pecan tree then your body makes a cellular memory of the event "...the cellular memory landed up in your respiratory tract, if I can use that as an example. So every time if you smell that smell or that pollen is secreted and it is flowing around in the air it stimulates that memory, that memory then releases the toxins and then that whole reaction is set off again because it goes in your minds, the cellular memory to actually react." That idea makes no sense to me.
I don't know if she is part of a cult or not yet her mix of pseudo science / education / religion seems odd.
Her company ran "originally under the name of Mind Dynamics
and currently runs under the name of The Switch on your Brain Organisation (PTY) Ltd in South Africa and Switch on your Brain USA in the United States Of America."
I thought she may have ties to Mind Dynamics founded by Alexander Everett, perhaps it's simply a coincedence being in anoher country. Any info would be most helpful, at any rate I think her science is skewed. Some of her ideas seem very similar to Tony Buzan, her Metacogs are identical to his mind maps.