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How to medicate yourself with love

One of the most exciting findings from the scientific community regarding our body biology has to do with the role of our heart.  Turns out, it’s the heart, not the brain, that’s the master controller of our body functions at the cellular level.  Further, the heart responds to our emotions and sends health controlling signals to the cells.  These signals override any chemicals (as in drug medications) that may be in the body.  (This explains why drug medications sometimes don’t…

How to avoid the Ageism Trap

You may be practicing ageism and not even realize it. Ageism (also spelled “agism”), is the stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age, either consciously or unconsciously.  This article, 44 Shocking Ageism Statistics, points out that discrimination against the elderly is accepted and normal in our society, reinforced by social media and the news media.  So don’t beat yourself up if you realize that you do it too …it’s normal. But, there’s a real…

All ya need is yoga

It might surprise you to hear me say that, since you probably know that our daily “stay fit” program includes lots more than yoga. I’ve been practicing Hatha yoga (off and on)  since the ‘70s, but for most of that time it’s been attending classes once or twice a week. I love attending classes, partly for the social aspects. (I’ve found that the sweetest people attend yoga classes.) But in the last year we couldn’t attend classes regularly.  So we…

Sitting is Killing me, and probably you

Is Sitting Really The New Smoking? When I read this article, I didn’t want to believe it.  But the evidence is undeniable: “As soon as our backsides hit the chair, several metabolic and physical changes start to occur: Our resting metabolic rate plummets, which means that your body burns minimal calories. This helps to explain why increased sitting is associated with higher rates of obesity. The electrical activity in our leg muscles drops right off. Blood circulation in our legs…

Just don’t call it “meditation”

I’m sure you’ve heard of all the great benefits of meditation. Studies show that meditation: enhances creativity, improves your relationships, helps you focus, boosts emotional intelligence, decreases anxiety, improves cardiovascular health, and more. Despite all these real, tested benefits, chances are you’re not doing it.  Am I right? (please let me know if you are a regular meditator …I’d love to be wrong). A shortcut to nearly all the benefits If you want the benefits of meditation, but for whatever…

Feet! …Don’t fail me now.

This is not about outrunning that bear in the woods.  This is about the prospect that your feet, at some point, will give out on you. About 75% of people in the United States have foot pain at some time in their lives. Have you noticed that most people as they age begin to wobble as they walk? That’s because, for many, it’s painful to walk. Over the years I’ve neglected my feet, and I got away with it, until…

More intimacy for better health

How important do you think intimacy is to your health and well-being?  Dr. Dean Ornish is a highly respected physician who says: “There isn’t any other factor in medicine – not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery – that has a greater impact on our quality of life, incidence of illness and premature death from all causes than loneliness and isolation.” “Love and intimacy — our ability to connect with ourselves and others,…

Learning to Love your Gut

I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to my gut, except to notice that those extra pounds go there first! But if you do any research, you’ll find many health experts saying it’s your body’s least appreciated, most important organ. The National Institutes of Health reports that 70 million Americans (about a quarter of us) suffer from digestive disorders: bloating, gas, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, or constipation. And feeling uncomfortable isn’t the only consequence: A growing number of…

Oh, my aching back!

I hear this all the time, and believe me, I’ve had my share of lower back problems over the years. Most of us will suffer low back pain eventually (according to this article in AARP magazine), and while there are dozens of “fixes” to be found, including surgery, I’ve recently found a little exercise program that gives outstanding results  …for anybody! My introduction to Dr. Eric Goodman was from my most fav Chiropractor, Dr. William Tikey.  But before I could…

The magic of herbs and spices.

A few years ago we were forced to stop using our standard seasonings …salt and pepper.   So, I’ve been experimenting with many other seasonings. Now we enjoy all our meals much more, and we’re getting lots more beneficial nutrients  …because of the rich array of herbs and spices we’re using today. The herbs we use the most are:Oregano (every day) “contains an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting…