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Do we really need friends?

I was a little surprised to learn just how important friendships are to our health and well-being, especially as we get older.  A variety of research studies conclude:– Friendship is the single most important factor in determining a person’s happiness. -Adults should take social relationships as seriously as other risk factors—-weight, smoking and exercise—-that affect mortality. Wow, I definitely need to cultivate some new, deep relationships. I’ve lost some good friends over the past few years and I need to…

Can we heal Ourselves?

My research over the past year concludes that we are born with the ability to heal ourselves from any and every health malfunction. But, we lose this ability very quickly because we are taught by our caregivers (parents, teachers, etc.) that we have very little control over our health. We are conditioned to believe that sickness and disease are a normal part of our life. When we are stricken, we must look to others for recovery help. All too often…

The EMF radiation scare

I have some friends who are obsessed with the supposed health dangers from electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation. That’s the radiation we are exposed to whenever we use our cell phones, microwave ovens, wireless computers, smart meters, WiFi, , bluetooth, power lines, or MRI scans. These concerns are real, and my friends want the government or the cell service companies to do something about it. But it’s not likely that EMF radiation will be reduced in the near future because: #…

How do you spell pain relief? …CBD

Lots of buzz about CBD (short for cannabidiol) these days. In fact, a Gallup poll just published 08/07/19 says that 14% of Americans say they use CBD products. That’s amazing considering the products are legal in only a few states. There are numerous claims that CBD is more effective than other pain killers, without the harmful side effects associated with so many prescription pain killers. My online research bears this out. One article (just published 7-22-2019) I’d urge you to…

Whacked by the Flu Bug

After enjoying more than a decade of freedom from cold or flu symptoms I’m embarrassed to admit that I got whacked pretty hard. The deep, uncontrollable cough was the worst. There were times I could actually hear and feel a “gurgling” in my chest. (suggesting fluids in my lungs). High fever. Couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t eat. Went to the doctor. But what I really want to share with you is how I did a speedy recovery. Victoria nursed me like a…

Are you poisoning your family?

The most popular household cleaning products often get poor ratings in terms of safety. Case in point: Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are the best selling wipes on Amazon, yet they get a “D” (“A” is tops) rating by the non-profit consumer protection EWG (Environmental Working Group). Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning pads are also the best seller on Amazon, but they also get a “D” rating from the EWG. Both of these cleaning products happen to be made by Procter &…

Smile more, live longer

When you smile, wonderful things happen in your body. When you smile, your brain is aware of the activity and actually keeps track of it. The more you smile, the more effective you are at breaking the brain’s natural tendency to think negatively. If you smile often enough, you end up rewiring your brain to make positive patterns more often than it does negative ones. Not only does smiling improve your health and longevity, it helps you improve the world…

The magic of the placebo effect

You may have benefited from a placebo prescribed by your doctor …and not know it. More than half of doctors (surveyed) offer fake prescriptions to make patients feel better — and that’s OK, most doctors say. No need to feel deceived though. If the treatment worked, the doctor has done her job …right? “The placebo effect is not deception, fluke, experimenter bias or statistical anomaly. It is, instead, a product of expectation. The human brain anticipates outcomes, and anticipation produces those…

Diets don’t work! What’s a better plan?

Is this a fair assessment of dieting …in your own experience?: “Traditional weight loss dieting programs are typically ineffective in producing consistent long-term weight loss and maintenance. In addition to being ineffective, dieting often results in psychological distress and disordered eating behaviors .” Why would a thin guy be interested in talking about dieting? There’s an alarming stat that’s been around since 1959: “95% of all dieters will regain the weight they lose within one year. While we would like…

You may be sugar addicted …and not know it

Obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease and even Alzheimer’s (Type 3 Diabetes) all have links to excess refined sugar and carbohydrate consumption. Yet Americans, on average, are consuming nearly 57 pounds of added sugars (sugars that aren’t in foods naturally), per person, every year. So, why are we literally poisoning ourselves with sugar? (a) We have no idea of the amount of sugar we are consuming in our diets; (b)…