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Author: Donald Trafton

Donald Trafton shares better health tips for any age.

You don’t need to wait for the inoculation

You can protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus right now …if you haven’t already. It’s an insight that I’ve shared with you before. Focus on doing all you can to build your healthy immune system and do whatever it takes to obtain peace of mind. With all the craziness going on around us, “peace of mind” (the absence of mental stress or anxiety) may seem nearly impossible to achieve. Yet, peace of mind is exactly what we must have in…

How to Change your True Age

It’s a fascinating topic really. If you want to know your true age, don’t look at the calendar. The calendar tells you your chronological age, but this number may be far from accurate in defining your true age. As it turns out, your true age is not a simple number but is a combination of where you stand along three dimensions. These three dimensions are your functional ages. The three functional ages represent your biological age, your psychological age, and…

Your Legacy is Your Life Story

What’s the legacy you’ll leave when you die? No one in my family ever mentioned leaving a legacy. What a shame, what a loss to those of us who remain. Even those who left some of their written story …it was way too sketchy. They mistakenly assumed that their life story was of little value. So many questions remain. So much valuable history lost forever. “Legacy is fundamental to what it is to be human. Research shows that without a…

What you need to know about Alzheimer’s

Worldwide, there are already around 50 million people with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) or other types of dementia. The number keeps on expanding by millions a year. These10 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures 2020 paint a disturbing picture of a disease that is epidemic …with no cure in sight. The good news: When the medical community declares that the disease can’t be halted or prevented, they refer to the fact that a drug has not been developed to cure AD. That’s…

Quantum Physics and You?

I did poorly in the physics class I attempted at University many, many years ago. Just a reminder, physics is the scientific study of forces such as heat, light, sound, pressure, gravity, and electricity, and the way that they affect objects. So can you understand why I just couldn’t get interested when I was 19 years old?  What did it have to do with me? Forty years later I became very interested in that branch of physics called Quantum Physics…

D3 and Me

A few years ago I had a complete blood analysis to determine the health of my blood. All levels checked out just fine except for one: vitamin D. How could I be deficient in vitamin D? The main way we get the vitamin is by exposure to sunshine, and I live in Arizona (known for having abundant sunshine). Turns out, people who live in warm sunny climates are very likely to be deficient because we avoid direct UV exposure as…

The Yin & Yang of Alcohol

Alcoholic beverage sales shot up 55% in the third week of March compared to the same time a year ago, according to Nielsen. As millions of Americans have been forced to stay home they’re drinking a lot of alcohol. It makes sense, alcohol is a totally socially accepted drug for helping us feel better in these stressful times. But just as with any drug, there are health risks. You may not think of alcohol as a drug. Even though it…

Are you Zoom exhausted?

I hear a lot today about ZOOM exhaustion…. ZOOMed out. It is easy to over commit to ZOOM meetings if we are at our desk all day. Don’t overdo on this technology. Use ZOOM to enhance your life, not exhaust you. You can use it for business and pleasure. We have talked to family in Australia for years using video based technology. Now we’re wondering why we didn’t reach out to more distant family and friends. Lately we have reconnected…

Dementia-proof yourself Now

From the World Health Organization (as of 09/19/2019):* Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.* Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of aging.* Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. (compare with 4 million COVID-19 cases so far)* Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia and may contribute to…

If only we could manage our thoughts

For most of us though … it’s the negative or unwanted thoughts that hold our attention and prevent us from enjoying experiences, distract us from focusing on what’s important, and drain our energy. And, it seems we are powerless to change this. Here’s the good news. If you were to go to a professional therapist to help you overcome:* substance abuse disorders* schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders* depression and dysthymia* manic depression/bipolar disorder* anxiety disorders* eating disordersor a host of other…