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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)…

Should your physician be an MD?

Of the approximately one million licensed physicians in the United States, the vast majority—9 in 10—hold the MD (medical doctor) degree. MDs treat disease/ pain by prescribing drugs and/or surgery.  If you were looking for a primary care physician, chances are he or she will be an MD. But an increasing number of doctors now have DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degrees. The first school of Osteopathy was established in 1892. From their first day of freshman year, both MDs…

Healthiest and Happiest …the Secret

So, which of the following deserves the most focus for achieving our best quality of life: Happiness? Maximum health? Loving relationships? Building wealth? It’s kind of a trick question.  Of course we want it all, and a 75-year Harvard study suggests that in order to achieve our best, most fulfilling quality of life (having it all), we should focus on Loving Relationships. For 75 years, the Harvard researchers have tracked the lives of 724 men, year after year, asking about…

Love and Care for your Psoas

Over the years I’ve never thought much about my psoas muscles (pronounced SO-as), let alone cared about them.  Big mistake!  Here’s why we need to take better care of these incredible muscles: They are the primary connectors between your torso and your legs.  They affect your posture and help to stabilize your spine.  A tight psoas will cause back pain, neck pain and various other issues, like chronic constipation. The psoas is the only flexor muscle connecting to the diaphragmatic…

Searching for The One

For nearly all my life, certainly since teen years, I’ve been on a quest to find “The One”.  You know, that very special someone who has all the right qualities, who would adore me as much as I adored her, and who would make me happy for the rest of my life.  Often this is referred to as the search for our “Soulmate”, suggesting that there’s only one person who we are meant to spend our life with. Why is…