Category Archives: Health

Alzheimer Breakthrough? Bredeson’s The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline

Death has many doorways. Yet most of us go by way of heart disease, cancer, or respiratory disease; in fact, 50%. The good thing is that we can preempt these diseases, if not reverse them through lifestyle changes. Not so … Continue reading

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Does American Sign Language (ASL) Have a Future?

We all have hobbies or special interests. Mine has been studying languages. As a child, it literally became an obsession. I’d buy paperbacks with my meager allowance, seemingly offering a pathway to fluency in German, a language I desperately wanted … Continue reading

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Open the door and come right in….

Mindfulness is everywhere these days. I was at our local Kroger store yesterday, sampling its magazine section and, sure enough, there were two mindfulness magazines. Go to Whole Foods, it’s the same. Mindfulness has taken off in the medical community … Continue reading

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The war on cancer: New treatments lock-out most of us

Death has many doorways, none of them particularly pleasant, but some downright gruesome, cancer for instance. My father died from lung cancer at age 79. That’s a generous portion of life, when you consider the mean is several years less. … Continue reading

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Why I Relish Going to the Gym

For many of us, throwing off the blankets and crawling out of bed on cold winter mornings to go to the gym seems pretty dumb. I felt that way too until my pre-diabetic diagnosis several years ago which meant that … Continue reading

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You Aren’t Who You Think You Are!

Have you ever found yourself so angry, say in an argument, that you’ve yelled, or said mean things, or left the room, or slammed a door, only to feel ashamed later? Have you ever panicked, ready to pull your hair … Continue reading

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Medicine’s Desertion of the Elderly

“There’s no escaping the tragedy of life, which is that we are all aging from the day we are born,” writes Dr. Atul Gawande in his latest book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Accordingly, I’ve reached … Continue reading

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Reflections in the Aftermath of Brittany Maynard’s Death

On November 1, Brittany Maynard, 29, slipped into eternity, choosing to end her ordeal with terminal brain cancer under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Hopefully, her heroic efforts on behalf of the rights of terminally ill patients will initiate renewed … Continue reading

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Pre-diabetic musings

I got a rude awakening last week. I had taken just maybe my most comprehensive blood test ever. Disturbingly, my A1C was 5.9, although my fasting glucose was 96. I’ve known for two years I’m pre-diabetic, but 5.9 is a … Continue reading

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Say it isn’t so: Fast foods in hospitals

A McDonald’s in a hospital cafeteria? Say it isn’t so! According to McDonald’s, it has 27 franchises In hospitals. One of them is in the world renowned Cleveland Clinic, in the top tier for treating heart disease and former home … Continue reading

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