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Hot weather can be deadly …how to protect yourself.

Summers are getting hotter. Have you noticed? The worst that the World Health Organization predicted in 2018 is happening: “Global temperatures and the frequency and intensity of heatwaves will rise in the 21st century as a result of climate change. Extended periods of high day and nighttime temperatures create cumulative physiological stress on the human body which exacerbates the top causes of death globally, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and renal disease.” When you get hot, your heart…

Why we care about our teeth.

Our oral health (the health of teeth, gums, and the entire oral-facial system that allows us to smile, speak, and chew) is more closely connected and more important to our overall health than you may think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poor oral health has been linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia. Don’t think that because you don’t see or feel any problems in your mouth that you’re in the…

The Luckiest People in the World

“People who need people Are the luckiest people in the world. We’re children, needing other children And yet letting a grown-up pride Hide all the need inside. Acting more like children than children” Writer(s): Jule Styne, Bob Merrill musical “Funny Girl” I heard this song the other day and realized I’d never really heard the lyrics before. I was struck by the power and insights of this popular song. How could they have gotten it so right, especially in 1964? Here’s more: “Lovers… Are…

Help a loved one age gracefully

Chances are you are close to a person you love deeply . . .and that person appears to be aging faster than they should. What can you do? First, you must accept that their condition is controllable . . . by them!  Adults who develop positive attitudes about aging live more than seven years longer than peers who have negative attitudes. How can you help your loved one improve their attitude about their health? Point to the science. For at…

Do prayers help?

A couple of weeks ago my friend Paul let us know that he had a planned surgery scheduled and would need to postpone our regular Zoom call. Next, he described the procedure in some detail. It’s to correct a heart valve problem (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) and should be very low risk, according to 87 year old Paul. In the final line of his message Paul says: “I’ll keep you posted and prayers are appreciated.” Good move Paul! Asking for…

In quest of the side-splitting laugh

Think of the last time you had a side-splitting, tears-in-your-eyes, try-not-to-pee-your-pants laugh. Remember how good that felt? Actually, there’s strong clinical evidence that by “tickling your funny bone” you are not only being entertained, but enhancing your physical, psychological, and social well-being. I like that …a lot. So I set out on a quest to bring more laughter into my life. Here’s what I found: It’s better and easier in a group. Laughing is contagious, and the more you can…

Your best 15 minute investment

A daily dose of meditation is so beneficial (Harvard Health) that you’d think everyone would be doing it. But, in 2017 only 14% of Americans said that they regularly meditated, according to a 2018 CDC report. Do you meditate regularly? If you do, I’d love to hear from you about your experience. If you don’t, given the Immense health benefits you’re missing, there has to be a good reason. Maybe (like me) you’ve tried it several times but couldn’t make…

What about your Emotional Health?

Have you noticed? These are angry times. Watch the news …you’re bound to see plenty to be angry about. “Anger is one of the basic human emotions, as elemental as happiness, sadness, anxiety, or disgust. These emotions are tied to basic survival and were honed over the course of human history. Of course, anger too easily or frequently mobilized can undermine relationships or damage physical health in the long term. Prolonged release of the stress hormones that accompany anger can destroy neurons…

Are there dangerous chemicals in your home?

How do we know that the cosmetics, personal care products, household cleaners and detergents we use are safe from toxic chemicals? The short answer . . . we don’t. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 “that provided the EPA with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures” excluded nearly all the items we use in the home. Food, drugs, cosmetics, pesticides, household cleaners and detergents are excluded from EPA…

Gut health is not sexy…. But!

I’ll admit, I rarely think of my gut unless it’s hurting. But I’ve done a little digging. I’m here to tell you that an unhealthy gut can cause all kinds of serious health problems …such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and even brain disorders. And even if you are well aware that gut health is important, here are a few things you may not know and why they matter: 1)Taking too many antibiotics can…