Category Archives: Health

Living the Future in the Present

I have this strange belief about the future. I think some, probably a majority, of us, are here in the present, but from the future. We retain a memory of what the future is like. It is amazing, full of … Continue reading

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Bonding with Life

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of bonding with my new dog Molly. THE PROBLEM It began with having to discipline her for her “fear biting.” Of course, I recognized that she had been abused a couple years back in a … Continue reading

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Stay Younger for Longer

Ben Fletcher blogs in Psychology Today about staying younger for longer. It’s the simple things we can do to avoid succumbing to age.   Ben regularly reminds himself that habits have a tendency to stop growth and interaction. He says … Continue reading

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Resolution 2014 Post Script

I realize that in my last post, I used some self-deprecating comments like “I am only boringly normal.” But lest you think that I’m starting the new year on a depressive note, I am very grateful to be normal! Firstly, … Continue reading

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Dan Brown’s Inferno

What a delightful read! The Inferno blends the worlds of Art, Historical Inquiry, Travel, Architecture and Literature with the sciences of computerized tracking systems and Genetics. What it raised for me, particularly for this blog, is the issue of overpopulation. … Continue reading

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Age Is Just a Number

Thanks to my Facebook friend Bernardo Mendez, (Host of YourGreatLifeTV.com), I have an inspiring short interview to share with you. Bern brought my attention to an amazing 82 year-old, Sister Madonna Buder. She doesn’t let her age stop her from … Continue reading

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Brain Health with Dr Andrew Weil

Dr. Andrew Weil, MD is well-recognized for his willingness to go beyond the medicine that US physicians are taught. He tells in his book Breathing, the Master Key to Self Healing, that he had to discover on his own the … Continue reading

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Are You Happy?

Finally, medical science is beginning to look at how happiness affects our ability to stay healthy, heal and age.   I was listening to the YouTube video of the First Annual Healthy and Active Aging Conference at UCSD, October 2012.  … Continue reading

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Our Brains Are Plastic

“Our brains are plastic. Every experience alters our brain’s organization on some level.” The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness Neuroscience is no longer just for scientists. It’s for anyone at any age that wants to stay engaged and have meaningful … Continue reading

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Be healthy, be sexy

In my book “Twelve Commitments to Life,” I focus on the aspects of life that are essential to thriving and being fully alive. One chapter is on arousal and sex because sex is not just essential to creating a new … Continue reading

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First Things Foremost

It’s hard for anyone to tell me what should be first in my life. Well, it’s not hard for them to do it. It’s hard for me to hear it. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is … Continue reading

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Sleeping to Death

No, sleeping does not cause death…at least, from no studies I have heard of… But taking sleeping pills (according to a recent study involving over 10,000 patients) causes an astounding four-fold likelihood of death, even when taking only eighteen of … Continue reading

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Life Is an (Inspired) Argument

Inspired by How to Argue and Win Every Time, by Gerry Spence Inspiration is a beautiful thing. It helps us soar over the trifles that often get us down. Sometimes it comes in the form of a pithy quote, a … Continue reading

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Brain Sharpening

An engaged, balanced brain is a happy one, with lively connections, problem-solving smarts and relatively free of emotional hangups. A brain is essential to connect with others, which is why a sharp brain is essential for living fully moment to … Continue reading

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Progress: Fact or Exception

“I’d like to feel that progress is a fact rather than the exception.” Most of us want to move forward, out of the present realm of problems, regrets and imbalances and into a bright future with solid benefits. But we … Continue reading

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Clues to Longevity

Recent studies of longevity are being written up in Yahoo.com’s health pages, summing up ten clues to longevity. The clues include your ability to walk quickly, your gender, social involvement and positive emotions. It’s a short read and may be … Continue reading

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Digital Crystal Ball

Care for a look at what the future will be like? The Singularity hub website has a large cache of interesting articles based on science and future predictions. I particularly like the page dedicated to longevity and health. This digital … Continue reading

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The Problem with Good People

Today, as I reflect on the good people of this world, I am saddened. Here’s an example: Some very nice folks that I got to know at a local farmers market offered me a free sample. It usually sells for … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Good

You may recall that I have earlier identified our ultimate enemy as death. This came from an admittedly emotional response to the death of my beloved father. And that is how many people understood it. They understood this as a statement … Continue reading

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Cognitive Health link

Aging in Action newsletter’s page on cognitive health has lots of articles for improving and maintaining cognitive health.

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3 Steps to Cultivate Hope, Compassion and Healing

Opening up to hope in the midst of, say, a struggle for your life or someone else’s, is profoundly healing. It allows us the ability to connect with compassion to all of life. The linked article offers an easy method … Continue reading

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Looking Forward with Helen

You always have to have something to look forward to. –Helen Howland Of the many people that could have said this (a psychologist or other therapist, a teacher of the Law of Attraction, a concentration camp survivor or a motivational … Continue reading

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Examining the Benefit of Limits

In my previous post about limits, I indicated that limits do not agree with us as human beings. Then why do we have them? Besides real dangers that we rightly fear, the reason we limit our aspirations and doubt our … Continue reading

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Body Ownership

Life forever on this planet raises many theological, demographic, social and philosophical issues. On this blog, I attempt to speak to many of them and to resource other expert opinions. But central to this discussion is one I have not … Continue reading

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Fallen Fathers

On this Father’s Day, 2011, we again remember fathers. And if your or your partner’s father has passed on, you know that Father’s Day is not necessarily a time of connection and joy. As I look at photos of my … Continue reading

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Waiting for Death

Too much TV time (more than two hours per day) has been linked to higher risk of death. Other recent studies show that sitting in general (computer, office, lounging) is less healthy than standing or moving about. But this latest … Continue reading

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Body Love

I love my body for one particular reason: it is my touchstone with all that I am. It stores my memories, my emotions, senses and perceptions. It connects me to the people I love. It gives me the ability to … Continue reading

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Loving the Future

I have often wondered about the future and what separates it from the present. Why does it always feel a long way off when it is only the next second away? Surely the future is present now as we plant … Continue reading

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How to Live Forever- Review

Mark Wexler’s third documentary debuted in San Diego on June 3rd. The San Diego Reader posted this interview with Wexler. How to Live Forever is a life-affirming movie, full of good humor and insights. Check it out on the movie … Continue reading

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As Powerful as the Trust and Connection

“The roles we play in each others’ lives are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us.” – Oprah Winfrey It’s not hard to see the truth of the quote. Oprah nailed that one. And because roles are … Continue reading

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Want to Live Longer? Have more sex!

Dr. Daniel Amen in his book “Sex on the Brain” looks at brain function and sexual experience. They are very interconnected. In the chapter “Methuselah’s Secret” the neurologist states, “Regular sexual contact, especially with a committed partner, helps to keep … Continue reading

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Dying of Heart Disease 50% Chance

What if you got up this morning and heard that there was a fifty per cent chance of rain? Would you take measures to protect your clothes? I would. Or what if the word on the street was that because … Continue reading

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Medical Care System Is Broken

According to a study published by the American Journal of Medicine, the majority of US bankruptcies (62.1%) are not caused by credit card debt, but medical debt. These were not necessarily the uninsured or the poor. “Three quarters had health … Continue reading

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Disrupting the Diagnosis

Here is a video by Dr. Mark Hyman, an MD practicing “Functional Medicine.” He introduces the approach at TEDMED of looking for causes rather than symptoms or diagnoses.

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