Self Esteem - The Adult Chair
September 16, 2019
We can never have enough self-esteem. So many of us didn't have healthy self-esteem role models growing up so, we are embarking on this journey now. Here's the good news, it's never too late!
With the help of The Adult Chair model, we can live our lives to the fullest and create happiness we never thought possible.
Healthy self-esteem from The Adult Chair is not only possible, but it also happens quickly with these 4 easy-to-apply steps. Enjoy your journey of building up your new sense of self and empowerment in your Adult Chair.
Link to Self Esteem Podcast
September 16, 2019
Why do we need to learn to be still? We always hear about the virtues of being still. Our parents yell at us to "sit still". Pink Floyd extolled the lyrics, "You! Yes you! Stand still, laddy". Hyperactive kids get labeled and find their way into trouble for not being still. I suffered from this label for years in elementary school and beyond as I loved to squirm in my seat and talk far too much to my neighbors to the utter displeasure of Mrs. Smalley, my third grade teacher. It reached its peak that year when a friend of mine and I were labeled the chatterbox twins and were routinely sent out into the hall so as to not disrupt the class.
Upcoming Lecture at The Center for the Environment
September 11th, 2019
Do you want to learn about the genesis of autoimmune diseases like Crohn's disease or hypothyroidism? If so, you are in luck. On Thursday, October the 3rd at 6:30PM, I am going to give a talk on the genesis of autoimmune disease and what you can do to stem the tide or potentially lessen your disease burden if you are already sick.
It is an event that requires registration which can be done at this link. However, in the past a few people have registered only to not show up and leave a seat vacant. Therefore, if you fail to register, come anyway and you will likely find a wanting seat.
Prevention and understanding are keys to longevity,
September 9th, 2019
When thinking about life and your children at all ages, think long and hard about making life uncomfortable for them on and off. I do not say this lightly. The thought of this makes a lot of parents squirm. Many people equate loving a child with keeping them happy most of the time or sometimes at all costs. I think that this plan is fraught with peril.
Think about a crying child. There is the I am starving cry. There is the I want to be held cry. There is the I am over tired cry. And on and on. To stop the crying, a parent will have to meet the child's need. Food, holding, rocking to sleep, giving a toy, etc... will achieve the goal of stopping the crying, but at what cost if always done.
Vaping and Death
September 9, 2019
Most of us are rapidly getting an education on the severe risks of the new E cigarette/vaping epidemic that has taken the country by storm over the past few years. With 5 deaths as of this writing and more than 450 hospitalized by severe lung disease this year related to vaping, the whole country is awoken to a sad reality that the epidemic may start claiming more lives and cost billions in healthcare costs.
The vaping concerns are primarily affecting our teenagers and young adults bringing the scrutiny of the FDA to bear down on the main company, JUUL, for perceived deceptive marketing to minors with rechargeable flavored devices and illegal health claims. For years there was a serious lack of credible data to give us clear direction as to risk and avoidance necessity. This is no longer a reality. Serious problems are here and death, the ultimate side effect, has claimed a human life five times.
Chronic Lyme Disease
September 2nd, 2019
For those patients suffering from chronic lyme disease in the northeast and northern midwest, this is for you. For those that are treating themselves with months of antimicrobial drugs against the Borrelia bacterium that causes Lyme disease, you need to think twice. It has never made sense to me to ever give a patient months and months of antimicrobial medicines in the absence of active known infection. The side effects of the antibiotics are profound, especially on the intestinal microbiome.
September 2, 2019
Forgiveness is an unfortunately underutilized cure for heartache and pain. We all at some point in life will suffer from an intentional or unintentional wrong that leaves us wounded, angry and potentially vengeful. This triad of dangerous feelings will usually worsen our sense of self if we act upon them or hold them close.
Sports Seasons are Back in Full Swing
August 26th, 2019
It is that time of year again. Sports are back in full swing for our Teenagers. Whether it is school based or club based, the athletes preparation for sport is critical to an improved outcome. Here are some simple tips to pass along to them to improve outcomes.
1) Drink adequate amounts of water many hours before sports activity. At least 2 to 3, 12 ounce glasses of clean water 2+ hours before activity. When you are thirsty, you are already mildly to moderately dehydrated.
2) Stretch, Stretch and then stretch some more. This is likely the number one way to avoid injury in sport. Yoga is an excellent activity to become flexible. When your teens are relaxing at home, have them stretch all major muscle groups. Flexibility is king in keeping a player on the court or field.
Infants Spit up!
August 26, 2019
Since the dawn of time, mothers have noted that an infant will spit up their breastmilk not too infrequently during the first six months of life. This is a norm. Somewhere in the last 30 years, we started medicalizing this reality and inappropriately calling it GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease when the vast majority of these events are benign spit up.
A new class of drugs to treat reflux called proton pump inhibitors,
Acne in Teenagers
August 19th, 2019
As school and athletics are back in full swing, let's look at a teenage centric return to school issue, muscle building and acne. Dairy has been used for decades as a source of high quality protein for muscle growth and secondarily, athletic benefits. Unfortunately, many Americans are challenged by the increased frequency of allergy and sensitivity to the dairy based casein protein, also known as the milk curd, prompting many to switch to pure whey dairy based protein supplements for muscle growth.
Cyber Bullying and Young Girls
August 19, 2019
An adolescent daughter's mood and sense of wellbeing have been on parent's minds for centuries. The variables of distraction and abuse change over time leading up to the current study in the Journal Lancet Child and Adolescent Health by Dr. Viner and colleagues. They looked at a secondary analyses of public data from the Our Futures study, an English longitudinal study of 12,866 young people from age 13 years to 16 years analyzing the social media effects on adolescent mental health and well-being.
Aug 12th, 2019
Celery, every part, including the stalks, seeds, and leaves are edible and are rich in nutrients. Celery leaves are often added to soups and stir-fries. Celery seeds present in different forms such as whole seed, ground and extract can give you beneficial health benefits. Crushed celery seeds can be used as a spice. Apiol, an oily compound in celery seeds, contributes to a distinctive flavor and many medicinal uses. Celery is loaded with vitamin B6, calcium, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, folate, vitamin K, fiber, and protein.
August 12th, 2019
1) High School performance significantly improves with more nighttime sleep. Gideon Dunster and colleagues looked at a 55 minute later HS start time in Seattle, Washington and its effect on school performance. The authors state: "We carried out a pre-/post-research study and show that there was an increase in the daily median sleep duration of 34 min, associated with a 4.5% increase in the median grades of the students and an improvement in attendance."
Taking the Time
August 12, 2019
When I think of taking the time, I think of the Cat Stevens song, "Cats in the Cradle"* and its sad repertoire of words pointing to time missed between a son and a father. Having always been moved by these words, I swore to myself as a young teenager that I would be like my father, present, and not grow up to be another member of the song's story as the son or later the father.
Shopping Tips for chicken:
August 5th ,2019
1. The best way to ensure you're buying the freshest poultry is to look at the fat - it should be white to deep yellow, never gray or pale. Make sure the package is well wrapped and leak-free.
2. Check the label carefully to avoid poultry that has been "enhanced" with an added sodium solution-it's higher in sodium than those without added solution. The word "natural" on the label does not guarantee a non-enhanced product. To determine if poultry is enhanced, scan the ingredients on the label for any added solution that is not plain water.
Plastic bottles of water and health
August 5, 2019
Everywhere we turn we see plastic water bottles being toted around and imbibed by the American populace at large. Drinking water out of bottles is fascinatingly expensive. When we go to a convenience store and purchase a liter of bottled water we pay on average 2.00$ per bottle times four which equals 8$ per gallon, 3.5 times more expensive than a gallon of gasoline! Despite this slight insanity in cost, we all choose at times the convenience of "clean" spring or other fancy water.
July 29th, 2019
Dr. Chazelas and colleagues looked at the association between sugar laden beverage consumption and all cause cancer risk in a study published in the British Medical Journal this past May.
"101,257 participants aged 18 and over from the French NutriNet-Santé cohort (2009-2017) were included. Consumptions of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages were assessed by using repeated 24 hour dietary records, which were designed to register participants' usual consumption for 3,300 different food and beverage items."
The 90/10 Rule
July 29, 2019
When you have written as many articles as I have about health as it relates to nutrition and lifestyle, you start to get labeled as an all or nothing person. There is some mild truth to it, however, nothing is ever 100%. I cannot remember the last time that I discussed this topic so here we go.
When I show up in a grocery store and someone recognizes me, they always do two things:
July 22, 2019
Sedentary behavior has been known to be a risk factor for diseases of the body and mind. A study from the Journal of Research in Personality by Dr. Yannick Stephan and colleagues looked at the chronicity of the couch potato phenotype over time. They wanted to see whether these sedentary behaviors had any lasting effects on personality and other patterned behavior.
The original data sets were from two large studies, the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study and the Midlife in the United States Study that began in the 1990's.
Acute Flaccid Myelitis, AFM
July 22, 2019
AFM is a post viral disorder that presents with weakness and progresses to paralysis in ill patients. It became a distinct disease entity in 2014. Ill patients initially have a benign fever associated with a respiratory viral illness.
"Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) was initially defined as a distinct entity in 2014 following reports of the occurrence of acute limb weakness in previously healthy children across the United States during an outbreak