Archive for June 2010

Welcome to my newly updated blog!

Looks pretty, doesn’t it? 🙂

I want you to remember that this blog is not for me. This blog is for you. I write about health topics that I think might interest, inform, entertain, or maybe even inspire you. So, what do you want to know?

How about a small fun (though useless) fact? Did you know that if Jell-O is hooked up to an EEG, it registers a movement almost the same as the brain waves of a healthy adult?

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Simple exercise #1

Every morning I bring my dogs downstairs to my building’s basement to let them run around crazy. That’s their exercise. Easiest thing in the world for me and I used to just stand and watch them. It’s fun to see the joy they get chasing each other, jumping over each other, and wrestling. But after awhile, day after day, I noticed I’m staring at the wall more often then not, so I decided to find an easy exercise I could do myself.

Because I spend all day leaning over people doing acupuncture (most of you spend all day leaning over a computer or something else too), I thought I should work on my posture.

So, I started pilates wall exercises. This is an example of one: http://pilates.about.com/od/pilatesmat/ss/WallRollDown.htm

Do you have simple exercise ideas that take 5 minutes or less that you can do anywhere?

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Healing–A Taoist Appraoch

Healing
No matter how extreme a situation is, it will change. It cannot continue forever.
Thus, as a great forest fire is always destined to burn itself out; a turbulent sea will be come calmer. Natural events balance themselves out by seeking their opposites, and this process of balance is at the heart of all healing.
This process takes time. If an event is not great, the balancing required is slight. If it is momentous, then it may take days, ears, and even lifetimes for things to return to an even keel. Actually, without these slight imbalances, there would be no movement in life. It is being off balance that keeps life changing. Total centering, total balance would only be stasis.
All life is continual destruction and healing, over and over again.
That is why, even in the midst of an extreme situation, the wise are patient.
Whether the situation is illness, calamity, or their own anger, they know that healing will follow upheaval.

–Deng Ming Dao, Taoist scholar

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Smelly factoids

I just learned a few interesting factoids about some of the most smell-inducing foods that we eat. I don’t know how people can get past the smell of durian to be able to eat it, but it’s actually banned in public places in some parts of the world. Others foods that are packed with volatile compounds that can stink up our breath include garlic, onions, and alcohol. Because they circulate in the blood and exit through the lungs, they can cause bad breath for up to 72 hours. Asparagus doesn’t cause bad breath, but it does cause your urine to smell awful. Do you think that you’re not affected? You’re wrong. It affects everyone, but 60 to 80 percent of the population simply can’t smell it.

Though coffee breath may not be pleasant, unlike alcohol which encourages the growth of bacteria in the mouth–bacteria that contribute to bad halitosis–coffee actually inhibits their growth and scientists are trying to find ways to use that in breath-freshening products.

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Who knew sleep could be so interesting?

I’ve never been one to be all that interested in sleep. Some people love sleep. I know many who look forward to sleeping. I’m not one of those people. I sleep because of course we must sleep. I have always felt like I’m going to miss out on something and though I can fall asleep most times at pretty much the drop of a hat, I tend to stay awake way too late.

So, this month’s newsletter I’ve just finished writing is about sleep, why it’s so important, how to get more if you can’t sleep well, and what to do to change that inner child’s voice who still says “Can’t I stay up for just a little longer?” I’ll post that article once my newsletter goes out later this week.

In the meantime, I thought that these online articles about some other topics surrounding sleep were interesting and downright hilarious.

The first article discusses the ranking of sleep versus sex for hotel guests. In 2009 Westin Hotels and Resorts asked 12,500 frequent travelers of ten countries to rank the importance of things to do when checking into a hotel. On average, 51 percent chose sleep over sex. In 1999, the Westin did a similar study and found only 31 percent chose sleep over sex. http://www.nowpublic.com/health/great-sex-vs-good-sleep

A similar question was asked of new parents, “Is sleep the new sex?” http://lifestyle.ca.msn.com/family-parenting/moms-dads/rogers-article.aspx?cp-documentid=24238022

On an entirely different topic about sleep, this is definitely one of the funniest products I have ever seen advertised: The Better Marriage Blanket. This blanket uses activated carbon fibers, just like the military uses to absorb chemical weapons, to absorb “flatulence molecules” in bed! Yes, you read right. This blanket prevents “offending molecules” (their wording) from being released into the air. They say it makes a great wedding or anniversary present! https://www.bettermarriageblanket.com/

What are your tips on how to improve sleep?

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