Archive for February 2011

Happy Love Day!

Many people think that Valentine’s Day is just another way to get us to feel obliged to spend money. Buy a card, chocolates, or flowers and call that caring or love.

I have mixed thoughts about this. I don’t believe that handing out cards this one day of the year is a good way to recognize our love or caring of a significant other. I also don’t think that it should be exclusive to boy/girlfriends, wives/husbands, or dates.

Instead I think that every chance to show that you care about someone makes for a good day. I think that Valentine’s Day is a reminder to us to say “I love you” or “I care about you” or “You make me smile” or “Thank you”.

So this year, instead of buying things no one needs, I bought an e-card that’s a donation to one of the many causes that I think worthy, animal welfare. For all of you who love dogs, cats, horses, pigs, turtles, elephants, whales, dolphins, and pandas or rats, snakes, and spiders, here’s the link:

And while you’re at it, be kind to yourself too! That doesn’t mean you should just give yourself free reign to splurge on those shoes you love but don’t need or go crazy on a box of cookies because you love cookies. It means forgive yourself. It means allow yourself time to stop and smell the flowers (unless you have allergies!). It means take care of your mind, your body, and your spirit: exercise, eat healthy foods, drink enough water, get enough sleep, BREATHE, meditate, find creative things to do, dance, share, hug, read, learn, play, write, smile, LAUGH, and maybe get some acupuncture! 🙂

What will you do to show you care?


Year of the Metal Rabbit

This year is the year of the Metal Rabbit.

I started reading about the predictions for this year and after a quick glance decided to ignore what I read. Why? Because I didn’t like what I read. There wasn’t much positive. The article I found wrote of conflict, misfortunes, and scarcity.

Are you the kind of person who wants to know about all the bad stuff so that you can prepare for it? Or do you avoid it because then you feel you’ll create misfortunes because you are looking for them?

I’m not exactly either of these, but I’m definitely more of the latter. I don’t like watching or reading too much news because much of it seems to focus on the bad.

There is one big exception for me. I want to predict my health and the health of my patients. I want to know if there are risks or predispositions for illness and disease. Why? Because while I don’t think I can do much (or anything) about the stock market, natural disasters, or wars, I do believe that I can contribute to a happy health outcome. Prevention is key.

I like this quote:

“If you want to know your future, look at what you are doing in this moment.” — Tibetan proverb

If you are eating poorly, not getting enough sleep, stressing out, or are exercising little or not at all, you have a hint to your future.

Personally, my challenge is getting enough sleep. I can sleep no problem. I just choose to stay up. I’m like a little kid who’s afraid that going to bed means missing out on something exciting. I have a lot of energy, generally. I like being active. I know many people who love to sleep, but I love being awake! I can, however, predict that after too many nights of not enough sleep, my body will tell me that enough’s enough.

So, what I’m doing at present is setting an alarm to GO TO BED!

What simple steps can you make now to make sure that your present actions contribute to your future better health?

Not sure what to do? Ask me.


Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.
William Wordsworth


Laughter IS the best medicine

An email I received from a friend:

You have to love British humour! These are classified ads which were actually placed in a UK newspaper:

8 years old
. Hateful little bastard. Bites!

1/2 Cocker Spaniel,1/2 sneaky neighbour’s dog.

Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd. Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

Also 1 gay bull for sale.

Must sell washer and dryer £100.

Worn once by mistake. Call Stephanie.

**** And the WINNER is… ****

Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica, 45 volumes.
Excellent condition, £200 or best offer.

No longer needed, got married, wife knows everything!
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