Is It Just Normal Aging? (Or Am I Losing My Mind?) Two simple ways to tell

Through­out your life, you expe­ri­ence an occa­sional mem­ory lapse or momen­tary brain con­fu­sion. Then, as you age, these moments can become more fre­quent. And more anxiety-provoking.

Nor­mal, healthy aging is chal­leng­ing enough to cope with. But when mem­ory prob­lems become more fre­quent, are they an early warn­ing sign of Alzheimer’s or another vari­ety of dementia?

Here are two sim­ple ways to assess your­self.
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What My Colleague George (Dr. Russell) Taught Me About the Knee

I was feel­ing a lit­tle twisted in my right knee so I got a treat­ment from my col­league George (Dr. George Russell.)

He was able to help me a lot – he iden­ti­fied a prob­lem with the way my knee was rotating.

It’s a sub­tle thing.  That’s because rota­tion isn’t the main motion that occurs at the knee. Mostly the knee bends (flexes, in med­ical par­lance) and straight­ens (extends).

But noth­ing in the realm of anatomy is ever that sim­ple or one-dimensional.

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How Doctors Tell If You Need Statins

Before doc­tors give you a pre­scrip­tion for blood pres­sure med­ica­tion or statins to lower cho­les­terol, they want to know that you’re in a high enough car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk category.

They look at a num­ber of fac­tors — your age, body mass, fam­ily his­tory, blood pres­sure and cho­les­terol num­bers, and so forth.

The national health ser­vice of the UK thinks that (in gen­eral), any­one who has more than a 20% chance of a seri­ous car­dio­vas­cu­lar event (stroke, heart attack, angina) over the next ten years is a good can­di­date for medication.

Want to check your risk based on their standards?

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Confessions in the Gym — or, How to Use Peer Pressure for Your Benefit

The other day I’m bound­ing in to the gym where I work out and I see Steve – the head trainer.

How ya doing, Doc?’ he says.

I’m doing fine. But I haven’t been get­ting to the gym that reg­u­larly,’ I respond, feel­ing slightly guilt-ridden to con­fess my slothfulness.

Don’t tell me about it — do it for your­self, man, not for me,’ he answers.

He’s right.

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Growing Up to Be a “Man”

Some­one was thought­ful enough to share with me a recent inter­view that was heard on NPR as part of their “Men in Amer­ica” series.

The inter­view is with Joe Ehrmann, a for­mer NFL defen­sive line­man and now a pastor.

Check it out.

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Latest Medical Research

Here are six brand new find­ings from the world of bio­med­ical research that I think are par­tic­u­larly inter­est­ing.
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My Back Pain is Better — Do I Still Have to Come for My Chiropractic Treatments?

An indi­vid­ual episode of low back pain is usu­ally a pretty benign thing. If you have an iso­lated attack of back pain – even if the pain is severe – you can be highly con­fi­dent you’ll get over it. With chi­ro­prac­tic hands-on treat­ment, you’re likely to get rid of pain more quickly. And with­out the risks inher­ent in tak­ing pain pills.

Once you’re feel­ing bet­ter, is that the end of the story?

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What Bodybuilders Taught Me About Treating Intervertebral Discs

Prob­lems of the inter­ver­te­bral discs are a com­mon cause of seri­ous low back pain. The discs are espe­cially likely to be involved when the pain shoots down the leg or is accom­pa­nied by numb­ness or mus­cle weakness.

Many patients can be helped with hands-on chi­ro­prac­tic meth­ods. But when disc prob­lems are bad enough, some­thing extra is needed. That’s why, more than ten years ago, I became one of the first physi­cians in New York to intro­duce lum­bar decom­pres­sion with the DRX-9000.

The DRX-9000 is effec­tive for her­ni­ated, bulging, or degen­er­ated discs. It opens up the space between the ver­te­brae to relieve pres­sure on pinched nerves and allow the disc to rebuild.

But when I first began using the DRX-9000, I had a problem

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Newest Research Findings on Health

Reg­u­lar read­ers of Your Body of Knowl­edge are famil­iar with our point of view that empha­sizes build­ing health from the inside out and avoid­ing the chem­i­cal­ized approach to life.  I thought read­ers would be inter­ested in these recent research arti­cles which rein­force these con­cepts.
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Get Off the Treadmill

You know the type.

One of my patients – we’ll call her Elaine – gets up every morn­ing at 5:45 and hops on the tread­mill for a 45 minute power walk before she shows up at her high-stress job run­ning the HR depart­ment of a large law firm.

Her con­sis­tency and com­mit­ment to health are admirable. And she looks pretty trim for some­one of her age.

But repet­i­tive car­dio exer­cise isn’t enough. Elaine needs to get more cre­ative with her exer­cise reg­i­men. She’s miss­ing out on at least five of the ben­e­fits that reg­u­lar phys­i­cal activ­ity could bring her.

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