Today’s health tip

The exhale phase of your breath should be slower than the inhale phase.

After you breathe out, don’t be in a rush to suck in the next batch of air.   Take a pause at the end of each exhale, and even let a little more air gently trickle out for another second or two.

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Who’s an insignificant speck of dust?

A rabbi, feeling spiritually moved, dropped to his knees in his study to begin praying: “Exalted God, Thou who art everything, I am but an insignificant speck of dust in your cosmos….Thy will be done, not mine….” and so forth and so on.

Just then the cantor happened to come by, and, also spiritually moved, dropped down to his knees to pray: “Exalted God, Thou who art everything, I am but an insignificant speck of dust in your cosmos,…” and so forth and so on.

By chance, the building’s janitor happened to overhear the two men praying. He too was spiritually moved, and dropped down to his knees – “Exalted God, Thou who art everything, I am but an insignificant speck of dust in your cosmos…”

At which point the cantor nudged the rabbi to whisper, “Hmpf! Now look who thinks he’s an insignificant speck of dust….”

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Hospital consolidation is bad for your health

Hospital groups are getting bigger.

Large hospital chains are gobbling up smaller hospitals, and they’re also buying individual medical practices and integrating them into massive conglomerates.

Guess who pays the price?

Here’s a link to an article from Kaiser Health News that paints the sorry picture.

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Secret to chronic happiness

Fight for your right to happy –

Guest article from Kaiser Health News

If you keep up with health news, like I do, Kaiser Health News is a great resource.  It’s particularly useful for following issues pertaining to the politics and economics of healthcare.

Here’s a link to a recent article about maintaining happiness as you age.

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Use these 10 strategies to give your life an energy boost

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Latest research reveals even more questions about the medical model

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Medical practitioners routinely underestimate the potential harm of the tests and treatments they recommend, while overestimating their potential value. Here’s the link to the research.

Learn more: Why doctors push diagnostic tests you don’t need.

Two

The greatest risk to elderly patients who see primary care physicians is not a treatment error but a medical prescription itself even when it’s correctly prescribed.  Here’s the link to the research.

Learn more: Nutrition vs. pharmaceuticals for low back pain

Three

Steroid injections make knee problems worse over a two year period, without providing any benefit. Here’s the link to the research.

Learn more: How to protect your knee cartilage.

Four

Statins caused an increase in mortality when given to lower-risk patients over 65. Here’s the link to the research.

Learn more: Cut your cardiovascular risk 50-70% or more.

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Running biomechanics and the “preferred path” theory

For years, biomechanics experts have been grappling with a challenging question: What is the ideal pattern of gait for runners?

The “ideal” pattern of gait would be a path of motion through the foot and ankle that allows for maximum running efficiency and minimal risk of overuse injury.

If you could define an optimal path, you could analyze how each individual’s running pattern varied from the ideal.  Then you could design the perfect shoe or orthotic insert to help compensate for individual deviation from the ideal.

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America’s other drug epidemic – seniors in the hospital

Kaiser Health News is a valuable source of health information.

Here’s a sample – an article from August, 2016 written by Anna Gorman describing our shocking overconfidence in prescribing drugs to seniors.

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Deepen Your Body of Knowledge

Dangerous drugs that put seniors at risk

Chiropractic for seniors

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This quick enjoyment of life quiz predicts your longevity

I enjoy the things that I do

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often

I enjoy being in the company of others

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often

On balance, I look back on my life with a sense of happiness

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often

I feel full of energy these days

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often

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It’s more fundamental to health than good nutrition

What could be more fundamental to your health than good nutrition?

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