The expert guide to the healthy enjoyment of life

Life gets com­pli­cat­ed.

You’ve got work respon­si­bil­i­ties, fam­i­ly respon­si­bil­i­ties, and finan­cial pres­sures.

And per­haps you have some of these oth­er issues weigh­ing down your spir­it:

  • You’re still car­ry­ing that extra 5–10 pounds of extra flab you can’t get around to los­ing.
  • Your blood pres­sure or cho­les­terol might be a lit­tle high.
  • The shoul­der (or knee) you injured way back in high school is act­ing up and stops you from the activ­i­ties you enjoy.
  • You’re start­ing to wor­ry a bit about some of the long term health prob­lems that Amer­i­cans are prone to – like arthri­tis or dia­betes.
  • You’re not sleep­ing as well as you used to, and you’re always tired or have a low mood.

Why do some peo­ple seem hap­py, con­tent, and ful­ly engaged with the chal­lenges of life, while oth­ers are fre­quent­ly frus­trat­ed or unful­filled?

I real­ly have no idea.

But I do know that the most impor­tant thing you can do is take an active role in being healthy.


The blog to help you take ownership of your body and your health

smell the rosesNo mat­ter what else is going on in your life, if you’re not healthy, you’re mis­er­able.  Noth­ing else in life can com­pen­sate for not liv­ing up to your health poten­tial.

Poor health will cost you.  Experts esti­mate that the aver­age retired cou­ple will spend $200,000 — $300,000 or more for out-of-pock­et health expens­es.  That’s a lot of mon­ey.

Poor health costs a lot more than mere mon­ey, too.  Dete­ri­o­rat­ing health robs you of your abil­i­ty to enjoy life.

And unfor­tu­nate­ly, the day when you could count on a knowl­edge­able, car­ing, per­son­al doc­tor to be the man­ag­er of your health quest is over.

We don’t live in a ratio­nal health care uni­verse.  The sys­tem is designed for the needs of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, insur­ance com­pa­nies, hos­pi­tals, the gov­ern­ment – every­one except for you and me.  It’s insane.

Don’t be a pas­sive recip­i­ent of health care ser­vices.  You’ve got to take own­er­ship of your own health and your own body.

That defines the major pur­pose of this blog — to help you take respon­si­bil­i­ty for your body and sup­port you in tak­ing the steps need­ed to ensure good health.

Health isn’t individual, it’s social (and so is this blog)

The cre­ation of a blog is a social activ­i­ty.  Even though there’s a host and pri­ma­ry author, every­one is invit­ed to con­tribute.

The social cre­ation of a blog per­fect­ly mir­rors how health is cre­at­ed.  The breadth and depth of our fam­i­ly and social con­nec­tions are strong pre­dic­tors of the state of our health, and become our most impor­tant tools for heal­ing.

That’s why you’re encour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in this blog.  Please com­ment on any posts that engage you.

You can even con­tribute arti­cles of your own.  Send an e-mail to with the arti­cle attached.  We’ll review it and you’ll soon see it pub­lished on the blog.

You can tar­get your arti­cle to one of the main cat­e­gories of post­ings on the blog:

  • Per­son­al Sto­ries
  • Spe­cif­ic Health Con­di­tions
  • Fit­ness & Exer­cise
  • Nutri­tion & Diet
  • Lifestyle & Leisure
  • Spir­i­tu­al Insight and Humor
  • Pol­i­tics of Health­care
  • Health Queries

Per­haps your con­tri­bu­tion even fits into more than one of these cat­e­gories.


Ron Lavine, D.C. (your host)


P.S. This blog does offer health infor­ma­tion, and we are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion in a respon­si­ble man­ner.  I’ve writ­ten many of the arti­cles.  My cre­den­tials for being con­sid­ered a health expert are more than thir­ty years of expe­ri­ence as a doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic and an excep­tion­al abil­i­ty to under­stand, ana­lyze, and explain com­plex sci­en­tif­ic infor­ma­tion.  In some cas­es I’ve pro­vid­ed links to use­ful ref­er­ence mate­r­i­al out­side of this blog.

Oth­er arti­cles are writ­ten by guest authors whose cre­den­tials may dif­fer from mine; some are not med­ical pro­fes­sion­als at all but peo­ple who are striv­ing to achieve health in their own fash­ion.

Please place all the infor­ma­tion con­tained on this site in the appro­pri­ate con­text.  Don’t make deci­sions about your own health based sole­ly on what you read here.  Con­sult your per­son­al health prac­ti­tion­er as need­ed; there’s no sub­sti­tute for that.


One Response to The expert guide to the healthy enjoyment of life

  1. Hi Ron,

    I was check­ing to see if this domain is tak­en (good name for a blog!) and I’m glad to see it’s tak­en by a fel­low “mix­er” D.C. who’s into not only chi­ro­prac­tic but also move­ment, the brain, and true holis­tic health. Sad I have to think of a new name. But hap­py to see the ser­vice you’re pro­vid­ing. You’re a great writer and your arti­cles inspire me! I’m only 6 months into prac­tice… and believe me, I could use some inspi­ra­tion right now 🙂 Thank you!

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