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

One

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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