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.

Here’s the big question

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.

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Chil­dren jump­ing for joy


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

No 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.

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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, doc­tors, 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)


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website,, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.

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