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Tuesday, Aug 20th 2013
Confession: I think I have turned into one of those slow walkers.
Perhaps it's because last week I was away visiting the West Coast and was in unfamiliar—or less familiar—territory that I began to feel paranoid about falling and moved around a bit slower than my usual robust pace.
OK, I'm not really a s-l-o-w walker. But I am a bit more cautious than when I was younger.
Monday, Aug 12th 2013
This summer has brought out a variety of shoe styles. Rainy days (and there have been lots of them!) preclude me from wearing sandals (unless I want soaked feet). And on the hot, humid days, wearing the wrong sandals can cause swollen feet to feel misplaced in even the most comfortable pair.
Tuesday, Aug 06th 2013
When you hear someone has gone for Botox injections, do you assume they're doing it all in the name of beauty? After all, the most popular use of Botox is as a cosmetic therapy—used to erase facial wrinkles by slightly relaxing the contraction of muscles.
Tuesday, Jul 30th 2013
Unnecessary premature death as a consequence of the WHI study
by Wulf H. Utian, MD, BCh, PhD, DSc(Med), FRCOG, FACOG, FICS
It is never ever pleasant in the practice of medicine to live to see a health warning you issued become fact.
Friday, Jul 26th 2013
A reader wrote to me recently with this email:
"All winter long, I can't wait until summer. I love the warm weather and always feel better in it. Yet, for some reason, I am depressed. I'm used to being depressed in the wintertime—I hate cold and snow—but I always am so happy in the summer. Any idea why this could be? I am healthy. I am happily married. And I had a good childhood. Where would this come from?"
Wednesday, Jul 17th 2013
Since recently moving to a new town, I find myself busier than ever. Like out-of-control weeds, my expanding lists are growing sub-lists—and those, in turn, have spurned "now" and "later" lists … it's hard to keep track of it all. Each time I cross something off my list, five new things take its place.
Tuesday, Jul 09th 2013
I'm one of those people who rarely complain about the heat. Give me 80, even 90 degrees, and I'm fine—and happy—being outside. But winter? That's a whole other story. The minute the temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, my body feels perpetually cold and doesn't thaw out until we're well into spring.
Wednesday, Jul 03rd 2013
The old saying, "Treat your body right, and it'll treat you right," refers to more than just getting adequate sleep (7-9 hours a night for most of us), exercising and managing your stress levels.
It also means carefully considering the foods you're eating to fuel your body.
Tuesday, Jun 25th 2013
Long after you're hungry, you're still eating.
And then, it hits you.
Right in the gut.
You are beyond full. You're uncomfortable. Maybe you have some indigestion, gas or reflux as a result (or worse). Perhaps a real "tummy ache."
And then you start the self-blame. Why did I eat so much? Ugh, I feel awful. I am such a glutton.