Music Therapy

I just added a song by Il Volo to my website.

Are you affected by music? That’s why they call it music therapy. It’s a powerful medium and a dynamic mood changer!

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Why Did I Write A Book about Pre-Diabetes?

Actually, the name of the book is “How Long Do You Want To Live?, which may sound a tad alarmist and foreboding. However, so much of our health is within our control…it’s a shame to sabotage your health just because you don’t know the facts!

They used to think that the earth was flat. They used to believe that cigarettes are good for you. They used to think that if diabetes runs in your family, that you’re destined to get it too!

Hello!

This is a case where knowledge really is power.

Physicians, largely due to managed care requirements, have less time to spend with patients than ever before. If you do receive a diagnosis of high blood sugar, physicians don’t have the time to engage in a long discussion about what to eat, what to avoid, or where to go from here.

That’s why I wrote the book. I wrote the book to give people some basic guidelines about what to do after receiving a diagnosis of pre-diabetes.

 It’s not War and Peace…just a small book with seven simple steps to follow.

If you know someone who has this diagnosis, or simply wants to lose a little weight, send them to http://tinyurl.com/7zk236z.

You Don’t Have To Be A Cat Lover To Relate

Check out my video…http://youtu.be/e61tq7udlYs

Whitney Houston

The tragedy of Whitney Houston is that it represents another precious life tragically cut short.

What is it about creativity and talent that predisposes their hosts to addiction and an early demise? Perhaps it’s both the stress of the lifestyle coupled with the availability of prescription drugs. Perhaps even the people closest to them innocently buy into the myth that celebrities are larger than life and not affected by the ills that threaten mortal men.

Creativity has been linked to depression. History has numerous examples of gifted artists who ended their lives. However, the artists of the 21st century are taking their lives in a more passive way…via alcohol and prescription drugs.

This problem is not limited to celebrities. They are simply the ones that get the headlines. They are the ones who bring attention to the problem. Thousands of families across this nation have lost loved ones to addiction.

More brain research is leading to better detection of mental health conditions which lead to addiction. After all, much addiction is the result of a  futile attempt to self medicate.

Most people who die by addiction don’t want to die. As Salk saved lived with the polio vaccine, perhaps researchers will be a big part of the solution here. In the mean time, attention to mental health is critical. This is where it all begins.

Whitney Houston

The tragedy of Whitney Houston is that it represents another precious life tragically cut short.

What is it about creativity and talent that predisposes their hosts to addiction and an early demise? Perhaps it’s both the stress of the lifestyle coupled with the availability of prescription drugs. Perhaps even the people closest to them innocently buy into the myth that celebrities are larger than life and not affected by the ills that threaten mortal men.

Creativity has been linked to depression. History has numerous examples of gifted artists who ended their lives. However, the artists of the 21st century are taking their lives in a more passive way…via alcohol and prescription drugs.

This problem is not limited to celebrities. They are simply the ones that get the headlines. They  bring attention to the problem. Thousands of families across this nation have lost loved ones to addiction.

More brain research is leading to better detection of mental health conditions which lead to addiction. After all, much addiction is the result of a suffering being in a futile attempt to self medicate.

Most people who die by addiction don’t want to die. As Salk saved lives with the polio vaccine, perhaps researchers will be a big part of the solution here. In the mean time, attention to mental health is critical. This is where it begins.

Yoga 101

It happened two days ago. I couldn’t remember a friend’s name. The cold grip of terror descended upon me as I struggled to recall her name. My mind was a total blank, except for the one word that I had no problem remembering…dementia.

As a baby boomer who has witnessed the cognitive decline of many of the “greatest generation”, I am ever on red alert for signs of decline.

This was my motivation for attending a yoga class this morning.  (People who exercise are less likely to develop dementia and other cognitive diseases.)

What I did recall during the class is how much I dislike the discomfort that I experience during yoga classes…all that stretching, contorting, and twisting my body into positions that seem totally unnatural. After all, my body prefers reclining.

However, tonight I feel smug and self righteous…and maybe a little smarter.

Self Directed Weight Loss…Just A Month Away

I recently developed an easy to follow ” Self Directed Weight Loss Program” for baby boomer women who fantasize about losing ten pounds.

Why mention this in early December, and play upon the guilt from carbo-loading at all of those Christmas parties ? …because if December comes, can January be far behind? …and January means resolutions…fresh starts…redemptions.

So ” Ho Ho Ho”  yourself through December, but remember that the promise of losing those dreaded ten pounds is just a keystroke away. Until then…

www.tenpoundslost.com

Happy Holidays!

Are You An Introvert?

I just read with some amusement Psychology Today’s description of an introvert as someone who regarded going to a party as being held in a holding cell. That may sound dramatic, but for some introverts, this may be the case.

Socially, the biggest different between introverts and extroverts lies in their expression…not their sociability. For example, an introvert may be having a scintillating conversation inside his own mind, with his own flowery asides about what is going on at the party. “Oh, there’s Fred…haven’t seen him in years! Wonder who he’s with?…yada, yada, yada.” To the casual extroverted observer, it appears that the introverted partygoer is bored or even wallflowery. This usually prompts the dreaded question, “Are you having fun?”

Fun for an introvert is a small group gathering where ideas can be exchanged and pondered. Large parties are simply tolerated. Parties require quick off-the-cuff responses. This is where the introvert brain is constantly playing catch up. Introverts filter their thoughts and then decide which thoughts to share. Extroverts share almost every thought with little filtering. Extraverts are more likely to say things like, “Oh, I really wish I hadn’t said that,” while introverts say, “This is what I should have said.”

Introverts usually need downtime after socializing. So, if you are an introvert and you’re going to a party, I have four words for you…take your own car.

Cinematherapy

I accidentally watched “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” yesterday. I started mindlessly watching, but was drawn in by recollections of my own high school days. There is something oddly sentimental about movies that take you back to more carefree times.

What was apparent to me was the impulsive nature of most of their decisions. I guess this is understandable given that they lacked the wisdom that experience bestows upon you if you’re on the planet long enough.

I remember reading that the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. …that until age 25 people lack a full and complete understanding of the consequences of their behavior.

I suppose that’s part of what makes the teenage years both so fool hardy and so much fun. You don’t see too many anxiety disorders in the under 25 group. That’s probably what keeps the oldies music stations on board…a trip back to our own Ridgemond Highs.

The Power of Words

“In the beginning was the word…” Words are powerful. What we tell ourselves is powerful. Our words are so powerful that they even have the power to affect our immune systems. How? I tell myself a negative thought. My hypothalamus immediately reacts by sending out a cascade of chemicals to alert my immune system to get ready to attack an unknown invader. Since there is no invader, what does it attack? My healthy cells! Make no mistake…stress is not a benign condition. I’d like to share a video which speaks to the power of words. Watch your words. They count!

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