Category Archives: Health

You Can Go To the Bank On This Advice

When a guy who lived to be 114 gives advice about how to live a long life, you have to pay attention.

Embrace change; eat two meals a day; work as long as you can; help others, and don’t fear death “because you’re born to die”.

Photo of Walter Breuning

Walter Breuning

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MindApples – One a Day for Your Mind

Came upon an interesting site today called Mindapples. Normally I’ll pop into a site like this, look around, and pop back out.

But today I created an account, contributed 5 Mindapples, and look forward to the daily interaction that may develop from an association with this site. I find that spending a lot of time on the web (the nature of the job) causes my mind to turn to twisted mush sometimes. I can get so far out there following link after link that a need real breadcrumbs to find my way back. My daily mantra? Focus, focus, focus. Success rate? Sketchy.

Could someone toss me a mindapple? I don’t know if I’ll stick with the site or not, but topics having to do with the mind interest me. Especially in light of my mom’s difficulties with memory loss and whether I’m previewing my own future when I’m with her.

While I was reading through the Mindapples blog, I read an entry with the following quote by Steve Jobs:

“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

That’s is a Mindapple that I’ll savor for quite a while.

More Good News for Coffee Drinkers

I love coffee. Addicted to it. If I decided to give up coffee for Lent, I’d probably keel over because my head would explode. (Of course, it may be my best shot at heaven…) So it always makes me happy when I read stories about the health benefits of coffee.

Large Waists, Empty Minds?

“The average waistline of people in the developed world has increased 400% in 25 years, with three-quarters of adults now overweight or obese. For the first time in history, there are literally more people overweight than that are starving (italics mine).”

This is a pretty interesting article.  Put down that muffin and read more….

Something’s Got to Give with Health Insurance

Here’s an interesting article from Chris Hedges that appeared on truthdig.com recently. It’s worth a read. Maybe there really are death panels — and they are disguised as insurance companies. Here are a few stats from the article:

  1. Percentage change since 2002 in average premiums paid to large US health insurance companies: +87%
  2. Percentage change in the profits of the top ten insurance companies: +428%
  3. Chances that an American bankrupted by medical bills has health insurance: 7 in 10

All you really need to ask yourself with regard to the current debates about health care reform is who’s benefiting from the current system that we have in place. Are you? Is your doctor? Read the rest here.

All that Stands in the Way are Greed, Lies, and Gullibility

“Every wealthy country other than the United States guarantees essential care to all its citizens.” We can do this.

Broken Heart

Broken Heart

I guess there really is such a thing as a broken heart. It’s called broken heart syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy. It’s also known Takatsubo Myopathy. It presents with the characteristics of a heart attack, but it’s not, and fortunately patients generally make a full recovery.

This is what happened to a friend this weekend. It was poignant reminder that you never really know how much another person is carrying around in life or when a single moment will break your heart.