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The Medicalization of Life. . .The continuing saga Did you know that science doesn’t support and the U.S. Task Force on Preventative Medicine doesn’t recommend yearly physical exams for most people? Did you know that science doesn’t support & US Preventative Medicine Task Force doesn’t recommend the use of low dose aspirin to prevent a primary cardiovascular event in people under 50 or over 70? Further, they only recommend it[…]

Heart Health: Knowledge is Power Last week another local Facebook friend underwent heart bypass surgery and once again I witnessed the common social media reaction: prayers for his safety and quick recovery, shock that this was happening to another seemingly healthy person, tons of well-wishes and genuine concern. All of which I share. Still, for me, once again there is disappointment and even anger. Anger at the Medical Industrial Complex[…]

A Randomized Controlled Study of Parachutes; For Real! You could file this under “they (the most renowned medical journals) will publish anything.” But that would miss the point. (Note: this WAS published in the Christmas issue; an annual light-hearted look at health & medicine. Though studies in it ARE held to usual standards) These researchers set out to upset the norm and they did. The history: for over 20 years,[…]

(sorry if you opened an email sent yesterday that inadvertently published too soon) Ever feel confused about what to eat to maintain health? Who hasn’t? Ever wonder where some recommendations come from and who you should trust? I know, even as a lifetimes healthcare provider and proverbial health nut, sometimes I, myself have been confused. The thing is, there are standard and straightforward answer for much of this stuff. The[…]

Simple Life Lessons from Cycle-Touring Last month, my husband & I went a 2 week bicycling trip in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts; starting in Bangor, Maine and ending in Southern Massachusetts. Yes; just us, our gear & bikes; no car, fully contained. This was the first tour we have been on in many years and it gave me a chance to re-connect the incredible feelings of freedom & power[…]


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