“NIGGER, NIGGER, NIGGER” cut through the air of the oncology consultation room, with the staccato triplet setting my eardrums vibrating and freezing my face and body in space. I have often thought about race and have heard such racial epithets on several occasions. But I think the boxer Mike Tyson had it right: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
“People were asking me [before a fight], ‘What’s going to happen?’ They were talking about his style. He’s going to give you a lot of lateral movement. He’s going to move; he’s going to dance. He’s…
“The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.”
This is the insightful observation of William Wordsworth (1770–1850), the English romantic who (along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge) helped initiate the Romantic Age in English literature. Together, they published Lyrical Ballads in 1798.
Today is not a day for literature. Instead, I want to share with you the remarkable findings of researchers from Stanford University. They looked at almost 3,000 proteins in the blood of 4,263 subjects ages 18 to 95. Here’s what they discovered:
EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL consumption is associated with many health risks. These perils include accidental injuries, addiction, alcohol poisoning, cancer, cognitive problems, liver damage, and more. Non-problem drinking also has hazards, but does it cause weight gain?
The National Institutes of Health describes the scope of alcohol consumption in the United States: Over 85 percent of adults have consumed alcohol in their lifetime. Just under 70 percent report consuming alcohol during the past year, and 55 percent had alcohol within the last month.
Moreover, one-quarter of adults report binge drinking within the past month. Six percent are “heavy drinkers,” with high-intensity drinking…
AMERICANS ARE USING more low-calorie food products and still are experiencing a rise in the incidence of obesity. A curious and bright reader recently reminded me of this after I posted about how rats fed a high-fat diet experienced obesity-associated changes in their biological clock.
But are we tilting at windmills? Is the obesity problem not really about the consumption of fats? Do we need a paradigm shift in thinking about chronic conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes?
Let me reiterate the American paradox: Reduced fat and calorie intake and frequent use of low-calorie food products are associated…
DO YOU WANT to strengthen the armor that protects your cells? I offer you several ways to slow the aging clock, including physical activity, mindfulness, and a healthy diet. Today I want to focus primarily on the role of movement in stealing a bit of time.
First, we need to address some basic science; more specifically we will address a biomarker of aging. Telomeres are sections of DNA found at the ends of each of our chromosomes. The telomeres are made of the same sequence of bases repeated over and over. In humans the telomere sequence is TTAGGG.
JUST DO IT: Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice daily. With that essential observation behind us, should you use a powered toothbrush or a manual one?
We know we should brush our teeth regularly. But did you know these disturbing statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control?
Here are some ways you may improve your oral health:
MEDITATE ONCE, and you may make alter your brain activity to recognize errors better. A new research study from Michigan State University (USA) — the largest of this study type — points to this mindfulness practice making us less error-prone.
Researchers recruited 212 subjects (who had never meditated before) to test how open-monitoring meditation affects how individuals detect and respond to errors. TeachStreet’s Kenji Crosland teaches us this about open-monitoring meditation:
“One begins to practice ‘awareness of thinking.’ All we must do to practice this form of meditation is to be aware of our thoughts and feelings and observe them…
U.S. SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR recently revealed that she recently had surgery and radiation therapy for early breast cancer. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Klobuchar, 61, “sat in her apartment in Washington, DC waiting to cast a vote on the pandemic federal stimulus package when she got the news.”
Posting on Medium.com, Klobuchar offers this reassuring news:
“Of course, this has been scary at times since cancer is the word all of us fear, but at this point, my doctors believe that my chances of developing cancer again are no greater than the average person.”
On a routine mammogram on a…
WE ALL KNOW that exercise is food for us, but do you know optimal intensity or duration? Today we explore a large study examining the association between habitual physical activity and fitness. By the end of this piece, I hope to give you more insight into the ideal level of exercise intensity to boost your fitness.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
— Henry David Thoreau, poet and philosopher
The study we are examining today gathered data from cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPETs) and data from fitness-tracking wearables worn by 2,070 participants.
HOW CAN YOU and I make happiness a habit? Today we look at one of my favorite ways you can cultivate happiness. Advance your sense of well-being.
I experienced it as I stood before the Great Pyramids of Egypt. I felt the sensation the first time I listened to Glenn Gould playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations for piano. And yes, I had the experience as I visited the Grand Canyon and the nearby Antelope Canyon.
Experiencing awe. When I experience it, I feel like I am a part of something greater than myself. An awe experience may not only change how…