I found this video about a wise and sly college professor “lecturing” his former students about life. It’s all about gratitude and being grateful for what you have, not about focusing on what you don’t have. I hope you enjoy this video. Nice background music, too.
Make the best of everything!
As we age, our body decreases in hormone production, such as testosterone. In fact, testosterone levels drop naturally and dramatically, at about a 1% reduction per year after age 30, according to the article at the site LiveStrong. Here are some symptoms associated with low testosterone levels in men:
- More irritable
- Mild to moderate depression
- Reduction in lean muscle mass
- No motivation or drive to exercise
- Increased body fat in the belly area
- Not mentally quick or sharp as before
- Less energy, strength and endurance
- Decreased sex drive or sexual function
What do you do at the first instance of pain? Do you reach out into your medicine cabinet for that bottle of Tylenol or Advil? Or do you try some alternate form of medicine, like taking herbs for your back pain or headache? On today’s blog, I want to talk about another form of “therapy” called tapping (aka Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT). According to WikiPedia, tapping is “a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy”. A simplistic view of it would be like activating the body’s energy meridian points without the use of acupuncture needles … something like acupressure, but not that invasive. And the neuro-linguistic programming part of tapping appears to focus on stress reduction, and with the premise that stress is central in feelings of despair, fears, frustration, anger, helplessness, pain, and whatever blocks you from experiencing a peace of mind.
Mind Over Matter: The Self-Healing Body
Do you believe that we have this self-healing ability within us? For example, believing that you will be cured of cancer, and for some miraculous reason, it actually happens? Well, if you do or if you’re skeptical, keep an open mind and take a look at the video below. It contains very interesting and scientific information on this particular topic. And moreover, Lissa Rankin, MD presents a very refreshing and anti-establishment type of perspective on it, which in and of itself is interesting. She explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and no-cebo data, documenting how our mind can positively affect our health and wellness when we believe we can get well. Hmmm … I wonder how she feels about ObamaCare?
Keep Getting Better: Simple Tips For Aging Gracefully
Aging is a process everything and everyone goes through. From a fine wine, to an elegant older woman, there are many plus sides to aging. And if you can age gracefully, then more power to you.
Stay positive about life and growing older. Just because you are getting older does not mean that your life has to end and stop right there. A good thing to do is to stay active with social activities and keep friends and family in your life. You will be happy you did.
Gastric Bypass Creates Weight Loss Friendly Microbes?
If you are extremely overweight, you may want to consider either lap band or gastric bypass surgery if all else falls. Being extremely overweight can have dangerous side effects on your health, so it is important that you do whatever it takes in order to be at a healthy weight. Remember to never turn to drastic measures for weight loss unless you absolutely have to. Having gastric bypass surgery is not only extremely expensive and also dangerous, but many people who have their stomachs reduced in size just blow them back up again from overeating, basically nullifying the operation.
An easy way to add a healthy snack to your diet is to pick up some blueberries. Not only do they taste great, they are easy to pack in a lunch or you can grab a handful for a quick pick-me-up. Of course, they’re also great in baked treats. Best of all, they are quite healthy, with antioxidant properties, and they’re loaded with fiber and vitamins like C, A, and E. Blueberries have been found to enhance cardiovascular health, brain health as well as reduce the risk of cancer. So grab a handful of blueberries and consume them without guilt! And that being said, check out this chart on blueberries …
Seriously, Laugh Your Stress Away!
Many people are experiencing unavoidable and unwanted stress these days, and it is not only unpleasant but can also be detrimental to one’s health and quality of life. If you are one of those people who are going through a stressful time, read on for some tips to help you overcome it.
Laughter A Remedy For Stress
When it comes to managing stress, laughter truly is the best medicine. Laughing can instantly improve your mood. Not only that, but it can have a physiological effect on your body as well, improving blood flow and lowering tension. It releases hormones that make you feel good. It brings more oxygen to your brain, so it can also re-energize you.
FrankenTomatoes On A Comeback?
Okay, so I grabbed a cheesy SyFy movie’s title (i.e., “FrankenFish”) to describe genetically modified (GM) tomatoes, but kidding aside, it appears the GM tomato is coming back. That’s yet another bad news for the GMO opponents, as those in the State of Hawaii saw their legislators kill a bill that would require genetically modified foods to be labeled as such, and even Prop 37 in California was rejected. Though there appeared to be flaws to those bills, I believe it would have been the step in the right direction. Oh well. And now the comeback of the GM tomato. And this time, the tomato is being looked at as an “edible vaccine”. Yup, tomato the vaccine. Only problem is that we don’t know what the long-term results are when consuming GM foods, let alone an “edible vaccine”. And that’s a very scary thought.
A Vaccine For Alzheimer’s?
As we get up there in age, our perception of life changes. Rather than deal with the hustle and bustle of the daily rat race (i.e., our jobs), our focus is shifted to grand kids, retirement benefits, social security and yes, even medicare. But with the economy not looking so hot, the outlook for social security and even the retirement pensions don’t look that promising. And to top that off, we can’t ignore that one affliction that hits one in eight individuals as they reach their golden years. And that affliction is Alzheimer’s.