An article I read recently, entitled "Why butter and eggs won't kill us after all: Flawed science triggers U-turn on cholesterol fears," really got me walking down a memory lane depicting my own changing views about food's impact on health, and my resulting eating habits. It also prompted me to ponder how, in this world of ever-changing food theories and advice, we can make the right choices, and feel and be healthy.
How can we determine what is good or detrimental to our health?
It seems hard to find answers when there’s such a constant stream of changing information to sift through. Now there’s even the concept out there that it’s not how you eat, exercise, and work that matters, it’s what you think about how you are doing them that actually makes the difference!
In meiner Kindheit hatten wir keinen Fernseher zu Hause. Als Fußballfan war ich auf die Konferenzschaltungen des WDR angewiesen und voller Spannung erlebte ich am Transistorradio, wie zwischen der Gelsenkirchener Glückauf-Kampfbahn und dem Dortmunder Westfalenstadion hin- und her geschaltet wurde. Und zwischendurch ab und zu der Ruf eines Reporters: „Tor im Berliner Olympiastadion!“
(In my childhood we had no TV at home. As a football fan, I had to rely on the conference calls of the WDR and bursting with excitement I experienced at the transistor radio, as was between the Gelsenkirchen Glückaufkampfbahn and the Westfalenstadion switched back and forth. And between now and then the cry of a reporter: "Tor in Berlin's Olympic Stadium!")
Summer is here and many families are flying off for vacations or to visit friends and family. But in many cases, travelling is becoming an increasingly difficult enterprise. Long lines through security, delayed or cancelled flights and missed connections are commonplace. We also hear increasing reports concerning sometimes violent interactions on planes and in airports, now called air rage. Many feel the whole experience of travel is so exhausting that they need several days to recover physically.
A scar is a constant reminder of a wound from the past. It may serve as evidence of a horrible event, useful only in establishing guilt in a court case for example, but it also prevents the individual from fully letting go of the memory of the hurt that may have attended the wound. Scars can be unsightly, resulting in the telling and re-telling of the sad experience. Some psychologists opine that verbalising a negative experience may lessen the mental damage, over time. Scars can be physical or emotional. Emotional scars, by their very nature, are invisible, internalised, yet they govern the attitudes, thoughts, even decisions of the sufferer.
According to a report published in The Lancet, climate change is having as much of an impact on our health as it is on the environment.
The news may not be all bad, say Lancet editors Richard Horton and Helena Hui Wang, since this realization could reduce a complex and all-too-easily dismissed problem to something everyone can relate to and, presumably, will want to do something about.
Today 7/7 survivor Gill Hicks praised "the power and brilliance of humanity". She said "my life was saved by strangers, people who never gave up, people who risked their own lives to save mine." That's London at its best! But was there also another factor in her survival?
Old friends from my post-college, early-career days recently found me through social media. Their name and greeting popped up in messages I received in recent months, and each time one did I was whisked back 25-30 years, when we first worked together, socialized together, and came to know each other well. I then discovered just how much has changed over the years when I saw a recent photo they attached, or heard about their children and grandchildren, and especially when I found out a few of them now have a strong interest in spiritual and religious matters. That recurring comment was a big surprise. Not because any of my friends had openly dismissed religion when I first knew them; it just never came up in all the years we knew each other. Not a hint. Ever.
Hace 21 años recibí uno de los regalos que marcó el inicio de una vida más espiritual y armoniosa: mis suegros me obsequiaron la Biblia y el libro Ciencia y Salud con la Llave de las Escrituras, por Mary Baker Eddy. Desde ese tiempo hasta la actualidad, tanto las enseñanzas de las Sagradas escrituras como las ideas sanadoras explicadas en Ciencia y Salud, cuya autora es una pionera en el campo de la salud y espiritualidad, me inspiran a vivir con alegría, salud y bienestar.
THE other day on a BBC television programme, an erudite British Professor of Physics stated that he is certain God does not exist. He based his claim on the fact that there is no empirical, physically scientific proof of God’s existence. Such a statement can seem shocking at best and blasphemous at worst to anyone of faith. The Bible states in Psalm 14:1 that the fool says in his heart, there is no God.
It’s time for the parades, flag waving and fireworks! On the Fourth of July, we show our respect for those who conceived of, and fought for, our independence. They faced the tyranny of their times with a courage and wisdom almost inconceivable today.
Magna Carta is 800 years old today and deserves all the love and appreciation we can bestow upon it. A British Library exhibit sums up what it stands for as: “Law, liberty and legacy.” Where would we be today without “the Great Charter”? But are human rights the limits of our freedom, or is there more?
Ist das nicht herrlich – Frühling in Mitteleuropa! In den Vorgärten leuchten die Tulpen, die Forsythien leuchten gelb hinter anderen zartgrünen Sträuchern. Vorgestern telefonierte ich mit einem Freund aus dem Nordosten der USA, der mir berichtete, dass dort nun die letzten Schneeberge an den Straßenrändern tauen. Und plötzlich sagt er: „Du hast es gut, sitzt am offenen Fenster und genießt die Frühlingsluft.“ Woher er das wisse, fragte ich ihn. „Na, ich höre doch eine Amsel singen, da musst du doch das Fenster offen haben.“ Recht hatte er.
Living in any one of the three largest cities in Tennessee could make you sick. Well…so says the recently released Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Asthma Capitals 2015 report. In fact, it calls Memphis the Asthma Capital and Chattanooga the 8th most challenging city in the U.S. for people with asthma.
When I read statistics like this, it makes me want to ask: Is it the environment or the suggestion of sickness that actually makes people sick?
ASIDE from just seeking a healthy life, have you ever wondered what you need to do to establish a healthier relationship with yourself?
I find this self-examination vital. There are many forms self-examination can take. For instance, previously when I thought of my health I would immediately check what my physical senses told me was going on. But even while I did this, I felt there must be something more to which I could attribute my health beside what those physical senses were showing me.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Those funny ears? Plentiful wrinkles? Your physical features? Perhaps your attention is drawn to something less evident but more significant—the glint in your eyes, your expression and demeanor, unique soulful qualities.
I ask because the way you see yourself has a bearing on your health.
It’s tempting to allow transient human standards of external beauty to define us. But is physical appearance an indicator of character, intelligence, a sense of humor or the capacity to love?A recent survey found just 4% of women worldwide answered “yes”.
The remaining 96% think of themselves as average -- despite the time, effort and money spent on cultivating beauty!
As someone who loves music and has experienced healing, the article, “Healing Sound” in the spring edition of the Arizona University Alumni magazine struck a chord.
Healing sound is when hearing music moves someone in a coma to regain consciousness.
At least, that’s what happened when Carrol McLaughlin, distinguished professor of music at the University, played her harp for just a few minutes at the school’s Medical Center. A comatose patient stirred, pulled off his oxygen mask, and thanked her.
Pilgrimages in far off places can bring spiritual and physical benefits, but we don't need to necessarily go far away to experience those moments of healing and inspiration.
Always ready for an adventure, a close friend of mine, Beth, decided to walk part of the famous pilgrimage walk, El Camino de Santiago in Spain.
“For the first few days I thought I might have to give up!” she said, explaining how physically and mentally unprepared she was for the challenging walk. But she didn’t! She committed to the pilgrimage. Gradually she found a rhythm to her day....
As it turns out, you really can forget how to ride a bike. All it takes is a little effort. About eight months, to be exact.
At least that’s how long it took Destin Sandlin. As a joke, some friends at work gave him a bike specially designed to veer left when the handlebars were turned right, and right when turned left. In order to ride it, he had to first unlearn all he’d been taught as a kid before he could successfully and (somewhat) gracefully navigate his way down the sidewalk.
If only I lost those extra pounds, If only so-and-so wasn't in my life, If only I got a raise, If only I was younger, If only I hadn't said that...
These refrains can seem as solid as a concrete wall. They have a way of putting off happiness and health in the present, making them seem like only a remote possibility in the future.
I've found that if I can detect these sneaky thoughts quickly, and do something about them, they lose their foothold. Take grudges, for example. There are plenty of studies that show how holding onto past wrongs is a negative influence on health.
“Spirituality should be considered one of the vital signs in the care and treatment of patients,” said Christina M. Puchalski, MD, FACP, Founder and Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish). She was speaking to over 400 chaplains, physicians, nurses, and researchers from all around the world who were attending the second annual HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) Caring for the Human Spirit Conference held in Orlando in late April. The attendees participated in various workshops and several of them focused on integrating spirituality into care for those suffering from mental illness.