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When to say no to your doctor – article in Mens Journal September 21, 2014

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Here is a great resource for the question of when to say yes and when to say no to a doctor. There are really good resources mentioned in the article as well as analysis of how our med system stacks up to other wealthy nations. I suggest tucking it away and using the resources mentioned for those thorny times (that we will all have) when you have to ponder the efficacy of your doctors advice or prescriptions.

http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/when-to-say-no-to-your-doctor-20140919?mc_cid=41edea1b7e&mc_eid=137cdaa26b

Chris Martenson’s Interview with Mark Sisson, author of “Primal Blueprint” February 14, 2013

Posted by jeffrooney in Alternative health, Athletic training, Brain Health/Body Health, Dieting, Fitness, Food Industry, Movement, Nutrition, The Human Body, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Research.
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Finally listened to Chris Martenson’s recent podcast interview with Mark Sisson of Marks Daily Apple and Primal Blueprint  fame. Very much worth your 30 minutes. He has done his homework on the subject of connecting the dots between our human genetic heritage and how we are meant to eat and move. Check it out here.

The Hidden Universe Within January 17, 2013

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UnknownThe Hidden Universe Within

Well this was a gem of an interview with Neil Shubin who just published his book “The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People. I like listening to in depth interviews while I am exercising and this one is great and quite thought-provoking. He explores the nature of our bodies containing the elements of an increasingly complex universe.

Report Card of US Health – F for Failing! January 11, 2013

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Report Card of US Health – F for Failing!

The USA ranks at or near the bottom in nine key areas of health: low birth weight; injuries and homicides; teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; HIV and AIDS; drug-related deaths; obesity and diabetes; heart disease; chronic lung disease; and general disability.

Exercise, Human Evolution and the Brain – more research on the connections! December 27, 2012

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My Egoscue colleague from Portland, Matt, posted this interesting article from the NY Times over the past weekend. Take a look:

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, in the New York Times

“Anyone whose resolve to exercise in 2013 is a bit shaky might want to consider an emerging scientific view of human evolution. It suggests that we are clever today in part because a million years ago, we could outrun and outwalk most other mammals over long distances. Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement, the idea goes, and we continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.”

Click link for more –

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/exercise-and-the-ever-smarter-human-brain/?ref=health

Is it Alzheimer’s or Type 3 Diabetes? September 26, 2012

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Mark Bittman of the N Y Times does a great job explaining the new thesis that the common American junk food diet is creating the basis for what is being called “Type 3 Diabetes” otherwise known as Alzheimer’s Disease. Basically insulin resistance in the brain leads to starving the tissues of the ability to absorb the glucose fuel needed to thrive. Read more here.

The Straight Dope About Cholesterol – Pt 1 of Peter Attia’s series September 2, 2012

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I have been reading the series on cholesterol at Peter Attia’s The Eating Academy site. This is one of those issues that has much obfuscation and this series takes a scalpel of science to reveal the inner workings of cholesterol and how it functions in the body, the role it plays in brain health, the formation of all the cellular membranes, the issues of cardio-vascular health, hormone production and more.  Exploring this gets into the whole realm of human diet as well so well worth the time to delve into it. Here is the link:

http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/the-straight-dope-on-cholesterol-part-i

Exuberant Animal – short video of exercise style August 17, 2012

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I have been checking out the Exuberant Animal website lately. I found it to have lots of compatibility with many of my own views.  It isn’t all just about what we eat, how we exercise and the like. There is the issue of how we choose to be as humans and what is our history of becoming human that is explored in many of the elements of what Exuberant Animal seems to address. The site is linked in my blogroll. Take a look sometime. In the meanwhile, check out this short video here that is called the Short Form of an exercise style. I like it myself and I feel it complements the work focusing on body alignment using the Egoscue Method®.

Walking and brain health December 8, 2010

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Surprise! Yet another study on the importance of movement and exercise on the mind/body complex. My friend Michelle forwarded this from the CNN desk:

Walking may slow brain decline

Three studies presented Monday at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting use imaging techniques to show how exercise can affect our bodies and brains.
In an ongoing 20-year study,  participants are monitored for the distance they walk each week, and their brain volume is measured using MRI, combined with mental function testing, using the 30-question mini-mental state exam, which measures cognitive decline. Researchers are following 426 people, which includes 299 healthy adults and 127 cognitively impaired adults, including 83 with mild cognitive impairment and 44 with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Volume is a vital sign for the brain,” according to lead study author Cyrus Raji, Ph.D., from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, “When it decreases, that means brain cells are dying. But when it remains higher, brain health is being maintained.”
Participants walked between zero and 300 blocks per week. The researchers say greater amounts of walking were associated with greater brain volumes, especially in the key memory and learning areas of the brain. People with cognitive impairment needed to walk at least five miles – about 58 city blocks – per week to slow cognitive decline and maintain brain volume. Healthy adults needed to walk about six miles per week—at least 72 city blocks—to maintain brain volume and reduce their risk for mental decline.
“Alzheimer’s is a devastating illness, and unfortunately, walking is not a cure,” Raji said, in an RSNA press release, “But walking can improve your brain’s resistance to the disease and reduce memory loss over time.” Alzheimer’s affects as many as 2.4 million to 5.1 million Americans, according to the National Institute on Aging.

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