Friday, May 19, 2017

No Blood in Guacamole


We've all seen the chefs on TV expertly open an avocado and pop out the pit, all with a large, sharp knife.  Turns out that there is a real talent to that, and the legions of folks in emergency rooms with lacerations of their hands, some quite severe, attest to that.  And it's not limited to avocados; slicing anything can be dangerous if you are not careful, even bagels.  Here is a little article from the Self website that looks at the issue, with some tips for those setting out on the culinary path.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Preventing Boomers from crashing

Baby Boomers are not old, but we are getting older, while with those years comes continued vitality and activity.  Many Boomers are in the thick of sports events, competing with those half their ages.  There are some needs that need to be addressed with an older population involved in events, and here is an article that I wrote for the March/April 2017 issue of Sports Destination Management magazine that addresses those topics.  Not just for mega-events, any gathering these days might do well to consider some of the information discussed in this article.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

That lucky old sun can burn you!

Years ago, teens spent hours under the sun getting just the right tan, helped by iodine and baby oil.  Those teens today, now middle aged baby boomers, are often visiting their dermatologist to help with aging skin, dots and blots on their bodies, and, unfortunately, skin cancers.  Using adequate protection against the sun can mitigate these problems, and here is a little article in the Elko (Nevada) Free Press, looking at this, and other hazards of the summer.  Moderation and common sense are the secret weapons!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Is Perception Reality - or does it really hurt?

There is little doubt within the medical community that statin drugs, medications used to lower cholesterol, save lives.  And yet, many people resist taking the drugs fearing side effects, the most common of which is muscle cramping.  A new study casts doubt on that side effect’s origin, whether from the drug or something called the “nocebo” effect.  Here is an article from MedPage Today in which I join several other physicians in looking at the situation, with a variety of opinions being expressed.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Celebrity returns to having a schvitz for health?

Back in the day, it was common to enter a hot, steamy room, which was called a “schvitzbad” in Yiddish, and sit and sweat for your health for a short time.  Even Al Jolson was a fan of such activities.  Time and fashion passes, and few do this any more, other than the occasional sauna, which is usually dry heat.  Well, Selena Gomez talked about her way of having a schvitz, and how it makes her feel.  But is there a real benefit to it?  I joined a few physicians in sweating out the answer.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bad choices make bad disease worse

The ache or pain that is common, wear and tear, arthritis is an annoyance, but to those people with an inflammatory arthritis, such as psoriatic arthritis, that destroys the joint, not paying attention to simple things can have severe consequences.  Here is an article from the Everyday Health site that looks at a group of issues.  Although directed at those with psoriatic arthritis, these tips would be well advised to be incorporated into just about anyone’s practices

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Check oil every 3000 miles? How about blood?

The uneasy fact is that most men, and likely some women, pay better attention to their cars than their bodies.  We all know you have to take that car in for servicing, fill the gas tank, and check the tires.  But how about that body of yours?  Is there a need for periodic checks on this or that?  Here is a little article that explores the need to check a few things as prevention.