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.