Month: July 2012

Giving to the Future

I recently visited with the vice-principal of a grade school in a poorer district of our city who was doing some volunteer work during the summer vacation from school. He was working with a faith-based group who is trying to rebuild our sense of community in our neighborhood. He was a nice young man who held his six-month-old baby on his lap while we talked. His wife, an ex-teacher on sabbatical from teaching, was nearby, very busy with the challenge of managing their other young son who was about two years old and very interested in getting into the street. I told him that I was interested in developing some ideas for retirees interested in helping young people. His eyes lit up and an animated conversation followed. He said that there is a desperate need for adult involvement of all ages ...

Who Am I? My Name Is Ardis Kvare (Norwegian!).

Paul and I are life partners and are the love of each other’s life!!  We have been together almost six years now and have a truly wonderful, fulfilling relationship.  Love can blossom even at our age! In this blog we will visit a variety of topics including some of my ‘favorite places’, activities, thoughts to ponder, maybe some recipes, and other topics that are of interest to me and hopefully will spur some good ideas for you. I grew up in Northern Minnesota, born of farmers, the oldest of four children.  My Scandinavian roots focused on the practical — a strong work ethic, integrity, but with little spice in life or in food. After leaving the farm I learned that I was indeed more of a “City Girl” with an appetite for variety in foods, travel, cultural activities, interesting peopl...

Paul's Retirement Dream Blog

At over 80 years old, I have already been through some painful situations and some beautiful, exciting, satisfying, and fulfilling ones in retirement, and I definitely prefer the latter group! Experience is a great teacher! I have retired twice. Both times, it was nice for a while, but I started to need more reason for being, in order to make my life as full of fun and value as it can be. Both times, I started new companies. This time, my banner element is my just completed Retirement Wow! ebook available elsewhere on our new website, www.retirementwow.com. We will constantly supplement and update content on this site with informative input from experts in the fields of health, nutrition, exercise, mind health, relationships, wealth, spirituality, and attitudes plus emotions, etc. We will ...

Living Young Longer

Here is a simple, insightful article on extending your productive life by a very recognized expert. One proven way to extend your health span and lifespan is simply moving more. For light-to-moderate intensity activities of daily living, e.g. housework, gardening, stair climbing, walking, and bicycling for transportation, an increase of one hour per week compared to no physical activity was associated with a reduction in mortality of four percent. Even better, Dr. Samitz said that with moderate-intensity leisure activities (e.g. Nordic walking, hiking, social dance) the risk reduction increased to six percent, and with vigorous-intensity aerobic activity or sports (e.g. jogging, bicycling (>10 miles per hour), tennis, ball sport), the reduction in all-cause mortality was even nine perce...

Welcome to My Blog!

Maggie is a brilliant combination of a lawyer and a nurse. She specializes in risk management in the health field. Her first blog is a clarification of what vitamins really are. I think you will find it very informative. – Paul Cunningham What are vitamins? Vitamins are vital substances we need in tiny amounts for growth and good health. What do they do? They don’t directly supply energy or building blocks for growth and repair, but they help the body use those nutrients that do.  They act with other substances to accomplish a particular chemical task. I like to think of vitamins as “brokers”.  A real estate broker brings together the elements that make a real estate deal possible. The broker brings together the buyers, sellers, appraiser, inspectors and bankers that are necessary to...

Magnesium Issues

Up to 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. That’s approximately 240,000,000 men, women and children. Standing shoulder to shoulder, that’s enough people to stretch from New York to Los Angeles 37 times. In other words, probably you. Magnesium is involved in over 325 biochemical reactions in your body. Early symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: body aches leg cramps fatigue or low energy restless sleep headaches and migraines muscle twitches chronic constipation insulin resistance severe PMS and more Left untreated, a magnesium deficiency can lead to more life-threatening conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and others.

Can You Beat Disease?

If you have any chronic health problem, including chronic pain, cancer, or heart disease, there’s a possible cause that conventional medicine will never consider. That cause is your emotions. We know that stress can have an enormous impact on your health. But there are emotional causes of disease that go well beyond stress. For instance, my editor once told me of a woman who had ovarian cancer. She saw an astute doctor who asked her if she had any stress in her life. She said, “Yes, my husband and I recently separated.” The doctor told her to get marital counseling, restore her marriage, and come back when she had done so. She did as the doctor ordered. After the couple were back together, she came back to see the doctor. He tested for cancer and discovered the cancer was...

Statins and Why You're Getting Sick More Often

By: Robert J. Rowen, MD Have you noticed you’re getting sick more often? Does it seem like your doctor is putting you on antibiotics several times a year? Are you feeling like your immune system just can’t keep up anymore? If so, it’s possible one of the drugs you’re taking has compromised your immune system, and it could put you at risk for life-threatening infections. A new study shows that one particular class of drugs can increase your risk of getting a dangerous bacterial infection. In this new study, researchers found that statins modulate inflammation. That may sound like a good thing, as inflammation causes many illnesses. However, inflammation also is part of your immune system’s arsenal to fight disease. And this study discovered that statins can low...

Eight Steps to Reversing Diabesity

By: Dr. Mark Hyman Last week I began a discussion about a modern epidemic, a deadly disease that one of every two of you have, a disease that’s making you fat, sick and will kill you, but 90% of you don’t even know you have it. This disease is diabesity, the continuum of abnormal biology that ranges from mild insulin resistance to full-blown diabetes. This week I want to explain the real causes of diabesity and provide eight steps you can take to reverse this disease starting today. The Real Causes of Diabesity The entire spectrum of diabesity including all of its complications—diabetes, elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol—are simply downstream symptoms that result from problems with diet, lifestyle, and environmental toxins interacting with our unique genetic susceptibil...

From Dr. Al Sears

Albert Einstein had only one thing different about his brain than the brain of everyday folks. I’m going to tell you what that is, and it has to do with the most common thing people worry about as they grow older. In my experience with anti-aging medicine over the last 25 years, there have been plenty of things my patients worry about: looks, vision, strength, sexual potency, and so on. But the hands down, number-one thing more people are concerned with over and above anything else is the decline of their brains. The fogginess. Their loss of memory. The experience they’ve had with elders who can’t remember things. The struggle they’re having trying to keep the same level of mental energy and focus. They feel mentally fatigued, and that bothers them more than any physical problem. And from ...