Habits, They Make Us or Break Us

Habits play a significant role in our lives.  By some estimates, half of our behaviors including what we think, say, feel, and do are controlled by our habits.  As you might expect, if you want to make an important change in life, you will probably have to change some habits. Hundreds of articles and books […]

The Volumetrics Diet

            The Volumetrics Weight loss plan is an interesting variation on the basic plant-based whole food diet that provides wiggle room for your favorite foods.  It’s also one of the few diets that have the potential of being sustainable and supports good health.  The diet offers plenty of opportunities to benefit from good nutrition, and […]

The Benefits of Gratitude

            While Thanksgiving Day may have hurried by, the spirit of thanksgiving is a treasure we can endeavor to carry forward.  The act of giving thanks brings inner peace, turns what we have into enough, and gives hope for tomorrow.  Gratitude is about noticing simple pleasures and acknowledging the miracle of life.             I am […]

Five health behaviors that reduce chronic diseases.

Recent surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tell us that approximately half of all adults in the United States – around 117 million people had at least one chronic health condition and 1 in 4 adults had two or more. The good news is that the following five key health behaviors […]

Experiences Trump Stuff

Glitzy ads often make the not so subtle proposition that having more things brings happiness.  Of course, there are many things that can contribute to our comfort, security, sense of stability, and perhaps even our happiness. Unfortunately, after our basic needs are met, having more things seldom contributes very much too long term happiness.  It’s […]

Should You Walk Counterclockwise?

For most right-handed people, walking counterclockwise is a natural inclination.  This is believed to result from the dominant brain hemisphere though some attribute it to muscle mechanics. As you might expect, lefties march to a different brain hemisphere and naturally prefer to walk clockwise.  Guess that’s why most circulate counterclockwise on morning walks around the […]

Is Music Good Medicine?

            Research suggests a wide range of potentially positive and negative health effects from music, depending on the type of music.  The positive effects include slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, reducing levels of stress hormones, reducing levels of inflammatory cytokines, and more.  The negative effects I’ll get back to after a few more […]