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Friday’s Findings: 08.05.2022

1.  Cool thing I learned about this week…

There is a tree, called the rainbow tree, a.k.a. rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta), that will amaze you. I’m not sure how I’ve never seen it before, or heard of it, but you have to see it to believe it. I’m posting a pic of one below, but you could also click here to read a little more about it and see more pics. (And thanks, Sandy P., for telling me about it!)

2.  Word you should know…

Sarcopenia is defined as an age-related, involuntary loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength. Starting around 40 years old, muscle mass and strength start to decline. Maintaining muscle mass is CRITICAL for healthy aging. I commented on this recently, but it’s worth mentioning again. You MUST do resistance training… i.e., LIFT WEIGHTS. There is evidence that resistance training actually changes the size and structure of the brain (among countless other incredible benefits). I’ll be posting a blog soon on the long list of amazing benefits of lifting weights. Simply put… if there were a pill that did what lifting weight does, it would be on the cover of every magazine, on every news show, and would be hailed as the greatest drug of all time. (Go on… get lifting!)

3.  Cause I am supporting…

A good friend of mine set out last year to complete an Ironman. His body would not let him finish. After completing the 2.4-mile swim, the 112-mile bike, and 19 miles of the 26.2 mile run, he had to stop. As you can imagine, after a full year of training, and completing so much of that race, having to quit was devastating. But… as I, and anyone who knows Matt McClone, could immediately predict, he committed to competing in another Ironman this year. He has been training the entire year and will compete on September 11th. Please read his full story here, as it paints a detailed picture of how grueling this event can be. And if you’re considering competing in an Ironman one day, his story should eliminate ANY desire to try (Haha!). There is one aspect of this story that is especially grabbing. His long-time buddy, JJ Schuster, the one who planted the seed to even consider doing an Ironman, successfully completed that race. Tragically, JJ’s teenage son took his own life a couple of weeks after that race. My heart broke reading that. He was only 14 years old. Well, Matt, being the friend and man that he is, is dedicating this race to JJ and his family. He is also trying to raise funds to donate to the Ethan Schuster Memorial Fund for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. If nothing else, read Matt’s account of his Ironman attempt. And if you feel compelled, join me in donating to the fund. Good luck, Matt! And thoughts and prayers to the Schuster family.

Friday’s Findings: 07.29.2022

1.  Article I read this week…

I read a great article this week, realizing about halfway through that the author, Oliver Burkeman, was the author of the excellent book, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management For Mortals. The article was in The Guardian and is titled… Oliver Burkeman’s last column: the eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life: After more than a decade of writing life-changing advice, I know when to move on. Here’s what else I learned. I didn’t realize he had a regular piece in The Guardian called, This Column Will Change Your Life. (I will be checking out his old articles, for sure.) Anyway, this article is a good one. Some great points, advice, and thought- provoking information. Here are the eight secrets, but I highly recommend the full, easy-reading article.

  1. There will always be too much to do – and this realization is liberating.
  2. When stumped by a lifechoice, choose “enlargement” over happiness.
  3. The capacity to tolerate minor discomfort is a superpower.
  4. The advice you don’t want to hear is usually the advice you need.
  5. The future will never provide the reassurance you seek from it.
  6. The solution to imposter syndrome is to see that you are one.
  7. Selflessness is overrated.***
  8. Know when to move on.

***I loved them all, but I really liked this one… and it got me thinking!

Read the article by clicking here.

2.  Quote I love…

“Your energy introduces you before you even speak.”

This quote says it all. I love it! You know that feeling when someone walks into a room, and it feels like the life is sucked right out of the air? And you know the feeling when you are around someone, and they feel supercharged before you even meet them or before they even speak. How’s your energy? Boost it with wellness living, good vibes, a positive attitude, immense gratitude, and a servant’s heart. (Thanks for sharing, Laurie F.!)

3.  Event I’ll be competing in…

There is a triathlon in downtown Cleveland every year called the TRI CLE Rock Roll Run. This year, it is being held on Saturday, August 20th. There are three distances… the Olympic (1500-meter swim/40K bike/10K run…which is a full, true triathlon), the Sprint (750-meter swim/20K bike/5K run), and the Super Sprint (250-meter swim/8K bike/3K run). My son, Kyle, and I have done the Super Sprint every year, which doesn’t require a lot of training, isn’t too grueling, and is a lot of fun. I’ve shared pics in the past here on Friday’s Findings, but wanted to announce it early this year in the hopes that some of you might sign up and join us. Even if you’re not training right now and are not in great shape, consider the Super Sprint. It’s a VERY COOL event… you swim in the harbor between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Science Center, then ride along the Memorial Shoreway (with the city’s skyline on one side, and Lake Erie on the other), then run through a portion of Edgewater Park (with amazing lake views). If interested, I’d get signed up right away, as it usually sells out. You can click here for details, or go to www.rockrollrun.com. And be sure to let me know if you’ll be racing so we can connect after the race. (And don’t give me a hard time for only doing the Super Sprint… I’m not a strong biker, I hate running, and I am a TERRIBLE swimmer! I do this to test myself, to enjoy the scene downtown, and to compete with my son.) JOIN ME!!!

Friday’s Findings: 07.22.2022

1.  Video I watched and book I’m listening to…

I’m about halfway through a book titled Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, by Adam Grant (Thank you, Robin P.!). I wanted to share a bit about it, and found this very well-done video on YouTube summarizing the book. At a time when we are holding tight to our long-held beliefs… no matter what… keeping an open mind, hearing what others have to say, and remaining curious is a GREAT idea. There is a lot of preaching… prosecuting… and politicking going on these days (see the video below or read the book for more on those). Are you doing it also? Could it be hindering you from getting to the truth? The author, Adam Grant, encourages you to ask this question… “Do I value feeling right… or being right?” I will be reviewing some long-held beliefs. I will also make sure my mind is open for a change in those beliefs. I’ll start with Grant’s suggestion to start writing down Things I don’t know and Things I’ve learned lately.

2.  Great event that occurred last week…

The Ohio State Waterski Team hosted a special event, called AmpuSki, to help people with physical disabilities get out on the water and ski. My daughter, Quincy (who skis on the OSU team), was telling me stories about the day that were AMAZING! I asked her to write a quick paragraph about the day. Here is what she wrote… “AmpuSki is an event that allows people with physical disabilities or limited motion to waterski. Usually, this event is all day, but due to rain, we couldn’t start until 1:00 pm. Some of the volunteers made lunch, and we all ate first and then started unpacking the trailer. Adaptive Sports Connection, the company that puts on this event, had many different kinds of skis for people with different disabilities. They had different sized cages, which are seats that attach to the ski, and “training skis” which attach to the side of the ski, making it more difficult to fall. The people participating had varying levels of comfort on the water, from never skiing before to participating almost annually. My teammates were in the water by the dock, helping people into the water and holding the ski steady to help them get up if needed. They also caught the skier when the boat was coming back to the dock. There were also people on the dock helping to set up the skis and make sure the skier was comfortable and positioned correctly. I was on the boat in case a skier fell and needed help getting their ski back on or getting up. It was incredibly impressive what these skiers could do with limited motion, and I got to see how excited and happy they were throughout the experience. One boy kept begging to speed up or go over our 5 foot ramp. One woman was working on her 360 degree turn on the ski, and she was incredibly close. And another woman got over the wake for the first time and was smiling the entire time. Adaptive Sports Connection’s social media director decided last minute that she wanted to try skiing. She was able to go in and out of the wake, catch some air, and even got up on her own. Skiing has had such a positive impact on my life, and I couldn’t imagine not doing it. It was incredible to share the same experience and excitement with the participants of AmpuSki. They were excited, happy, extremely brave, and very inspiring.”

3.  Quote I love…

“Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.” -Marian Wright Edelman

 

Friday’s Findings: 07.15.2022

1.  T-shirt I love…

I saw this t-shirt last week and loved it. It’s from a restaurant/bar in Clearwater Beach, Florida (Palm Pavilion). I love the colors, love the image (beachside shack, palm trees, surf boards, sailboat, Adirondack chair, etc.), and LOVE the quote… “It’s never too late to start Living the Dream.” (Thanks, Jim P.!) Read that again… it’s never too late!

2.  Powerful podcast I’m listening to…

Dr. Joe Dispenza has what I believe to be the most powerful information in regards to making radical changes in your life. You can catch snippets of him on YouTube to check him out. I’ve listened to all of his stuff and read all of his books. I have yet to (but plan to) go to one of his live events. This week, I listened to him on Lewis Howes’ podcast, The School of Greatness. It’s only one hour long, but packed with some heavy info. I very, very seldom listen to a podcast twice… I listened to this one three times, and am listening to it AGAIN right now. I’ve also sent it to several close friends. I almost did not post because I believe you have to be ready to hear what he is saying, and you have to be open to a new way of thinking. It sounds weird to say, but it’s not for everyone, yet everyone NEEDS to hear and understand this information. Take it… or leave it… but the whole point of these Friday’s Findings is to share with you the things I see, hear, think, and experience in my own quest to figure it all out and live my best life possible. They start out talking about money and financial abundance, but it goes way bigger than that. You can listen to it on Apple podcast here, or watch it on YouTube here.

3.  VERY Concerning article I read this week…

I read an article in The Guardian this week titled, ‘Disturbing’: Weedkiller Ingredient Tied To Cancer Found In 80% Of US Urine Samples: CDC Study Finds Glyphosate, Controversial Ingredient Found In Weedkillers Including Popular Roundup Brand, Present In Samples.

More than 80% of urine samples drawn from children and adults in a US health study contained a weedkilling chemical linked to cancer, a finding scientists have called ‘disturbing’ and ‘concerning’.” Glyphosate was classified as a probable human carcinogen way back in 2015, yet it is still being used (200 million pounds of glyphosate is used every year by U.S. farmers). Oh wait… maybe we don’t have to worry about this because… “Monsanto and the company that bought it in 2018, Bayer, have maintained that glyphosate and Roundup products are safe, and that residues in food and in human urine are not a health risk.” What a joke! If we really want to wipe out chronic diseases like cancer, we MUST eliminate the toxins we eat, breath, and touch. This stuff is even being found in baby food. UNACCEPTABLE!!!  (Click here for full article.)

 

Friday’s Findings: 07.08.2022

1.  Cool video footage I re-watched this week…

I am a fan of drones,… and I am a fan of fireworks. So, the two together is a definite hit. My brother had sent this video a few years ago (thanks, Greg!), and I re-watched it this week. It is a drone flying through a huge firework display, set to some great music. Check it out! And… I forgot to wish everyone a Happy July 4th last week. I love that we celebrate the freedoms we have worked so hard to enjoy.

2.  Inspiring story I read this week…

I saw Rebel Wilson on the cover of People magazine with the quote, “It Was Time To Change.” So, I read the article, and it was good. Turns out, she has a desire to get pregnant, and a fertility doctor told her she would do much better if she was healthier. Her first response was thinking the doctor was rude suggesting she would fare better if she lost weight, but then she realized he was right. She lost more than 80 lbs. Wow! She said “It wasn’t a goal to get to a certain weight. I wanted to be the healthiest version of myself.” I LOVE that! What a goal… to be the healthiest version of yourself. ***Side note… The New York Post ran an article stating that the staff at People magazine was upset with the editor for letting that story run. They were very critical of the doctor, saying that he fat-shamed her. The title of the Post article is “People magazine staffers outraged over ‘fat-shaming’ Rebel Wilson issue.” It says that People magazine staffers were “appalled.” Outraged? Appalled? Fat-shaming? Not sure what your thoughts are on this, but no one was criticizing Rebel Wilson for her weight. A trained medical expert stated a fact to help her understand how to better achieve her goal (to conceive). Oh… and it worked! She lost 80 lbs. and is thrilled with how she looks and feels. Impressive transformation!

3.  Most disgusting thing I watched this week…

Somehow, we got sucked into watching this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. The “top-ranked eater in the world,” Joey Chestnut, won again (he has won the last 15 out of 16 contests), eating an incredible 63 hot dogs in ten minutes. His record is 76. Watching these contestants stuff these hot dogs into their mouths was one of those situations when you want to cover your eyes or look away, but just can’t. One thing we concluded while watching… we are a bizarre species! Disgusting!

Friday’s Findings: 07.01.2022

1.  Something cool I saw last weekend…

While pulling into a large shopping plaza last weekend I heard, and then saw, two gentlemen playing music in an open corner in the parking lot. The one was playing the violin, the other playing a keyboard. There was a large speaker projecting the music loud enough that most of the plaza could hear it. There were four or five people that had parked their cars and were standing there listening. They obviously had a container there and were accepting tips, but brilliantly had a hand-written sign up with a link to a mobile payment service, allowing people to tip them without cash, from their phones. This was such a refreshing break from the person just standing at a corner with a sign asking for money. These guys were hustling, sharing their gifts, and providing value. I loved it! Brilliant! Sure beat the young, fit guy standing there the week before, with a sign saying that he lost his job and needed money, in front of dozens of stores with “Help Wanted” signs in the windows ready to hire on the spot. (I’m finishing next week’s blog post on creating value that was inspired by these observations. That will be posted on this site next Tuesday.)

2.  Word I love…

I love the word truth. With today’s news being so manipulated, with social media being so orchestrated and controlling (watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix), with so many variations of what is right or wrong, and with so many reputable people and sources being censored, it has become very hard to get the truth. All I want is the truth! Phrases like the truth will prevail sound kind of silly, but after seeking the truth most of my life, I do believe that truth ultimately prevails… eventually. It’s easy to stick to our ideologies, hang on to lifelong beliefs, and cling to falsities because the truth would jeopardize our faith, our income, or our very lives, but the truth is the truth. Let’s keep striving for truth in our lives. No matter what!

3.  Graph worth looking at…

Ask any good doctor (actually ask any doctor at all), and they’ll tell you that the “business” of medicine interferes with their ability to practice medicine properly. This graph highlights one part of the problem (and there are MANY!)… it shows the growth of administrators in healthcare compared to physicians over the past forty years. (Thanks for sharing, Connor B.!) It’s eye opening and upsetting. Ask yourself three questions… (1.) Has the health care you’ve been receiving appeared to have gotten better or worse? (2.) Does it seem like health care has become more personal or more business-like? And (3.) Have we gotten healthier or sicker over the past forty years? Health care is crumbling! You MUST see it for what it is. Take charge of your own health, and avoid the false idea that our healthcare system is there to get and keep you well and living optimally.

 

Friday’s Findings: 06.24.2022

1.  Wording I’m working on this week…

I have read about it before (and you likely have also), but this week I read it again. We know words are VERY powerful. Simply using the words “I get to” instead of “I have to” can have a profound effect on your attitude, enthusiasm, and outcomes. After seeing a patient this week suffering with severe health issues that impair his daily living, I caught myself being extremely grateful for being able to perform the most mundane tasks… such as taking out the trash, doing a workout, and even picking up the dog poop in the yard. To be healthy enough to bend, lift, and twist to perform these tasks is a blessing. And the fact that they come to pick up our trash, that I have the ability to improve the function of my body, and that I get to share time with the two awesome dogs that produce that never-ending supply of poop, are all things for me to be grateful for. So instead of starting so many sentences with a whiny “I have to,” I’m trying to switch it to “I get to.” Try it! It’ll feel awkward at first, but I promise it will make a positive difference in your day.

2.  Book I pulled out this week to re-read…

Jack Canfield’s book, The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be, is a must-have. Originally published in 2004, this book is one that you can read straight through (which I did), or jump around, reading the 67 principles in whatever order you prefer. You can then go back to re-read principles from time to time as a reference guide (as I have done over the past 15 years). According to the description on Amazon… “Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 67 timeless principles and practices used by the world’s most successful men and women.”  Click here for the Amazon link.

3.  Podcast I’ve been listening too…

I’ve been listening to (and loving) the podcast Smartless, hosted by actors Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes. I love it because they are loaded with hilarious dialogue, they are only one hour long, and I get some great insight into the background of their guests, which are other actors. I’m always intrigued with how superstars got started, their struggles, and the things that helped them breakout. Guests like Bradley Cooper, David Spade, Jerry Seinfeld, and many more, share some great stories, joke with each other, make fun of each other, and share personal stories that help you get to know them a little better. When I’m in the mood for a lighter listen that I know will have me laughing out loud, I listen to an episode of Smartless. It is NOT rated PG, and they can be ruthless with each other, but I enjoy it. I’ll be listening to the newest episode, with Chris Pratt, sometime this weekend. Click here or on the image below for that podcast.

Friday’s Findings: 06.17.2022

1.  Documentary I watched…

I recently watched the documentary Fantastic Fungi. It is so good! (Thanks for the recommendation, Jack!) I love learning more about things I think I already know and understand. The medicinal potential of mushrooms is incredible. They are extremely powerful, amazingly safe, cannot be patented, and treatments utilizing mushrooms (for difficult to treat conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders) often only require one, two, or maybe three treatments. My only fear is that their full potential will be slowed, or even blocked, because they threaten Big Pharma’s monopoly on medicine. There is a huge movement building up behind these mushrooms, and it’s worth checking out. I watched Fantastic Fungi a few weeks ago, but since then have listened to several podcast and read more, and I think mushrooms can be a very safe and affordable way to make a huge impact on conditions we are currently handling very poorly. Oh… and the images and video footage in this documentary are stunning (I love time-lapsed videos!). See the trailer below.

2.  Quote I love…

We never know how far reaching something we think, say, or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” -B.J. Palmer

3.  Wellness tip…

We know exercise is critical for optimal health. Most focus on cardio… running, biking, hiking, swimming, etc. I strongly encourage you to put more emphasis on strength training. You need to build muscle! It is super important (and necessary) to do resistance training with weights. If you are new to it, I would highly recommend getting with a personal trainer for one month to figure out the proper weight to use and to ensure that you are using proper form. Start easy… but start NOW! More lean muscle mass will help with balance, support your joints, help normalize blood sugar, balance hormones, and create a better resting metabolism (so you burn more fat). Don’t skip the cardio, but ADD WEIGHT TRAINING. Click here for an article with more info on the importance and benefits of building muscle.

Friday’s Findings: 06.10.2022

1.  Biggest news this week…

Well… Lana and I got married last week! We kept it small and simple, with just us and our six children. We did it on the beach in Costa Rica and packed in some adventure around it. The trip was incredible, the weather was perfect, and the wedding was amazing. This past week has been incredible. To exchange vows with Lana, join together in marriage, and to do it with our children being there, was extremely special. I’ll add a few pics below.

2.  What made the trip even better…

To watch our family dive into the adventures on this trip was amazing and exciting … whitewater rafting Class IV rapids on the Pacuare River, hiking in the jungle and spending the night in remote cabins without electricity, ziplining through the canopy of the jungle, and surfing on the Caribbean Coast. A special thanks to Serendipity Adventures (serendipityadventures.com) for setting up the trip and making it work, the Aguas Claras Hotel (hotelaguasclaras.com), where we spent most nights, where we got married, and where we received impeccable service, the Cahuita Experience Surf School (cahuitaexperience.com) for the awesome surf lessons, and to Sergio and all of the other guides for making this a perfect trip to Costa Rica. These experiences were world-class, and they were made SO MUCH better by watching Lana and the kids overcome fears, stretch their limits, and do things that I’m sure will expand their thinking and beliefs. They ALL impressed me!

3.  My biggest concern right now…

The FDA is moving to decide on whether or not children under 5 years old should be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While some are excited about this, I am TERRIFIED! Simply put, I believe this will be the biggest mistake made yet (and there have been plenty). It would be authorized under the Emergency Use Authorization. Show me the “emergency” in this age group. There isn’t one. I believe this authorization (and I am certain it will go through) will be the most reckless, dangerous, and greedy move yet on behalf of Pfizer. Mark my words… it will be a HUGE mistake.

Friday’s Findings: 06.03.2022

1.  Moving video I watched…

In this time of immense uncertainty, I can’t help but think of the potential we have as a country. Coming off Memorial Day, thinking of all the men and women who have given their lives for the freedoms we have (and shamefully take for granted), I hope we can stand strong, unite as Americans, and be the great country we can be. I remember looking out over Arlington Cemetery years ago and being rocked with a mixture of emotions… sadness, appreciation, pride, connectedness, a sense of awe, and a lot more. I also remember asking myself what I am willing to give up for our freedom. What am I willing to sacrifice or do to ensure that future  generations can enjoy the freedoms that we have had? We all need to ask ourselves this question. I know my grandfather put his life on the line in World War II, narrowly escaping death several times (and watching his friends die). I am feeling incredible gratitude for those serving our country, and those that have died serving our country. Please watch this Twitter post that my brother, Dave, sent me this week. This video literally sent chills down my spine and gave me goosebumps. It reminded me how powerful we can be as a nation when we COME TOGETHER!

2.  Cool thing I learned this week…

While discussing the popular “Moscow Mule” (a drink containing Vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice), I was told that it is now starting to be referred to as the “Ukrainian Mule.” I thought that was pretty cool.

3.  A parable I think about often (and can have a life-changing effect)…

This parable is simple, but very, very powerful. Read it, think about it, and refer to it often.

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute, and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Friday’s Findings: 05.27.2022

1.  Posts I’ve been following…

I love new designs, breakthroughs, and seeing new inventions and ideas. I find some really new and cool stuff on this site… Absolutely fascinating! Here is one of my favorites…

2.  A reality check I had this week…

I was sent this pic/post this week (thanks, Sue M.!) with this caption…”Pretty insane that 90% of foods in grocery stores didn’t exist 100 years ago… (and neither did 90% of the diseases).” As we foolishly look for the answers to our health problems in hospitals, research labs, and our genes, and try to solve these problems with dangerous medications, scientific advancements, and risky medical procedures, the solution is much simpler… and right under our noses. If the problem is lifestyle, then the solution is lifestyle!

 

3.  Sadness this week…

My heart, thoughts, and prayers are going out to those killed in Uvalde, Texas, and their families. An absolute atrocity. Impossible to comprehend what drives people to do such heinous acts. I fear that we will see much more behavior like this in years to come, as the true underlying causes of this kind of behavior are being overlooked. I would hope that this tragedy can bring us together as a nation (as it should). Love on your family a little more this weekend.

Friday’s Findings: 5.20.2022

1.  Post I loved this week…

TownHall in Cleveland is one of my favorite restaurants. They do as good with social media as anyone I’ve seen. Their posts on Instagram are great. I loved this one that was posted this week…

2.  Great shirt I saw last week…

This shirt caught my attention and got me thinking for a minute. Humans spend A LOT of time and energy on things in the past. I remember someone pointing out that when a lion is chasing a gazelle, that gazelle is in full survival, fight or flight, and panic mode. If it does get away, guess what it’s doing five minutes later? Eating grass! It isn’t second guessing its decisions to turn right or left. It isn’t mad at the lion. It isn’t replaying the event over and over in its head. The past is the past.

3.  Observation I’ve made these past few months…

I have always been critical of our heathcare system (primarily because it is a sick-care system, not a health-care system). I am hearing more and more stories about people not being able to get in to see their doctors, proper tests not being able to be ordered or performed, people unable to get the results of their tests, insurance blocking doctors from being able to do what they want for their patients, insurance premiums going up, insurance coverage going down, people having to pay much, much more for their prescriptions, lots of medical mistakes and misdiagnoses, doctors not answering questions, doctors being annoyed by questions, and even patients being scolded by their doctors when asking questions. People are fed up! The system is crumbling. Hospitals, insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical industry are running the show, have turned modern medicine into pure business, and good doctors can no longer practice the art of medicine. Ask your doctors if they are happy with the current medical system and model. They will say no. The system is broken. Be very, very careful right now when it comes to your healthcare choices. Ask good questions. Don’t accept lousy care and service. And don’t tolerate a doctor, or doctor’s office, that doesn’t treat you properly. Your health is your most precious asset. Protect it, care for it, and make sure it is in the best, most caring hands possible.

Friday’s Findings: 05.13.2022

1.  A habit I am working on…

I’ve written about the importance of getting sunlight first thing in the morning to reset your circadian cycle to ensure better sleep. Well, after listening to neuroscientist, Andrew Huberman, again this week, I am committing to doing this more often. He said it’s the MOST important thing he does all day. You NEED 10 minutes of sunlight within the first hour upon waking. It can’t be through a window, the photons of light do what they need to do even on a cloudy day, and it’s the light hitting the eyes that do it (doesn’t have to hit the skin). Avoid sunglasses. These photons of light hit the retina of the eye and trigger all the cells in your body, as each cell works off a 24-hour cycle. Therefore, these 10 minutes of sunlight impact your mood, your digestion, your hormone balance, your immune system, brain function, and possibly most importantly… your sleep cycle. Your sleep WILL improve if you get these 10 minutes of sunlight each morning. (I’m soaking it in right now as I write this. Yeeeeehaaa!)

2.  Something that gets me to shake my head every time I see it…

There is a billboard in Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport that I see every time I’m there. I can’t help but shake my head in confusion. It’s a University Hospitals advertisement that reads… “Curing Disease.” Someone tell me one disease that had been cured in the past 50 years? I’m all for research, scientific advancement, and working to reverse our rapidly declining health, but the money, time, energy, and research is being done in the wrong places, on the wrong stuff. This is false advertising. Ask an oncologist how close we are to curing cancer, and they will tell you… we are so far from a cure. The diseases of lifestyle that plague Americans don’t get cured in a lab, by a doctor, with a pill, or with a procedure. You’ve been WAITING for “the cure” for too long! YOU are the cure. Your lifestyle choices are the cure.

3.  Something I heard this week that got me thinking…

I heard Garth Brooks say that he first played for a group of just ten people, which then turned into 20, then 50, then 100, and on and on. He is currently setting records for sold out arenas and venues. His largest crowd??? One million fans in 1997 in New York’s Central Park. You have to start somewhere. We see successful people and forget (or don’t realize) the blood, sweat, and tears that went into that success. That path is paved with ups and downs, frustrations, and failures. A favorite quote of mine (which I have shared on FF’s before) is Every master was once a disaster. What do you want? Where do you want to go? What do want to accomplish? What do you want your life to look like ultimately? START NOW!!!

Friday’s Findings: 05.06.2022

1.  Nature scene I saw this morning…

Our home gym is on the second floor, with the entire back wall being windows which allows us to look out over the lake that we live on. It definitely makes working out easier. And it’s like watching a National Geographic special every day… the wildlife behavior and diversity is incredible. Watch this quick clip of a great blue heron swallowing a large bluegill with one gulp. I didn’t get to video him catching the fish, which would have been much more impressive footage. Note the size of the fish in the blue heron’s throat. Crazy! I am constantly reminded of the quote… “Nature is neither cruel nor kind, but utterly indifferent to all suffering.”

2.  Nutrition tip that might help…

I take at least 5,000 I.U. of vitamin D per day. (I use Liquid Vitamin D3 with K2 from Ortho Molecular.) I believe this is a good dose for most adults. And I believe everyone should be taking vitamin D. It is I great idea to have your vitamin D levels tested by your doctor to see where your levels are at. Based on that number, you can increase or decrease the amount you take. Vitamin D deficiency is rampant, and can contribute to a whole host of health problems. Most of you know this, as I have talked about it before, so why am I talking about it now??? I used to cut down the amount I would take once summer hit. Now, I don’t. The body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. I would cut back the dosage because I would not want to get too much vitamin D. Turns out that the body will not over-produce vitamin D. If you have enough, the body intelligently stops producing it. So… I now take 5,000 I.U. of vitamin D year-round.

3.  Words (and concept) I recently learned…

Humans use landmarks to navigate space. We use buildings and streets when giving directions or navigating through our days. We use landmarks to navigate time as well. The landmarks, such as the first day of the year, your birthday, or the first day of Spring, are what social scientists call temporal landmarks. These are great days to start new things. We all set New Year’s resolutions (probably the most popular temporal landmark in terms of goal setting), but most fail. Guess what? Author Daniel Pink, in his eye-opening book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, lists eighty-six (86) days that act as temporal landmarks… great days to make a fresh start. I won’t list them all, but here are some… the first day of the month (12)… Mondays (52)… your birthday… the first day of a new season (4). If you’ve fallen off the wagon with trying to adopt a new habit or healthier lifestyle, you don’t have to wait long to pick a good day to start over. Pay attention to temporal landmarks, and use them to your advantage. And DO NOT wait until January 1st!

Friday’s Findings: 04.29.2022

1.  Book I just finished (and am strongly recommending)…

I just finished Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, by Oliver Burkeman. (Click here for the Amazon link.)  I have been very critical of my use of time, and it turns out, the approach and philosophy I have been taking has been futile. I have a much better idea of why that is after reading this book. This review sums it up pretty well… “This book is wonderful. Instead of offering new tips on how to cram more into your day, it questions why we feel the need to . . . My favorite kind of book is this one―a book that doesn’t offer magic solutions to life because there aren’t any. Instead, it examines the human struggle with intelligence, wisdom, humor, and humility . . . Reading this book was time well spent.” ―Marianne Power, The Times (UK) I pulled MANY useful and thought-shifting nuggets out of this book. I seldom re-read books, but I will definitely be reading this book a second time.

2.  New watersport I tried…

While in Florida last week, I got to spend a couple of hours on an eFoil. An eFoil is a surfboard with an electric propeller just above the wing of the hydrofoil, which powers the board to move through the water. The motor is electric, silent, and controlled by a handheld wireless remote that syncs to the eFoil via Bluetooth. After many falls, ingesting lots of saltwater, and several spots of chaffing, I got the hang of it. Once up on the foil, you are above the waves and have no pounding or resistance. It was A BLAST! Definitely a unique feeling somewhere between surfing, flying, and floating. A shout out to Lana for getting me to Florida for an AMAZING surprise 50th trip (fishing, Kenny Chesney concert, great meals, and lots of sun!), Dr. Vince Hassel for setting up that session, and eWatersportz in Madeira Beach, Florida, (eWatersportz.com) for getting us geared up. Check out the quick video below of me on the Waydoo Flyer e-Foil…

3.  Quote I love…

“Motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why you have to do it every day.”

-Zig Ziglar

Remember… wellness is not something that you achieve, it’s something that you continuously do. There are lots of things working against our physical and mental health, which is why healthy behaviors are something we have to engage in on an ongoing basis. The quality of any area of your life goes up in proportion to the amount of attention and energy you give to it. Don’t get discouraged by the need to be health-conscious EVERY SINGLE DAY… get excited about it… embrace it.. and get empowered by it.

Friday’s Findings: 04.22.2022

1.  Failure I have to admit…

I stated in a past Friday’s Findings that I was going to have my book completed by my 50th birthday. Well… Wednesday was my birthday… and… no book. Damn! I failed to accomplish that goal. My son, Kyle, reminded us that I have been talking about writing this book as long as he’s been alive (he’s 17 years old). So… I’m recommitting to getting my book completed, as I believe it can make an impact. Stay tuned!

2.  Staggering (and upsetting) statistic…

27.3% of American adults struggle with depression and/or anxiety. That means that just about 1 out of every 3 adults are suffering with these issues. That is STAGGERING! What’s even worse is that depression and anxiety in children is skyrocketing. YIKES!!! It’s time to be LESS scared, MORE purposeful, have MORE fun, engage in DEEPER relationships, do MORE of what we want, go to MORE places we have always wanted to go, become MORE connected to nature and our Creator, express MORE gratitude, pay LESS attention to the media and social media, pay MORE attention to the things that matter most, MOVE more, EAT healthier, hang out with people who LIFT YOU UP, avoid people who DRAG YOU DOWN, and to look at life like the GIFT that it is.

3.  Birthday surprises…

Outside of my office Wednesday morning was a very large set of signs that read… “HONK AS YOU GO, DR. PAUL IS THE BIG 5-0!” That was sent from my family in Missouri (and South Carolina)… so thank you to the Huhman family. I am grateful for such great people in my life. I am currently out of town on a surprise birthday trip that Lana set up. Amazingly, nobody blew the surprise. So far… warm weather, beach, ocean, great food, and deep sea fishing tomorrow. That’s all I know for now. Thanks to EVERYONE who reached out with birthday wishes. I’m a little bummed so many people are so happy for me to reach the big 5-0, with comments like “it’s all downhill from here”…. “old man”… “join the club”… and “it’s about time.” Haha! I will say this… I’m looking very forward to the next chapter. My goal (besides finishing my book)… continuous growth and improvement in EVERY area of my life.

Friday’s Findings: 04.15.2022

1.  Image that caught my attention (and thoughts) this week…

This was a great post that someone shared with Lana (Thanks, Kelly W.!). It was a screenshot, so I can’t give credit to whomever created it. I REALLY, REALLY like it. It says A LOT! Check it out… and think about it for a bit.

2.  Game I’m playing…

Remember Pac-Man? Well… I can’t seem to get enough of that game right now. A couple of years ago, we got one of those arcade games with a bunch of the original video games on it (the kind they had at Pizza Hut, where two people sat at the game, one on either side). So fun! Frustrating… but fun. And addictions are worsened when you have someone close to you sharing that addiction (Thanks, Marin!). Time wasted… or time well-spent??? Two thoughts come to mind… All work and no play… and Work hard, play hard!

3.  Disturbing quote I reread this week…

Years ago, I came across a letter that was put out by Goldman Sachs to its investors. What I read was ASTONISHING! We know the medical system and big pharma take little interest in actually curing disease and getting people truly well, but to see something like this in writing is unsettling. You can read one article discussing this by clicking here, but here is a quote from that letter about how curing illness is simply bad for business…

“The potential to deliver ‘one shot cures’ is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies,” analyst Salveen Richter wrote in the note to clients Tuesday. “While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.”

We can’t keep looking for solutions and answers to our healthcare issues from people who have no interest in actually solving these issues. Take charge of your own health!

 

A few extra tidbits for this week…

-Tomorrow (Saturday), Dr. Michael will lead the second Walk and Talk With the Doc. It was a success last month. Join him for an info-packed, exercise-inclusive, fun, outdoor walk. He will be at Liberty Park in Twinsburg (9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, Ohio) at 9 a.m. and will lead a one-hour hike. This is tomorrow, Saturday (4/16/22) at 9 a.m.

– Today is my daughter Quincy’s birthday. Happy birthday, Quincy! You are an amazing person doing incredible things. Can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight!

-Our weight loss program is the ideal program to lose 20 pounds (or more!) in just 6 weeks… and with summer just around the corner, this the ideal time to start it. Call our office for more info about this life changing, spirit-lifting, confidence-boosting, and health enhancing program. Call 330-405-2751 for more info.

Friday’s Findings: 04.08.2022

1.  Fun thing that happened this week…

I own a 1940 Ford Coupe. It was a gift I gave my dad for his 60th birthday (Read next week’s blog for full details on that!). When he passed away, it became mine. I partnered up with a good friend, Ray Tartabini (who knows more about cars than I ever could), because I didn’t want to sell it, but I also knew I wouldn’t be able to take care of it the way it deserved. To my surprise, Ray entered the car into last weekend’s Piston Powered Auto-Rama Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland. It looked SO GOOD on display. Oh yeah… and won 1st Place in its class! So cool! I’m grateful for Ray’s interest, commitment, and expertise, and for helping to create a special moment for me and my family. Here’s a pic of the ’40 Ford at the show… Ray and me with the car… and a pic of the trophy…

2.  Daily pics I got this week…

We complain about the weather in Cleveland A LOT! Why? Because it is so complaint-worthy. But like most things in life, we tend to forget the good and focus on the bad. Well… I took a picture each morning on my way out the door of the sunrise over the lake in our backyard. A GREAT way to start the day! And documented proof that the weather isn’t ALWAYS bad in Cleveland.

3.  Product I love…

One of my favorite parts of getting a massage is when they massage my head. A few years ago, I found an electric scalp massager that is legit… the Tenswa Electric Scalp Massager Portable Head Massager. This thing is awesome! Somehow, it is able to deeply massage the scalp with its four rotating heads and 112 mini massage nodes without getting tangled in the hair. It is cordless, rechargeable (it holds a charge for a long time), has two massage speeds, and is even waterproof, and it doesn’t just lightly massage the scalp, it kneads it deeply. It can be used to massage your muscles as well. And it’s less than $40! It makes getting, or giving, a scalp massage much easier. Check it out by clicking here.

Friday’s Findings: 04.01.2022

1.  Great image I saw this week…

This one pretty much sums it up. At a time when our relationship with time is getting more and more screwed up, we have to remember that being present will slow time down and help us to appreciate life a whole lot more. I believe this is one of the BIGGEST and MOST POWERFUL things I can do to improve my life. I hope this image impacts you as much as it did me (Thanks for sharing, Matt M.!) Enjoy!

2.  Person I have been listening to a lot this week…

I have heard bits and pieces from clinical psychologist and professor, Jordan Peterson, in the past, and I was familiar with his name, but never really knew who he was. Well, I watched several hours of YouTube videos with him this week, and I have to say… he has some very good info to share. What kicked it off and got me interested in hearing more was this 4-minute clip from him on the Joe Rogan podcast. Imagine someone saying, “I don’t know how to improve my life.” He would say that you are not aiming low enough. “There’s something you could do that you are regarding as trivial, that you could do, that you would do, that would result in an actual improvement, but it’s not a big enough improvement for you, so you won’t lower yourself enough to take the opportunity.” In just a couple of minutes, he got me to rethink “setting the bar lower.” And having a greater appreciation of the power of incremental change. I did just start reading (listening to) his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. I know very little about Jordan Peterson. He seems very smart, makes logical sense and gets to deep meaning with the topics that I have heard speak about. And he is very well-spoken. My guess is that there are people who do not like him because of political, social, spiritual, and ethical positions he might take. I don’t have enough familiarity with his work to know about those yet, but regardless, I’ve already extracted worthy and helpful information.

3.  Word I love…

I love the word abundance. Abundance is defined as “an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply.” Another definition is “overflowing fullness.” There are often two types of mentalities in the world… scarcity or abundance. You can find either if you look. But remember, there truly is an abundance of love, beauty, money, truth, and kindness. You do not have to hoard something like love, nor do you have to split a certain amount among certain individuals. If you’re married and have kids, think about your children and your spouse. You do not have to decide who gets more. You can give ALL your love to your spouse… and still have an abundance of love left over for your children as well. Adopt an abundance mentality!

Friday’s Findings: 03.25.2022

1.  Series we just finished (and loved!)…

Sam Elliot, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill star in the new series, 1883. “The series follows the post-Civil war generation of the Dutton family as they leave Tennessee, journey to Fort Worth, Texas, and join a European immigrant wagon train undertaking the arduous journey west to Oregon, before settling in Montana to establish what would eventually become the Yellowstone Ranch.” (Wikipedia) It’s created by Taylor Sheridan and is the prequal to his Yellowstone series. I liked it a lot more than Yellowstone. And you DO NOT have to watch Yellowstone to watch 1883. It also stars Isabel May, as the daughter Elsa, who also narrates the show. I had not seen her in anything before, but she does an amazing job in this series. I have been intrigued with life before modern times, and 1883 captures the rawness and roughness of this time so well. It will give you an instant appreciation for how good we have it. There are ten episodes, and each one is captivating. A patient yesterday described it as “heavy,” and said they can only watch a couple of episodes and then have to take a couple of weeks off. It IS heavy… but SO good! Most episodes begin and end with the daughter Elsa narrating, most of it sounding like poetry. Here is an except from Episode 5… “I think cities have weakened us as a species. There are no consequences there. Step into the streets without looking, and the carriage merely stops or swerves; the only consequence an angry driver. But here? There can be no mistakes. Because here doesn’t care. The river doesn’t care if you can swim. The snake doesn’t care how much you love your children. And the wolf has no interest in your dreams. If you fail to beat the current, you will drown; if you get too close, you will be bitten. If you are too weak, you will be eaten.” You can find 1883 streaming on Paramount+. And check out the trailer below…

2.  Something I learned this week…

When giving good news and bad news, which should you give first? I just finished the book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, by Daniel Pink. It is loaded with fascinating and helpful insights on timing, which is something we don’t give much thought to. It turns out that giving bad news first is better. He explains some of the science in this book, but the bottom line is that when we give bad news, we think we need to start with good news to ease the pain of the bad news. But when we are receiving bad news, we prefer to receive it before the good news. According to Pink… Several studies show that roughly four out of five “prefer to begin with a loss or negative outcome, rather than the reverse.” He also states that, “Given a choice, humans prefer endings that elevate.” So… hopefully, you have no bad news to share, but if you do, you might want to start with that bad news, and end with the good.

3.  T-shirt design contest we are having in our office…

Help us come up with a slogan for our office t-shirt! It’s been years since we have had a t-shirt design contest, but we are having it NOW. Submit clever, witty, motivational, and/or funny slogans that you think would make for a great t-shirt. We are accepting submissions through the month of April. Past winners have included… If you’re not my chiropractor, get off my back!Optimal Spine has my back, who’s got yours?… When your spine’s in line, you’re feeling fine! The winning submission will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Send us something good! Email your submission to optimalspinewellness@gmail.com.

Friday’s Findings: 03.18.2022

1.  Something I am rethinking now…

On most days, I take a 10-15 minute nap. I fought it for years, thinking I shouldn’t need to, but it recharges me, clears my head, and boosts my mood. After feeling bad about taking these short snoozes, I now know that the science is clear how helpful and important a nap can be. I’ll elaborate on that science in a blog within the next couple of weeks. But simply put, a short afternoon nap improves reaction time, alertness, and performance. The key is making the nap not too short or too long. Roughly 10-20 minutes appears to be ideal. I love when science supports the things I love! Try taking a short nap this weekend… and don’t feel bad about it.

2.  Healthy lunch idea…

We were scrambling for something to eat earlier this week and pulled together a very tasty, and healthy, meal. See the pic below… it is oven-roasted chicken breast slices, sliced peppers, cucumbers, pickles, avocado, tomato, some strips of cheese, and mustard, all on top of a cauliflower sandwich thin. There are small and large cauliflower sandwich thins, as well as almond flower wraps, we will often use instead of bread. And they are delicious! You can see in the pic that we added a hardboiled egg for additional protein.

3.  New idea we had… and are kicking off tomorrow…

Dr. Michael Abood (the other doctor in our office) and I have realized that people have A LOT of questions when it comes to health and wellness. We also have realized that it is hard to find a trusted source, solid information, and a place where you are not constantly being sold something. We also know that the best information and learning comes in the form of personal, more intimate settings. Tomorrow we are kicking off our Walk and Talk With the Doc! Dr. Michael will lead a hike in the park, sharing the latest wellness insights and answering any questions you might have. He will be at Liberty Park in Twinsburg (9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, Ohio) at 9 a.m. and will lead a one-hour hike. This is tomorrow, Saturday (3/19/22) at 9 a.m. We are VERY excited to launch this new idea. How cool is it that you can learn about healthier living… while doing healthier living? Join Dr. Michael tomorrow for our first Walk and Talk With the Doc. Bring a friend!!!

Friday’s Findings: 03.11.2022

1.  Emotions I was hit with this week…

There were two recurring emotions I kept feeling this week… empathy and gratitude. Last Saturday, at a wrestling tournament, with my hand on my chest and listening to the National Anthem, I couldn’t help but think that, as we were about to start a day full of competition, cheering, high-fives, hugs, laughs, and joy, there were Ukrainians, at that very moment, mourning the loss of many of their families and friends, hankering down with their families, trying to protect their children, scared to death, and likely feeling little hope. So, my mixed emotions were super strong empathy for the people of Ukraine… and immense gratitude for the life and freedoms we currently have. This weekend, let us be grateful for all that we have, enjoy the comforts and opportunities around us, and embrace the ones we love. And let us send love and prayers to the people of Ukraine, as they endure what you and I surely cannot comprehend. Check out this link here for “50 Of The Most Powerful Street Art Pieces In Support For Ukraine From All Around The World.”  Here are a couple of my favorites…

2.  Something that rocked me this week…

Someone had recommended that I type “largest criminal fine” into Google to see what pops up. I STRONGLY recommend you do the same. Do that now… type “largest criminal fine” into Google. Once you see what pops up, go to Violation Tracker by clicking here.  Note the number of records (incidents) and total amount of penalties (And note that those penalties are in BILLIONS). Unbelievable! This should concern EVERYONE!

3.  Quote I love…

“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.”

-Elizabeth Edward

Life is loaded with storms. Some people get blown away. Some bear down, tighten their grip, and do not get blown away. And some use the power within the storm (adversity) to get to the next level, to grow, and to do great things.

Friday’s Findings: 03.04.2022

1.  Motivational speaker I came across this morning…

I was trying to open a TikTok someone sent me, but it wouldn’t open. Then, this one popped up and oh… what a pleasant surprise. I’ve watched this several times already today. ABSOLUTELY priceless!!! It is a MUST WATCH!

2.  Fact that I have been thinking about more this week…

I was listening to an audiobook (The Disease Delusion, by Dr. Jeffrey Bland), and he stated a fact that I have known, but hadn’t thought about in a while. In 1910, the average life expectancy was 47. In 2019, the average life expectancy was 74. Wow! To think of how much time we have gained. Almost an entire extra life. This fact has hit me pretty hard this past week as I keep thinking about it. We need to appreciate and maximize these extra years we have been given.

3.  Trend I think will continue to grow…

While the idea of a bidet tends to be uncomfortable to some (and downright freaky to others), I have always thought it was a GREAT idea. Simply put… I am a huge fan of bidets. If you’ve ever encountered them in a different country, you likely looked on in confusion at the two separate toilets. Well… they now have bidets that you can attach to your existing toilet. We have one at the office and two at the house. They come in economical and affordable versions, up to high-end, much fancier versions. I think a key is having a warm-water feature. I believe bidets will be a HUGE trend over the next few years. According to a friend that said he got a bidet because of how much I talked about mine… “I can honestly say that it changed my life. Really!” I’m just saying that they make a lot of sense, and most people who try them love them. I’ll put a few links for you to check out a few options if interested, and a few pics (from pretty affordable to ridiculously expensive) so you can see what they look like.  They all get the job done!  LOL!

TUSHY – pretty affordable

TOTO – middle-of-the-road

Kohler Intelligent Toilet – high end/over-the-top 😜

Friday’s Findings: 02.25.2022

1.  Documentary I watched this week…

There is a documentary called My Octopus Teacher on Netflix that I really enjoyed (Thanks, Chris J. and Jack for the recommendation!). The biggest take-away for me… the reminder of how complex, connected, interesting, and amazing our natural world really is. I commend Craig Foster for making such an incredible film, his commitment to diving in the same spot every day for over 300 days, and his ability to hold his breath for six minutes. I love his quote… “What she taught me was to feel that you are a part of this place, not just a visitor.” Check out the trailer to see if it’s something you think you’d enjoy…

2.  Something I gave more thought to this week…

I was thinking about the lymphatic system. This system is a network of organs and tissues that help rid the body of toxins and waste. It is also responsible for creating and mobilizing white blood cells (called lymphocytes). This is a vital system helping us to fight off microorganisms and to help stop the spread of infections. “Swollen glands” indicate that the lymph system is actively fighting off infection, which is why they get larger and may be tender to touch. Why was I thinking about this? I was reminded that this lymphatic system does not have a pump that moves the lymph through the body. The circulatory system has the heart, which continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels. Without a pump, how does the lymph get moved through the body? Movement and exercise. It recharged my enthusiasm and appreciation for exercise. We think about exercise as a way to burn calories, reduce fat, and build muscle, but it is ESSENTIAL to pump that lymph fluid through the lymphatic system to ensure toxins and waste get pumped out of our bodies, as well as boost our immune systems. So… GET YOUR BODY MOVING EVERY DAY TO GET THAT LYMPH MOVING!!! (Click here for a simple 1-minute video about the lymphatic system.)

3.  Scary stats I re-read this week…

Over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are responsible for over 100K hospitalizations and over 15K deaths each year. These include drugs like aspirin, Aleve, Motrin, and Advil. The common adverse drug reactions are bleeding, heart attack, stroke, and kidney damage. Acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol) is the leading cause of acute liver failure. Yikes! I often hear patients say things like it’s “just Advil,” or “only Tylenol.” Well… you need to be careful with ALL meds, prescribed OR over-the-counter. And make sure you are addressing the CAUSE of your problems, not merely masking the symptoms.

Friday’s Findings: 02.18.2022

1.  Some wisdom I came across this week…

I was sent this link, titled “This is too good not to share. I asked a friend who crossed 70 & is heading towards 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following:” Click here to check out these 14 words of wisdom. I liked them all, but #10 jumped out at me… “I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.” I tend to pay closer attention to the elders out there. Their wisdom can be priceless!

2.  My current wellness program/schedule…

Twice each year I tighten everything down and get strict with my health regimen. I am currently in a 12-week self-constructed program. Because I am asked about this a lot, I thought I would share it here. I have set goals to do the following… do 18 hours of fasting (meaning no breakfast) at least 5 days/week, no refined carbs or sugar 6 days/week, resistance training (weights) upper body 2 days/week and lower body 1 day/week, 10-20 minutes of cardio (varied intensity/interval) 3 days/week, and gratitude exercise (3 things I am grateful for) 5 days/week. I also have one “cheat day” per week, where I can eat whatever I want. This regimen will cut my body fat, build lean muscle, boost my immune system, improve my sleep, increase my energy, and basically turbo charge me heading into spring and summer. The numbers are doable, not every single day, and that “cheat day” allows Lana and me to pick the one day of the week when we have an event or want to go out with friends and fully enjoy eating and drinking with no regret. I would recommend setting up SOME type of specific, regimented, health-boosting plan so you have something guiding you and keeping you accountable. Make it strict, but doable. Here is a calendar Lana created in Excel for me (she has her own) that we have hung up and check-off as we accomplish our goals.

3.  Fun place we went last Sunday…

I hadn’t been in Whole Foods in a long time. Well, we out by Pinecrest last week and saw that it was open (it was later on a Sunday), so we stopped in. They have a GREAT selection of healthy choices. I forgot how good it was. I remember thinking I can’t get out of there without spending under $100. Well… we only needed a few things, yet a whole bunch of things… and over $200 later, we made it out. If you’re looking for specialty items on the healthier side, such as granola, trail mixes, grain-free wraps, etc., Whole Foods is a good choice. And many items were marked with discounts, which we thought we had to sign up to be a special member. Turns out that all we needed to do was show a code on our Amazon account as Prime members. The discounts were significant, it was easy, and we were thrilled that it didn’t require signing up for anything new.

Friday’s Findings: 02.11.2022

1.  Olympic story that caught my attention this week…

I didn’t realize the Olympics were on until mid-week. Not sure how I missed that. While watching the snow skiing big air event, I caught the story of skier Colby Stevenson. He was in a horrific car crash five years ago, fracturing his skull in 30 places. They thought he would not make it, and if he did, would likely have brain damage. Well… he lived… no brain damage… oh… AND returned to competition five months later. WOW! And he just won the silver medal in the Olympics in the big air competition. When asked what changed after the accident, he said he wasn’t competing to win, but skiing just to ski… for the love of it. And when asked what is the biggest change he feels since the accident, he responds with one word… GRATITUDE. He says he feels like he’s living “bonus years.” He wakes up feeling like every day is “a gift.” What… a… story! His father said the accident “rocked our world.” So… why does it take a crisis for us to wake up, be grateful, treat every day like it’s a bonus day, and each day as a gift? Why does it take a catastrophe to rock our world? Watch the 2.5-minute interview with Stevenson below. We need to hear stories like this to remind us to be grateful, to live fully, and look at each day for what it is… a gift. I hope his story moves you the way it moved me.

2.  Adventure we embarked on last night…

Lana and I decided to challenge ourselves by camping out last night. Yes, it was in the 20’s and freezing cold, but it was AWESOME! We pulled our gear over the snow and ice on sleds, set up camp, started a fire, ate dinner, had a drink, then hankered in for what turned out to be a cozy night’s sleep. The right gear is essential for making whatever adventure you embark on doable, comfortable, and safe. My water-proof, wind-proof, and puncture-proof North Face tent was perfect (I bought it almost 30 years ago!), the fire wood was a necessity (thanks, Jim Z.), and our super thick Marmot sleeping bags, that are rated down to -30 degrees, made the super cold temperatures a non-issue (thanks, Dr. Jon, for the amazing early wedding gifts). And to all of you wondering… no, I did not drag Lana on this mini-expedition. She was excited to go. I believe pushing ourselves, testing our limits, and exposing ourselves to challenges heightens our life experience, makes us feel more alive, and reinforces how resilient we can really be. Here are a couple pics…

3.  Quote I love…

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine… it’s lethal.” -Paulo Coelho

Friday’s Findings: 02.04.2022

1.  Sleep tips I picked up this week (many I knew, some I did not)…

I listened to a podcast with Dr. Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist who knows A LOT about the brain, sleep, and human behavior. He was on Lewis Howes’ podcast, The School of Greatness. They were talking about sleep. Here are several nuggets from that podcast that can help boost your sleep quality…

  • Keep room temperature between 65-68 degrees.
  • Put a foot or a hand outside the blankets to reduce body temperature.
  • Drink chamomile tea before bed to calm your system.
  • Tape your mouth shut to ensure nose breathing.
  • Keep away from ALL bright lights prior to bed (they disrupt melatonin). Dim lights and candlelight are okay.
  • Avoid caffeine later in the day (How late is different for each person).
  • Put something under your feet to elevate the feet just above the heart. This enhances the glymphatic system, which is a system that clears waste from your head while sleeping (much like the lymphatic system in your body).
  • And the one that surprised me most… take a HOT shower before bed. I always thought cold was better before bed, but he says the body will react to the cold by trying to heat up, which will hurt your sleep. The hot shower causes your body to try to cool, which helps your sleep.

If you’re interested, click here to listen to that podcast.

2.  Something I am REALLY grateful for this week…

My mother and father would have been celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary tomorrow (Feb. 5th). My dad passed away a few years ago, but I am super grateful for my mom and dad and the incredible model they provided for relationships and marriage. I believe the MOST POWERFUL tool you can have to be successful is someone to model that does it right. Parents are the most influential model you can have (good or bad) because you are immersed with them day in and day out, from the time you are forming your first beliefs. And while a lot of your success is within your control, you don’t get to pick you parents. Therefore, I am exceptionally grateful to have fallen into such good hands. Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad! I know 51 years were not enough, but you made an incredible impact on me in those years.

3.  Project I am working on…

I am working on a monthly webinar-type presentation. It would be live, via zoom or some other video group technology, would be about 45 minutes long, start with about 15-20 minutes of content, then end with live Q&A. This would allow me to talk about timely topics and take a deeper dive with my followers in a live format each month. It would help us to connect on a deeper level, for me to share more information and insights, and possibly most importantly… allow for you to ask questions. Stay tuned!

***UPDATE… A couple of weeks ago, I spoke highly of an app that sends out motivational quotes, call Motivation. I did the year subscription, so I’ll stick it out, but I am NOT too impressed. The quotes are not that great, and I catch myself skipping them or missing them. Sorry! Not my best recommendation.

Friday’s Findings: 01.28.2022

1.  Strategy I took a deeper dive into this week…

I’ve known that there are ways to increase your success in achieving goals or improving behaviors and habits, but did not realize there was a term for those strategies/devices. They are called commitment devices. I believe knowing more about these will help you be more successful with the changes and improvements you want to make in your life. Click here for an article that explains commitment devices pretty well. There are websites like stickK.com where you can set a goal (i.e., lose 15 pounds), commit a specified amount of money to that goal (i.e., $250), and then state what will happen with that money if you do not achieve that goal (i.e., it will go to a charity or organization you don’t like, or to a friend/co-worker/family member). Success can increase by 2-3x using these devices. Smokers were 30% more successful with quitting when using devices like this. Imagine knowing that your hard-earned money will go to the political party you oppose if you fail. Wow! That should ensure success!

2.  Word I love…

I love the word optimal. Wiktionary defines it as “the best, most favorable or desirable, especially under some restriction.” How good can you be? How hard can you work? How much can you do? We all do pretty well, but in everything we do there is an optimal level. I believe a successful life is one in which we continue to strive for optimal. And I like Wiktionary’s definition because it adds …especially under some restriction. Most of what we do comes with some restriction, which is why we stop and settle for mediocre. Pushing through that restriction is where we find optimal. I’m intrigued (almost consumed) with knowing what my optimal is. What’s your best? Your most favorable? Your optimal???

3.  Book I just bought…

I heard author Robert Greene on a podcast this week promoting his new book, The Daily Laws: 366 Daily Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, and Human Nature. I bought it. So far, so good. It is a thick book, but super manageable, as you only read one page each day. The messages come from his six international best-selling books and more. These mediations, or messages, are great food for thought for the day.  I’m only a few days in, but I’m liking what I have read so far. If interested, you can find that book on Amazon by clicking here.

Friday’s Findings: 01.21.2022

1.  Thought-provoking video I watched this last week…

I consider Dr. James Chestnut one of my mentors. I have hundreds of hours of post-graduate study under him. He is one of the smartest doctors/scientists I know. Therefore, I pay attention when he speaks. He makes one of the MOST IMPORTANT observations and states the MOST IMPORTANT concern right now… the crumbling of the scientific process. Science is only science when it is rigorously debated and discussed, so the truth can be teased out. The censorship that is occurring right now should scare EVERYBODY. You can watch him speak about that in this 16-minute video he posted on Facebook last week. It is VERY, VERY good. You may not agree with everything he says, but pay attention to the points he makes about science, the scientific process, and how that has been significantly altered these past two years. Hear what he has to say, and give it some thought…Click here to watch the video.

2.  Concept I am pondering…

In the book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, author Oliver Burkeman makes the following observation: “…contrary to the cliché, it isn’t really the thought that counts, but the effort – which is to say the inconvenience. When you render the process more convenient, you drain it of its meaning.” He uses the example of using computer-generated birthday cards versus sending an actual (paper) birthday card. There is something about the work, the difficulty, and the inconvenience of going to a store, picking out a card, buying it, handwriting a message in it, and walking to the mailbox to send it that increases and enhances its meaning. That got me thinking! I will be reevaluating some of the shortcuts and time-saving strategies that I have adopted to make sure they aren’t adversely affecting the quality in certain areas of my life.

3.  New app I just downloaded…

Anthony Campo (owner of Anthony’s Men’s Salon in Twinsburg) and I had a great conversation about motivation this morning while he cut my hair. We talked about the importance of feeding the mind healthy words, philosophies, and concepts in this world filled with negativity, doubt, and fear. Not everybody likes motivational quotes, personal growth books, or seminars to improve performance, but we got all fired up talking about the ones that we love most. Anyway… he showed me an app he uses and likes called Motivation. It sends him motivational and uplifting quotes throughout the day. These quick reads can be the thing that shifts your thinking, boosts your mood, and redirects your focus. You can completely customize what types of quotes come through and the frequency. I just downloaded it and can’t wait to start getting those quotes! The first 3 days are free, then it’s $19.99/year. Here are a couple screen shots showing the customization and one of the first quotes I just received…

***Catch next week’s blog (to be posted on Tuesday at drbizjak.com) to hear about our exciting (and scary) Wednesday night when we had to pack up and leave our house at 2:30 am!

Friday’s Findings: 01.14.2022

1.  Product I love…

I believe activity trackers can have big benefits. I also believe the Oura Ring is the best one out there. I had the 2nd Generation model (thanks, Lana!), but lost it :(. I just received the new 3rd Generation Oura Ring (thanks AGAIN, Lana!!!), and I’m excited about some of its new features. I like a ring better than a watch, and it gives a lot of great data. I won’t over explain its features, as you can go to Ouraring.com to learn more, but I like that it gives me fairly accurate sleep data, heart rate variability (HRV), and the 3rd Generation upgraded to live heart rate 24/7. It will be able to measure blood oxygen levels within the next month or so. It also gives a Sleep, Activity, and Readiness score each day. I like these because it combines several metrics in each category and displays a number (between 1-100), which gives you a quick snapshot of how you are doing in each category. If you’re looking for an activity tracker, make sure you check out the Oura Ring.

2.  Quote that got me thinking this week…

“Knowledge is power.”

I heard someone talking about this on a podcast, and they made the point that this quote is inaccurate. Knowledge is critical, but useless without action. There are A LOT of highly-educated, unsuccessful people in this world. You need knowledge, of course, but you must apply massive action to get the results you are looking for in life. Like the activity tracker I mention above… the data is great, but unhelpful if I don’t use that data to alter my behavior. Knowledge is potential power. Knowledge + Action = Power!

3.  Wellness tip…

Do ONE THING today that moves you closer to a goal you have set or a New Year’s resolution you made. Do a workout, choose a healthier meal, make an important phone call, set up a lunch with a friend you want to reconnect with, or make the apology you’ve been wanting to make. Do that something TODAY. In fact, do it RIGHT NOW! How powerful that will be. How good that will feel. Do it TODAY!!!

Friday’s Findings: 01.07.2022

1.  Observations I made this week…

  • A majority of patients I saw this week had contracted COVID over the holidays.
  • Symptoms varied wildly, including one, some, or all, of the following: Sore throat, fever, body aches, sinus congestion, runny nose, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of taste and/or smell.
  • Several stated that they knew of friends or family that were hit pretty hard with the virus, with some needing to go to the hospital, but none of the patients themselves needed medical attention, and all of them stated that their symptoms were mild.
  • Most stated that their symptoms were on par with a typical cold or mild flu.
  • Many expressed surprise that so many people who were fully vaccinated got infected. Most are now more aware that the vaccine does not prevent getting COVID, nor does it prevent the spread of COVID.
  • It did not appear that being vaccinated or unvaccinated impacted the severity of my patients’ symptoms.
  • Two nurses both stated that they felt the hospitalizations that they were handling over the holidays was a mix of about 50% vaccinated and 50% unvaccinated. I found that interesting because it contradicts what the media is reporting. It was reported that of the 35,962 people admitted to the hospital since June 1st, just 2,687 were fully vaccinated. Not sure if these numbers are shifting more recently. Hard to know what to believe. I’ve reached out to more healthcare providers to get their perspective.
  • Two patients this week shared that they had family members that were hospitalized with COVID, with one passing away last weekend, and one in very bad shape, on a ventilator, and not expected to make it. Both these people were fully vaccinated, including the booster.

I’m sharing this information because I have the opportunity to interact with a lot of patients each week, gather a lot of real-world, real-time data. It is observational data, but has provided me with a perspective that I am using personally to safely and effectively navigate these crazy times. We can only make the best decisions if we have accurate information. It is clear that what gets reported on the news is not consistent with what I see daily in practice. I am not sharing this information to sway your thinking or convince you of anything. I feel an obligation, as a healthcare provider, to share data that I come across and find interesting or helpful. These are my observations. You, or your sources, may have different observations.

2.  Video clip I watched this morning…

In an effort to relax and reverse the frustration I feel surrounding the handling of this pandemic, I found a 13-minute video clip from Planet Earth. Nature images and videos do something to our physiology that is helpful, healthful, and so good. Wow! Check out at least some of this video. The avalanche footage around the 4-minute mark was powerful, the BASE jumpers at the 7-minute mark were exhilarating, and the sandstorm footage at the 12-minute mark is amazing. This clip has over 36 million views. Getting out in nature is ideal, but watching nature videos does the body and mind good!

3.  Great post I saw this week…

Town Hall Café in Cleveland is one of my favorite restaurants. They happen to have one of the best social media staff I’ve seen. They post GREAT info. Here’s one from this week…

Friday’s Findings: 12.31.2021

1.  Super creative food idea I saw this week…

I saw this last week. For the person who really wants to bring cookies to a party, but is told to bring a veggie tray…

2.  New study published this week worth noting…

A new Cleveland Clinic study showed that those that have lost weight among obese patients “have a 60% lower risk of suffering from severe complications from COVID-19.” According to Steven Nissen, M.D., the study’s senior author, “This study suggests that an emphasis on weight loss as a public health strategy can improve outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic and future outbreaks or related infectious diseases. That is a very important finding considering that 40% of Americans have obesity.” People can debate the impact of hand washing, social distancing, face masks, or the vaccine all day long, but there is NO QUESTION that the biggest impact you can make in regards to your outcomes when dealing with SARS-CoV-2 is your level of health prior to contracting it. I didn’t think we needed a study to prove that, but it’s good to see this study from the Cleveland Clinic supporting weight loss as a huge strategy to lower risk of complications with COVID (60% lower risk!!!). Dr. Nissen stated that these were “striking findings.” We’ve known since the first weeks of this pandemic that the most at risk patients were the obese, so finding that weight loss lowers risk shouldn’t be so striking. The bottom line… lose weight!

(January is the PERFECT month to start our weight loss program! You will lose 20-35 pounds in just 6 weeks. Call 330-405-2751 to get signed up.)

3.  100 New Year quotes to ponder…

I came across this list in an article at Parade.com, titled 100 Best New Year’s Quotes to Ring in 2022. I love quotes, and these are worth reading through as we ring in the new year. You can see the full list by clicking here. Here are several of my favorites from that list…

#3. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” —Robin Sharma

#7. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” —Brad Paisley

#20. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

#25. “The New Year is a painting not yet painted; a path not yet stepped on; a wing not yet taken off! Things haven’t happened as yet! Before the clock strikes twelve, remember that you are blessed with the ability to reshape your life!” ―Mehmet Murat ildan

#31. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” —Benjamin Franklin

#42.“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” —Anne Frank

#46. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell

#59. “Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.” —Mike Dooley

#76. “You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you.” —Eckhart Tolle

#100. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” —Albert Einstein

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2022 something very special and extraordinary!

Friday’s Findings: 12.17.2021

1.  Podcast EVERYONE needs to listen to…

This podcast is being touted as controversial on the internet. YouTube took it down. It’s Joe Rogan interviewing Dr. Peter McCullough. I’ve heard a lot from Dr. McCullough over the past year and a half, and find him to be very knowledgeable, genuine, and credible. I felt this was one of THE MOST information-packed podcasts I have heard yet regarding many aspects of this pandemic. Wherever you are in regards to COVID, the vaccine, mandates, and the pandemic as a whole, it is critical to gather as much information as possible to remain informed from multiple sources. In this podcast, Dr. McCullough is thorough, very scientific, scientifically-supported, and interjects common sense and logic. He helps clarify a lot of questions I have had. Is he wrong about anything in this podcast? My guess is yes. Is he wrong about everything in this podcast? Surely no. He makes some very interesting and compelling points (not conspiracy theories) that will get you thinking. I am NOT trying to convince you of anything. Listen to it… or don’t. I just felt obligated to share it. It’s almost three hours long, but worth it. You can only listen to it on Spotify now, since YouTube censored it.

2.  Funny ads I came across…

Here are some funny and creative magazine Christmas ads…

3.  Word I’m giving more thought to…

Retreat… It is good to get away periodically, to reflect, to ponder, and to reassess. The word retreat means the act of withdrawing, or to pull away from. It is often used in terms of withdrawing from enemy forces. While a retreat can extend over days, we can retreat regularly throughout the day. Who’s the enemy? Stress, negative thoughts, the daily grind, people that suck the life out of you and bring you down. What got me thinking about the word retreat was a recent podcast I listed to with singer, songwriter, and adventurist, Mike Posner. He made the point that when we retreat, we can pull away from the past and the future… to be in the present. Hearing that expanded my understanding of the word retreat and made it much more powerful. We need to retreat regularly… and be more present.

 

Friday’s Findings: 12.10.2021

1.  Person I’m grateful for this week…

I have an amazing staff! Sue, Joy, and Alie are all so committed to our mission of helping as many people as possible. Sue has been with me for over 20 years! Wow! Sue is our resident holiday/seasonal decorator, and is so good at it. I wanted to share some pics of what she put together this holiday season… it is so well done. Patients are always commenting on it. Thanks, Sue, for sharing your talent with all of us and making the office look so good.

2.  Pleasant surprise I had this week…

We were at my son’s wrestling tournament in Solon last weekend and needed something to eat. Lana and I reluctantly headed to the concession stand to see if there was anything that we would be willing to eat. To our surprise, there was another food vendor there, serving healthy, organic, real food. We couldn’t believe it. As we read the menu… organic, free-range turkey panini sandwich with gluten-free bread… vegetable poke bowl… organic veggies and hummus plate… and more… my sister, who was there with us, looked at us and asked… “Are we being punked?” Haha! Well, the food was awesome. It was Pure Blend Smoothie and Café, which has a location there in Solon. I love and commend places like this for making these healthier choices available. We got to meet and talk to the owners, Mike and Lauren, who are great. They are working hard and committed to helping their community have healthier food choices. We have already been back to their restaurant for lunch, and it was delicious. I encourage you to try them out and support them if you are local, at 33200 Station Street, Solon, Ohio. They also have take-out, so you can call ahead… 440-523-0099. You can visit their website at pureblendsmoothie.com.

3.  Concept I’m pondering…

I’m a very good procrastinator. I’m working on getting things done quicker and sooner, trying not to put things off. I read something earlier this week in Ryan Holiday’s book, Stillness is the Key, that really resonated with me.  Think about what you could/should be doing that you have been putting off. Commit to getting those things done. Here are those words from Ryan Holiday… “When you defer and delay, interest is accumulating. The bill still comes due… and it will be even harder to afford then than it will be right now.”

Friday’s Findings: 12.03.2021

1.  Interview I did this week…

Most of you know that we run a weight loss program in our office and remotely. The amazing transformations we get to see and the incredible stories we get to hear are what drive us to continue doing what we do. This week, I interviewed Dan, one of our patients who recently completed his second round of the program, losing an unbelievable 70 pounds in just five months. See my short interview with him below and hear how making the decision to do this program changed his life. His goal is to lose a total of 100 pounds, which I know he will do. Thanks, Dan, for being so committed to making the change you’ve made, losing the weight you’ve lost, and for being an inspiration to so many others. And thanks for sharing your story with me in this interview. You’re awesome!!! (If interested in our weight loss program, we have extended the $100 discount through the end of next week. January is a GREAT time to lose weight!)

2.  Ruling I was happy to see this week…

On Tuesday this week, a federal court granted a temporary injunction to block enforcement of the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. I have been strongly opposed to these mandates, as I believe all medical choices should be personal and never forced. If this ruling is upsetting to you, and you believe mandating these vaccines is a good idea, please think about these two things… (1.) Why do you think roughly 20% of healthcare workers, those with advanced education and knowledge about the body, medicine, and health, are opposed to getting the vaccine? (2.) The primary effect of the vaccine, according to health officials and the vaccine manufacturers, is that it may reduce the severity of symptoms for the person receiving the vaccine (thus possibly preventing complications and possibly death), and not prevent a person from getting the virus, nor preventing the spread of the virus.

I do not believe anyone should be prevented from getting the vaccine if they want to get it, and do not believe anyone who does not want to get the vaccine should be coerced, bullied, or forced to get it. This goes for ANY medical intervention.

3.  Quote I read this morning…

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” -Dinos Christianopoulos (Greek poet)

I love, love, love this quote! Powerful! It came in a weekly mail I receive from James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits.

***Our Toys for Tot toy drive is next week. The Marine Corp. picks up all toys on Friday, Dec. 10th. All locals can drop a new, unwrapped toy at our office. Thanks in advance for helping us help others!

Friday’s Findings: 11.26.2021

1.  Video clip I loved this week…

My brother, Greg, sent me this 2-minute video. I loved it. I think you will too.

2.  Toys for Tots drive we are having…

This year marks the 24th year we will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots. If you are looking for a place to give this holiday season, consider donating a new, unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots. Anyone donating a toy in our office goes into a drawing for various give-a-ways, such as cervical pillows, books, ice packs, hydrotherapy massage certificates, and more. One person will win a free year of care in our office! Any new patients that donate a toy will receive their first day services (including x-rays, if needed) for NO CHARGE! So… help yourself while helping others. Consider donating a toy for a local child in need this holiday season. The Marine Corp will be picking the toys up on Friday, December 10th. See the flyer below for more details…

3.  Something I am working on…

Lately I have been less disciplined about setting clear and specific goals.  I am recommitting to better goal setting.  And this is the perfect time of year to do it so that you can be ready for a phenomenal start to 2022.  Keys to success when setting goals…be very specific, put a time frame on it, and they MUST BE written down.  Oh…and you need to review them every day.

Friday’s Findings: 11.19.2021

1.  Upsetting (and alarming) thing that happened to me this week…

I have written articles every week in the three local papers (Aurora, Hudson, and Twinsburg) for roughly 17 years. These articles are the same as the blogs I post every Tuesday on my site (drbizjak.com). This week, the paper WOULD NOT publish my article, saying it is “too controversial.” So, I sent them different content, basically telling readers that the paper is now reviewing my articles and will determine what can and cannot be published, and that they can find all past and future articles on the blog page of my website, drbizjak.com. The paper refused to print that also. They sent back a revised (censored) version, which they said they would approve, and in this one, they had omitted the line where I said that they were now reviewing my articles. So… I have severed ties with them and will not be running any more articles/ads in that paper. You can see my revised post that they refused to run below, and you can find the article they would not run because it was “too controversial” on my blog page this coming Tuesday. It is titled, “The Case AGAINST Science.” I encourage you to read it and share it. It is shameful (and scary) to know that censorship is running so rampant. And no matter what your beliefs are in regards to anything… censorship of any kind, in this country, should alarm you!!!

2.  Poem you might like…

We hang this poem in the office every year around this time. A LOT of patients request copies. So, I thought I would share it here…

3.Series we just finished…

We just finished the series Dopesick. The final episode was released this week (there are 8 total). This is the drama starring Michael Keaton, about the opioid crisis, Purdue Pharma, and the Sackler family. You can watch it on Hulu. I know I recommended it in a recent Friday’s Findings, but wanted/needed to push it again. This is a much-watch series and will open your eyes to how big-pharma operates. Michael Keaton is SO good in this series. Check it out!

Friday’s Findings: 11.12.2021

1.  Healthier snack I have been looking for…

Nuts are a healthy snack, and I eat quite a bit of them. I prefer roasted over raw nuts. Someone recently pointed out how roasted nuts can be dry roasted or oil roasted. When oil roasted, the oil used is often from unhealthy vegetable oils, such as canola or safflower oil. When we looked at what we were eating, sure enough, they included these unhealthy oils. So, Lana did some digging and found some organic dry roasted nuts (which also means non-GMO). We will keep looking for other sources of dry roasted nuts, as the ones we found were really expensive, because we like the taste so much better than raw nuts (which some people find harder to digest). The 2lb. bag of dry roasted mixed nuts we found on Amazon, which you can find here. Nuts are a great, heathy snack that seem to keep me fuller for longer. Just be careful to watch your portions, as the calories add up super fast! Oh… we also sometimes add some Lily’s Dark (and/or Milk) Chocolate Baking Chips, which are sweetened with stevia.

2.  Something worth remembering…

When big money is at stake, people and companies will do ANYTHING to sell more product. I delved in to the history of Big Tobacco this week. Damn! The things they did… paying scientists, manipulating data, bribing, lobbying, covering up known information about problems with their products, etc. And guess who has picked up that same playbook??? Big Pharma. Be careful what you believe, what you read, and who you believe. Take a look at these old ads that used medical doctors to sell their products, even advertising in medical journals. I want to laugh when I see these ads, but it is so far from funny. And it’s worth noting that doctors have been fooled over and over, and used to push harmful products. Just sayin’…

3.  Word I love…

I have always LOVED the word VITALISM… the theory that the origin and phenomena of life are dependent on a force or principles distinct from purely chemical or physical forces. There are vitalistic forces within you that give life and magic to how your body and mind work. Our healthcare system is very mechanistic, focuses on the individual pieces and parts, but ignores the vitalistic component that allows it all to work together the way it does. I will expand on vitalism in a blog post in the next couple of weeks. For now… don’t ignore the fact that there is an innate intelligence within you that is more powerful than any of us could ever imagine. Chemistry and physics can’t possibly explain it all!

 

Friday’s Findings: 11.05.2021

1.  Cartoon that made me laugh this week…

2.  Something I’ve added to my daily regimen…

We started drinking limeade every day. What is limeade??? A full lime squeezed into 12 ounces of water and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt. There are many reasons to include this into your daily routine, but what might get you excited about drinking it is its effect on what is called angiotensin-converting enzyme, a.k.a. ACE2. The way I understand it is that the SARS-Cov-2 virus binds to the ACE2 receptors in the lungs (as well as other areas of the body) when there are a lot of receptors available. More ACE2 in your system means that there are less receptors available for the virus to bind to. This could reduce complications associated with the virus. The limeade also acts as an alkalizer, which is also very good for your body. See below for a pic of the limeade, as well as a 3-minute video of Dr. Zach Bush (from his ReGenerations: Fertility, Childhood Development and Puberty Webinar) explaining some of its benefits…

3.  Insane stat I read this week…

The average American each day touches their phone 2,617 times. Wow! We also average 2 hours and 30 minutes looking at our phones daily. Yikes!!! I think we can all agree that we are on our phones WAY too much. I’m going to make a serious effort to be at least a little less attached to my phone.

Friday’s Findings: 10.29.2021

1.  Scariest thing I heard this week (and maybe ever)…

While reviewing the FDA’s meeting to approve the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old, I was stunned to hear one of the doctors, Eric Rubin, make the following statement… “We’re never going to learn how safe the vaccine is unless we start giving it.” Oh my! If I wasn’t sitting down when I heard that, I might have fallen down. Here’s the thing, whether you are for or against the vaccine in general, we are talking about our young children being guinea pigs in an experiment. Historically, the adults in this country put their lives and safety on the line for the children. We have never put the health and safety of the children on the line for the adults. Because the risk of dying from COVID is so, so, so low for children, many argue the main reason for vaccinating these young children is to help stop the spread of the virus. First, the vaccines have not been shown to be effective with reducing spread. (Click here to see Reuters article published yesterday about the UK study showing that vaccinated people easily spread the Delta variant.) Second, exposing these healthy, low-risk children to known (and yet-to-be known) adverse effects of the vaccine to help the community as a whole is extremely unsettling. According to an article in The Guardian last month, U.S. researchers say that the data “suggests that boys aged 12 to 15, with no underlying medical conditions, are four to six times more likely to be diagnosed with vaccine-related myocarditis than ending up in hospital with COVID over a four-month period.” (For full article, click here.) As parents decide whether or not to vaccinate their young children, I think it critical that they have as much information as possible. This isn’t something where we can say oops! and undo our mistakes. The damage caused can be permanent. And remember, all the negative talk involves myocarditis, but there are other potential serious adverse effects that we cannot know until that damage is done. As with all medical decisions, you need to do your own research. You need to make an informed decision. And you need to include your gut feelings and instinct. And Dr. Rubin’s words during the FDA advisory meeting make it very clear that we DO NOT KNOW what the effects on these children will be, and that the FDA is willing to allow our children to be used in this experimental way. My gut feeling and instinct tells me that this could be the biggest medical mistake in the history of medicine. Time will tell. (I’m not telling you what to do, or trying to persuade you, but merely sharing information that I feel is critical when making these serious decisions.)

2.  Something I was reminded of this week…

As the current world order seems negative and uncertain, it is easy to ball up, do nothing, and be paralyzed by that uncertainty and fear. I re-read an article on Benzinga.com titled, “10 Successful Businesses That Were Started During Economic Downturns.” It reminded me that there is always opportunity for advancement, achievement, and success, even in tough times. The ten companies listed in this article are…

1.Hewlett-Packard (1939), 2. Hyatt (1957), 3. Microsoft (1979), 4. Electronic Arts. (1981), 5. Mailchimp (2001), 6. Uber (2009), 7. Airbnb (2008), 8. Slack (2009), 9. Warby Parker (2010), and 10. Venmo (2009)

All started during a recession! Others include General Electric (1892), General Motors (1908), IBM (1911), Disney (1929), Trader Joe’s (1958), and FedEx (1971). So don’t let tough times stifle your creativity, your dreams, or your opportunities. Recessions, depressions, pandemics, and other rough times may just be the BEST time for you to succeed.

3.  An image worth pondering for a moment…

I came across this image on WebMD, and it made me pause for a moment. It’s a sperm penetrating an egg. It got me thinking (as I often do) about the incredible human body. Think about this… about 40-300 million sperm start the journey, a few hundred make it to the egg, and JUST ONE gets accepted by the egg. Once accepted, the egg forms an outer coat that prevents all other sperm from entering. That sperm and egg together act as one cell, which then become two, then four, then eight, and on and on, until it becomes a fully functioning human being. Just think about the odds of you making it into this world. If you don’t think you’re special… think again. If you don’t appreciate the miraculous power of the human body and its ability to function, heal, and grow, take a moment to do so.

Friday’s Findings: 10.22.2021

1.  New series we started, and I STRONGLY recommend…

We just started a new series, Dopesick, a drama on Hulu starring Michael Keaton, which “examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA.” We’ve only watched one episode, and it is really good. I believe this is VERY timely, as it highlights how the mishandling of drugs in this country is a HUGE problem. They say history repeats itself. Well… just a heads up… history is repeating itself RIGHT NOW. Big Pharma has repeatedly put its financial interests before the health, safety, and well-being of the people. The opioid crisis is perfect example of this (there are many!). We are only one episode in, so I can’t tell you about the entire series, but it’s off to a great start! There are four episodes available, the fifth one will be released this Wednesday (there are 8 episodes total). Ugh! So much for binge-watching the whole series this weekend. I believe this to be a MUST WATCH series. Watch the trailer below…

2.  Wellness tip…

Don’t beat yourself up for slipping from time to time when it comes to making healthy decisions. It’s human to have ups and downs, to be committed then lazy, to be strong then weak. A tip I like to give is to crank then coast. I do this. I have periods where I crank hard, then I coast. My workouts are always more disciplined, consistent, and aggressive in the fall and the spring, which then allows me to coast through the holidays and through the summer. Our bodies do well with increased work and loads, followed by leisure and rest. I even follow that principle during the week. I crank harder on weekdays, when my schedule is a bit more structured, then coast a bit on the weekends. It helps prevent burn-out, keeps me focused, and allows me to get more enjoyment out of life. So… make sure you crank, your health depends on it, but allow yourself to coast, it’s okay! Crank and coast… crank and coast… crank and coast…

3.  Really good video clip I loved this week (and needed)…

With all the negativity these days, this video clip is guaranteed to lift your spirits…

And don’t let the pandemic prevent you from hugging those you love. According to scientists… hugs help you feel better about yourself, reduce your stress, improve communication, increase happiness, and improve your health. YOU NEED HUGS!

 

Friday’s Findings: 10.15.2021

1.  ANOTHER medical contradiction reported this week…

Once again, we find out that the medical advice that has been given to millions of Americans was wrong and dangerous. It was reported this week that The US Preventive Services Task Force is changing its recommendations on daily aspirin use, saying adults 60 and older should NOT take daily aspirin because “new evidence shows that potential harms cancel out the benefits.” The evidence is NOT new, as the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association said that daily low-dose aspirin is no longer recommended back in 2019. Taking aspirin daily, according to the task force, “comes with the serious risk of potential bleeding in the stomach, intestines and brain.” How many people were harmed by these recommendations? How many lives lost? I have always said that an aspirin a day had to be more harmful than helpful. Why? Because the human body is not deficient in aspirin. Therefore, taking aspirin every day cannot be a solution, and HAS TO come with adverse effects. My guess is aspirin makers were heavily involved with the initial recommendations to take their pills daily ($$$). Just wait… it’s only a matter of time until we find out what else we are being told to do to make us healthier turns out to cause more harm than good. Scary and frustrating… but predictable. (See image below is just a screenshot of the headline. For the article from CNN, you can click here.)

2.  Something I ate this week (that might surprise you!)…

This week I had a… bologna sandwich. Yep… a bologna sandwich! Why? Because I felt like it. We were in the grocery store, I saw bologna, hadn’t had it in over a decade, and decided to buy it. Growing up, we ate it often. If you remember Oscar Mayer bologna, it came in a plastic packaging which would leave the Oscar Mayer logo imprinted on the bottom piece. Well, my younger brother, Greg, and I would physically wrestle right there in the kitchen for that piece. So dumb! But what memories. Haha! Anyway, I had a bologna and cheese sandwich this week on white bread. Two pieces of bread were too much, so I took the top piece off. A bologna and cheese sandwich on white bread will definitely not make any “super healthy meals” list, but that’s why I am sharing this. One unhealthy meal here and there, missing a workout from time to time, or slacking off once in a while isn’t what makes you sick and unhealthy. Don’t beat yourself up for having the occasional treat… and don’t miss opportunities to indulge in things that bring you joy… and in the case of my bologna sandwich… some great childhood memories.

3.  Quote(s) I love…

A few quotes from Rumi…

 “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

 “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

 “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

See 50 more great Rumi quotes by clicking here

 

Friday’s Findings: 10.08.2021

1.  Something that got me thinking this week…
I am VERY good at procrastinating. Sure, I do get a lot done, but it always seems to happen in the eleventh hour. I watched a really good TED talk this week, Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, by Tim Urban. (Click here to watch it.)  First, he delivers this talk SO well. Second, it is very funny. Third, he includes a slide that I have thought of over a dozen times this week since watching his talk. The image is of a bunch of tiny squares, each representing one week, adding up to 90 years of life. When seen this way, one can realize that our time on this planet is not infinite. And in terms of procrastination, the realization that you have already knocked out a chunk of your life (in my case, more than half) can help give you the shove you need to do that next big thing you are putting off. Take a look at the image below… each square represents one week of a 90-year life. Life is flying by… what are you waiting for?

2.  Goal I’ve set…
I’ve been talking about writing a book for over 15 years. The above “life box” exercise helped me to set a specific goal… I will complete my book before my 50th birthday, which is 6 months away. (And I won’t wait until month 5 to get started. Haha!)

3.  The most ridiculous word I heard this week (and maybe ever)…
The local paper has started its newest scare campaign… this year’s flu season. Of course, so-called experts are predicting a massive flu surge. And they’ve gone one step further, combining the hype with the current COVID-19 pandemic, creating the latest, most creative word yet… “twindemic.” While I wish the fearmongering was aimed at motivating people to get as healthy and strong as possible (i.e., exercising, eating well, managing stress, getting ample rest, and taking proper nutritional supplements), it isn’t. It’s to get people to line up for yet another shot.
I can’t/won’t tell you whether or not to get any of these shots, but will STRONGLY encourage you to be very careful not to make the mistake of thinking these shots are THE ANSWER to your health concerns. We are overweight, out of shape, weak, and immune-compromised as a nation. No pill, shot, lotion, or potion will ever change that. If you’re excited to get the shots, then get excited and get in line, but make sure you get excited about adopting a healthier lifestyle as well. And don’t let words like “twindemic” stress you out, paralyze you with fear, or trick you into thinking there is something stronger and more powerful than your inborn, innate, natural ability to be well. (I will expound on this in next week’s blog post, which will be posted at drbizjak.com on Tuesday.)

Friday’s Findings: 10.01.2021

1.  Quote I love…

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Einstein

Einstein gets credit for this quote all the time, but it turns out, he probably did not say this. And many people on the internet beat up this quote for a lot of reasons. But, like with most things on the internet, people love to hyper-analyze, hyper-criticize, overthink, complain, whine, and moan. I like the quote because, simply put, it reminds us that we are pretty special in our own way and need to be careful not to judge ourselves too heavily when comparing ourselves to others. What do you love? What are you good at? DO THAT!

2.  Something that surprises a lot of people…

Many people still have a lot of misconceptions regarding chiropractic care. It is often thought of as simply a treatment for lower back or neck pain. But because the spine houses and protects the nervous system, and the nerves control just about every system in the body, the care we provide can impact just about every condition plaguing Americans today. We see a lot of patients with conditions including migraine headaches, digestive issues, menstrual problems, anxiety, dizziness, numbness in the arms or legs, and most arthritic conditions. What surprises most people is that we see infants and children. Just this week, I checked a 4-day-old baby! Being born can be a tough task, and that can often be a person’s first trauma. We see infants with colic, ear infections, constipation, torticollis, and more. Does everyone need chiropractic care? Nope. But everyone needs regular spinal checkups, much like dental check-ups, to find problems before they become bigger problems. I just thought I’d share that because the last thing a newborn or child needs is to start their little lives off with medications. A natural approach is much safer, much more cost effective, and makes great sense! Oh… I also saw a 94-year-old patient this week. So, you can see that we care for the youngest to the oldest, the biggest to the smallest, the athletes, the couch potatoes, and everything in between. I checked all three of my children within minutes of being born, and they have had their spines checked regularly their entire lives. Here’s a picture I have hanging in my office… me checking my son, Kyle, within a half hour after being born…

3.  Video I shot this morning…

With the sun coming up and the fog rolling off the lake, I couldn’t help but grab my drone and shoot some quick footage this morning. Not the best or cleanest editing, but I used their quick auto-edit program to throw together a 30-second clip. I hope you enjoy…

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Friday’s Findings: 09.24.2021

1.  Poem I re-read this week…

There is a poem that I had, and read regularly, since high school. It’s titled, Man in the Glass, by Peter Dale Wimbrow, Sr. Reading it last weekend prompted the topic for this week’s blog, titled Who Should You Be Trying to Impress? You can read the blog by clicking here. And read the poem below…

2.  Wellness tip…

Water should be your primary drink of choice. And you need to be getting enough of it. I was talking with one of our massage therapists, Holly, last week, and she was saying that when her clients increase their water intake, she can notice a difference in the feel of their muscles and joints. A simple goal to shoot for would be to drink half of your body weight in ounces. (I weigh 170 lbs. Half of 170 is 85. So, for me, it would be about 85 ounces daily.) If you don’t love water, try adding lemon or lime. The bottom line is that we are designed to drink water. It’s so important to get enough. And it might be the simplest way to boost your health. Commit to drinking more water! What water do I drink? I do drink bottled spring water, but see the water system that I use below.

3.  Product I love…

We ALL want the cleanest and purest water. We know that tap water is not the best, so most of us invest in water filters, water coolers, purified water, spring water, etc. While there is A LOT of information and opinions out there on what water is the best, and I have tried just about everything that’s out there, I believe what we use in our house right now is the best. It is called the AquaTru Reverse Osmosis Water System. It is a simple-to-use, not-too-bulky, countertop unit. I do have a hydrogen water unit that we also use regularly (I’ll share more about that in a future Friday’s Findings), but this is the water we use most. The guy who invented it is Robert Slovak, a guy who I believe knows more about water than anyone. (You can hear him on this podcast with Ben Greenfield if interested in all the different types of water… https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/nutrition-podcasts/deuterium-depleted-water/). For more information on the AquaTru Reverse Osmosis Water System, to get pricing, and/or to buy it, you can click here. If you use the discount code DrBizjak you will get 10% off the AquaTru and anything else you buy off that site.

 

Friday’s Findings: 09.17.2021

1.  Story I read this week…

Someone sent me this short story this week. (Thanks, Andy H.!) It’s a good one. It got me thinking. When I hear or read stories, poems, fables, or quotes, I take a moment, think about it, and see how it might apply to my own life. A lot of people roll their eyes at this stuff or just read the words and move on, but when you read things like this, take a moment and reflect on it. How does this apply to your own life? How can it make your life better? Can you use it any way to improve? And of course… who can you share it with that might need to read it or hear it? The last two lines are VERY powerful (I took the liberty of putting them in bold print)…

The Builder

Author Unknown

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but needed to retire. They could get by. 

The contractor was sorry to see the good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end to his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he built none too well.

So, it is with us. We build out lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized, we would have done it differently. 

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.”

Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices of the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitude and choices you make today.

2.  Quote I love (from a book I love)…

“People have enough to live by, but nothing to live for. They have the means, but no meaning.” -Viktor Frankl in Man’s Search For Meaning

I’ve read Man’s Search For Meaning numerous times. Here is a summary of the book (by Goodreads.com)… “Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.” You can buy the book here.

3.  One more thing regarding COVID that made me go Hmmmm….

The new vaccine mandate put out my President Biden mandates all federal workers to get vaccinated and removed the option of weekly testing (which is weird, but not the weirdest part). The weirdest part… Congress is exempt from that mandate. Set aside your political positions and beliefs, and you have to agree that this is bizarre.

Friday’s Findings: 09.10.2021

1.  Something I am reflecting on…

I am thinking about 9/11. I’ve spent some time this week reading some articles and looking at historic photographs from that event. I was surprised to find out that of the 2,753 people killed in the World Trade Center attacks, more than 1,100 victims (about 40% of those who died) remain unidentified. I was unaware of that. Two victims were identified just this week through DNA analysis. Here is one site with some of the photos I looked at (the article is from 2009)… the two most moving photos for me were #2, The Falling Man, and #11, a collage of almost all of the victims.

2.  A realization I have had this past year…

If there is one thing that I’ve realized this past year, it is that minds are very resistant to change. Our beliefs about life and our world view are shaped by MANY things. Once we commit something to a belief, it becomes very hard to change. Do you seek to be right? Or do you seek the truth? I constantly check my thinking, behavior, and agendas to ensure that TRUTH is the goal… not bolstering my point or trying to be “right.” What good is sticking to a belief if it isn’t the truth? My mind is open. It can change tomorrow.

3.  Some science that caught my attention this week…

Because there is so much concern about emerging variants of COVID-19, I would think it SUPER important to figure out what drives this creation of variants. Many will say it’s because of the unvaccinated. Others will say it’s the natural evolution of a virus. Yet others say that the vaccines themselves could push variants to emerge. This is one of those topics in which what you believe will surely depend on what you read or who you listen to. Because I do not care whether you get a vaccine or not, I’m sharing this info to keep you in the loop with what I’m thinking, reading, and pondering. This week I read an article titled Vaccines Are Pushing Pathogens to Evolve: Just as antibiotics breed resistance in bacteria, vaccines can incite changes that enable diseases to escape their control. Researchers are working to head off the evolution of new threats. It was at QuantaMagazine.org (click here for the article), is pro-vaccine in nature, and interestingly, was written about three and a half years ago (before SARS-CoV-2 and the pandemic). It’s a bit scientific and not short, so many of you won’t like reading it. And I don’t really want to summarize it, as I think the title gives you the gist. Just know that the success of any drug therapy has to be measured not just by its short-term, immediate, apparent success, but its long-term effect. And because we are in the infancy of this new intervention, considering science provided in articles like this one could help ensure best outcomes, and help avoid preventable disasters. If we are anticipating future variants (someone said this week that there are not enough letters in the Greek alphabet for upcoming variants), let’s be sure we know what slows or fuels the genetic mutations that can make this virus more virulent, more dangerous, and better at evading the protection we are being told the vaccine provides. No matter what side of the vaccine issue you are on, I think we can all agree that we need to consider all the science to help ensure we don’t have a big “oops!” situation. Here is an interesting line from the last paragraph of the article… “Part of the problem, Read says, is that researchers are afraid: They’re nervous to talk about and call attention to potential evolutionary effects because they fear that doing so might fuel more fear and distrust of vaccines by the public — even though the goal is, of course, to ensure long-term vaccine success.” (Remember… this article was written BEFORE the pandemic and is a pro-vaccine article.)

Friday’s Findings: 09.03.2021

1.  Wellness tip…

There are many “keys” to success when it comes to living the wellness lifestyle. One of the most impactful keys to being more consistent and more successful is preparation. If you fail to plan for your day or week, it is very, very hard to stay on track. Laying out supplements ahead of time, blocking off time to workout, and having healthy food ready to go will help tremendously. My daughter, Emma, sent me a pic this week of her fruit that she prepped for her week. I love that she does that! When your fruit and veggies are bought, washed, and easy to grab on the go, it makes life much easier.  So… make sure you prep for each day and each week to help ensure healthier choices.

2.  Great song (with video) I heard this week…

My buddy sent me the newly released, new version, of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” (Thanks, Vin!) It sounds SOOOO good. And I love the way they did it, and the people they included. I have to say it moved me emotionally. Why? Probably because of the nagging feeling in my gut of how poorly things are going in our country right now. You can argue politics, science, personal beliefs and philosophies, but I have yet to find someone who deep down feels good about where we are at, and where we appear to be heading. The scariest thing for me is when 80, 85, 90, and 92-year-old patients of mine express grave concern about what they are seeing. It’s one thing for me to talk about what I feel based on my experience (I’m 49 years old), but these folks have been around for a LONG time, and have seen A LOT. Again, forget politics for a moment, and think about how you feel deep down? What does your gut tell you? We have incredible potential as a country. We can have everything we want, while helping everyone else get what they want. I truly believe that. And whether you are a Republican or Democrat, no matter what race you are, whether you are blue collar or white collar, and whether you are a man or woman… you are an AMERICAN! One of my favorite parts of that song… “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend Her still today, cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the USA.” (and… I’d gladly stand up NEXT TO YOU and defend Her still today!) Listen to that song and watch the video below.

3.  Someone I am re-following again…

Earlier this week, I caught myself wondering why Dr. James Chestnut (out of Canada) hasn’t been speaking out regarding the science surrounding COVID and the vaccine. I love this guy and have learned so much from him over the years. I strongly value what he has to say because of his scientific background and incredible ability to break down the science. Turns out… he has been posting all along, I was just missing it. He posted a very well-written and investigative piece on Facebook on Sept. 1st. Here is the link to his Facebook page where you can find that post. As I keep saying, I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. I’m just sharing valuable, thought-provoking, and interesting information as I wade through this disaster of a pandemic. If your mind is not made up, and you believe emerging data and ongoing analysis is all part of the scientific process (which it is!), Dr. James Chestnut is one smart dude worth paying attention to. Find him here.

Friday’s Findings: 08.27.2021

1.  Great nutritional tip I heard this week…

Someone told me that when trying to get her grandchildren to eat healthier foods that they don’t like, like vegetables, she reminds them that their tongue is the only thing that doesn’t like them. She reminds them that their stomach, organs, and every other part of their body LOVES them. How awesome is that? It gets better. On the flip side of that, she tells them that when it comes to junk food, like candy, cake, ice cream, and sweets, their tongue is the only thing that likes those things. That every other part of their body HATES them. Why do I think that’s a great way to get kids to re-think about the foods they eat? Because I am using it now for MYSELF. So simple… yet so powerful! (Thanks, Jacki H.!)

2.  Event I participated in this week (with my son)…

Last Saturday, my son, Kyle, and I participated in the TRI CLE Rock Roll Run triathlon. There are three options for distances– Olympic, Sprint, and Super Sprint. We did the Super Sprint, which is the shortest, consisting of roughly a 300-yard swim, 5-mile bike, and a 3K run. We have done this in the past and love it. Actually… we hate the actual swimming, biking, and running part, but we love finishing it. This is a very cool event. The swim is in the harbor by the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. The bike is along the shoreway along the lake (which they close to traffic), and the run is through Edgewater Park, again along the lake. I love testing and pushing myself, I love doing things outdoors, and I love that I get to do things like that with Kyle. What I DIDN’T love was getting up at 4:40 a.m. after going to bed at 1 a.m. after getting home from the Zac Brown concert the night before, getting beat by my son, and accidentally running a 5K instead of a 3K because I missed the sign telling me where to turn around (Kyle did too, haha!). I would recommend this race to anyone. It is a great event! And competing with a couple of friends made it even more fun (great job, Bill P. and Johnny P!) See a couple pics below and a video. (The video is a portion of the National Anthem being played on electric guitar by Billy Morris before the race started. I’m adding it because the scene is cool, the music sounds great, and most of all… because when I replayed it this morning, my heart raced, and my emotions kicked up as it made me think about the Marines that lost their lives yesterday defending OUR freedom.)

3.  Most interesting article I read this week…

I read dozens and dozens of articles every week. As vaccine mandates are being made across the country, I’m worried about such a blanketed approach to administering this type of medical intervention. The one thing (of many) that has had me thinking (and digging) is the people who are “COVID-recovered.” Data in several studies now, including studies from the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard, indicate that there may be little to no benefit from the vaccine for those that have had COVID. Data now shows that “COVID-recovered have longer than expected immunity, robust immunity, and a broad range of immunity” (suggesting protection from variants). I can’t help but wonder why we are not at least testing for antibodies prior to simply mass vaccinating everyone. While merely suggesting this will surely upset many, think about it for a moment. I’m not saying no vaccines… I’m suggesting that we take an extra step or two (which is very simple!) to ensure that we don’t unnecessarily cause risk or harm. Anyway… an op-ed piece in the Bucks County Courier Times, a letter from Dr. Hooman Noorchashm to the Pennsbury school board, summed up my concerns perfectly. This doctor is an immunologist, highly credentialed, and in no way anti-vax. It is CRITICAL we consider the concerns that doctors, scientists, and researchers are presenting. Not to shut down the vaccine program, but to ensure it is done as well, and as safely, as possible. Click here for that article.

Friday’s Findings: 08.20.2021

1.  Quote I love…

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” -Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

I wanted to add this quote to the blog I posted this week, but couldn’t fit it in. If you haven’t read my most recent blog post, please do by clicking here. It’s titled “Censorship???” This is a VERY important topic right now. And wouldn’t it be ironic if this article got taken down? An article about censorship getting censored. Hmmmm?

2.  Some things that made my week busier (and exciting)…

Last Sunday, I took my daughter, Quincy, skydiving. It has turned out to be an 18th birthday tradition with my kids. Light winds, blue skies, and perfect weather. Check out the video clip below that AerOhio did for her, along with a couple of pics. My favorite part is when they slow the video down as she and the instructor cartwheel out of the airplane. And check out the blue skies as she jumps. Wow!

We also moved Quincy and Lana’s two sons, Jack and Luke, into Ohio State University on Tuesday. Yep… we moved all three in one day. Bittersweet! So bummed to let them go, but so proud of them and excited to see them taking that next step. We can’t wait to see the impact they have on this world.

3.  Fun facts I learned this week…

Someone sent me a link to these 333 fun facts. I definitely learned a lot… and enjoyed reading through them. I thought you might too. (It’s good to read FACTS! Haha!) Here are a few that I found especially interesting…

  • The Trans Siberian Railway from Russia crosses 3,901 bridges.
  • More than 100 baseballs are typically used during a professional baseball game.
  • In Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear’s character was originally named Lunar Larry.
  • Some people are afraid of vegetables. It’s called Lachanophobia.
  • Selfies are responsible for more deaths today than shark attacks.
  • In Finland, you’ll find that saunas outnumber cars. (We have one at the office and one at home, so we are getting there.)

Check out the rest of them by clicking here.

Friday’s Findings: 08.13.2021

1.  Someone I am following closer…

Dr. Zach Bush, I believe, is one of the smartest, most well-spoken, and thought-provoking people ON THE PLANET. He’s one of the few triple board certified physicians in the country. I LOVE this guy! I’m watching and reading anything and everything he posts. It’s people like this who give me some glimmer of hope that we can pull out of the ridiculous mess we are in in this country. You can follow him on Facebook… @ZachBushMD, on Twitter… @DrZachBush, on Instagram… @zachbushmd, or on his website… www.zachbushmd.com. He recently posted a VERY POWERFUL two-part post on Instagram. Click here for part one. Click here for part two. Here is a copy of what he wrote…

“This is the media, an irresponsible media. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. This is a propaganda tactic that I would call psychological warfare.” —Malcolm X (pictured below)
Over the last several decades, we’ve continued to lose freedom of expression and perspective in the media.
We find ourselves believing things about people we have never met. We rush to damn one another. We are easily manipulated in our perception and belief of ‘otherness.’ It is not new.
The media worked hard never to portray Malcolm X with a smile. I do not appreciate how his stern portrayal had created bias and limited understanding of this man.
In talking with his daughter recently, I got a whole new perspective on the joy and love that he exuded and modeled for his children and community. His legacy that lives on through his children and their children is the quiet and profound victory that will continue to grow in this world.
Since his time, the media has consolidated and exploited new technology and deregulation of monopoly law, now acting with monopolistic impunity (and great profit) through global cable syndicates and the internet, the few channels reach billions of minds simultaneously through our cell phones to produce and reiterate an impenetrable narrative. With the same tools, censorship is not only easy, it is a systemic feature that is being publicly celebrated by a fear filled majority.
We have mimicked this behavior of governments and corporations with our own extreme creation of the Cancel Culture. Those are two words that should have never been put together, let alone championed. We have destroyed our culture as we have accepted the destruction of a free and uncensored press…
PART 2:
In case we forget, the 1st amendment of our constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
These rights are being taken away.
We are complacent.
We have forgotten what freedom tastes and looks like.
We have forgotten why freedom is important.
Freedom is not convenient to practice, or easy to win…
But it can be taken away in an instant.
After you read this post, try spending some time away from your phone, computer, and television. Tune out the media for just a few moments, relax into silence, breathe deeply, and create healthy boundaries. Remind yourself that you are the vessel of light that came into being right now.
You are alive, you are on purpose, and you create your own reality. If that reality is full of fear, find a new source of perspective and rediscover your intuition.
If you find your freedoms disappearing, exercise your freedom of speech. Hold your media and your government accountable. Stop voting red and blue. Start building a community of curious and adventurous people that are willing to push the envelope of the common narrative.
Be willing to be uncomfortable in the pursuit of freedom.
Go run down a forest path, go run up that mountain peak. Nature will show you what nature looks like. She will show you what rebirth looks like. She will show you there is no death, there is no waste, there are no mistakes in the fabric of our reality.
We can let go of the fear. We can breathe deeper, and we can run farther…

2.  Memorable picture I came across this week…

Two of my very best friends (Matt W. and Jeff S.) were at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky many years ago. After jumping off a 75-foot waterfall, they climbed to one of the highest points you could jump from, which is well over 100 feet high. One of those friends sent me a picture of them jumping. I realized that in that picture, it looks like you can see the water, but all you see is the rock face of that cliff. He then sent me a picture from further away, which really puts the massiveness of that cliff into perspective. He drew a little stick figure showing where they jumped from. Then, he drew an arrow highlighting a pontoon boat at the bottom left, which gives you a true appreciation for just how high that jump was. It was quite a feat… and what a memory! I was impressed with their bravery to even attempt such a jump. Oh… and they both fractured their sacrums (tailbone) upon impacting the water. Ouch! Here are those two pics he sent me…

3.  Cartoon I saw this week that I loved (and made me think)…

Thanks John and Mike B. for telling me about this cartoon…

Friday’s Findings: 08.06.2021

1.  A recognition that got me thinking…

Last week, it was announced that the Cleveland Clinic again has been ranked the No. 1 hospital for heart care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 Best Hospitals rankings. This is the 27th consecutive year for this recognition. I couldn’t help but note that heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the U.S. for the past 80 years. Roughly 30% of Americans have heart disease, and that number is expected to rise to more than 45% by 2035. So, we can commend the Cleveland Clinic for being number one in treating heart conditions, but at some point, we need to be concerned about their failure to succeed at preventing these conditions. Roughly $1 billion are spent EVERY SINGLE DAY on treating heart disease. Think about that number… Yikes! Sounds like good business. With all the technology, testing, and advances there have been at the Cleveland Clinic, the number of cardiac-related deaths have increased from 12.1 million in 1990 to 18.6 million in 2019. How are we defining success??? There is no place that I would rather see someone cared for with heart-related issues than the Cleveland Clinic, but we are pathetic when it comes to prevention, cures, and wellness. We must realize that our current healthcare system, and the Cleveland Clinic, is a crisis-care system, not a “health-care” system. YOU must take control of your health… YOU must make the lifestyle decisions that help prevent chronic diseases… YOU, not the healthcare system, your doctor, or the Cleveland Clinic, are responsible for maximizing your health and life.

2.  Commercials I’m loving…

I’ve tuned in for some of the Olympics and love the Start Your Impossible commercials that Toyota is running.  They vary quite a bit, but all have a great message. Two quotes that jumped out at me… “It might not be easy, but it will be amazing,” and “You don’t have to be amazing to start… but you have to start to be amazing.” You can find all the commercials on YouTube, but here are a couple (only 30 seconds long each)…

3.  Mythological story that caught my attention this week…

Procrustes is a Greek mythological figure, who, according to Britannica.com, “had an iron bed on which he compelled his victims to lie. Here, if a victim was shorter than the bed, he stretched him by hammering or racking the body to fit. Alternatively, if the victim was longer than the bed, he cut off the legs to make the body fit the bed’s length.” From this came the term Procrustean bed, which is “an arbitrary standard to which exact conformity is forced.” And a Procrustean solution (according to Wikipedia) is “the undesirable practice of tailoring data to fit its container or some other preconceived structure. In a Procrustean solution in statistics, instead of finding the best fit line to a scatter plot of data, one first chooses the line one wants, then selects only the data that fits it, disregarding data that does not, so to “prove” some idea. It is a form of rhetorical deception made to forward one set of interests at the expense of others. The unique goal of the Procrustean solution is not win-win, but rather that Procrustes wins and the other loses. In this case, the defeat of the opponent justifies the deceptive means.” It is easy to have an idea, opinion, or agenda, and then find, use, or manipulate data to bolster and support that idea, opinion, or agenda. We saw it with asbestos, tobacco, in the food industry regarding fat, and we see it regularly with big-pharma (i.e., the opiate crisis). I try to seek the truth in every situation. This is why I am careful with whom I am listening to, where I am getting my information, and that I am not just trying to prove myself right. Beware of the Procrustean bed!

Friday’s Findings: 07.30.2021

1.  Habit I am trying to reinforce…

There’s a great lesson that I picked up a while back… Road block vs. Road sign. I can’t remember where I read it, but I had put it in my notes on my phone and have been thinking about it ever since. The idea here is that when you hit a snag along your journey of life, don’t let it be a road block that shuts you down. Let it be a road sign indicating the need for change–or simple course correction. We all make mistakes, but those mistakes should not define us or be the end-all. Let’s use those mistakes, problems, and mishaps to guide us onto a better, more successful path.

2.  Words of wisdom I read, and re-read a few more times, this week…

Brian Kight sends out an email to subscribers, called Daily Disciplines. He trains, educates, and speaks about how to get the results you want in life (sound familiar???). I hadn’t heard of him or read any of his stuff until yesterday when someone sent me this week’s Daily Discipline (Thanks, Bev B.). I love what he has to say about being offended. Perfect timing and advice for ALL OF US right now. I’ll post a screenshot of that email post below. Read it! And when I visited his website (tbriankight.com), I picked up another nugget… he says that we’ve got to avoid the habit of BCD… blame… complain… defend. Do you do that? I know I do. Just hearing him talk about that for the one or two minutes that I listened shifted my thinking and expanded my awareness. Anyway, read his post below… it’s pretty good. (I also added a quote that I love about being offended, from Brigham Young, below that.)

3.  Something that continues to baffle me…

I have never been as concerned as I am now about the handling and reporting of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the vaccine, and the pandemic in general. Based on the misinformation, mishandling of data, and censorship, it is clear there is an underlying agenda. Any speculation of what that agenda might be gets labeled as conspiracy theory. Frankly, I am not interested in the agenda as much as I am the dangerous misleading of the American people. The collecting and reporting of data, according to many scientists, is highly suspicious and reckless.

For instance, if someone gets infected with the virus after having had the vaccine, that is called a breakthrough case. The CDC is only listing it as a breakthrough case if the person is hospitalized or dies after being infected. This data is critical to better understand who might be at higher risk for infection, how likely one is to get infected, and basically assess the overall success of the vaccines.

It also appears that the vaccine is often neglected as a possible cause of, or contributor to, complications following vaccination. I had two elderly patients that were found to have blood clots in their legs and lungs, both had been vaccinated, both were heavily examined and questioned, yet not a single question pertaining to the vaccine was even asked. That is unscientific… and just odd. I have heard from many of my patients that potential adverse effects from vaccine are not even acknowledged, considered, or investigated.

And why would the FDA advise against having antibody testing done before or after getting the vaccine? So weird! Wouldn’t it be nice to know that if you have antibodies, you have protection, and would not benefit from the vaccine? And if tested after getting the vaccine, you can know if the vaccine worked and have more certainty about how protected you are. That antibody test could be the most valuable test to ensure a safe and effective mass vaccination program.

The fact is… we are still in an experimental phase, a phase in which we need to determine overall effectiveness (it can never be 100%), failure rate (there are many vaccinated people getting COVID), and specific people who should not get the shots (there surely is a subset of people, based on their past medical history, medications they are taking, or other metrics that make the risk of getting the shots outweigh the potential benefit). These are not emotional statements; they are scientific statements. These are not anti-medicine, anti-vaccine, or anti-government, or political statements. These are concerns that we all should be considering to ensure that we do not look back on our current actions as catastrophic mistakes (we’ve made catastrophic mistakes in the past). To ensure one is making the best decision with anything, it is always critical to have as much data as possible before making that decision. I believe anyone wanting to get the vaccine should have access to it, and anyone choosing to wait or deny the vaccine should be free to do so.

Friday’s Findings: 07.23.2021

1.  Something that changed this week (today, actually!)…

They announced that the Cleveland Indians will officially change their name next season. I knew it was coming. The new name… The Cleveland Guardians. Part of me thinks it’s foolish to change the name, the other part doesn’t really care. People have their reasons for thinking the way they think and thinking what they think. Our whole life paradigm revolves around the meaning we give to what happens to us and what happens around us. Personally, I have always felt that a team name, like the Indians, reflected honor and respect to the origin of where it originated. I don’t know the whole history and have not followed the specifics around why some wanted the name changed, so I’d be silly to ramble on about it. I just can’t help but think as their promo video for the name change says… “You see, there’s always been ‘Cleveland’ that’s the best part of our name.” I feel bad that some took offense to the name and hope that this change helps. For me, I’ll try not to give more meaning to this change than necessary and remain glad that we have a great history, amazing memories, and still have a team. See the promo video below (narrated by Tom Hanks).  You may need a twitter account to view the link.

2.  Very scary stat that I re-read this week…

According to the CDC, “1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).” This so frightening! And what makes it scarier and even more upsetting is that we are nowhere even close to figuring out what is causing it. I look at the actions that have been taken in regards to COVID and wonder why we aren’t putting an ounce of that energy, enthusiasm, and extremism, into figuring out why 1 in 54 of our children are being affected with this. Think about that number… 1 in 54. Super scary!

3.  Sticker I saw… and loved…

While at a party and waiting for the bathroom, I snapped a pic of a sticker I saw on the chalk/bulletin board. It said… LIVE A GREAT STORY. These simple words essentially sum up my whole life philosophy. Your life is YOUR story. And all stories have chapters. Some bad. Some good. If you’re in, or coming out of, a bad chapter, flip the page and start writing the next one. A better one. You are the author. What are you going to write? How epic do you want it to be? Your life is a story, unlike anyone else’s. Make your story a GREAT one! (Thanks, Giana and Aaron G!)

Friday’s Findings: 07.16.2021

1.  Habit I am recommitting to…

In a time when customer service seems at an all-time low, I have found myself complaining about it A LOT. Well… after a really good meal with excellent service at lunch this week (Dante at Cedar Creek Grille), I have recommitted to praising those that do a great job. It’s so easy to complain about bad service (and I think it’s okay to do so), but I think it’s critical that we recognize those who go above and beyond. I can only imagine what the general manager was thinking when he headed over to me after I asked to speak to him, but to see how grateful he was to hear positive feedback reminded me that I need to do that more often. Being critical of bad service is okay… but let’s praise those who are showing up for work and are doing a great job. Oh… and if you are doing work of any kind… DO GOOD WORK!

2.  News that DID NOT surprise me this week…

I have always been concerned that the chemicals in sunscreens would turn out to be more dangerous than the damaging effects of the sun. You have likely heard about the recent recalls on sunscreens because of cancer-causing chemicals. Ugh! So frustrating! A couple of brands that we use are Alba Botanica (click here for Amazon link) and Bare Republic (click here for Amazon link). I also follow Environmental Working Group (EWG) because of their commitment to researching healthier products. Click here to get to their page on sunscreens. And remember… our much healthier ancestors spent a lot of time in the sun. The sun is NOT our enemy. Be smart about sun exposure… you need it.

3.  Quote I love…

“Forget the mistake. Remember the lesson.”

Lana and I were in line in a store when we saw this framed quote. We didn’t buy it, but had to get a pic of it. Such good advice!

Friday’s Findings: 07.09.2021

1.  Awesome gift idea…

I was thrilled to have family come in for my daughter, Quincy’s, graduation party. A couple sisters-in-law made one of the coolest gifts for her. (Thanks, Kym and Cheryl!) It’s basically a photo album with an inspirational or funny quote in the middle of each page, with the rest of the page left blank. They brought one of those instant cameras, took pics of people with my daughter throughout the day, then pasted those photos throughout those pages. Then they had those people write a quick message to Quincy on that page. So cool! Here is a pic of the cover of that photo book, along with a few pics of some of my favorite quotes. I thought this was a great idea. And an incredible keepsake!

2.  Something I learned more about this week…

Years ago, I learned about a molecule in the brain that is heavily involved in learning and memory. It’s called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). I learned about it from Dr. John Ratey, a Harvard professor, in one of his books, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. (I highly recommend this book! Click here for a link to check it out.) He refers to BDNF as “Miracle-Gro for the brain,” because when BDNF is introduced to neurons in the brain, they grow. So, it makes sense that we would want more BDNF to help improve our learning, memory, and overall brain function. As I am sure Big Pharma is scrambling to create a drug that increases BDNF (which would come with adverse side effects), I was thrilled to learn that we can increase our BDNF through natural means. I knew exercise boosted BDNF production, but was excited to learn that you can also increase BDNF through exposure to sunlight, getting restorative sleep, and stress reduction. Worried about your brain, memory, and cognitive function??? Stop worrying and start doing… get out in the sun, get better sleep, exercise, and manage your stress better.

3.  Quote I love…

“In any given moment, we have two choices: step forward into growth or step backward into safety.” -Abraham Maslow

Friday’s Findings: 07.02.2021

1.  Quote I love…

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2.  Powerful word I just learned…

Ecocide“Unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and either widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts.” A team of international lawyers have put out a new legal definition of “ecocide” that puts “environmental destruction on par with war crimes – paving the way for the prosecution of world leaders and corporate chiefs for the worst attacks on nature.”  As the time to start caring for our planet becomes super critical, this move to make people and companies accountable for their reckless actions and blatant disregard was good to see. We’ve got a long way to go, but every long journey starts with the first steps.

3.  Powerful, inspirational video I re-watched this week…

This video may be the most inspirational video out there. I’ve played this video at talks I’ve done, shared it will patients, and I’m sure I’ve posted it before on my Friday’s Findings. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must watch. If you have seen it, it is so worth watching again (and again… and again). Don’t let it just make you feel good. Let it remind you of the incredible healing abilities of the human body and inspire you to tackle a challenge in your own life that you have been telling yourself is impossible. Enjoy the video! It’s one of my favorites.

Friday’s Findings: 06.25.2021

1.  Quick, easy, healthy meal…

We try to make meals that are lower in carbs, plant heavy, good protein, low sugar, and overall nutrient-dense. Lettuce wraps are just about perfect. We start with a piece of romaine lettuce, add a protein (sliced chicken thighs or breasts, higher quality lunch meats, steak, or pork), sliced pickle, cucumber, tomato, and avocado. We add some mustard, an oil and vinegar-type dressing, or other type of condiment. Thin strips of cheese are usually on there. The options are endless… sauerkraut, salsa, pico, guac, hardboiled eggs, etc. Here is a pic of one that we made one day this week… We didn’t have the larger romaine pieces, but we pulled out some larger pieces of some mixed greens we had in the frig. And note the thin strips of cheese, which totaled less than a quarter of a slice, but still gave that taste of cheese with each bite.

2.  Something that shocked me this week (and should shock you!)…

I saw this flyer for a COVID -19 vaccine clinic in Philadelphia, PA. Note the box that says “You can bring a parent or guardian if you want, but it isn’t required!” What??? No matter what your stance is on this vaccine, it should alarm you that there are states offering medical interventions to children as young as 12 without consent from the parents. Where will this type of control and authority end? I’m not sure, but it won’t end with just vaccines. Imagine finding out that your 12-year-old son or daughter received a medication, medical procedure, or even medical advice without you knowing about it or consenting to it. Unbelievable!

3.  Movie you’ll be surprised I just watched…

I FINALLY watched the movie Avatar (2009). I know… I know… that’s crazy, right? Well, I’m not sure why I waited so long, but I’m glad I finally watched it. The visual effects are incredible, and the underlying messages are pertinent. I’ll definitely be re-watching it. My favorite quote from the movie… “She’s always going on about the flow of energy, the spirit of animals. She talks about a network of energy that flows through all living things. All energy is only borrowed, and one day you have to give it back.” – Jake Sulley describing the Na’vi female tribe member, Neytiri.

Friday’s Findings: 06.18.2021

1.  Word you should know…

Iatrogenesis… the causation of a disease, a harmful complication, or other ill effect by any medical activity, including diagnosis, intervention, error, or negligence.(Wikipedia) Iatrogenesis is injury, harm, or death that was caused by the medical care given. It is estimated that these medical errors result in as many as 225,000 deaths per year in the United States. To put this in perspective, the third leading cause of death is medical errors. WOW!!! This means that your super smart, well-intentioned, big-hearted doctors make A LOT of mistakes. So do not confuse critical thinking, asking questions, and skepticism for anti-medicine, conspiracy theory, or stupidity. If you don’t believe that our medical system kills a quarter of a million people each year due to mistakes, here is an article from John Hopkins Medicine (it’s from 2016, so the numbers surely are worse now).

2.  Movie scene I re-watched this week…

Someone earlier this week asked me what my favorite movie is. My favorite movie is Braveheart. And one of my favorite scenes of ALL TIME is when William Wallace (Mel Gibson) gives the Freedom Speech. I’ve watched this scene countless times. It does two things… reminds me how weak we have become as men, women, and leaders, and… reminds me that there are many things worth fighting for, and definitely things worth dying for. Here is that scene… The Freedom Speech…

3.  Quote I love…

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday’s Findings: 06.11.2021

1.  Important study released this week…

The Cleveland Clinic recently studied the COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness among people who previously had COVID and those who hadn’t. They found that anyone who had previously tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 did not get any additional benefit from the vaccine. You can read the data here. It can be summed up by this statement… “A practical and useful message would be to consider symptomatic COVID-19 to be as good as having received a vaccine, and that people who have had COVID-19 confirmed by a reliable laboratory test do not need the vaccine.” I have questioned from very early on why anyone who had already had COVID would get the vaccine, as data was supporting the fact that those infected were showing months of immunity and appeared to have lasting protection. This is one reason I thought it made sense for those at low risk for having  complications from this infection to wait on getting the shots, because I knew this data would eventually come out, and it could have helped prioritize the early limited supply of vaccines to those at highest risk. This is the most important study recently done to help reiterate what we already should know… the body’s natural immune system creates protection once exposed and infected by this virus. This study is not yet peer-reviewed, and my guess is Moderna, Pfizer, and the other vaccine manufacturers will still highly recommend that every human being get the shots. Hmmmm.

2.  Great image I saw this week…

A good friend sent me a screenshot of an Instagram post she thought I’d like. She added “Thought you would like this one. Motivation for your day:)” I did like it, it is motivating, and it is a GREAT reminder that, as the guy who posted it says, “You cannot heal in the same environment that made you sick.” (Thanks, Tracy H.) I left the Instagram info on the screenshot image to give the author credit.

3.  Powerful wellness tip I read this week…

I read this on James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter:

“Instead of feeling that you’ve blown the day and thinking, ‘I’ll get back on track tomorrow,’ try thinking of each day as a set of four quarters: morning, midday, afternoon, evening.  If you blow one quarter, you get back on track for the next quarter.  Fail small, not big.”  From: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Friday’s Findings: 06.04.2021

1.  Something that entertained and impressed me this week…

I’ve always liked trampolines and have seen some videos of people on Tramp Walls, but never knew that “Tramp Walls” are what they are called. After a friend sent me a video this week of a guy shredding on a Tramp Wall (Thanks, Brad B.!), I took a deeper dive and watched a bunch of Tramp Wall videos. I LOVE watching people do things at a high level, especially when there is high risk involved. People have some serious talent! You can google videos of Tramp Walls to see more, but here is a pretty good 2-minute compilation of some people doing AMAZING things on these trampolines. Enjoy!

2.  Quote I love…

“If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” -Geena Davis

In a world where risk is becoming something to avoid at all costs, I remind myself that my biggest breakthroughs, my most memorable achievements, and the times I have felt the most alive are the times I took the biggest risks. Be careful not to play life too safe.

3.  Fun video we made…

My daughter, Quincy, graduated from high school a couple of weeks ago. She wanted to try to get a picture of her surfing behind the boat with her cap and gown. Well… we got it! We got some great pics and video. At the end, she threw her cap in the air… and miraculously caught it while staying on the surfboard. She continues to impress me. Here is that video (23 seconds long)…

 

Friday’s Findings: 05.28.2021

1.  A moving moment…

Just a couple of weeks ago, I attended an Aurora High School scholarship banquet. Recognition was given to the high school seniors who have enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces. Of all of the scholarships and recognition given that night, the one that earned a standing ovation… the longest applause… gave me chills… and moved me the most… was the recognition of the six seniors committed to serving our country. I will be taking extra time this Memorial Day to think about all of the young men and women making such a huge and honorable commitment. Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. Over 1.1 million have been killed in all U.S. wars. Think about that… all those fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, and friends sacrificed their lives so that we can have the freedoms we have and live the way we live. Wow! One of the more moving moments in my life was standing in Arlington Cemetery looking out over all of those white headstones. I am grateful for their ultimate sacrifice!

2.  Story I will be following…

Over a year ago, I expressed concern about Dr. Fauci, the Wuhan lab, gain of function research, and more. Some of that stuff sounded like conspiracy theory talk. I’ll be very interested to see how the next couple of months pan out in regards to the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the role the Wuhan lab played, and Dr. Fauci’s involvement and truthfulness. I think we are all going to be rocked by what we find out.

3.  Bad habit I am working on…

I have a tendency to abandon a lot of my dietary rules and habits when I am out of town or at parties. I eat more than I should… and more of the stuff that isn’t good for me. I am working on being more diligent and disciplined when in those situations. I’ll still have a cookie… not three or four. I’ll have a small piece of cake… not a big one. And I’ll make some of the not-so-healthy choices… just not a bunch of them. Indulge in these moments, just don’t abuse them.

Friday’s Findings: 05.21.2021

1.  Powerful story that I heard this week (with a lesson)…

I had never heard of Jenna Kutcher before, but heard her speak at a virtual event that I watched this week (Day 1 of Own Your Future Challenge, with Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi). She was good! She told a quick story that I loved and thought about many times since hearing it. Watch the video below to hear her tell that story. I do not follow her or know much about her, but I did take a quick look at her website. My guess is many of you (women) will like her. Her website is jennakutcher.com.

2.  Quote I love…

The Dalai Lama XIV was asked what surprised him most about humanity. His response…

“Man! Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

 3.  Someone I am following more…

One of the first books I read when trying to learn about intermittent fasting was The Complete Guide to Fasting, by Jason Fung, M.D. Dr. Fung is pretty much THE intermittent fasting expert. He has also written The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally, and his newest book (which I will read soon), The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery. I got reacquainted with Dr. Fung in a recent podcast I listened to and really liked what he had to say… and how he said it. He is super smart, explains things in easy-to-understand terms, and isn’t extreme. Here is that podcast. I’d recommend checking out his YouTube channel (I subscribed to it). And here is his most recent post to that channel, How to Lose Weight (Analysis of Carbs). It’s almost 13 minutes long, but does a GREAT job of clarifying confusion around carbs.

Friday’s Findings: 05.14.2021

1.  Best news I heard this week…

It was so good to hear Governor Mike DeWine announce that on June 2nd most pandemic health orders will be lifted. “Measures being removed will include facial covering protocols, social distancing guidelines, and capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor events.” Phew!

2.  Weirdest news I heard this week…

In that same press conference, Gov. DeWine announced a series of statewide drawings to incentivize vaccinations. They will give away five $1 million prizes to adults and five four-year scholarships to an Ohio state college to those under 18 years old. I was happy to see that I was not the only one who thought this was absolutely bizarre. Let me see if I have this correct… he announces that due to the current status of the pandemic, with case numbers, death, and risk being low enough to remove almost all health orders, a raffle to push people to get more vaccines is needed or warranted? Every single patient that I saw yesterday was just as baffled as me. And a post I saw on Instagram got almost 500 comments… all but about five were critical of this announcement. The responses I have seen and heard… fishy… odd… scary… bribery… gambling… a joke… strange… irresponsible… insane… sketchy… coercion… ridiculous… weird… disturbing… nonsense… foolishness… and more. Most feel that the funds, coming from “allocations to the Ohio Department of Health of unexpended coronavirus relief funds,” should/could be used for much, much better and more impactful means. I honestly thought it was a joke when I first saw it. So strange!

3.  Video clip I saw, and loved this week…

Here is a video clip… a Thai Life Insurance commercial… that was sent to me this week (thanks John D.!) I love short, simple pieces that rock me. I hope it moves you the way it moved me. It’s titled Unsung Hero

Friday’s Findings: 05.07.2021

1. A shout out to mothers…

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and I want to wish ALL mothers a happy day. To all mothers, never underestimate the influence you have on your children. And you are doing a phenomenal job. If you have young/teenage boys, do not take their behavior personally. My mother would often feel like she did something wrong, or wasn’t doing a good job, when I would screw up as a teenager. I remember thinking… you are doing an amazing job… I am just an idiot and do dumb things. My mother has been the MOST influential person in my life. Without question! I want to acknowledge her and thank her for her dedication, sacrifices, and incredible attitude and life philosophy. I am who I am because of her. Happy Mother’s Day to all you great moms!

2.  I have news…

Last weekend, I did get engaged! Yeeeehaaaa! Many of you know, or have met, Lana (she manages our weight loss program), and know that she is an incredible human being. I can only sit back in awe of how life unfolds. I will share our full story someday soon, either in a post, or at a live event, because it’s a story worth sharing.

3.  A video that I believe everyone MUST watch…

The one thing that has had me most concerned about the current vaccine rollout is what has appeared to be a lack of attention given to adverse events being experienced, and reported, after receiving the vaccines. This is not a “get the vaccine,” or “do not get the vaccine” issue. This is all about utilizing data throughout this experimental phase of a drug rollout. This is not unique to these vaccines; it is standard scientific protocol and procedure to ensure benefits outweigh risks. And at the bare minimum, the data we collect can help people make better informed decisions. I was sent this clip from at least a dozen people, all of which found it startling, alarming, and eye opening. Just FYI… I do not watch Fox News or any other mainstream news outlet. If you are not a fan of the source of the video, or the person presenting it (Tucker Carlton), ignore everything but the facts and figures presented. Let it open your mind to ask some very important questions. And if you think it is foolish, reckless, or careless to ask these questions, or if you are quick to ostracize those that are, the scientific process is being overlooked. Of course, people will use information to bolster their political ideas, support their philosophical beliefs, or push their agendas, but I can tell you that I look at the data. Take out politics, philosophies, and agendas, and the data is the data. I am not trying to persuade you into thinking one way or another. I am not giving medical advice. I have no agenda other than to share information that helps you live well, be safe, and make the best decisions possible. Watch the video… or don’t. Believe the data… or don’t. Get the vaccine… or don’t. It truly does not matter to me, or impact me, but I felt very compelled to share this video.  Click here to watch.

Friday’s Findings: 04.30.2021

1. Video I captured this week…

We had some great weather this week. I caught some video of the sunrise on Tuesday. Total video was 26 minutes long, but I went in and out of iMovie with the video, speeding up the video each time, I was able to get it down to 24 seconds. The sunrise is cool, but so are the clouds moving in and the fog rolling by on the water. Check it out…

2. Image I love…

There is nothing more powerful when it comes to success or failure than your beliefs. What would we do, or could we do, if we truly believed we could?

3. Video clip I watch at least a half dozen times per year…

Speaking of belief… Dick Hoyt rocked my beliefs when I first saw this video. His story, with son Rick, moved me. I am a big thinker, but would likely not have believed Dick Hoyt if he told me what he was going to accomplish. Check out the video below. And I may have posted it in the past, but it is absolutely worth watching… even if you’ve seen it before. (You may want to grab a tissue before watching.) And for more details, check out this old Sports Illustrated article by clicking here.

Friday’s Findings: 04.23.2021

1.  My latest wellness tool…

Infrared saunas are among the most talked about, most impactful, and most affordable higher-end biohack devices.  I’ve been using one for over a decade. We have one in our office (which used to be in our home), and this week we installed a new one to my home. Like all wellness tools, different people experience different benefits. One thing is for sure when it comes to infrared saunas… you WILL experience benefits. The two best brands are Sunlighten (which we have at the office) and Clearlight, by Jacuzzi, which is what I have at my house. I chose Clearlight for my house because I believe they are better built, have the lowest EMF levels, and I am able to control the sauna remotely, which allows me to start the sauna before leaving the office, so it’s hot and ready when I get home. There are so many benefits to using an infrared sauna, including joint pain relief, chemical detoxification, athletic recovery, better sleep, healthier skin, stress relief, immune boost, and more. You can read more about these benefits from Ben Greenfield by clicking here. If you want more information about purchasing an infrared sauna, you can click here. Or call Jenny at Clearlight at 800-798-1779, ext 840, with any questions. I can tell you that for many of my patients, infrared saunas have been a game changer. Some have said it is life-changing. You can try the sauna in our office to see how it can benefit you, but having one in your home allows you to use it more frequently and whenever you want, and pays for itself quite quickly. I’m writing this week’s Friday’s Findings while sitting in, and sweating in, our new sauna right now!

2.  What made my week great…

I celebrated a birthday this week (I’m not 50 yet!!). I am very grateful for all the birthday wishes and gifts. And every gift I got was great, but I thought I’d share a few just for fun. I received a box with a little wooden crate in it. It’s called Man Crates. And it came with a little crowbar, which was how you break open the crate. Inside… a selection of America’s best beef jerky. So cool! I visited their site to find a bunch of crate ideas, from grilling tools and exotic dried meats, to outdoor survival tools and personalized whiskey. I’ll be using this site in the future for gift giving. Check them out at mancrates.com. (Thanks, Pat and Gina F.!) Another gift was two Adirondack chairs. But not just your basic Adirondack chairs… ROCKING Adirondack chairs. I’ve wanted a rocking chair for a long time, but didn’t want the classic, old-fashioned Cracker Barrel-style kind. These things are exactly what I wanted, and I cannot wait for the weather to break so I can catch the morning sunrise, while rocking, with Lana (who happens to be the one who got the chairs for me. Thank you, Lana!). And my staff got me a basket full of goodies for a camping trip I have coming up. It was loaded with some great stuff (cutting board, thermos-style cups, snacks, and more). But one thing worth highlighting is the knife that was included. This is no ordinary knife. One of my staff, Alie, MADE the knife! I know… who makes a knife??? Well, with the help of her brother-in-law (you can follow him on Instagram here), she made this amazing knife. The shape of this knife, the pattern on the blade, the color of the wood, and the beautiful shade of blue on the handle makes this one of the coolest knives I have EVER seen.  (Thanks for such a meaningful gift, Alie!) I was spoiled this year with a lot of great gifts… and I loved all of them. Thanks again for all the birthday wishes and gifts!

3.  A step I’ve decided to take in my practice…

With any new drug, new facts about benefits or risks rear their head once it is introduced to the masses. The list of adverse reactions never gets shorter, it always gets longer. As I have had patients share stories of adverse events that might be linked to the COVID-19 vaccine, and as more data gets collected over the next weeks and months, I have decided to not see patients within three days of them receiving the vaccine. I am taking this precautionary step to avoid any adverse event related to the vaccine to be in any way attributed to the care that we are providing in our office. I have made that decision this week after seeing the list of adverse events following receiving the vaccine growing and reading statements like this one… “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists common COVID-19 vaccine side effects as pain, swelling or redness at the injection site; fatigue; headaches; muscle pain; chills; fever; and nausea. But that list isn’t exhaustive. In ‘fact sheets’ describing each vaccine, manufacturers listed additional possible side effects—including diarrhea, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, hives, rashes and facial swelling—and noted that there could be even more side effects beyond those specified.” This came from an article titled “People Are Reporting Unexpected Side Effects After COVID-19 Vaccination—But That’s Actually Normal,” on Time.com. The article encourages people to report any adverse reaction that may be related to the vaccine. And FYI…our office has had an impeccable safety record for the past 23 years, in part because we have taken steps to ensure that safety.

Friday’s Findings: 04.16.2021

1.  Video clip I loved…

I was sent a quick video clip (thanks, Kevin G.) of a college football player making a great catch in a recent scrimmage. The player is someone I’ve known since he was a baby, and his parents have been great friends of mine for a long time. This kid is A.J. Barner, the team is the Indiana Hoosiers, and the video is him going up and making a one-handed grab for a touchdown. You know I am all about maximizing human potential, so seeing him continue to just get better and better is so gratifying to watch. I referred to him in last week’s blog post, titled Replant Yourself for Optimal Growth, which you can read by clicking here. What I loved even more than watching him make such a phenomenal play… his teammates flocking around him, hugging him, slapping his helmet, and celebrating with him. That comradery, support, brotherhood, and love is a critical part of the human experience that we just don’t see or get enough of. Watch the 18-second clip below… and watch A.J. Barner over the next several years do some amazing things in football.

2.  Enlightening video I watched this week…

Monday morning, I received this video from a patient (Thanks, Eric G.!) saying that I MUST watch it. Well, I’m really glad I did! Dr. Ryan Cole shares some very enlightening, eye-opening, timely, and extremely important information. I’m sure most of the information that he shares will be dismissed by mainstream media and most doctors as misinformation, they’ll label him as a quack, anti-vaxxer, and conspiracy theorist, and this video will be censored, but his credentials are impressive, and his knowledge-base is so solid. Watch it… or don’t… but as I have been saying all along, it is CRITICAL to have as much information as possible before making any decision that has to do with your health and the health of your family. Remember… brave doctors like Dr. Cole put their careers on the line by speaking out, and do so without any financial incentive. It would be much easier for doctors like him (and me) to sit back, be quiet, and neglect the ultimate responsibility we have as healthcare providers… which is to educate, empower, and help as many people as possible to be as healthy as possible. A key quote from Dr. Cole… “I am here to speak data, and the data speaks the truth.” And many of my other patients sent me this video after Eric did, so my guess is that most of you have already seen it, but here it is…

DR. RYAN COLE: COVID-19, MRNA BIOWEAPON, IVERMECTIN, & VITAMIN D

3.  A reminder I had this week…

When setting goals, it is important to follow some guidelines to help ensure greater success in achieving those goals. I came across this mnemonic that is very helpful… S.M.A.R.T.

Specific… The more specific your goal, the better. Don’t be vague.

Measurable… Define the number or amount that proves you’re making progress.

Achievable… Make the goal challenging, but attainable. Think big, but be realistic.

Relevant… The goal needs to align with your long-term vision and your values.

Time-Bound… Set a target date. When, exactly, will you achieve this goal?

Not SMART… I will lose weight.

SMART… I will lose 20 pounds by June 5th.

A patient sent a message reminding me of the importance of goal setting. After losing over 25 pounds in six weeks on our weight loss program, he sent us a quote from a trainer that resonated with him… “A goal without a plan is just a dream.” (Thanks, Tom M.!) He had the goal… we gave him the plan. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals!

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Friday’s Findings: 04.09.2021

1.  Wellness tip…

I talk regularly about intermittent fasting as a major health booster. Our much healthier ancestors fasted regularly, not for health reasons, but because they had to, as food was scarce at times. I regularly skip breakfast, allowing for 16-20 hours of fasting between my previous dinner and that day’s lunch. This week, coming off of a vacation, where I ate food that was not the healthiest, and a lot of it, I did a 24-hour, water only fast. This allows my body to detox, my metabolism and blood sugar to regulate, and jumpstarts my body back on track. I strongly recommend looking into intermittent fasting to optimize your health and function. You can read more about it in this blog post by Mark Sisson.

2.  Technique I learned about this week…

I’m reading a book titled “Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals,” by Michael Hyatt. (Thanks Dr. Matt W. for sending me that book!) I’m only halfway through the book, but have already picked up several great nuggets. One of those nuggets… The George Bailey Technique. From the book… “In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey decides the world is better off without him. But the angel Clarence intervenes and shows him an alternate story line, and it turns out a world without him is worse off by far. So how does this work off the silver screen? ‘In our research we ask people to mentally subtract from their lives something they cherish,’ says Wilson (a psychologist). In one study, Wilson… compared people instructed to imagine never meeting, dating, or marrying their spouses with those instructed to simply retell how they met, dated, and married. ‘Those in the George Bailey condition… reported greater happiness in their relationships than did the people randomly assigned to tell the story of how they had met their spouses.’ The difference was the alternate story line. Imagining something good never happening ‘made it seem surprising and special again, and maybe a little mysterious,’ according to Wilson.”  Basically, instead of replaying the same story about your significant other, the work you do, your children, or anything else you value highly, you re-write the story with ways in which you did NOT end up with these things. Studies show it creates MORE HAPPINESS by making those things “seem surprising and special again.” Give it a try. And get the link to the book on my Recommended Products page by clicking here.

3.  Some recent t-shirts I’ve seen …

There are some great t-shirts out there! Some are funny… like two I saw recently with these lines on them… “WORLD’S OKAYIST UNCLE,” and “GENIUS BY BIRTH, SLACKER BY CHOICE.” Some have inspiring words/reminders… like “BE KIND,” and “HARMONY.” Others are thought-provoking. I loved one that I saw last week with an image of a glass that was half full of water. One arrow points to the top half and says “50% AIR.” Another arrow points to the bottom half and says “50% WATER.” Underneath it says “TECHNICALLY, THE GLASS IS COMPLETELY FULL.” That one made me laugh, but also made me pause for a moment and remember two things… that the glass is technically completely full… and that there is more than one way to look at the world. Thanks to my patients for allowing me to snap quick pics of their t-shirts!

Friday’s Findings: 04.02.2021

1.  A huge concern I’ve had that few people are thinking about…

In an effort to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we’ve gone into hyper-sanitizing mode. Two BIG problems with this… First, research showed early on that virus transmission through contact is very unlikely. So, the positive impact of sanitizing the heck out of everything is miniscule. Second, there will be collateral damage due to all of the toxic impact of the chemicals used to sanitize, as well as catastrophic impact on the healthy microbe levels needed by the body to thrive. An important word to know… microbiome, which is the healthy bacterial colony that helps digest food, produces certain vitamins, helps protect against other bacteria that cause disease, and… BOLSTERS OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM! The advancements we have made this past decade in our understanding and appreciation of the microbiome have been crushed this past year. I can’t help but cringe at the thought of the spraying down of classrooms, gyms, grocery carts and wrestling mats with some chemical concoction that I believe will surely be shown, over time, to have done more harm than good. Our relentless assault on ALL microbes is reckless, unscientific, and terribly harmful. Obviously, keeping your kitchen and bathrooms clean, and washing your hands is good practice, but our war on microbes has gone too far.

2.  Quotes I enjoyed reading this week…

I was sent a link to an article titled 81 Best Mark Twain Quotes About Life, Death, & More.” (Thanks, Uncle Bim!) It was a fun read. It’s interesting to see how some things written so long ago are still so applicable today. Here is the link to that article with all 81 quotes… And here are six of my favorites…

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.”

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

“The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.”

3.  Fun things we will start doing again at our office…

With success comes complacency. When I was growing my practice, I implemented a lot of fun things that slowly disappeared. I think it was because we didn’t NEED to do those things, so we just stopped doing them. Having Dr. Michael join our practice has inspired us to re-introduce a lot of those fun things that we have not done for years, such as these three:

Patient of the Month… we choose one patient that has inspired us and others with their remarkable story and results in our office.

T-shirt Contest… patients submit slogans that would be funny, entertaining, and/or educational for a t-shirt for our office. We choose one winner, award that winner, and produce those t-shirts to give away.

Referral Appreciation Month… anyone who refers a patient to our office in the month of May gets entered into a drawing for special prizes (gas grill, mountain bike, stand up paddleboard, massages, whole body cryotherapy sessions, and more!). It is our way of thanking you for helping us help others…and for your continued trust! (See the printed version of the handout for this event below.)

Friday’s Findings: 03.26.2021

1.  Something I’ve been thinking about this week…

I’ve been thinking more about contrast this week. I frequently listen to Lewis Howes’ podcast, School of Greatness. I was excited to see that he had Dr. Rhonda Patrick, a PhD biochemist, who is one of the smarter researchers I have heard talk about aging, cancer, and nutrition. When I started the podcast, I quickly realized that it WASN’T Dr. Rhonda Patrick the researcher, but Danica Patrick, the retired professional race car driver. Hmmmmm? I decided to listen anyway, and I’m glad I did, because like most things I listen to or read, I got several great nuggets from it. Contrast was one of those things. The reason we are so thrilled about the recent warmer, sunnier days is because we have had many cold and dark days. The reason we appreciate good times, or even recognize them as being good, is because of the bad days. Without the bad, we wouldn’t appreciate the good. So, I try not to wish away the bad, and try not to think that I will not, or should not, have any bad in my life. Because it’s the bad that makes the good seem so good. (I am not putting the link to that podcast in here because it’s good, but not great… and it’s 1.5 hours long.)

2.  Great message I was sent this week…

My long-time, childhood friend, Madhav N., sends me a “Morning Mantra” every single morning. He sent one earlier this week that I have re-read at least a dozen times. Here it is… “Finding yourself is not really how it works. You are not a ten dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a child and adult that became your beliefs about who you are. Finding yourself is actually returning to yourself…an unlearning, and excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.” WOW! That rocked me! We need to stop searching outside ourselves for the things we so deeply crave. Our best selves are right there… INSIDE US. Let’s work on unlearning… excavating.

3.  Confusion/misunderstanding I’ve noted this week…

When asked why someone would get the COVID-19 vaccine, most will answer that they want to protect those around them. While data is still being gathered, and the vaccine manufacturers are scrambling to be able to say that the vaccines prevent the spread of the virus, as of right now, that has not been proven. An interview done just over a week ago by Eugenio Derbez with Dr. Fauci made that very clear. Here is a quick video clip (or see below) with Fauci stating that the main purpose of the vaccine is to reduce symptoms, which could prevent serious illness, and therefore, may prevent death in certain individuals. Many will argue that this is great news. And if it does in fact do that, that is fantastic. However, I know that many people getting the vaccine are getting it to protect others around them, which the vaccine has not been proven to do. So, if a teacher is at low risk of dying from COVID-19 (which is most teachers), and they get the vaccine to protect the children, they do not understand the limits of these vaccines. If a person tells their father or mother that they cannot be around their grandchild unless they get the vaccine, that person does not understand that whether or not the grandparent gets the vaccine, the risk to the child is not affected. If you got the vaccine and are scared to be around friends or family that have not gotten the vaccine, you aren’t understanding the current limits of these vaccines. As it stands right now, according to Fauci himself, these vaccines have not been proven to prevent a person from becoming infected or prevent a person from spreading the virus. I have found that most people are unaware of this fact. It helps to know as much as you can about something before making a decision. So, when your friends, co-workers, employers, or family shun you because you have not gotten the vaccine, or are waiting for more data to come out in this experimental process, they need to be reminded that, according to the data we have right now, you getting the vaccine has no impact on them. And when they say you are wrong… show them this video clip of Fauci from March 13, 2021.

Friday’s Findings: 03.19.2021

1.  Adventure I had this week…

My son and I headed to Colorado for a quick trip for some spring skiing. We flew out late last Thursday night to ski Friday and Saturday, and possibly some skiing early Sunday before flying back home. Well… a huge storm hit. Our flights were cancelled, the highway down the mountain was closed, and we were stuck. By stuck, I guess I mean that we had some incredible powder skiing on Sunday. Days like that are what skiers dream of. The craziness of being stuck in our vehicle for over twelve hours when the highway closed, the treacherous drive down the mountain once the highway opened, multiple cancelled flights (it was only the third time the runways were closed in 30 years at Denver International Airport), two trips to the airport, and a second drive up and then back down the mountain, was all worth the epic skiing, incredible snowmobiling (we had to kill time somehow), great food, unbelievable scenery, and most of all, an experience with my son that neither of us will ever forget. The saying… turn lemons into lemonade… kept popping up in my head the whole trip. And that’s exactly what we did.

2.  A lesson, and reminder, I got this week…

As I was standing at the ticketing counter (the first time) trying get us out of Denver, realizing it probably wasn’t going to happen, and feeling myself getting frustrated and angry, an older woman next to me, trying to do the same, caught my attention. Without giving all the details, I’ll just say that she was so understanding, pleasant, and grateful that she was still able to fly out the next morning. And she was very kind to the ticketing agent. “So, I will not be getting on the plane today,” she asked, “but you were able to get me on the plane tomorrow?” The agent said yes. And the woman responded, “Wow, thank you. You are so helpful. Because I really can’t wait to get to see my family in Charlotte. And I don’t live far from here, and my son will be happy to come pick me up now, and bring me back in the morning.” I was stunned… amazed… but mostly inspired. My attitude and state immediately changed. As the woman walked away, her agent, my agent, and I all shook our heads and laughed, as I asked, “I bet you wish we all would be like that.” There are several take-aways from this story… understanding, gratitude, and kindness, but my biggest take-away from this experience was that our behavior directly, and often immediately, impacts the behavior of those around us. I wanted to catch up to that woman and thank her for her impact on me at that moment, but I unfortunately couldn’t. Which made me realize something else… we often never know the impact that we have on others.

In the words of the great Mahatma Gandhi… “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

3.  Something I have been encouraging patients to do this week…

As more people get the vaccine, I am hearing more and more about the adverse effects people are experiencing. One HUGE problem… many people are not sharing those side effects with their doctors. These vaccines are experimental. This means that we need ANY and ALL information we can gather during this process. In a typical experimental process, animals would be used. With animals, they could then be exposed to the virus to see how they respond. This would help determine the effectiveness of the vaccines. In humans, we cannot do that. Another thing that would happen is that at some point, the animals would be killed and fully inspected to see what adverse issues may be related to the vaccines. This would allow researchers to inspect each organ and tissue, allowing them to gather pertinent information to determine the true safety of the vaccines. Again, this is not possible in these human trials. Another benefit of gathering more information would be to help healthcare providers to determine who might be at risk with these vaccines. It could help determine if there are select groups of people, or select sets of conditions, that would make someone high-risk for receiving these vaccines. So… if the doctors and researchers are not hearing about the side effects that are occurring from these vaccines (and they are happening), then we will never have a clear, scientific, and safe understanding of these vaccines. If you have ANY adverse effects, they need to be reported to the doctors or healthcare providers. These adverse events should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This is where data can be collected to better understand any dangers associated with these vaccines. CAUTION…  I have had numerous patients who were told by their doctors that what they were experiencing was “normal” or “a coincidence.” It has been estimated that only 1% of adverse vaccine events actually get reported for VAERS.  That’s scary! So, if you decide to get the vaccine, PLEASE commit to reporting any side effects that you experience afterward. You are able to submit a report to VAERS yourself as well (https://vaers.hhs.gov/). Remember… when you repeatedly hear words like “safe” and “effective,” the fact is that we do not have long-term data yet. And phrases like “trust the science” require the science, which is dependent on the data collected as this experimental process continues to roll out. The more data we have, the better we will know the risks and benefits. And I know most people want a solution so badly that they will often overlook the fact that something is potentially dangerous or ineffective. It has happened with numerous drugs and procedures in the past (look up Fen-Phen, Thalidomide, Diethylstilbestrol… to name a few). As I continue to say… I am not giving medical advice. I am not telling you whether or not to get it. I am not telling you it is good or it is bad. I am merely providing information to help you make the best decision possible. And to encourage you to think. Doing something this significant simply because your friends are pressuring you, your boss is pushing you, or you feel social pressure to do so, is far from scientific. If you do choose to get the vaccine, please report ANY adverse reactions you have following the vaccine to your doctor and VAERS (https://vaers.hhs.gov/). The CDC promises on its website that “these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.” That depends on the test subjects getting the vaccine properly reporting possible adverse reactions. And there is a reason we have this adverse event reporting system in place. Below is a screen shot from the VAERS website…

 

Friday’s Findings: 03.12.2021

1.  Interesting thing I heard this week…

One of our patients who recently completed our weight loss program noted something that he found interesting and helpful… as did I. He was incredibly successful, losing over 30 pounds in just 6 weeks. He said that he and his wife realized that there were essentially three components that were driving their eating habits… hunger, nutrition, and taste. He noted that the taste component has been a much larger driving force than hunger or nutrition.  This had led them to eat beyond hunger and sacrifice quality nutrition. Over time, it led to packing on pounds and health issues. And he feels that putting less emphasis on taste has been critical to their weight loss success and believes that this realization and adjustment will be the key to their long-term success–helping them to KEEP the weight off. Additionally, he was excited to discover lots of ways to prepare healthy foods that actually taste really good!  He is also paying much more attention to eating when hungry (not just for the sake of eating) and being more mindful of the nutritional value of everything he puts into his body.  Thanks Lynn D., for your continued insights and wisdom. I drew a quick sketch to highlight his enlightening observation. (Sorry so sloppy… I drew it on a bumpy flight.)

2.  Great quote I heard this week…

“Do not judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Lewis Stevenson

A lot is out of our control. The amount we harvest is not in our control, but the work we put into planting those seeds is. And the more seeds we plant, the more likely a greater harvest down the road. Do the work today! Push yourself. Strain. Sweat. And lie down at the end of the day knowing you planted the seeds. And you will eventually get that great harvest.

3.  Alarming article I just read…

My good buddy, Dr. Jon S., sent this article to me last night. I’m not sharing it to strike fear into those reading it, but to highlight a few interesting facts that are often overlooked, underreported, or brushed aside. A few things I found interesting…

-“Utah’s chief Medical Examiner said proving vaccine injury as a cause of death almost never happens.”

-The medical examiner notes vaccine deaths are possible and do happen.

-“Currently, 1,637 families or caregivers nationwide have reported deaths they believe could be related to the vaccine to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System).

(The CDC says there are no deaths attributed to COVID-19 vaccines. I personally know of one death that occurred within days of the vaccine, yet no autopsy or detailed investigation took place.)

In an experimental process, such as this one we are in right now, I believe it is CRITICAL to thoroughly investigate any and all adverse events that occur within a certain time frame of the vaccines. It will be the ONLY way to assess accurate risk associated with these experimental vaccines. Without this data, people lack the necessary information to make a truly informed decision before agreeing to taking the vaccine, doctors and healthcare workers lack the necessary data to note possible high-risk patients or those that should not take the shots, and long-term improvements and modifications to vaccine campaigns like this are unable to be made. Getting the vaccine, or declining it, is a choice we are still free to make. Doesn’t it make sense to know all the pros AND cons before making such a vital decision?

Friday’s Findings: 03.05.2021

1.  Something I am super excited about…

We had a new doctor join our practice, Dr. Michael Abood. I’ve been looking to bring another doctor in for a while, and I am so happy to have him join us. Dr. Michael did his undergraduate studies at Miami of Ohio and his doctorate work at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. His uncle, Dr. Noel Abood, was a prominent chiropractor and a mentor of mine (I spent time shadowing him when I was in high school). As people are realizing the shortcomings of traditional medicine, they are flocking to alternatives, like chiropractic care. Unable to keep up with the demand, the addition of Dr. Michael to our practice will allow us to care for more patients and help make the impact on our community that I have been striving for for over two decades. He and I share the same philosophies on health and wellness, and he will be a perfect fit for our practice. He is smart, caring, and super ready to start helping as many people as possible. Join me in welcoming Dr. Michael to our practice and community. I am so excited and grateful to have Dr. Michael join us! (These next two weeks, we will be seeing all new patients for only $35, which will include a consultation, examination, and x-rays, if needed. Please tell your friends, co-workers, and family members, as there is no better time to discover the far-reaching benefits of the care our office provides. Appointments must be made by calling 330-405-2751.)

Dr. Michael Abood

2.  Book I am reading…

I love most of what author, Ryan Holiday, puts out. He has three easy-to-read books that are very good, and I have found to be very helpful. The three titles are… The Obstacle is the Way, Stillness is the Key, and Ego is the Enemy. I had listened to the audio version of The Obstacle is the Way, but I am re-reading it right now. The back cover of this book gives this description… “Based on the timeless philosophical principles laid down by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius and a rich trove of unexpected historical examples, THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY presents an infinitely elastic formula for turning our toughest trials into our greatest triumphs.” All three books are easy reads and are truly impactful. You can find the links for each of these books, with more detailed information here.

3.  Silliest thing I heard this week…

“Something is better than nothing.”

I had two people say this exact line this week, and I have heard it quite a bit in the past several months. It is simply not true… and very, very dangerous!

Friday’s Findings: 02.26.2021

1.  Wellness tip…

As the weather breaks from time to time, we need to capitalize on it. GET OUTSIDE!!! The best exercises are walking, hiking, biking, running, etc. It was sooooo good to see my neighborhood booming with outside activity this week. The fresh air, the sunshine, and moving your body are critical to optimizing function, mood, hormone balance, immune strength, and overall health. Let’s enjoy the nicer weather as spring rolls in. Here is a pic of the sunrise this morning. So grateful for scenes like this…

2.  Information I revisited this week…

As I was reflecting this week on why I am so concerned about this experimental vaccine (aside from the factual data I discovered in my 30+ hours of research this past week), it hit me that deep down there is mistrust. The drug companies running the show scare me. Why? Because their criminal history reads like that of organized crime (wait… it is organized crime!). Anyway, I revisited old articles about illegal activities, fines, penalties, and lawsuits related to Pfizer. Frankly, it left me even more scared. One published paper I came across on the website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), by Robert G. Evans, summed it up pretty well… “Pfizer has been a “habitual offender,” persistently engaging in illegal and corrupt marketing practices, bribing physicians and suppressing adverse trial results. Since 2002, the company and its subsidiaries have been assessed $3 billion in criminal convictions, civil penalties and jury awards. The $2.3-billion settlement in September 2009…  set a new record for both criminal fines and total penalties.” Some will say that I am too harsh on this topic, but we can’t keep relying on “hindsight is 20/20” when we can anticipate problems ahead of time. Here is a must-watch 5-minute video clip that I felt did a good job of summarizing some facts. (If I go missing… this post might be the reason. Haha!)

2.  Documentary we watched this week…

Last night, we watched Tiger, the two-part documentary about the rise and fall of Tiger Woods (on HBOMax). We planned on only watching half of the first one (they are 1.5 hours each), but ended up watching both. I strongly recommend it. It is intriguing… upsetting… surprising… and, what I may have felt most, sad. These cautionary tales are important to see, as they are far too common. I remember when things fell apart for him, the primary emotion I felt was bummed out. I had an image (like most people) of him being this amazing athlete, super successful, a great role model, and having this tight knit, loving family. Damn! Boy, were we wrong. Here is the trailer…

Friday’s Findings: 02.19.2021

1.  Product I love…

I owned this alarm clock for over a year, but never took it out of the box until two months ago. It is the Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light. I LOVE this thing! Their description is this… Colored Sunrise and Sunset Simulation, 5 Natural Sounds, FM Radio & Reading Lamp. Basically, it mimics a natural sunrise in the morning, with a deep orange glow that steadily gets brighter. The light begins to glow one half hour before the time you set to wake up. By the time your set time arrives, it is fully shining, and the chosen alarm then begins to sound. You have a choice between waves lightly crashing, birds chirping, light music with birds chirping, a rainforest sound, piano music, or the radio. I wasn’t sure what to expect, or if it would wake me, but it definitely wakes me… and does so in the most peaceful, pleasant way. I have chosen the chirping birds for my wake up sound. It is designed to mimic a much more natural way to wake, instead of some loud, hideous noise that triggers your fight or flight nervous system (NOT a great way to start your day!). Anyway, I can’t believe I waited so long to try it out, but can honestly say that I like it A LOT more than I thought I would. I wake much more peacefully and believe I feel a big difference in the mornings. Philips makes different versions of this alarm clock, but I feel this one is their best. Click here for more info. And below are two pics of the alarm clock… the first is about a half hour before the alarm goes off, where it is a deep red glow, and the second is when the alarm begins to sound, where the light is at full brightness.

2.  Study that caught my attention this week…

While listening to a podcast that I had not listened to before, The Kevin Rose Show, I heard about a study that I thought was worth digging deeper into. The show was titled, Why track your glucose levels? And his guest was Josh Clemente, from a company called Levels Health, which is creating a full-on glucose tracking program. Josh referenced a study, titled Food Order Has Significant Impact on Glucose and Insulin Levels (which you can read more about here). According to that study, “The results showed that glucose levels were much lower at the 30, 60 and 120 minute checks — by about 29 percent, 37 percent and 17 percent, respectively — when vegetables and protein were eaten before the carbohydrates. Insulin was also significantly lower when protein and vegetables were eaten first.” Simply put… eating your vegetables or meat first helps reduce blood glucose spikes. This was good news for me because I usually eat all my veggies first (primarily because, to the surprise of many, I do not love veggies).

3.  A wellness tool I revisited this past week…

I have always been interested in success… in ALL areas of life. Too many so-called successful people are super successful in business, athletics, fitness, etc., but terrible in other areas of their lives. There is a simple tool I came across decades ago, but more recently saw it again (thanks Hal Elrod!). This one is called the “Wheel of Life” Assessment. You simply grade the success/satisfaction in each area of your life with a score between 1 and 10. Then shade the area between “0” and that number. You can quickly and easily get a glimpse of where you are doing well, and where you need to do a little more work. For a balanced, optimal, fully well life, it is essential you periodically check in to see what areas are lagging behind so that you can do what you need to do to bump that number up. Remember… you want to be successful in ALL areas of life! See below for Hal Elrod’s “Wheel of Life” Assessment, as well as a finished example.

Friday’s Findings: 02.12.2021

1.  Video clip I saw this week…

Tony Robbins teaches some of the best success strategies. And I love when success isn’t tied to the amount of money you have, the size of the house you live in, or the number of possessions you have. Everybody likes the idea of being financially abundant, living in a comfortable home, and being able to have toys… but those cannot come at the expense of happiness, fulfillment, and connection. This short video clip will create a quick awareness of how you can instantly boost your level of happiness and contentment.  (It did for me!) Check it out! Oh… and he also has a few words about the pandemic that are very powerful, true, and thought-provoking. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Watch this 9-minute video for a way to boost your level of TRUE success.

2.  Something I am working on…

It is human nature to focus more on what we DON’T have than what we DO have. After watching that Tony Robbins video above, I am committing to work on trying to focus more on what I DO have in my life. We all have so much, yet fail to think about those things. Join me in making an extra effort to pay closer attention to what we DO have in our lives. (This is another great reason to do daily gratitude exercises!)

3.  Cool thing I saw this week…

As I was walking into my house last weekend, I looked down the lake we live on, and noticed a bunch of lights that caught my attention. My neighbors are hockey enthusiasts and created an ice rink behind their house. They didn’t just shovel off an area for their kids to skate… they went ALL IN! This rink is complete with lights and goals, and I’m not positive, but if I know my neighbors, is probably regulation size. I LOVE IT! That’s why my neighbors and I get along so well… we’re all maniacs. Haha! Why is it so cool??? It shows a commitment to their kids, commitment to something they love and are excited about, a commitment to excellence, and a commitment to creating something special for EXPERIENCES. Their kids will never forget it.

EXTRA:  Questionable information I read this week…

The Cleveland Clinic sent out an email with the subject line reading, “Answers to your COVID-19 vaccine questions.” (Thanks for sharing Frank Z.!) There was an area you could click that took you to a post they had made in late December on their website titled, “9 Common COVID-19 Vaccine Myth Explained.” While there were several things posted in this article that I have been looking into, there was one line that jumped out at me… which was in the explanation of Myth 9: The vaccine will cause infertility. They are highlighting this because many have heard or read that the vaccine can cause infertility. After reading as much as I could in regards to this, the best I could come up with is that there is no information proving that the vaccines cause infertility. There are scientists and doctors that suspect the vaccine can have an impact on the placenta in a way that, they feel, could affect fertility. I was excited to see that the Cleveland Clinic was addressing that issue and anticipated a good scientific response. Here is what they said… “Because the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the live virus (remember it’s an mRNA vaccine), they are not thought to cause increased risk of infertility, first or second trimester loss, still birth or congenital anomalies.” What caught my attention were the words are not thought to” (which I made bold in that quotation).  I believe this means “we don’t think it will.” It definitely doesn’t say “studies have shown that they do not,” or “has been scientifically proven not to,” or “research has shown.” I believe the truth is… nobody knows for sure because this is an experimental vaccine, and we are amid the experimental process. Over time, we will be able to make more definitive statements. And I HOPE what we find is positive! Some people will get angry because I am posting information like this, but as I have said repeatedly, I am not telling people to get the vaccine or decline the vaccine, nor am I trying to convince you of anything. The choice is yours. As with all decisions, having as much information as possible helps to ensure the best decisions are made. I share this simply because it caught my attention.

Friday’s Findings: 02.05.2021

1.  Movie I watched…

A patient recommended the movie, The Railway Man, which is a story described by IMBd like this… “A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.” Maybe a “spoiler alert” should be noted here, but it’s a very well done movie about forgiveness. It’s based on a true story. I said to my girlfriend, Lana, that it is amazing what humans are really capable of (referring to our ability to forgive another person under such harsh circumstances). She agreed, and then said “on both ends,” referring to humans’ capability to create such harsh circumstances and atrocities. It’s an emotional movie, with intense and graphic scenes, but left us feeling uplifted. It also reminded me of a Nelson Mandela quote… “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” The power of forgiveness is immense. Holding on to hatred, resentment, and anger absolutely contributes to sickness and disease, and will stifle your life. Who can you forgive? How about today? Here’s the trailer for The Railway Man

2.  Interesting (and entertaining) link someone sent me…

A friend sent me this… 15 Real-Life Easter Eggs That Will Have You Playing “Where’s Waldo?” on a site inspiremore.com. The intro explains what “Easter eggs” are, something I was unaware of. Check it out! It’s interesting, funny, and pretty darn cool. Thanks Laurie F. for sharing!

15 Real-Life Easter Eggs That Will Have You Playing “Where’s Waldo?”

3.  My biggest concern right now…

The word doctor comes from the Latin word for “teacher.” Being in private practice for over 23 years, I have always believed that the best thing I could do for patients is give them as much information as possible, so they could make the best choices possible. If patients did not follow my recommendations, I respected that, and moved on. My job is not to convince, coerce, manipulate, or scare patients. My blog this week was titled, “Censorship… Really?” My BIGGEST concern right now is that people are being denied information. I don’t think this is happening… I KNOW it is. Just be aware that you simply cannot know you are making the best decisions without ALL available information. Read my blog here.

Friday’s Findings: 01.29.2021

1. App I’m using…

I’ve committed to daily meditation, which I do each morning. Like most people, my brain wanders, my thoughts never stop, and I need help with meditation. I am thrilled with Calm, a meditation app. I am currently doing a 30-day series on Calm called How to Meditate. I’m loving it! The guy guiding that course is Jeff Warren, and he does a really, really good job. I’ve tried other things to help with meditation, including another app called Headspace (which I did not care for), but Calm is the most helpful and best thing I’ve tried. The How to Meditate series is only 10-13 minutes each day. I believe it’s $14.99 per month, but I did the full year at $69.99. If you want to check it out you can try a free 7-day trial (click here for that offer). I believe meditation is a key component of the wellness equation. For me, guided meditation is critical. Having an app helps a ton. Check out Calm and other apps to find the one that you like best… and get your mindfulness on!

2. Book I read this week…

This week, I read The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield. My son, Kyle, read it and gave it to me, telling me he thought I would really like it. Well… he was right. I did like it… and NEEDED it. From the back cover… “In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author, Steven Pressfield, shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity.” This is not your typical self-help book. Super easy read! I am not a fast reader, and I finished it in one week. This book will help give you a kick in your butt to get moving on whatever project, creation, or unfinished venture you’ve been procrastinating getting done. I will surely be gifting this book to friends in the future. (And I love that my son read it!) You can check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

3. Issue I am most concerned about this week…

Obviously, the COVID vaccine is on everyone’s mind. I have taken a deep, deep dive into this issue, as I try to be as fully informed as possible before making ANY health decision. I can tell you that I have received more questions about this issue than ANY other issue in my 23 years as a health care provider. Obviously, there is a scope of practice within which I am legally bound, and I do not violate that. So, as with any issue surrounding drugs, including this experimental vaccine, I cannot, and would not, tell someone whether or not they should get the vaccine. One of the most common question I hear is… are you going to get the vaccine? The best thing I can do here is answer that question and give you my reasons. I will NOT be getting the COVID vaccine at this time. There are many reasons why I will pass on it, but I’ve decided to list just five… 

1. These are experimental vaccines with too many unknowns for me at this time. The words safe and effective are being used consistently, but these vaccines are so new, we truly do not know the long term safety or effectiveness, which is my personal biggest concern. 

2. These vaccines have not been shown to protect against contracting the virus or spreading the virus, which I believe creates incredible limits in regards to their benefits and impact. 

3. My personal risk of death due to this virus is so low that taking an experimental vaccine with so many unknowns does not outweigh the possible benefit of a reduction in symptoms. 

4. My declining the vaccine has no impact on those around me. Because these vaccines do not reduce transmission of the virus, I pose no more or less risk to others. (I’ve heard teachers and grandparents say that they would take it to protect their students or their grandchildren, but these vaccines do not offer protection to anyone but the person getting the shots.) 

5. I have the option of changing my mind as more data shows up over the next several months.

If I share videos, articles, or other resources on this topic, it will appear that I am trying to convince you of something. To be honest, while I worry about the outcome of such a large-scale experiment, I fully respect everyone persons right to make his or her own choice. I have patients that are declining the shots, and some that are excited to get it. Because I do not know the long-term outcomes of these vaccines (no one does), it would be silly for me to applaud or criticize any other person’s decision. I have had teachers, nurses, and other professionals express that they are being pressured, incentivized, and even bullied (a word one nurse used) into getting the vaccine. I believe this is unacceptable, because, as I stated earlier, a friend or co-worker getting the shots does not affect the risk of those around him/her. The only person benefitting from the shots is the one getting the shot. 

So… as issues like this often have emotions override science and fact, if you disagree with anything I have said, note that I am sharing factual information and my own personal beliefs. My decision does not have to be your decision. What you do has no bearing on me. What I do has no bearing on you. With such a serious matter, I would definitely encourage you to ask a lot of questions, use a variety of sources when investigating, and make sure that you are fully comfortable with whatever choice you make. I have reached out to researchers, scientists, medical doctors, infectious disease experts, listened to podcasts, read articles, and watched videos from resources on both sides of this issue to help ensure I get the most complete information possible.

*Be aware that censorship is absolutely, positively going on right now. I have seen information pulled down from multiple social media platforms these past several months–information that was valid, scientific, and far from extreme. This is very concerning issue. 

Friday’s Findings: 01.22.2021

1. Quote I love…

“Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard.
Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard.
Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard.
Communication is hard. Not communicating is hard. Choose your hard.
Life will never be easy. It will always be hard. But we can choose our hard. Pick wisely.”           
-Unknown

My daughter, Emma, and I had a conversation this week about school, careers, relationships, and life. It was great! At one point, she brought up the above quote as something she thinks about. That there are two kinds of hard… so why not choose the one that improves your life. I love that! I will expound on this “two kinds of hard” in a blog post in the next couple weeks. Watch for it.

2. Prediction I am making this week…

I believe we will start to see a decline in COVID cases and deaths in mid-February. It has been known that a certain number of cases must occur in the general population before we are to see the virus start to dissipate. I believe we are peaking now and will see that decline soon, probably within the next month. It will not go away, but will start a downward trend. This is only a prediction. Let’s hope I am correct!

3. Uplifting video I watched this week…

Tim Ferris posted this video last week in his “5-bullet Friday” email that he sends out. It’s titled “When a Costumed Person Destroys The Drums At Children’s Music Concert – NyangoStar.” He noted that in the description below the video it says… “clinically proven to help with depression.”  I don’t know about its effect on depression, but I have to say, it made me laugh and definitely elevated my mood. This guy (or gal) tears it up on the drums like I’ve never seen.

https://youtu.be/QZShA_a-5r8

 

Friday’s Findings: 01.15.2021

1. Product I’m loving…

I started a new morning routine this year. I’ll share more details about that in a future Friday’s Findings. A key component of that routine is the ritual of writing three things I am grateful for. I’ve talked numerous times about the power of gratitude, so to pick out three things you are grateful for every single day has incredible benefits. And writing those down makes them even more powerful. A tool I am using to help ensure consistency is The Five Minute Journal. This thing is perfect for me. It not only has me writing three things I am grateful for each morning, it also has me write down three things that will make that day great, and a daily affirmation, which starts with “I am…” I come up with a different affirmation each day. My January 5th affirmation…  “I am a highly energetic being that attracts greatness into my life in all areas to make me a better servant to the universe and all those in it.” I also love that it has me writing in it before I go to bed… “3 amazing things that happened today…” and “How could I have made today better?” I highly recommend this simple journal to get your day started with increased clarity, purpose, and that grateful feeling with a fuller heart. You can get more info about this journal and buy it on Amazon by clicking here.

2. Cool video clip I saw…

I love things that make me go “Wow!” And things that trigger that feeling of “Awe.” This 25 second clip does both. Hope you enjoy!

https://twitter.com/Theslimevids/status/1304284619932459011

2. Podcast I listened to this week… and loved…

I listen to a lot of podcasts, read and listen to a lot of books, and think of a lot of things that I want to share with you. I can’t share it all, and some things will be liked by a broader audience than others. Dr. Joe Dispenza is one of my favorites, but the info he shares is deep. It really is next-level information. I recently heard him on Lewis Howes’ podcast, The School of Greatness, and was blown away. It’s a 2-part podcast, and both parts were incredible. I am sharing Part 2 because I think it will appeal to more people. I believe it’s the best I’ve ever heard from Dr. Dispenza. If you like this one, then be sure to listen to Part 1. I hesitated to share this podcast because some will leave shaking their heads, wondering what the heck he was talking about. But… I believe it’s this information that will take me to my next level, so I felt I HAD to share. Enjoy! Click here to listen or see full link below.

https://lewishowes.com/podcast/how-to-overcome-negative-emotions-let-go-of-your-identity-and-truly-love-yourself-with-dr-joe-dispenza-part-2/

**Extra**

I usually share just three things in each Friday’s Findings, but had to add this one. I have never had more questions as I have regarding the COVID vaccine. I am always very clear that I do not give medical advice, I am not telling you what to do in regards to getting, or declining, the vaccine, and respect whatever choice you make in regards to the vaccine. My goal… to share information that I find interesting and helpful to help you make the best decisions possible. All that being said… I am AMAZED at how many people are feeling pressured to get the vaccine. And more amazed that a hospital in Akron made the vaccine mandatory for their employees. Why am I so amazed? Because according the World Health Organization (and Dr. Fauci), these vaccines do not protect against getting the virus and do not protect against the spread of the virus. The vaccine may help reduce symptoms, and it may reduce the risk of serious illness. So… if getting the vaccine does not help protect those around you, and appears to only benefit the person getting the vaccine, why would hospital administrators, school administrators, city officials, and business owners and managers pressure their employees to get the vaccine? I am digging deep and trying hard to get good answers to this question. To date, I have not gotten any good answers. I have also talked to many patients that have been either misinformed or misled with information that simply is inaccurate. If you understand the information above, and feel that there is substantial benefit to getting the vaccine, and/or feel strongly that this vaccine is a good thing, then you should be able to get it. If you are uncomfortable with, or uncertain about, the vaccine, you should be able to decline at this time. And no judgement should be made either way. Many are holding off until more information becomes available. I believe this is the case for many of the 60% of healthcare workers that have declined the vaccine. If my discussing/sharing this information is upsetting to you, please re-read what I have written and note that I am not trying to persuade anyone to do anything, but merely trying to share information that I have found interesting and compelling in my own quest to determine if the vaccine is something I (and my family) would consider. To be pressured, coerced, or God-forbid mandated to get something that does not protect others, is unacceptable. I think most would agree with that.

Friday’s Findings: 01.08.2021

1. Quote I love…

“If you want to hide the divine from a human being, the best place is to hide it within them. They’ll look everywhere else for it.”  – Dr. Joe Dispenza

I was listening to the second part of a two-part podcast with Dr. Joe Dispenza, and that was a line that stopped me in my tracks. I paused the podcast, got a piece of paper, backed it up, and wrote it down. Reminded me that what we long for and crave is right there within us. So true and so powerful!

2. Something that continues to baffle me…

Dr. Fauci, and now the World Health Organization (WHO), have publicly stated that all they know right now is that the current vaccines may prevent mild to severe symptoms, and that there is no evidence that they will prevent you from getting the virus or prevent the spread of the virus. So… if the vaccine only reduces symptoms, but does not reduce getting or transmitting the virus, then how does it make sense to mandate such a thing? If there are benefits with these vaccines, and those benefits are limited to only the person getting it, then why wouldn’t that choice be left up to the individual? I believe that if you want to get the vaccine, you should have every right to, but anyone being mandated to get it seems so strange (and unscientific). I keep wondering if I am missing something here. On New Year’s Day, Dr. Fauci has also stated that the government would possibly introduce “COVID-19 vaccine passports,” making the vaccine mandatory in some cities, counties, businesses, and schools. Wow! And in a WHO press conference on December 28, 2020 (just last week!), their chief scientist and pediatrician, Soumya Swaminathan, MD, said this (I underlined the part that jumped out at me):

“We continue to wait for more results from the vaccine trials to really understand whether the vaccines, apart from preventing symptomatic disease and severe disease and deaths, whether they’re also going to reduce infection or prevent people from getting infected with the virus, then from passing it on or transmitting it to other people. I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on.”

Those that want to get it should be able to get it, and those that do not want to get it should absolutely be able to decline it. If you love the idea of getting the vaccine, just know that others getting it has no effect on your safety and well-being. And if you are being mandated to get it, I believe there are VERY GOOD reasons to question why. Almost everyone that hears this information is surprised to find out that the vaccines only reduce symptoms, do not prevent you from getting the virus, and do not prevent the spread of the virus. Give that some thought. I am not telling you what to do, or trying to convince you of anything, just sharing information that caught my attention and surprised me. I am baffled!?!

3. Mistake I made over the holidays…

I’m guessing people either wonder how I handle the holidays food-wise or assume that I do very well. WRONG! I let go a bit just like everyone else. It’s the holidays, so I indulge and enjoy. I do eat the cookies and the candy, and tend to eat more than I should. Three things I am conscious of… (1.) I try to eat one or two cookies or pieces of candy, not five or ten. This way I still get to taste the goodness, without overdoing it. (2.) I try to fully enjoy what I am eating, and try not to beat myself up over it. Telling yourself how bad something is while eating it ruins the joy of eating it. (So… titling this Friday’s Finding “Mistake I made” is inaccurate, because I do not look at it like a mistake.) (3.) I still abide by the 90/10 rule in which most of what I eat is healthy, nutritious, and good for me. I actually do this most of the year. Truth be told, I probably slip to 80/20 during the holidays. Still not terrible. Okay, okay… maybe 70/30 some days. Haha! The key is to get back on track!

Friday’s Findings: 01.01.2021

1.  Happy 2021!!! What you focus on this next year will matter…

https://youtu.be/A90u8yVBlUw

2.  Commitment I am making in 2021…
I posted a video a few weeks ago with Hal Elrod, author of the book Miracle Mornings, doing a keynote speech about attitude, overcoming adversity, and creating the life you want. I mentioned a movie, called The Miracle Morning Movie, that he released on December 12th. Well, we watched that movie today, and it was really good. Truth be told, my morning routine has not been very disciplined this past year. So, I am committing to his recommendations to get my day started better. He developed the acronym… S-A-V-E-R-S… which stands for Silence (Meditation) – Affirmations – Visualization – Exercise – Reading – Scribing (Journaling). I highly recommend reading the book and/or watching the movie. He has kicked off a movement that is changing lives. There is no question that incorporating his morning routine will improve my productivity, mood, energy level, and overall life.
 
3.  Disappointing stat I heard again this week…
Approximately 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the first week in February. Yikes! But not surprising. I think this happens for two big reasons… First, people set goals that are too big and too hard, and try to accomplish them in too short of time. Second, they simply state a goal, such as “I want to lose twenty pounds,” or “I want to earn more money.” Their goal is not very specific, they do not write it down, and most importantly, they lack the intensity to achieve their goal. They want the goal, but they do not resolve to achieve it. It’s a New Year’s RESOLUTION, not a New Year’s wish. Resolve involves succeeding at all cost. This means making it so important that you MUST achieve it and will do whatever it takes to succeed. Good luck in 2021… and start by going beyond just stating a goal. Write it down, be VERY specific, look at it daily, and do something EVERY single day to move closer to achieving that goal.

Friday’s Findings: 12.25.2020

Wishing you and your families the happiest of holidays! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope Friday was a special day for you, and you got to spend the day with at least a few family members.

1. Great holiday light show video I watched (1.5 minutes)…

This guy has the best Christmas light displays. His YouTube name is Tom BetGeorge, and you can find a bunch of other music/light shows on YouTube. This one is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. He also has Star Wars, Avengers Remix, Ghostbusters, and a bunch more. Entertaining!

https://youtu.be/ahqUaxdad-8

2. Great cartoon I saw this week…

This made me laugh… and should get people thinking…

3. “Mindful” gift I gave…

I gave my kids these stacking stones. I’m only sharing this because on the box it says… “Build your way to mindfulness.” One definition of mindful is “focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, especially as part of a therapeutic or meditative technique.” My son quit trying because they were so hard to stack, and it was frustrating. So I tried. I was able to get five stones stacked, but, funny thing is… it was anything but therapeutic or meditative. Haha! We’ll keep trying!

Friday’s Findings: 12.18.2020

1. Moving video/commercial I saw this week…

Someone sent me this commercial. I love it! Definitely reminds me how important the WHY is behind the WHAT. When you are trying to change your behavior, or want to achieve a goal, you MUST have a big enough WHY. If your WHY is big enough… you’ll always figure out the HOW. Check out this emotional, uplifting, and very well done commercial…

https://twitter.com/rexchapman/status/1338169243611828225?s=11

2. A false, inaccurate, and potentially very dangerous statement I heard this week…

While expressing some concerns about this new vaccine, a patient said this… “Well, something is better than nothing.” I hope it goes without saying, but that statement is ridiculously untrue. At a time when we have become desperate for an end to the current pandemic, it makes sense that we will reach for any bit of hope. However, we have to remain careful on how we proceed. The idea of a successful vaccine is very exciting, but we cannot let this excitement override responsible behavior and safe decision making. Something is definitely not always better than nothing. In fact, that something may prove to be not only ineffective, but harmful. I am also concerned because of the media backlash on anyone who states anything less than positive about this vaccine roll-out. Please remember that you are allowed and encouraged to ask questions in regards to such a serious matter, WITHOUT being a conspiracy-theorists or anti-vaxxer. While many view it as dangerous for others to express concerns and ask questions, I believe quite the opposite is true. If you go into any serious health endeavor blindly, without asking a lot of questions, I believe that is very risky and dangerous. I am not telling you that this vaccine is good or bad, or that you should or should not get it, all I am saying is that do not let desperation and/or overexcitement override your ability to ask good questions and proceed with responsible caution. Something is NOT always better than nothing. In fact, that something could potentially be much, much worse than nothing! Time will tell.

3. Quote I love…

“…But you had the rug pulled out from under you, and yet you stayed upright. And then you learned that you can still dance on the hardwood.”

This quote came from a generous benefactor that has provided scholarship money to college students.  It was written in a correspondence to one of her scholarship recipients. I loved her use of words in the above quote. It reminds me of two things. First, the rug has, does, and will get pulled out from under us. We have an amazing ability to remain upright. Second, to remain upright and not get completely knocked down is a feat in itself, but to then realize that not only can we remain standing… but dance on that hardwood under the carpet. Wow! Let’s first try to remain standing. Then… let’s not just stand there… but dance!

Friday’s Findings: 12.11.2020

1. Good news I heard this week…

It is clear that the divorce rate is very high. I had assumed that it was getting worse each year, and had read that the divorce rate was spiking during COVID. This week, I read that the divorce rate has been steadily declining over the past decade. What really surprised me was that the divorce rate continues to decline even during this pandemic. A lot of articles are stating that it is spiking, but the one I read that said it was declining stated that in these more stressful and uncertain times, people are realizing how much they need and depend on their spouses. Not sure, because of conflicting data, but that was uplifting to hear. And I know there are several reasons why the divorce rate has declined over the past several years, one being that millennials are waiting longer to get married, but whatever the reason, I was happy to hear that.

2. Disturbing stat I heard this week…

On Jay Shetty’s podcast, On Purpose, I heard Dr. Daniel Amen, a leading brain health expert, discussing mental health during this pandemic. He stated that the depression rate back in March was 8%, but in September, it jumped to a staggering 27%. It is stats like this, along with the increased suicide rates and drug overdoses, that obligate us to think about the far reaching ramifications of the actions we are taking in regards to the COVID pandemic. It is also imperative that we be aware of our mental health and take actions to care for it. Dr. Amen made a great point… that the CDC website is very adamant about the importance of hygiene during these times, but we need to practice mental hygiene as well. On another post, he reminds us to stay physically active, avoid watching or reading the news, and to remember that we are spiritual beings and that we are connected to something bigger and all have a higher purpose.

3. Podcast I listened to this week…

Last week, I posted a great speech by Hal Elrod. It’s over an hour, but very worth it. Here is another hour-plus post, but again, very worth it! My sister-in-law sent me a text asking if I knew who Shawn Stevenson was. I didn’t think I did, until I looked him up. He has a podcast titled The Model Health Show. I downloaded three episodes and was very excited to see that one was with Dr. Bruce Lipton, titled What is Stress and Fear Doing to Our Immune System. He is a stem cell biologist that has written a few books, one of which changed how I looked at genetics, health, and healing. I read that book, The Biology of Belief, fifteen years ago. I love this guy! He has some of the best information on how genes DO NOT control our health. I like this podcast because I believe it will help a lot of people feel better about this pandemic. I believe it’s a must listen! Some things you’ll hear… Less than 1% of all disease is connected to your genes… The stress and fear associated with COVID is actually weakening your immune system, making you more likely to have complications if and when you get it… The truth about pharmaceutical companies… And how your immune system is designed to work and four things to do to boost it.

https://youtu.be/fa21GWcaZ5A

Friday’s Findings: 12.04.2020

1. Great speech I heard this week…

Hal Elrod is the author of the best selling book, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). He has a documentary, The Miracle Morning Movie, premiering on December 12th, which I will be watching. While looking for more info on Hal, I came across a video on YouTube of a keynote speech he gave earlier this year. I loved it! I think he nails several critical things regarding getting over bad stuff and creating great stuff… and living your best life. It is about an hour and twenty minutes, but absolutely worth it. Side note… I am making my kids watch it. Check it out here…

https://youtu.be/eR21ynDHwH8

2. Wellness activity I have been doing…

I am a huge fan of cold exposure. The health benefits are numerous. Our whole body cryotherapy facility, KryoVitality (www.kryovitalityohio.com), allows you to experience -250°F of inflammation-reducing, immune-boosting, and pain-reducing coolness. Another way to get cold exposure benefits is to take cold showers. I know hot showers in the morning feel so good, and the idea of a cold shower makes you cringe, but you can still take a hot shower, and finish it with cold. Cold exposure in the shower comes with lots of benefits, such as jump starting my metabolism and boosting my alertness first thing in the morning. A GREAT way to start the day! Start simple… by ending with just 30 seconds of super cold water. Click here for more information from Wim Hof regarding the benefits of cold showers.

3. My special offer to you for 2021…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04GZfkcyNvU&feature=youtu.be

 

Friday’s Findings: 11.27.2020

1. Something I had posted in my office this week…

Each week, we change what we post in our treatment rooms, and this week, there was one that people seemed to really like. It is ideal for spring, but seemed to resonate around this Thanksgiving holiday. It’s titled, For the Garden of Your Daily Living. I believe the author is unknown, so I cannot give proper credit. So many people commented on it this week that I thought it was worth sharing here…

2. Confusing thing I saw this week…

While in the grocery store, I saw Horizon organic milk… in the middle of the isle, unrefrigerated!?! I know this is not new, but I snapped a pic of it to remind me to look it up later. How in the world can you have unrefrigerated milk? Well, they use ultra-high temperature pasteurization (UHT). I do not drink milk, so it doesn’t affect me, but I would be cautious of harsh processing procedures to your foods, as they alter the nutritional makeup of these foods. In regards to milk… it is the number one food allergen. I have had many patients cut out milk and have many of their health problems disappear. I have friends that swear by raw milk, and I believe the nutritional content and health benefits would be significantly better, but you can’t even buy that legally in Ohio. Anyway… unrefrigerated milk caught my attention and freaked me out a bit. I’ll stick with almond, coconut, and macadamia nut milks.

3. One of my favorite things to watch…

I love, love, love watching people doing things that blow my mind. I’ve shared People Are Awesome videos in the past, but they never get old. Here is one of the newest ones. It’s three minutes of uplifting and inspiring clips, and the music in this one is great too. Among my favorites… the guy doing a handstand next to a pool and dipping his hands in the water, and the girl tripping over the hurdle (the mom yelling in the background is the best!). Enjoy!!! Oh… and people ARE awesome… YOU ARE TOO!

https://youtu.be/wNfohps5A1A

Friday’s Findings: 11.20.2020

1. Study that concerned me this week…

There is a new pill, called the polypill, that has made the headlines this week. It is a combination of three blood pressure medications and a cholesterol medication combined in one pill. A new study showed that this pill combined with an aspirin daily reduced heart problems and death by 31%. Sounds amazing, right? Check this out… 4% of the group taking this drug experienced a heart attack, stroke, or died. In the control group, the group that did not take the pill, 6% experienced those heart-related problems. Seems pathetic to me… 4% versus 6%. That is only a 2% difference! But how are they saying it cuts these problems by 31%??? That’s because data can be reported in two ways, absolute risk reduction and relative risk reduction. The absolute risk reduction is a measly 2%. But the relative risk reduction is 31% (the difference between the 4% and the 6% in the two groups comes out to be 30%). Guess which way drug companies report data??? Yep, relative risk reduction. Makes the results look so much better than they actually are. While some experts hale this polypill as “transformational,” many cardiologists are critical of the risks and lack of personalization of these medications. What shocks me is that nobody is pointing out that the results of this study show pathetic benefits.

2. Something I have been watching for this week…

As I thought of the misleading presentation of data of that polypill, it got me thinking about Pfizer’s claim of 90% effectiveness of their new vaccine. I’ve noted that many medical experts, including renowned infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, expressed interest in the details of that data. He stated that these findings are “encouraging,” that “the challenge we have is I don’t know how to interpret that news because I don’t have a clue what the 90% efficacy means… Did it prevent 90% of fever, cough, and chills as the illness outcome? Did it prevent 90% of people from dying? From being hospitalized? From having severe illness? We don’t know that yet.” Before we get too excited, I think we ought to see exactly what these vaccines may offer us. My guess… merely a reduction in symptoms. One thing is for sure… these drug companies will present their data using the most creative and appealing numbers that they can. I’m waiting and watching for what the data of this vaccine, as well as Moderna’s vaccine with the claim of 95% effectiveness, is based on. That info is critical!

3. Something cool I saw this week…

We did a college visit to Purdue University this week. One of the coolest things we saw was something called Starship, a robotic vehicle that delivers food to where ever you are on campus. It keeps your food cold or hot and will deliver to the exact spot where you’ve dropped a pin (on your phone) to mark your location. Wild! I love technology, but obviously, it comes with a hit to the physical activity that we so desperately need. Check out this quick video.

https://youtu.be/aKMrpWlYkoY

Fridays Findings: 11.13.2020

1. Something I read this week…

As my daughter, Quincy, applies to colleges, she has been writing essays as part of that application process. I have enjoyed and been impressed with her writing style and the content. This week, I read an essay she wrote in response to the following question… “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” What does this statement mean to you and can it affect what you do?” I thought I would post the first paragraph of that essay, because I thought my readers would benefit from what it said. Here it is… To me, getting comfortable with being uncomfortable means pushing out of my comfort zone to have new experiences. Taking chances, even if it can be frightening, stimulates growth and learning. There are times when being comfortable is important, but other times, it can be dangerous. Learning and growing requires being uncomfortable, and growing is vital. You can survive in your comfort zone, but you can thrive outside of it. No one reaches their full potential by staying in the same place their entire life. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable means being willing to take risks for the chance to grow.

2. Video clip I enjoyed this week…

Last spring was the first spring break we did not travel. I have been longing to get my feet in the sand and to swim in the ocean, but booking any trips has been tricky. Watching this video this week captivated me for the few moments that I watched it. It was posted on Twitter by Tom Hall (@TomHall). The color of the water is amazing! And I love that you can see the shadow of the wave on the ocean floor. Very cool!!!

https://twitter.com/TomHall/status/1324802703604674561?s=20

3. Quote I love…

“Reputation is what people think you are. Character is what you actually are.” -Tom Ryan, The Ohio State University Head Wrestling Coach

Few people know discipline, hard work, and sacrifice like wrestlers. So, when someone like Tom Ryan speaks, I open my ears and shut my mouth. He was one of the other speakers at the Customer Service Revolution that I had the privilege of speaking at last month. The title of his presentation was Chosen Suffering, and it had some great take-aways. The quote above is one that caught my attention. He also just wrote a book that I just ordered, Chosen Suffering: Becoming Elite in Life and Leadership. (Click here if you’re interested in the Amazon link to this book.)

Friday’s Findings: 11.06.2020

1. Video clip I liked this week…

I believe I had seen this before, as I don’t think it’s new, but I thought it was worthy of sharing. The clip I saw on Twitter was titled “Work smarter, not harder.” Since YouTube videos are easier for me to share, I found the same clip there, so that is the one I’m posting. In regards to working smarter, not harder, that is something I try to think about often when pursuing tasks. Blood, sweat, and tears are often helpful, but what if I could get the same results, or even better ones, by working smarter instead of harder??? Hmmmm. Here is that clip…

https://youtu.be/3Iz7ZMALaCY

2. Mistake I made…
I typically do not watch the news or read a lot of news-related articles. Well… over the past two weeks, I got sucked into the news and the election. What a waste of time and emotion. I was reminded why I stay away from the news. And I realized more than ever before how the media impacts my state. Not worth it! There are two big reasons I will never let that happen again. First, the news is not news. Stories get spun to support agendas, thus leaving you without factual, meaningful, useful data or information. Second, my getting that so-called news had no impact on my subsequent actions or decisions regardless of the emotions that it provoked. Think about it… all that time and energy you sunk into focusing on the presidential race did not change who you voted for, nor did it affect the outcome in any way. All it did was yank your emotions up and down and cause frustration… thus negatively impacting your day and your life. Oops! I’m back on track avoiding most news articles and all news shows.

3. Something I reminded myself about this week…

As I have found myself getting emotionally sucked into the woes of the world, I went back and pulled out notes from Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. (Click here for the Amazon link to this book.) Frankl was a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, where he watched his whole family get killed and narrowly escaped death himself. He wrote this book in only nine days after being liberated. I have reflected on his main point ever since reading the book in college… Between a stimulus and a response is a small gap. In that gap is our ability to choose. One of his great quotes… “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” I reminded my kids (after reminding myself) that regardless of what is going on in this world (or this election) (or this pandemic), we have the ability to choose our response. We can be angry, fearful, or outright paralyzed… or… we can continue pursuing our goals, be successful, be kind, and keep our eyes on the bigness of our purpose. If Viktor Frankl could do what he did after going through what he went through, I know we can too. So, whatever your thoughts are regarding the division in our country, the pandemic, this election, etc., remember that your response to these things will determine your success or failure and your happiness or despair.

Friday’s Findings: 10.30.2020

1. Video I made and need to share…

I came across an article (click here for that article) about these new COVID-19 vaccines that will soon be available, and was rocked to find out that they will not slow down the virus, eliminate the virus, or even protect us from getting the virus. The goal of these vaccines is to merely reduce the severity of symptoms. I thought it would get glossed over by the media, and people would be uninformed, but then saw an interview with Dr. Fauci where he confirmed that, in fact, these vaccines will only prevent symptoms, not block the virus.  (Find interview and article here.) I felt compelled to throw together a quick 6-minute video that might help explain these new vaccines. Please watch… 

https://youtu.be/oGzGzGBnFIY

2. Quote I love…

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill

Wow! What great words! We often spend a lot of time, money, and energy on things that do not move us closer to our actual goals. We pat ourselves on the back for how hard we work and how much we do, but it is critical to step back and look at where we are at and where all that work has gotten us. 

3. Podcast I recently subscribed to…

After coming across Jay Shetty a few times, I started listening to his podcast, called On Purpose. Jay is the author of the recent international best seller, Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day. I have not read his book yet, but will. He has some great wisdom! He recently did a podcast with his mentor and monk, Gauranga Das, that was filled with a bunch of nuggets. The main nugget I loved… We must control our urge to consume, to control, to convince, and to compete. Click here if you want to listen to that podcast. 

Friday’s Findings: 10.23.2020

1. Quote I love…

Well done is better than well said.” -Benjamin Franklin

The world is full of talkers. I like doers! We talk about change, but we don’t change. We talk about doing better, but we don’t do better. I love leaders, athletes, and human beings in general that silently achieve. They talk less and do more.

2. Something that concerned me this week…

Last Monday, I read that Pfizer received approval from the FDA to include children in their vaccine trials. Being that this is a vaccine like no other in history, and the adverse effects cannot be fully known for many years, I was shaken to think a parent would expose their twelve year old child to such risk. I discussed it with many, many patients this week to see what others were thinking. Not one single person thought that this was a good idea, and almost all felt it should be considered child endangerment. To say that this concerns me is an understatement. Of course, I would never tell you what to do in regards to issues like this, as it is out of my scope of practice, I just wanted to share my confusion and fear of the risk associated with this. Most agree that there are times in life when the risk offsets the potential reward, but because this age group is the least likely to experience complications from this virus, are the unknown risks of injecting an experimental shot into a child worth it? I guess that will be up to the parents. Gulp!

3. Video I liked this week (just for fun!)…

Halfway through writing my blog for this week, titled The Power of Yet, I jumped online and typed in those exact words. The first thing to pop up? This Sesame Street video. Turns out they made a song titled The Power of Yet. Check out my blog by clicking here, and check out the Sesame Street video by clicking here. I hadn’t seen, or even thought about, Sesame Street in many years. I could probably find a more powerful video clip about the power of Yet, but thought you’d be entertained and educated by this one. Enjoy!

Friday’s Findings: 10.16.2020

1. Moving video I re-watched this week…

I saw this story/video about ten years ago. I’ve never forgotten the gist of the story, but could not remember the details. Last weekend, I searched for it online numerous times, trying every combination of words, but could not find it. Finally, I found it… and it was SO MUCH BETTER than I remembered. It rocked me! I watched it at least three times, each time my eyes tearing up. Please watch it! And pass it on to friends and family, as everyone could use a reminder right now that the human spirit really is good. Here is that video…

https://youtu.be/HuxejhBOCOo

2. Most impressive thing I saw/heard this week…

We were at a birthday party, and I saw Anthony (my girlfriend Lana’s niece’s boyfriend). In March, he weighed 330 lbs. Wanting to enlist in the Army, he was told he would have to get down to 230 lbs. A recruiter told him that if he lost the weight by October (this month), he promised he’d get him in. Well… when I saw him last Sunday, he weighed 223 lbs. WOW!!! That’s over 100 lbs. lost in roughly six months. How’d he do it? Following a ketogenic diet. Oh… and being laser-focused and ultra-committed. He said that eating that way took discipline and was tough, but what was even tougher was what it took mentally. I loved what he said next… Like how your hands hurt when working out until they get callouses, the mental part of passing up the foods he loved and was used to eating was hard until he formed “mental callouses.” He did something most people would think is impossible… losing over 100 lbs. in six months. Two other recruiters had laughed in his face when he said he would do it. This kid looked incredible! And is the exact kind of warrior I want defending our country!

3. TEDx talk I watched this week…

While writing this week’s blog, titled Living Eulogies, I came across a TEDx talk that I really liked. The talk is called Eulogies for the Living, by Andria Driessen. She explains what she calls grace notes as a “purposeful honoring of the living,” Some great insights in this talk. Check it out by clicking here. And read my blog by clicking here.

Friday’s Findings: 10.09.2020

1. Great story I heard this week…

I received a text from a friend (thanks, Al B.!) with a picture of the following story. I believe I would have had to sit down for a moment after reading it had I been standing up. I love stories, especially true stories, that move me. This one did just that. It shifted my thinking in a moment, and I have thought about it a lot since. You can ponder on the meaning and significance it has for you once you read it. It turns out that a few of the details are not 100% accurate, with a few minor details having been corrected by the original author, but the event DID take place. I hope it rocks you the way it rocked me. 

The Story, A Violinist in the Metro

A man sat at a metro station in Washington D.C. and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly, he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a three-year-old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only six people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk at their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing, and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston, and the seats averaged $100 each.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and the priorities of people.
The outlines were, in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour:
Do we perceive beauty?
Do we stop to appreciate it?
Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be that if we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

2. Surprising stats I saw this week…

With all the hype, fear, and concern surrounding the large number of COVID-19 cases on college campuses, I decided to take a deeper dive into the numbers. Here is the simplest rundown I could find. I could not find the original source, but checking it against other sources, these numbers look legit. These are from last Monday. Note the large number of cases confirmed on these 50 campuses… gasp… then, look at the number of hospitalizations… 3! Then… look at the number of deaths… ZERO! This is not to imply that COVID-19 is not real, or that people have not died as a result of the virus, but that we have to look at how the virus is affecting individuals in certain demographics and adjust our thinking and actions accordingly. Here is that list and the numbers (note the totals at the bottom)…

3. Quote I love…

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is the pain of discipline weighs ounces, while regret weighs tons.”

Think about this quote for a moment. Think of all the times you had regret and realized how much better off you would have been had you just done whatever it was you needed to do to avoid that regret, but didn’t do it because it SEEMED too difficult at the time. I personally think of this quote often to help get me to do those things I want to avoid doing.

Oh… and THANK YOU! 

The results of Cleveland Magazine’s Best of the East contest came in and… drumroll please… I WON! So… thank you to all that took the time to vote. I really, really appreciate it!

Friday’s Findings: 10.02.2020

1. Coolest thing I saw this week…

After last Tuesday’s rain, a rainbow emerged. I’m not sure the pics I took quite do it justice, but it was the most vibrant, clear rainbow I have ever seen. And I believe it is the first time I saw a complete rainbow. Check out the pics and the 9 second video. Pretty cool!

https://youtu.be/RyWY0qu8yUM

2. Something I am re-diving into…

At the root of success is our beliefs. Our intentions, excitement, and behaviors are dictated by our beliefs. I realized that I had gotten lazy in regards to this these past few years, and if I am going to achieve the bigger goals I want to achieve, they will only happen if I change my beliefs surrounding those goals. The podcast that got me re-thinking about these beliefs and reminded me of the power of these beliefs is a podcast that Tom Bilyeu did with John Assaraf, titled, How to Upgrade Your Mindset. Click here to listen.

As for beliefs, and their power to enhance or limit our potential, here is a great little story…

A man was walking by a circus tent and noticed that the large elephants where tied off to a stake in the ground and held by a fairly thin rope. He thought it odd that such a small rope could hold such a large animal. He stopped and asked one of the animal trainers about it. The trainer explained that they tie the leg of the elephant to the stake when they are young and small. At that age, the rope is enough to hold them. Once the elephant realizes that it cannot uproot the stake, it accepts that there is nothing it can do. Because that belief is ingrained into their minds, the elephants never challenge that small rope, even as full-grown adult elephants, who could yank the stake out with ease.

What beliefs have you hung on to that are keeping you from achieving all you can achieve? Think about it. That podcast I referenced above and this simple elephant story pushed me this week to re-think what I am doing, what I am not doing, and why.

3. Wellness tip…

I believe that walking, as simple as it is, is the best movement/exercise humans can do. This is THE BEST time of year to get out and hike. Walking on treadmills and sidewalks isn’t bad, but getting in the woods is so much better. The dirt provides some cushion, the uneven terrain works your ankles, knees, hips, and spine in a very dynamic and natural way, and the fresh air and nature sounds are an added bonus. If it’s cold, bundle up. If it’s snowing, wear boots. Even if it’s raining, you can gear up and get out there. Want an even better workout? Vary the intensity of your hike. Walk at normal speed for a few minutes, then at a quicker pace for 30 seconds. Repeating that cycle gets the heart rate up and compounds the benefits of the hike. The Cleveland Metroparks has their Fall Hiking Spree that runs from Sept 1st to November 30th if you are local and have any interest… https://www.summitmetroparks.org/hiking-spree.aspx

Friday’s Findings: 09.25.2020

1. Podcast I was a guest on this week…

John DiJulius invited me to be a guest on his podcast, The Customer Service Revolution Podcast. The title… Health and Wellness has Never Been More Vital Than It Is Today. John does a great job with interviewing and getting his guests to open up and share knowledge, insights, and wisdom. My text to him once I heard the podcast… “YOU did a great job. The next podcast I do will be much better. Sorry it was yours I had to learn on. I’m a little spastic.” Anyway, click the image below to listen.

2. Study I read this week…

I read an article on WorldHealth.net titled Study Links Junk Food To Age Marker In Chromosomes, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. I also read the study itself.  The takeaway… “those who consume a lot of industrially processed junk foods are more likely to exhibit a change in their chromosome that is linked to aging.” Two things… 1. This study shows the link between industrial processed junk foods (i.e. most foods eaten by Americans every dayL) and premature aging. 2. Duh! Do we really need a study to “prove” this??? What we eat matters. It REALLY matters! Whole, real foods nourish the body, giving you the vital nutrients that you need to function, heal, and grow. Processed, artificial, junk food destroys your body. You can read the short article by clicking here.

3. Poem I have hanging in my house…

The 13th century Persian poet, Rumi, wrote a poem titled, The Guest House. I have a framed copy of it in my house. I remind myself, and this poem helps, that we can’t block out emotions. We need to honor ALL emotions… just avoid getting stuck in the bad ones.

Friday’s Findings: 09.18.2020

1. Products I love…

Massage is very therapeutic. There are many massaging devices on the market, and most do a decent job. I have several. One popular device is the Hypervolt by Hyperice, a handheld percussion gun, which has 3 speeds and interchangeable heads. I love it, but it is pretty hardcore, even on the lowest setting. Most athletes love it. Click here for the product link on Amazon. The other one I use is the Styles II Unknot and Tone Body Massager. This one is also a percussion massager, but less aggressive. It has four changeable heads (I’ve only used one) and a dial that allows you to adjust the speed. I’ve given this one as a gift to many people. It is a great tool to help loosen muscles, improve blood flow, and relax. And it’s less than $50. The Hypervolt is closer to $300. Click here for the product link for the Styles II Massager on Amazon. And no tool is going to be as effective as getting a massage from a good licensed massage therapist, but tools like these can be used on a regular basis at times when you are unable to schedule a massage.

2. Wellness tip…

It is imperative that you consider getting a second opinion when dealing with health issues. I had a patient this week that was living in another state and was told he needed his toe amputated, and that was his only option. He came back to Cleveland, saw a doctor here who disagreed with that, and offered another option. He still has all ten toes! Another patient had an ATV injury while out of town and crushed his elbow. Those doctors told him that they needed to amputate his arm from just above his elbow down. His wife put him in the car, drove him back to Cleveland, and the doctors here had a different opinion. Other than some restricted motion in the elbow, his arm is fully functioning. You MUST get a second, third, or even forth opinion, when dealing with significant health issues. When a doctor says “these are your only options,” that means “these are the only options I have for you.” It’s worth getting multiple opinions. Oh… and one of those opinions should be from a more natural and holistic-minded doctor, so you can get a true second opinion from someone looking at the situation from a different philosophy.

3. Reminder of event coming up…

In a previous Friday’s Findings, I mentioned that I was invited to speak at this year’s Customer Service Revolution Conference. If you want to improve your business, improve how you perform in the business you work in, or want to simply improve your life, this conference is a must. The money you spend on this virtual conference is not an expense… it’s an investment. I suggest getting a group together for the best pricing. Click here for more information (it is a virtual event held every Thursday in October). I can’t wait to speak at this event!

Friday’s Findings: 09.11.2020

1. Cool thing I witnessed this week…

I have a patient who was unable to keep his regular appointments in our office for the last few months because of COVID. He is on a wellness plan and pre-paid for the full year of care. At his appointment this week, he was talking about coming more often because he had extra visits to use up. I told him to keep his regular schedule, that he didn’t need to use visits just to use them, and that we could just carry over the unused visits into his next year’s plan. Then he said the coolest thing… “Can I donate those extra visits to someone that is having a lot of pain or financial difficulties?” Wow! I was rocked! Maybe it’s because so much focus has been on all the bad in this world, but this gesture gave me a boost. Thanks, Gene! For your awesome gesture and generosity… and for reminding me that good things ARE going on in this world.

2. Great shirt I saw this week…

I love this shirt I saw this week. Made me laugh. Then it got me thinking about how much potential gets wasted. Think of all the talent that gets unused in this world. Olympic gold medal pole vaulter, Bob Richards, said he looked around the stadium while on the podium and wondered how many people there could have beat him had they just picked up a pole when they were younger. He estimated that five million people could have beat him had they just tried. What potential is within you that you have not tapped into???

3. Interesting thing I noticed this week…

In what appears to be an effort to maximize the fear around COVID-19, many health experts are emphasizing that this is much worse than the seasonal flu. Many have argued that the CDC has exaggerated the yearly flu deaths in the past, thus making COVID-19 much more deadly. I find it interesting that these are the same doctors and experts that push people to get the flu shot every year because, as they have always said, the flu is SO deadly. Funny how the truth about annual flu deaths gets uncovered now because we have a new virus that you must fear. A  recent article by Jeremy Faust, MD, who practices emergency medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, describes how the CDC grossly overstates flu deaths (you can read that article here). I’ve been stating for years that the flu death numbers were inflated, but had not seen a medical doctor state this critical fact that boosts the numbers until now… “in the fine print, the CDC’s flu numbers also include pneumonia deaths.” Wow! Do you think that would bump the flu death numbers? Because so many have asked… I WILL NOT GET THE FLU SHOT THIS YEAR! For the same reasons I have never gotten the flu shot. You can see an article I wrote about this back in 2017 here. Let facts dictate your decisions and behavior… not fear!

Friday’s Findings: 09.04.2020

1. Great talk I watched this week…

I was sent a video of a talk by Scott Calloway, called The Algebra of Happiness (thanks, John DiJulius!). I loved it… and I know you will too. It’s a fast 30-minute presentation loaded with some thought provoking and practical info. If, at the end of the day, it’s happiness that we are all seeking, then it makes sense that we should take a deeper dive into the science behind it. This presentation will open your eyes a bit. It is a MUST WATCH! Two big takeaways… 1. Loving someone doesn’t make you a loving person. You need to express that love. The happiest people are not afraid to express their love and do it often. 2. Telling younger folks to “follow your passion” is a bad idea. “Find something you’re good at and make the requisite investment of perseverance, grit, and frustration, called work, and overcome obstacles such that you become great at it.” Do this and you become more passionate about whatever “it” is. Watch the video below.

https://youtu.be/Brp9DpJsEi4

2. Something I read about this week…

I’ve taken an interest in the history of some of the holidays we celebrate. It seems odd that I’ve lived my whole life acknowledging these holidays, but often not knowing much about their origin, or how they’ve changed over the years. This Monday is Labor Day. Obviously, it is self-explanatory, but reading about it reminded me how amazing we are as a country. When we come together in groups, we have incredible potential. My hope is we don’t forget, or underestimate, the necessity of hard, physical labor. It’s good for us… and it is critical for our country. So… Happy Labor Day! Your hard work is appreciated. Quick fact… the first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882. And I liked this paragraph on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website about Labor Day… “The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership – the American worker.”

3. Tip I gave this week…

Another doctor asked what I believed was the key to my success in practice. Truth be told, there is never A KEY. There are KEYS to success. However, I tried to give him one that I feel is among the biggest keys to my success… my intention. I realized early on that why we do what we do is much more important what we do. All of my decisions in practice hinge on what is best for my patients. I want to give the highest quality of care to the most people I can, in a way that I would want it given to me. Ahhhh… what a secret to success. I have seen people do all the right things, but fail because their intentions were selfish. Focusing on money, power, fame, or ego leads to trouble. Be conscious of WHY you are doing what you do.

Friday’s Findings: 08.28.2020

1. Story I re-read this week…

Here is a story that I believe I first read years ago in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. It popped into my head this week, so I looked it up and re-read it.

Doctor Jim Clark was fighting for his patient’s life. Little Liz had a rare disease and urgently needed a blood transfusion in order to survive.

The only hope for the five-year-old was to receive a blood donation from her twin brother – not only because the siblings had the same blood type, but also because he himself had survived the condition that she suffered from. His blood, therefore, contained an antibody that could save Liz’s life. 

When Dr. Jim asked the boy if he would agree to give blood for his sister, the youngster was initially hesitant. But when the physician explained to him that it was the only way to save his sister’s life, he agreed.

The boy’s parents took him to the hospital where he was put on a gurney beside his twin.  Both of them were hooked up to IV’s. The transfusion proceeded as the boy’s blood left his body and entered his sister’s.

As the two siblings lay next to each other during the treatment, the doctor was relieved as he saw color return to Liz’s face. But when the procedure was finished, the plucky young boy suddenly became very serious and asked the doctor, “How soon until I start to die?”

The little boy had thought that with his blood donation, he would be literally giving his life to save his sister’s. While the doctor reassured him immediately that he wasn’t going to die, those in the room were stunned at the immensity of the boy’s willingness.  He was ready to give his life for another.

I’m pretty sure the story is made up, but who cares. It exudes courage, selflessness, and love. Stories like this, even if made up, make you think, reflect, and are inspirational.

2. Photo that made me laugh out loud…

I think this pic has been around for a while, but I saw it for the first time this week, and it made me laugh out loud. Funny thing is… I laughed out loud at least a few more times during the day when I thought about it. I hope you find it as funny as I did…

3. COVID-19 stats concern…

Last Monday, the CDC changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines. According to an article from Business Insider, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly modified its testing guidelines on Monday, and no longer recommends people who are asymptomatic to get tested for the virus.Being that the death rate is the most important number to watch, it is critical that we know how many people have been infected with the virus so we can use that number to get an accurate death rate. The CDC has stated that 40% of coronaviruses are asymptomatic. Without including asymptomatic people, the death rate will look much worse than it actually is, thus making this pandemic appear much worse than it is. Many scientists and health care experts agree that the CDC’s change in guidelines is a terrible idea and makes no sense. According to an article on the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy’s website, “The change, made without any rationale or explanation, further erodes the scientific community’s confidence in the CDC.” I’m most interested in the death rate, and the death rate will look far worse than it actually is if we do not know or count ALL cases.

Friday’s Findings: 08.21.2020

1. Person I was thinking about this week…

My mom sent a reminder this week that Monday would have been my grandparents’ anniversary. She included a couple of pics. My grandfather, Bill Padavick, is one of my ALL TIME favorite people. He was always laughing and joking around, was kind and caring, and lived a rich life with very simple means. I remember peering over the seat on the school bus as it came to my stop on the top of the hill, hoping his car was in the driveway. If it was, I’d run down the hill as fast as I could, drop my bookbag in the garage as I grabbed my fishing pole, and join him in the backyard to fish. I absolutely loved being around this man. He taught me a lot, but his positive, lighthearted attitude is what I remember most. My mother summed up his philosophy on life best… There are not too many thing in this world that are that important, but the things that are important… are VERY important. I love this! I credit him and this philosophy for my ability to keep the important things important and to let the little things slide… and to be able to differentiate between the two.

2. Product I love…

When I was younger, I loved sleeping over my cousin Eric’s house. Of course, I loved being around their family, but truth be told, I also loved that they had sugar cereals. We did not have those cereals growing up, so I was thrilled when I could have Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, or (my favorite) Fruity Pebbles. These cereals have to be among the worst things you can put into your body. Definitely not a great way to start your day. So I was thrilled to hear about Magic Spoon. These guys basically “reimagined” the childhood cereals you love, making them healthy. Magic Spoon cereal is High-Protein, Low-Sugar, Keto-Friendly, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat-Free, and Nothing Artificial. I ordered the variety pack and loved all of them. I use almond milk, coconut milk, or macadamia nut milk on top. It is sweetened with a natural blend of monk fruit, stevia, and allulose. They have over 8,000 5-star reviews, and I have to say it truly did take me back to those days when I could get my hands on those sugary cereals. My favorite? Fruity. I just ordered a case of four this morning. Yum!

3. Please Vote…

In a previous post, I shared that I was a finalist for Cleveland Magazine’s 2020 Best of the East. Well… the final voting is happening right now. I am listed under the category PEOPLE. If you think I’m worthy… please click the link below and vote for me. Thanks for the support!

https://clevelandmagazine.com/magazine-events/best-of-the-east#//

Friday’s Findings: 08.14.2020

1. Podcast I really enjoyed…

This week, I heard Les Brown on the podcast Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu.  (Click here to hear the full podcast.) Les Brown is a legend in the self-improvement arena, and I picked up A LOT from this podcast. His website describes him as “straight-from-the-heart, passion and high-energy, motivates audiences to step beyond their limitations and into their greatness in many ways.” You can catch a lot of his work on YouTube. Click here for a quick, but VERY powerful clip to give you a taste. He was labeled mentally retarded as a boy, and referred to as DT, which stood for “dumb twin,” because he wasn’t as smart as his twin brother. I had a list of notes at the end of the podcast and was happy I listened to it. I know some people don’t care for this kind of thing, but it is SOOOO helpful to offset all the negativity going on, and SOOOO healthful to stimulate those motivational centers in your brain. If you don’t listen to the podcast, at least watch that quick YouTube video clip above.

2. Quote I love…

“If information alone could change people, everybody would be rich, skinny, and happy.” -Les Brown

3. Most annoying/frustrating thing I heard this week…

I caught a clip of Dr. Fauci on a news show explaining the importance of mask wearing. He stated with strong authority that there are 4 or 5 things that need to be done to slow the surges in cases. Because the discussion was on masks, he did not list the other 3 or 4 things, but I’ve heard that list enough times from these so-called health experts that I know what they are: (1.) Wear masks; (2.) Social distance; (3.) Shelter in place; (4.) Wash your hands; and (5.) Clean and disinfect often. This list is continuously described as the list of “the most important” things you can do. I know I sound like a broken record, but it is critical that you understand that no matter how important you believe these listed things are in regards to reducing the negative outcomes from coronavirus, THE MOST IMPORTANT thing that you can do is boost your immune function and overall health. Ask any expert who is the most vulnerable and at-risk person to this (or any other pathogen), and they will all agree it is those with the WEAKEST immune systems. Therefore…. the least at-risk people are those with the STRONGEST immune system. Everyone will eventually be exposed to this virus. How healthy you are at the time of exposure will determine how you are affected. I am very concerned about the continued bolstering of this outside-in mentality in regards to health. True health is an inside-out deal. However strongly you feel about the above-listed action steps, they pale in comparison to boosting your body’s strength and immune function through healthier eating, exercising regularly, managing your stress, getting ample sleep, and maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D. Of course, there is more that would help, but those are among the MOST IMPORTANT! And remember, the list of precautions that you are hearing on television may reduce your risk of exposure, but those things DO NOT boost your immune function. In fact, the opposite is true. They can all contribute to reduced immune function, thus contributing to long-term concerns for overall health.

Friday’s Findings: 08.07.2020

1. No pain, no gain…

It is easy to watch someone do something really well and wish you could do it too. The problem is that we don’t see all the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into mastering a particular talent. Last year, I shared a video of my daughter landing her first flip on a wakeboard. This summer, my son Kyle has taken an interest in barefoot waterskiing. When you see someone barefooting, it looks really cool. They are getting pulled across the water on their bare feet at roughly 40mph. But to learn this you have to take a beating. The falls are rough! And in this case… no pain, no gain! But… no guts, no glory! Here is a slow motion video of one of his falls… YIKES! (Good thing his dad is a chiropractor!) And watch the second video to see success. Also, note the rising sun in the background… beautiful! We get up at 5:45 a.m. to catch that smooth water.

https://youtu.be/IhGiJZT-fY8
https://youtu.be/idxdxbR20y8

2. Something I’m thinking about this week…

When I hear something more than once, from different sources, I pay attention. This week I heard someone on a podcast say, “What you appreciate… appreciates.” Then, this morning, I was looking at some old notes I had written down, and there it was again… “What you appreciate… appreciates.” And earlier this week, I had read something I had heard before, but along those same lines… “What you pay attention to grows.” I also heard a doctor say that when struggling with a health problem, all we can think about is that problem, yet, at that same time the body is doing so many things well. So this week I have been extra careful not to focus on the negatives. There is so much confusing, negative, bad information right now, that it is easy to forget about all the good. I’ve been making a conscious effort to make sure that I think about all the good in my life and the world. And guess what… there is SO MUCH GOOD!!! Be careful not to let your attention and emotions get wrapped up in only what is bad right now.

3. Book I loved…

I can’t remember who recommended it, but I’m glad they did. I really enjoyed the book, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, by Austin Kleon. Great little nuggets of info. And it is all packed into only 10 pages, so it’s a very quick read. As I work on my book, I feel pulled to make it super short and super simple, because those tend to be the books I enjoy (and finish) the most. I have gifted this book numerous times and just ordered a bunch from Amazon for this year’s high school graduates to go along with the card I’ll give. Click here if interested in buying the book. Here is what is on the back cover of that book…

Unlock your creativity.

  1. Steal like an artist.
  2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
  3. Write the book you want to read.
  4. Use your hands.
  5. Side projects and hobbies are important.
  6. The secret: do good work and share it with people.
  7. Geography is no longer our master.
  8. Be nice. (The world is a small town.)
  9. Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)
  10. Creativity is subtraction.

Friday’s Findings: 07.31.2020

1. Topic I’m taking a deeper dive into…

Two topics often overlooked when it comes to health and wellness are sleep and breathing. Recently, I was sent a link to a Joe Rogan podcast with James Nestor, author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. (Thanks, Matt M.!) I loved the podcast and found it VERY interesting. I ended up getting the book (audiobook) and really enjoyed it. It’s packed with good info. The main takeaway… we breathe through our mouths, but should be breathing through our noses. Here is an excerpt from his book…

Mouthbreathing, it turns out, changes the physical body and transforms airways, all for the worse. Inhaling air through the mouth decreases pressure, which causes the soft tissues in the back of the mouth to become loose and flex inward, creating less overall space and making breathing more difficult. Mouthbreathing begets more mouthbreathing. Inhaling from the nose has the opposite effect. It forces air against all those flabby tissues at the back of the throat, making the airways wider and breathing easier. After a while, these tissues and muscles get ‘toned’ to stay in this opened and wide position. Nasal breathing begets more nasal breathing.”

I feel working on breathing is hugely worth the time and effort, as the return can be life changing. I don’t have a personal success story just yet, as I just started working on it, but I’ll keep you posted. My first step… taping my mouth shut at night. Yep, it works. I take a small, postage stamp-sized piece of medical tape and tape my lips shut before bed. This ensures that I breath through my nose all night. (See the pic below.) Click here for the link to the Joe Rogan podcast (head up…some explicit language)… And Click here for the link to the book.

2. Something I’ve been happy to see…

With people having limited options for activities, many have turned to outdoor activities. I have noticed so many more cars toting bikes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards, and patients talking about hiking, walking, and running. And living on a lake, I’ve never seen so much activity… boating, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, etc. So good to see! We need to be outdoors more, and we need to be more active. So cool to combine the two. The health benefits are incredible! And while all of the emphasis with COVID-19 is on washing hands, wearing masks, and staying inside, no one is talking about the things you can do to boost your immune system, which I believe is the MOST POWERFUL AND IMPACTFUL thing you can do to ensure staying well. So… it makes me very happy to see so many people partaking in outdoor activities. GET OUTSIDE AND EXERCISE!

3. Words that got me thinking…

A buddy of mine went to India for a month…actually ended up staying for a year…and had what turned out to be an amazing healing journey. I’ll share his story sometime in the future. But this morning, he sent me a text with words from the Dalai Lama. It got me thinking and reflecting on how we sometimes have to step back and look at things from a different perspective.

Friday’s Findings: 07.24.2020

1. Event I’m really excited about…

I was invited to speak at this year’s Customer Service Revolution Conference. It’s an honor to be speaking with some of the best speakers out there, like Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Tom Bilyeu, John DiJulius, Ken Blanchard, Jesse Itzler, and more. This is one of the best customer service events in North America.  And I love this year’s theme… “Reimagine… Revolutionize.” This couldn’t be more timely, as businesses and individuals MUST reimagine their current practices in order to survive. And business owners, managers, and those working in the service industry that want to not only survive, but thrive… and ultimately revolutionize… attend events like this. Click the link below for more information (it is a virtual event held every Thursday in October). I can’t wait to speak at this event! https://customerservicerevolution.com/

 2. A fact that shouldn’t scare you…

I had a patient this week tell  me what scares her most is that up to 50% of those with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. I asked her to think about what she just said… that half the people that get this virus DON’T FEEL SICK. This is great news! I know this creates some issues with knowing who to avoid or possible unsuspecting transmission of the disease, but how fortunate are we that this virus causes no symptoms in half the people that get it (some reports say up to 60%). Sure, there are a lot of bad things about this virus, but the fact that 50% of those infected with don’t even know they have it because they have NO SYMPTOMS is awesome!

3. Funny (and interesting) thing I saw…

It’s not news that dudes don’t always hit the toilet perfectly when they pee. Public urinals tend to be the worst, with the misses puddling below. Women wouldn’t know this, but in an effort to reduce the mess, some urinals have a picture of a fly in the urinal, giving guys something to aim for. Here is some history from and NPR article…

“Keiboom (the airport manager) in Amsterdam says the original fly idea was proposed almost 20 years ago by Dutch maintenance man Jos Van Bedoff, who had served in the Dutch army in the 1960s. As a soldier he noticed that someone had put small, discrete red dots in the barracks urinals, which dramatically cut back on “misdirected flow.”

Two decades later, he proposed to the airport board of directors that the dots be turned into etched flies. According to Keiboom, Van Bedoff decided that guys want to directly aim at an animal they can immobilize. The ability to use one’s natural gifts and achieve victory over the foe while standing is the key, he explained. Guys, he felt, can always beat flies. That’s why flies are so satisfying.”

He said that when flies were introduced at Schiphol Airport, spillage rates dropped 80 percent. That whole article can be read here… https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121310977

What made me think about it is a much more sophisticated… and entertaining… version that I saw at the Redhawk Grill in Concord, which consists of a soccer goal with a little soccer ball hanging from a thread, creating more entertainment. See the pic below.

Friday’s Findings: 07.17.2020

1. Great podcast I listened to this week…

Somehow, Tim Ferris manages to keep me interested with almost 2-hour long podcasts. Podcast number #444 is with Hugh Jackman… and it’s a great one! I always wonder what big stars are like in real life and was so happy to find that Hugh Jackman is down to earth, honest, and humble. The description of the podcast is this… Hugh Jackman on Best Decisions, Daily Routines, The 85% Rule, Favorite Exercises, Mind Training, and Much More. I am constantly sharing wisdom on living the wellness lifestyle and being the best version of you. I loved that Hugh Jackman is very clear on his priorities and is living his best life in all areas…his marriage, career, family life, etc. And he has made it a priority to take care of himself physically and mentally so that he can be at peak performance in everything he does. So much good stuff in this podcast!

https://youtu.be/kzF8StNS_aw

2. Series we started watching…

We started watching Alone, a reality television show that Wikipedia describes like this… “It follows the self-documented daily struggles of 10 individuals… as they survive in the wilderness for as long as possible using a limited amount of survival equipment.” The one that lasts the longest wins $500K.We are hooked! I have always been intrigued by our ancestors and their resiliency, toughness, and resourcefulness. This show gives us a glimpse into what it really takes to live off the land. We are just finishing the first season (there are six seasons). Two things that caught my attention… after days and days of rain, when the sun finally came out, several contestants did the same thing… walked out by the water, spread their arms, looked up, and were so grateful for the sunshine.  The other thing… the power of loneliness. Hunger, shelter issues, and weather are all big issues, but being alone, away from family, friends, or any other humans, crushes these guys. Humans are pack animals and don’t do well isolated and alone. It also made me think about the collateral damage to those that are not around family and friends during this time of the virus. Want to feel better about the lifestyle and luxuries you take for granted every day?… check out Alone.

https://youtu.be/yopF89q3jV0

3. Craziest story I heard this week in my practice…

With Covid-19 going on, I have heard a lot of crazy stories. When a patient told me that her elderly friend was really struggling with her asthma while wearing a mask, I recommended she call her primary doctor and look into getting an exemption form. There are no clear guidelines for doctors to give these exemption forms, and they have to be careful with some trying to get these forms for fraudulent reasons, but it makes sense that if the risk of wearing a mask outweighs a potential benefit, they should be allowed to be exempt. Here is the crazy part of the story… her doctor told her that they would not give her an exemption form for the mask BECAUSE she has asthma. That she should wear the mask all day long, even in the house. EVEN IN HER OWN HOME??? Folks… I know the rules continue to change, therefore I am not giving you medical advice or telling you to wear the mask or not, but that is ABSURD! Because there is such controversy over these masks and so many uncertain details (type of mask, materials used to make the mask, are they to protect you or the people around you), one thing you have to rely on is COMMON SENSE.

Friday’s Findings: 07.10.2020

1. Article I revisited…

Two years ago, I saw an article that rocked me. Why it didn’t rock everyone, I do not know. The title? “Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: ‘Is curing patients a sustainable business model?’” We all know drug companies are not in the business of curing disease, but aim to make much more money with ongoing treatment. We know this, but to see it written in a letter from Goldman Sachs to investors is amazing. In regards to new gene therapies potentially offering cures, their analyst wrote, “While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.” ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Folks… if you are waiting for a cure for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, M.S., or any other significant condition plaguing Americans today… you must understand that it WILL NOT come from your doctor, the hospital, or big pharma. Medicine is BIG BUSINESS!!! And we know they think this way, but to see it in writing??? So sad! Click the following link for the full article… https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/11/goldman-asks-is-curing-patients-a-sustainable-business-model.html

2. Fast I did this week…

I decided Tuesday night to do a water-only fast until the next evening. This would have been a 24-hour fast. Once dinner rolled around Wednesday night, I figured I’d just go until the next morning, making it a 36-hour fast. When I woke up Thursday, I decided to skip breakfast and just eat lunch. It was a busy day, so I decided to skip lunch and wait until dinner, making it a 48-hour water-only fast. I believe fasting is the single most powerful biohack you can do to reboot, detox, and turbocharge your body. It costs nothing… and frees up a lot of time due to no prepping, cooking, or cleaning up meals. Most people hit a point during a fast where they are not hungry anymore. People with inflammatory bowel issues (irritable bowel, Crohn’s, etc.) should not do water-only. And people with diabetes and on certain medications should consult a healthcare professional. Intermittent fasting has been proven to help with weight loss, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inflammation, memory, cognitive function, and more.

3. Image I loved…

I was sent an image this week (thanks, Marin M.) that I really loved. At the top it says Things I Can Control. And there is a pie chart with seven things that ARE within our control. At a time when there is great effort to control what we think, what we feel, what we should believe, and how we should act, it is easy to get overwhelmed with emotions such as frustration, anger, resentment, helplessness, and even feel anxiety and depression. The cool thing… WE HAVE CONTROL OVER A LOT! This was a good reminder for me and came at a good time. Here is that image…

 

Friday’s Findings: 07.05.2020

1. Question I was asked recently…

I had a new patient that stopped on her way out of my office and asked if she could ask me a question. She asked what I did for birthdays with my kids in regards to things like cake and ice cream. She knows I’m all about making healthy lifestyle choices and was curious what my family eats on birthdays. My answer… cake and ice cream. She appeared a bit shocked. I explained that living the wellness lifestyle does not mean never having cake, ice cream, or things like pizza. I believe if you are too strict, things can get a bit weird. And you miss out on some of life’s great little pleasures and moments. The key? Don’t eat the junk every day. The cake I had on my birthday last April… strawberry cassata cake. Delicious!!!

2. Something that is NOT surprising to me…

The recent spike in coronavirus cases is NOT surprising. This is to be expected. This virus will run its course, with most of the population being infected at some time. And guess what??? The death rate is dropping. Why? Because more people are getting tested, the people most vulnerable to complications are taking extra precautions, and MOST people who get infected are not at risk of death. I will elaborate on this in next week’s blog (which will be posted on this site Tuesday), but increased cases, in my mind, is not a terrible thing, as it means we are getting closer to herd immunity. All actions taken to date were not to STOP the virus, it was to SLOW THE SPREAD. The total number of cases will be the same, we are just trying to spread the rate at which these cases show up to minimize the impact and difficulties on our healthcare system. Will there be more cases? Absolutely. Will there be more deaths? Yes. But the overall death rate (which is the most important stat) will end up quite low. That is good news!

3. Great post I saw this week…

Wellness expert and best-selling author, Dr. Mark Hyman, was recently in the hospital and posted a picture of what they served him for breakfast. The best part… he listed each food and the toxicities associated with them. I have always felt that the food they serve in hospitals is a perfect example of the disconnect our mainstream healthcare system has between what we eat and how our bodies perform. It is so odd that they serve the very foods that are responsible for bringing the patients into the hospital in the first place. Or… maybe it’s a brilliant business model!?! Here is a screenshot of Dr. Hyman’s post…

https://www.instagram.com/p/CB5wL9DAbGA/?igshid=1ge7i7cxglghq

Friday’s Findings: 06.26.2020

1. Belated Father’s Day wishes…

A little late, but I wanted to wish all dads a Happy Father’s Day! Our role as fathers is HUGE. Children do what they see… not what they are told. So we need to keep leading by example as best we can. I had a great Father’s Day that started with a delicious brunch and later had a quick waterski run after the rain with my kids, Emma, Quincy, and Kyle. What a blast! Last year, I wrote a blog about my dad, a blog for which I received more feedback than just about any other blog.. EVER. Read that blog here.

2. Recognition I received…

I recently was informed that I was voted as a finalist as the Best Chiropractor in the Cleveland Magazine’s Best of the East edition (April 2020). According to their website… “The Best of the East showcases the most outstanding businesses and people on the East Side as voted upon by the readers of Cleveland Magazine.” There are three finalists listed. I am not sure who voted, but am very grateful for those that did.

3. Very cool thing I saw…

This past weekend, my girlfriend and I went to a wedding in Greenville, S.C. The bride has a ten year old son who gave a speech. This kid spoke so well, without notes, and rocked it! My favorite part… when he said that he knew it was the greatest day of his mom’s life, and the greatest day of his dad’s life (I love that he calls his stepdad “dad”),  and that’s why it was the greatest day of his life. Wow! He had everyone tearing up. It was the coolest thing I have ever seen at a wedding.

Funny side note… I flew us to Greenville, and about an hour into the flight, we realized that we FORGOT OUR HANGING DRESS CLOTHES! Somehow, at 10,000 feet we were able to get enough of a cell signal to get texts sent to my daughter, who was able to get the clothes to Sue (who’s been with me in my office for almost 20 years). Sue was, coincidentally, driving to Ashville, N.C., to see her son. We were able to drive about an hour the next day, meet Sue, get the clothes, and make it back before the wedding. Phew! Here is a quick time-lapsed video of us descending from 10,000 feet to Runway 1 at Greenville Downtown Airport.

https://youtu.be/twWqsFiffYs

Friday’s Findings: 06.19.2020

1. Something I have been working on…

I started jotting down things you could do each day to boost your level of wellness. I planned on gathering 365 tips…one for each day of the year. I’m not exactly sure what I will do with it, possibly post them on my website, share them with patients, or put them into a book. Doing just one thing each day could have a huge impact… not just on the quality of your day… but the quality of your life. I’ve got about 50 so far. Here are three for you to try over the next few days…

  1. Think of something you absolutely loved as a child.
  2. Scream as loud… and as long… as you can.
  3. Leave the radio in your car off today. Enjoy the silence!

2. Smoothie tip…

I love bananas, but hate that they have so much sugar. The best way that I have found to get bananas in my diet is to buy them when they are VERY green, peel them, cut them in half, and freeze them. I then use them in smoothies. Unripe bananas are high in resistant starch, which acts as a prebiotic. Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber that feeds your gut bacteria. Unripe bananas improve the health of the gut bacteria and have been shown to reduce bloating. It’s a great way to get the banana taste without all the sugar.

3. Recurring story I hear…

I see a lot of patients. I am continuously amazed at how many health problems are the result of the medications that were prescribed by their doctors. One older gentleman told me how he was hospitalized for a few days because they thought he was having a heart attack. It wasn’t a heart attack. Then they thought maybe he had COVID-19. They tested him THREE TIMES! Those tests were negative. Turns out he was having a reaction to a medication that they had previously prescribed for him. It is amazing to me that one of the first things we have to look at (or should look at) in determining the cause of a serious health condition is prescribed medication. With over 100,000 deaths EACH YEAR due to properly prescribed medications, PLEASE be careful with medication. Side effects are not side effects… they are direct effects. And these direct effects are often worse than the condition they are prescribed to treat. I hear stories like the one I just shared EVERY DAY. Drugs and surgery should be the last resort, not the first, when dealing with health issues.

Friday’s Findings: 06.12.2020

1. Great news I heard this week…

I took my son, Kyle, and nephew, Mason, fishing in Buffalo on the upper Niagara River (which flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario with Niagara Falls in the middle) for my son’s 16th birthday. Our guide, Chris Cinelli, has been fishing that area his whole life and guiding for the past 25 years. I asked him what was the biggest change he noticed in that area over the 25 years. His answer… the water quality. At first, I was bummed, thinking that, like most everything else on the planet, the water quality coming off Lake Erie into that river was worse. I was really excited when he said that the water quality had IMPROVED… and improved dramatically. With industry not pumping waste into the water, he said the water is much, much clearer, cleaner, and purer. It was so great to hear that. And so fun to be outside, catch a bunch of fish, and have fresh walleye for dinner that same night.

2. Stat I came across this week…

While looking at old notes I saw that I had written “E vs. E.” Underneath it, I had written “entertainment vs. education… top 20% spend more time on education.” I’m not sure when I wrote it, where it came from, or top 20% of what, but it reminded me that with such great access to information AND entertainment, I have to remain conscious on how I spend my time. I always have an audiobook going, I make sure I always have good podcasts downloaded, and I’m always looking for interesting documentaries. I do spend A LOT of time on education. But I also spend time with entertainment. I’ve found myself beating myself up at times for getting sucked into different Netflix and HBO series, but recently I realized that I do chill out and turn my brain off while watching that stuff, so I realize that it is important. The key is balance! If you are doing way too much of either entertainment or education, work on balancing that out… making sure you’re heavier on the education side. Then you too can become part of the top 20% of…. hmmm… something I assume is good!?!? Haha!

3. Word I love…

Contrarian: Opposing or rejecting popular opinion.

Another definition… A person who holds a contrary position, especially a position against the majority.

When asking a good friend why he and I thought so differently than most about a couple of topics, he said it was because we were contrarians. To be honest, I had to look that word up once we got off the phone. He was correct… I am a contrarian. When I looked it up again today, I realized it’s a term used mostly in regards to economics, but I like it as a general use term. I also realized that it could be a negative term, as one could oppose or reject popular opinion just to be frictional, difficult, or dramatic. I oppose or reject popular opinion when the popular opinion isn’t yielding great outcomes. If something is successful and working well, I am much less inclined to oppose it. However, when things aren’t working, or I believe things could be better, then I’m all about going against the grain, doing things differently, or choosing a different path. This is true in every area of my life… financial, health and wellness, relationships, etc.

Friday’s Findings: 06.05.2020

1. Quote I’ve been thinking about…

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

We live in a world where people talk A LOT, but do VERY LITTLE. With all that is going on in our country right now, I took some time to reflect on what I think versus what I say versus how I act. Change involves ideas, goals, and intentions, but requires action. The one person you have the most control over, and where you can make the biggest change, is yourself. Some say Gandhi never actually spoke those exact words, but those words are very powerful. Here are words Gandhi definitely said… “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him… We need not wait to see what others do.”

2. Book I’m currently listening to…

I am currently listening to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Diamond is an American geographer and author of several books. I read The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? He has spent a lot of time with primitive hunter-gatherer people and has some very good and thought-provoking information. I have been intrigued with how our ancestors lived and have studied them for years. I believe our departure from living like wild humans is how we have become so sick. So, it makes sense to learn more about how our ancestors ate, moved, and thought. Combining this ancestral wisdom with modern technology is the key to optimal health and longevity.

3. Recommendation I am making…

Stop watching the news! Go on a media diet.

Friday’s Findings: 05.29.2020

1. Making more sense of this COVID-19 fiasco…

Like most people, I am taking in as much info on this virus as possible. I am not doing it in a fearful, panicky, anxious kind of way, but making sure that I have all the facts so that I can make the best decisions possible and lead my family (and patients) through truth and common sense to help ensure the best outcomes. This short podcast from Tony Robbins was packed with great info that you are likely not hearing in the news. It’s titled COVID-19 Facts From the Frontline. There are seven top-notch panelists in this podcast. One of them, Dr. Michael Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic, shares the fact that those over 60 years old have had a death rate between 3% and 4%, while those under 60 years old have had a death rate of LESS THAN .002%! He states, “95-97% of the economy is driven by young people. You could really open up the whole economy and not have much increase in risk.” Note that the above-mentioned stats mean that those over 60 have a SURVIVAL rate of 96-97%, and those under 60 have a SURVIVAL rate of 99.998%. Add in to these numbers all of the people who have had the virus and have not been tested or did not know that they had it, and these numbers look EVEN BETTER. I am not trying to convince anyone of anything, but facts like these are why I am not personally worried about this virus. Check out the podcast. It is short and packed with great info from trustworthy and smart experts. Click the link below…

https://www.tonyrobbins.com/podcasts/covid-19-facts-from-the-frontline/

2. Problem I’m working on…

I’ve been dealing with elbow problems for a while. They are likely an issue because of the way I have abused them over the years. After 22+ years in practice, and having used my hands and arms to give nearly 500,000 adjustments, my joints have taken a beating. While I have worked out and done specific things to avoid injuries and problems like this, there have been times that I have injured myself. So, what am I doing right now for my elbows? Lots of stuff! This week I have had them adjusted by a chiropractor, had massage, have done specific stretches and exercises, did whole body cryotherapy, several joint-specific “local” cryotherapy treatments, and will have my good friend, Dr. Scott Sesny, do acupuncture on both elbows. I am sharing this with you because I think it helps to know that I deal with health issues like everyone else. I also want you to know what I am doing to try to remedy the problem. And like you, I don’t have time to stop doing the things that likely got me into this mess. And note that I combine therapies and get after it aggressively. Here are a few pics… whole body cryotherapy, the local cryotherapy, the acupuncture, and the aftermath from cupping that the massage therapist (Holly Legan) used during the massage.

3. Question that intrigued me…

James Clear (author of Atomic Habits) posted this question…

If someone could only see my actions and not hear my words, what would they say are my priorities?

A great thing to think about if interested in being the best possible version of yourself.

Friday’s Findings: 05.22.2020

1. Great interview I watched (and STRONGLY recommend)…

One of my favorite health and wellness experts is Dr. Zach Bush. He is a triple board certified medical doctor with a background like no one else. I love hearing what he has to share any chance I get. I am sharing a recent interview that was done with him on this Covid-19 issue. It is THE BEST information I have heard on this issue yet. His message is powerful. It is a longer video (1 hour 20 minutes), thus I wasn’t going to share it, but as the week went on, I felt more and more compelled to do so. The interview is loaded with good information, with the last ten minutes leaving me just sitting there reflecting. I’d say just watch the last 10 minutes at least, but I believe the whole interview is worth listening to. Here is the link…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DqZs9tLZIU

2. Something that entertained me this week…

My brother passed along a short video put out by Kevin James. It made me laugh. We need more humor in these crazy times. It is less than 2 minutes. We have to be able to laugh at some of the ridiculousness going on right now. Here is that link…

https://youtu.be/wfGAktuU93s

3. Two books I am NOT reading right now, but will eventually…

I like taking deep dives into health-related issues, even the controversial ones (and it seems like especially the controversial ones). Two BIG issues regarding the status of our health are our food industry and EMF’s (electromagnetic frequency radiation). One of those books is Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet—One Bite at a Time, written by Mark Hyman, M.D., a functional medicine leader and best-selling author. The other book is EMF*D: 5G, Wi-Fi & Cell Phones: Hidden Harms and How to Protect Yourself, by Dr. Joseph Mercola. I believe the information in these books is extremely important. We need to be educated, informed, and aware about the potential CAUSES of the exploding rates of chronic illness, which is why I delve into this kind of information. So why am I NOT reading them right now??? Although we NEED books like this, I am concerned that neither book will leave me excited, motivated, or thinking positively about what is going on in this world. And I do not need more bad news and negative information right now. Put them on your list to get to down the road. And if you want to hear a bit about the Food Fix book and some of the incredible facts and stats from Dr. Hyman about our ridiculously bad food industry, this very good podcast he did with Ben Greenfield is what peaked my interest… https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/nutrition-podcasts/food-industry/

Friday’s Findings: 05.15.2020

1. Workout I am doing…

I am currently doing resistance training three days per week and cardio training three days per week. The cardio I am doing varies between rowing and running. I will add in biking outdoors and trail running as the weather improves. I follow the protocol laid out in the old Body for Life program, created by Bill Phillips. What I love about it is that it’s only 20 minutes. The key is the varied intensity. I’ll attach a couple of images that illustrate it, but simply put… you go at an intensity level of 5 for the first two minutes to warm up, then a level 6 for the next minute, an intensity level of 7 for the next minute, then level 8 for the next minute, then a level 9 for the next minute. You then drop back down to a level 6 and repeat. You repeat that series for four sets. On the 18th minute, you go full out at a level 10 (super intense). And the 19th minute you cool down at a level 5. That varied intensity does wonders for your heart, your metabolism, and for calorie burning. It is MUCH more effective than a steady pace for a full hour. The great thing is that you are done in just 20 minutes! And you can continue to improve on the intensity without having to increase the time. Varying the intensity on ANY activity you do (even walking) will maximize the benefits of that exercise. Just for fun, I snapped a pic because of the incredible view as I finished rowing on my Concept 2 Rower…

2. More on vitamin D…

I know I’ve talked about vitamin D in the past, but it is worth mentioning again. A new study out of Dublin hypothesizes a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and higher death rates from Covid-19. The study was published in the Irish Medical Journal. Why is this SO important??? Because so many people are deficient in vitamin D. Here’s the cool thing… ANYTHING you do to boost your overall health will lower your risk of complications from Covid-19. So, if your vitamin D levels are low, that ABSOLUTELY is NOT GOOD. And… raising your vitamin D levels is ABSOLUTELY GOOD. It is inexpensive, safe, and easy to take. Like all things wellness, increased vitamin D levels will help with more than just this virus (i.e. depression, bone health, brain health, metabolic health , and much more!) Here is an article about this study. Note the doctors expressing caution, as if there is so much to lose. And the medical community likes to link specific deficiencies to specific conditions. Let’s make this simple… deficiencies in any nutrients lead to problems over time. Creating sufficiency is always good. I take 8,000 I.U.’s of vitamin D (with K2) every day.

https://news.yahoo.com/new-study-suggests-vitamin-d-linked-covid-19-mortality-141201888.html

3. Podcast I listened to this week…

I listen to roughly ten to fifteen podcasts each week. One that stood out and caught my attention this week was Tony Robbins. I have been asked many times recently how I plan to move forward past this whole virus issue with so many unknowns. My new answer is the one Tony gives in this podcast. He reminds us that 3,200 people are killed each day in the world in auto accidents. Wow! Every single day! Why would we ever get into a car? How do we muster up the courage to drive anywhere? He says it’s because we have faith. Despite the fact that in an instant, even if we are doing everything correctly, another driver could swerve over onto our side of the road and kill us. We go because we have faith and certainty. And without that faith and certainty, we go nowhere and do nothing. How do we succeed as humans? Because we maintain “the ability to have certainty in spite of the uncertainties in this world.” So how will I move forward? With faith and certainty that I will be okay, and that if I do not move forward, I cannot serve, grow, and produce. The whole podcast is only 11 minutes, but the first couple of minutes are the best…

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tony-robbins-podcast/id1098413063#episodeGuid=1ecff1cc-7d22-4824-97f9-833c103dfb87

Friday’s Findings: 05.08.2020

1. Quote I love…

“To get what we’ve never had, we must do what we’ve never done.”

We are in unprecedented times. The future is uncertain. The ones that will not just survive in this upcoming environment, but thrive, will do so because of their beliefs, attitude, and commitment to work hard. I came across this short video, 212 Degrees, that has been around for many years, but I was happy to re-watch it this week. It’s short, but powerful. With all the negativity and fear being pumped out by the media, you need more uplifting, inspirational material these days. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/uRDNLTMaZqo

2. Funny image I came across this week…

As parents adjust to the new schooling at home dynamic, it’s good to get a laugh from time to time. A teacher told me about this image, and I found it online. Funny!

3. Most upsetting thing I am seeing these days…

I have witnessed numerous posts on Facebook and YouTube get pulled down. I knew there were things happening behind the scenes to direct web traffic away from some content and sites, but had never seen such blatant censorship like I have these past few weeks. I am very, very, very worried because if you are unable to see all information possible, you are unable to make a fully informed decision. And this goes for any topic. Currently, there are varied scientific opinions and information on this coronavirus pandemic, alternative medical treatments, leadership decisions, personal rights, and, of course, the anticipated vaccine. I NEVER tell patients what they should or should not do. I provide them with as much information as possible so that they can make an informed decision based on that information. It is not only hard to make the best decisions regarding your health if you do not get all the facts, it is IMPOSSIBLE. Every medical procedure, medication, and vaccine comes with some risk. No one will dispute that. Therefore, you must be aware of, and informed of, those risks. You may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks and proceed, but you will do so having fully evaluated the information. Too often, patients do not know or fully understand the risks of the procedure or medication they are being given until it is too late. I encourage you to read and watch EVERYTHING you can PRIOR to making critical healthcare decisions for you and your family. The fact is… we have been told many things were safe and effective, only to find out later that they were NOT. Whether you strongly agree with a medical treatment, medication, or procedure, or strongly disagree with it, one thing we absolutely need to agree on is that we, as American citizens, have the right to choose. Even if there are disputable facts shared by sources such as Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, Dr. Rashid Buttar, and the 26-minute “Plandemic” documentary, or if you disagree philosophically with sources like these, do you really believe that EVERYTHING they share is false, made up, or inaccurate?  Be careful not to make decisions based on limited information. And knowing that information is definitely being pulled down from the web is scary.

Friday’s Findings: 05.01.2020

1. Stat no one is talking about…

We all know that the #1 risk factor for complications associated with COVID-19 is age. Do you know what #2 is??? OBESITY. I knew it was a major complicating factor, but was interested to find it was actually the second biggest risk factor. This is scary… yet exciting. Scary because half of Americans are obese. Exciting because it’s a risk factor WITHIN OUR CONTROL. Start thinking about the next crisis, and lower your risk tremendously, by shedding pounds and getting into better shape. Start today!

2. A resource I’ve used for years…

I’ve followed Brian Johnson, the founder and leader of Optimize, for many years. Optimize (optimize.me) is a site that offers Philosopher’s Notes, which contain 6-page summaries (or 20-minute audios) of more than 550 of the best “optimal living” books. I purchased a lifetime subscription (yearly subscriptions are available for under $100!), which includes all the Philosopher’s Notes, Master Classes, something he calls +1’s (which are “Daily ideas to Optimize your life”), and more. It’s a great place for me to get great summaries of the best books and many of “The Big Ideas” (as Brian calls them) quickly and easily. Here is one of the +1’s that I watched this week that resonated with me…

https://youtu.be/RJppEdU5QQM

3. Something I am working on…

I am VERY interested in the COVID-19 testing. I think it would be incredibly valuable to know who has had it. There are labs that now offer COVID-19 blood antibody testing. There is more than one way to test, therefore I am digging in to finding the best, most accurate, and most affordable way to test that. I have found a test that I believe will be the best, and it can be done at home, but is $150 ( https://kbmodiagnostics.com/). It’s done with a finger stick and has a 48-72 hour turn-around for results. I have a colleague that has done it and is waiting on the results. I am waiting to have his whole experience completed before determining if I will use that test. I believe the virus has been around longer than we are being told. I believe millions of Americans have already had the virus and have developed immunity. I believe the testing for antibodies to indicate immunity is SUPER IMPORTANT! There are media stories saying that even if you have the antibodies you may still be prone to reinfection. I do not believe that. I will keep you posted on the testing options and update you on what I am doing for myself and my family.

Friday’s Findings: 04.24.2020

1. Tip I heard…

I listened to a Tony Robbins podcast this week, titled The Small Business Resiliency Kit, that shared strategies for business owners from four experts. Ryan Diess shared one tip that caught my attention… During this time, think about what you do miss and what you don’t miss. When we are in the day to day, our perspective gets clouded. We slowly stop doing the things that had meaning and significance, and do more of the things that drain us, frustrate us, or simply do not light us up. Thinking about what we miss, and just as important, what we don’t miss about life before these past six weeks, can help shape ways we can improve the quality of our lives moving forward.

2. Movie I watched…

We watched Dark Waters, the story about DuPont’s contamination of a town with unregulated chemicals, their unethical attempt to cover it up, and a lawyer’s relentless efforts to get to the truth. Spoiler alert… DuPont settled all 3,535 cases for $7.7 million. That may sound like a lot, but DuPont was making $1 billion PER YEAR on Teflon, which was causing the health problems. The chemical, called PFOA, or C8, is believed to be in the blood of 99% of humans… and stays there. There are over 600 other chemicals, almost all unregulated, being investigated now. They are referred to as “forever chemicals” because they stay in the body. The movie is bit slow, and not exactly a “feel good” movie, but one line really struck me, and is pertinent at all times, especially RIGHT NOW. After years of fighting, and having Dupont renege on its promise, the exhausted and disappointed lawyer says this to his wife… “The system is rigged. They want us to think it will protect us, but that’s a lie. We protect us. We do. Nobody else. Not the company, not the scientist, not the government. Us.” Here is the trailer if interested…

https://youtu.be/RvAOuhyunhY

3. Three important things you MUST be doing…

What are the three MOST important things you should be doing right now to boost your immune system…

  1. Cut down sugar intake.
  2. Take 5000 I.U. of vitamin D daily
  3. Physical activity (i.e. exercise) EVERY day

Friday’s Findings: 04.17.2020

1. Craziest thing I learned/heard this week…

At a time like this, I hear a lot of crazy things, but the one that shook me the most was that doctors have been instructed to list COVID-19 as the “probable” or “presumed” cause of death if they suspect that the patient had the virus EVEN IF THE PATIENT DID NOT TEST POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. The exact wording the CDC used in their Alert was… “COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate of all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death. (The CDC boldfaced that last part). This is crazy! It will skew the numbers, alter the data, and adversely affect future use of the data to create policy and procedures. It is NOT scientific. Furthermore, the percentage of COVID-19 cases that resulted in death will always be overstated because not everyone who has had the virus will have been tested.  According to the CDC’s website, “Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care.  They may not need to be tested.” Just know that the numbers that are being reported are NOT accurate.

2. T-shirt I saw, and loved, this week…

A patient was wearing one of those Life is Good t-shirts today with a basic drawing of a glass with liquid in it. There were two simple words beneath it… Half Full. It reminded me that we can look at ANY situation in multiple ways. It also shifted my thinking at that moment to a feeling of gratitude, as there are so many good things we can focus on right now. Here is a pic of that t-shirt. (Thanks Chris J.!)

3. Here for you…

In these crazy times of uncertainty, I want to help create SOME certainty. Thanks to the Department of Homeland Security deeming doctors of chiropractic as essential, we are still seeing patients. We have maintained normal business hours and are taking every precaution that is required and recommended to ensure patient safety. We are still seeing new patients, so please let your family, friends, and neighbors know, as many people are injuring themselves moving furniture, cleaning out garages, doing yardwork, and crawling in attics. They are finding it difficult or impossible to see their primary doctor and are trying to avoid hospitals if at all possible. WE ARE HERE FOR THEM. And to make myself available to you for anything you may have questions about, I want you to have my personal email address. Feel free to reach out with ANY questions, concerns, or anything you may find important to share. I want to thank my staff for remaining committed to caring for our patients and dedicated to the wellbeing of others. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Reach out to me any time. Our office number is 330.405.2751, and my email address is drbizjak@yahoo.com. I will return ALL calls and emails. Stay well!!!

Friday’s Findings: 04.10.2020

1. Something I started doing again…

When my three children were younger, every morning I would leave a quote written on a piece of poster board in the kitchen for them to read. I would then explain the quote that night. These quotes were motivational, educational, and/or thought provoking. I’ve always liked quotes from leaders, big thinkers, and people of influence, and felt it was a great way to give my kids quick, easy, and powerful nuggets each day. Well… I started doing it again last week. And, as you can imagine, I get a lot of sarcasm from my three teenagers, and these do not have immediate impact, but I believe they are helpful, and it’s worth doing. Here are a few of those quotes…

2. Better news I found…

I rarely watch the news. I think it might be the worst thing you can do before going to bed. It’s sensational, loaded with fear, and you have no idea if what you’re being told is real. And I don’t need more bad news. I found this… a link to uplifting news stories… https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cx2pk70323et/uplifting-stories .

3. Modification I’ve made…

We launched a weight loss program a little over a year ago and have had great success with over 150 people having gone through it. Because of the current situation, we’ve launched that same program with the option to do it remotely. It is 6 weeks long, and most people lose at least 20 pounds. And we know the remote program works because we’ve had clients all across the country, including Texas, California, Florida, and Oregon. If you want more information, call my office, and my staff will help you. I monitor each person’s progress seven days a week, and you’ll have direct contact with me throughout the entire six weeks. Emerge from this self-isolation with a body that’s thinner and healthier. There is NO BETTER time than right now to do this program. Call 330-405-2751.

Friday’s Findings: 04.03.2020

1. Word I learned this week…

Euthymia: A Greek word used by Seneca in his essay on tranquility, he defined as “believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction.” I came across it this week while reading another Ryan Holiday book, Ego is the Enemy. He shares this… “According to Seneca, the Greek word euthymia is one we should think of often: it is the sense of our own path and how to stay on it without getting distracted by all the others that intersect it.  In other words, it’s not about beating or having more than the other guy.  It’s not about having more than others. It’s about being what you are, and being as good as possible at it, without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it.  It’s about going where you set out to go.  About accomplishing the most you’re capable of in what you choose. That’s it. No more and no less.”

2. A project my daughter and I completed…

My daughter, Quincy, came to me asking to do a project in her room that she saw on Pinterest. It was a letter board for her room. It is basically strips of wood that you can slide those plastic letters in to create sentences and quotes. I loved the idea! With help of a woodworking expert friend (thanks Mike T.), we got it done and hung this week. Here are some pics of the process (that’s Quincy with the drill)… with great words up at the end. Okay… okay… I made Quincy put those words up…

3. Great lines/scene from a movie…

Here is a quick clip from the movie, Hugo. A really, really good movie, worth watching if you haven’t (or even if you have) seen it. I’ve used this clip in talks I’ve done to stress the point that, as humans, we need to have purpose. And to stress the point that WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE! If you are here on this earth… you are meant to be here… you are here for a reason… and you HAVE A PURPOSE! Watch the clip. And please pass this Friday’s Findings on to a friend if you know anyone that needs to hear this information.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPYWFyDdYno

Friday’s Findings: 03.27.2020

1. Book I read…

I finished a great book, Stillness is the Key, by Ryan Holiday. It is very timely, as many of us have a little more free time. We tend to think that to be successful we need to go…go… go. Personally, one of my problems is that I do something, get a project completed or reach a goal, then IMMEDIATELY look for what’s next. I am putting more emphasis over the next few months on rest, meditation, and BEING STILL! Two excerpts that resonated with me… “That is why those who seek stillness must come to…

  • Develop a strong moral compass.
  • Steer clear of envy and jealousy and harmful desires.
  • Come to terms with the painful wounds of their childhood.
  • Practice gratitude and appreciation for the world around them.
  • Cultivate relationships and love in their lives.
  • Place belief and control in the hands of something larger than themselves.
  • Understand that there will never be ‘enough’ and that the unchecked pursuit of more ends only in bankruptcy.”

And… “The work we must do next is less cerebral and more spiritual. It’s work located in the heart and in the soul, and not in the mind. Because it is our soul that is the key to our happiness (or our unhappiness), contentment (or discontent), moderation (or gluttony), and stillness (or perturbation).”

2. Website I was introduced to…

I was recently introduced to the website, www.boredpanda.com. “Bored Panda is a Lithuanian website that publishes articles about ‘lightweight and inoffensive topics’.” (Wikipedia) And Wired contributor Evan Griffith described Bored Panda as “…a throwback to when the Internet was less an addictive, stress-inducing reflection of the ugliness of modern life, and more a place to kill time when we were bored.” Well… we need more lightweight topics right now… and many of you are bored. So, check it out. We need more laughter right now!!! Click here for the link that got me to the site for the first time… titled 40 Of The Funniest Coronavirus Jokes To Uplift Your Spirits During Self-Isolation. And here are a couple of funny nuggets from that particular link…

3. Smoothie modification I’ve made…

A few weeks ago, I shared that I use Daily Harvest for smoothies. I also shared that they are expensive. I still use them, but a less expensive, and almost as easy, alternative is making your own… with proper preparation. I cut up and freeze pre-measured amounts of veggies and fruits so that I can dump them into the blender, add a liquid, hit the button, and have a smoothie. My primary mix includes kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, avocado, mixed frozen berries, powdered magnesium, coconut oil, olive oil, protein powder (vanilla), coconut and/or almond milk, and water. With some simple prep work, this is a very quick and very nutrient-dense solution for people on the go. Want to get kids drinking smoothies??? Let them make their own.

Friday’s Findings: 03.20.2020

1. An Important Video Message…

https://youtu.be/dZW3hzdcVwg

2. Something I’ve been doing more (I did it this morning)…

We often don’t appreciate feeling good… until we feel bad. I have been taking time more often to stop, close my eyes, breath in and out, and really appreciate feeling good. When you are sick with a cough, aching muscles, bad fever, or throwing up, all you want to do is feel better. Well, most of you right now feel pretty good. So… take a moment right now, close your eyes, breath in and out deeply, and appreciate feeling good. It will be especially helpful and important at a time like this, when fear and stress could be affecting you. We often don’t appreciate what we have until we don’t have it. Well, you probably feel good right now (not sick), so soak it up… acknowledge it, appreciate it, be grateful for it, and REALLY feel it. Ahhhhh! How nice it is to feel good right now!

3. More on coronavirus…

I personally know someone that was hospitalized and tested positive for the coronavirus. He was also in a higher risk category due to being over overweight. He is now at home, oxygen levels increasing daily, and feeling better. There is another man in my neighborhood that did test positive for the coronavirus, was hospitalized, and is now home and well. He is 83 years old and has COPD (a lung condition). I share these stories because people think that they will be doomed if they get the virus, yet MOST people recover very well. And both of these men were in higher risk categories. So, getting the virus is not a death sentence by any means. It still needs to be taken very seriously, and some may require medical attention, and there will be fatalities, but it is important to hear more success stories so you can relax and be confident that you can get the virus and be just fine. Stay positive!

Friday’s Findings: 03.13.2020

1. Coronavirus update…

Simply put, this virus is fairly benign for most of us. However, the concern is how contagious it is, and its effect on the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The action to shut down sporting events, schools, and other highly populated events and activities was confusing to me at first, but makes more sense now. They are trying to contain the spreading, or slow the rate at which it spreads. This will reduce how many people will become infected, but also help reduce the burden that will be placed on hospitals, by slowing down how fast the virus hits, which is what happened in Italy. I’m going to keep this short, as I intend to put out a quick video within a couple of days with more details on what I know and think about this pandemic. In a nutshell… I believe this virus will continue to hit us, and the numbers of infections and deaths will go up exponentially. I believe the action being taken does make sense (based on what has happened to numbers in China and Italy once they locked down). I know that many people will be exposed to the virus and NOT get sick. I know that most people that get the virus will have mild to moderate symptoms. I do believe immune compromised and elderly individuals should take extra precautions. I am very grateful that most people who get infected will not die and that kids are safe. (According to a study done by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention of 72,000+ cases of coronavirus in China, only about 0.2% of deaths were 19 years old and younger.) I believe this will not be a  3-week thing, but more likely a 3-6 month thing. Boosting your immune system is the one thing that is not being talked about. You can sit around and HOPE you don’t get sick, or make healthier choices to help ensure you do not get sick, or have limited risk of complications if you do get sick. Reduce sugar intake. Consume whole, real foods. Drink plenty of water. Get plenty of rest. Take vitamin D3 (I take 7000 I.U. per day right now). And know that stress and fear negatively impact your immune system… so don’t panic or get overly stressed about what’s going on right now.  Oh… and unless mandated to do so, I will have normal business hours. The care that we provide has a huge impact on the immune system and overall health, making the care that we provide another thing on the list to help in times like this.

2. Sign that caught my attention…

I was heading to a wrestling tournament in Alliance and passed a farm market that had one of those signs with changeable quotes on it. I am not familiar with the market itself, but I love the words they had on that sign. I had to stop when passing it on the way back and take a pic. It said… “EAT LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.” So simple, yet sooooo true. Here’s the actual sign…

3. A change in perception I had this week…

In lieu of all the coronavirus hype this week, we thought watching the movie Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks, would be a good change of focus. Funny thing, I never cared for the Mr. Roger’s show. In fact, I despised it… I think because in a desperate search for something to watch on Saturday mornings, on the measly three or four stations we had access to, I was bummed it was that instead of Tom and Jerry or Looney Tunes. I never really gave it a shot. Turns out Fred Rogers was an exceptional human being, with an exceptional way of communicating with children about tough topics. He was a very overweight child and was severely bullied as a child. Fortunately, he was able to funnel his negative feelings and do good things in his life. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he was not an exceptional being just by nature… he worked very hard to be that way. A key to his success… a very disciplined life that started out with strong rituals every morning. It got me thinking about being more strict with my daily rituals. I was happy to have a completely different outlook and opinion of a man that I had thought a certain way about my whole life.

Friday’s Findings: 03.06.2020

1. Something I get to check off my bucket list…

I love snow skiing. I’ve done some hardcore skiing in the past, in the back-country, through unmarked terrain, but it required hiking in, then skiing down. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to go heli-skiing, where a helicopter carries you to the top of a peak, drops you off, and you ski down. Well… last weekend, I was able to do just that. My son, Kyle, and I and a long-time buddy, Dr. Vince Hassel, headed to Whistler, Canada, and spent the day heli-skiing. It was incredible! We loved everything about it… getting in and out of the helicopter, the views out of the helicopter, the serenity while at the peak after the helicopter left, and there was silence, and, of course, the deep, untouched powder that we got to ski. It was so fun to be out there watching my son on his snowboard, carving through the powder, catching air when he could, and telling me “it was better than I expected.” I share this because wellness is far greater than the food we eat, the exercises we do, and how fit we are. It all comes down to living fully, being able to do what we love, pushing ourselves, and surprising ourselves by doing things that we thought we could only dream of. I remember telling myself when I was younger that “someday” I will go heli-skiing. Well… that “someday” was last Saturday. SO MUCH FUN!

https://youtu.be/PnTXF_b1vl0

2. A few words on the coronavirus…

Remember this… those with compromised immune systems are the most likely to get the virus, the most likely to have complications from it, and to possibly die from it. Which means… those with the strongest immune systems are LEAST likely to have problems with the virus. So… THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO… strengthen your immune system!!! Four things that will help… (1.) Take 5,000-7,000 I.U. of vitamin D daily; (2.) Get plenty of rest; (3.) Exercise daily (20 minute walks are perfect); and (4.) Cut down on your sugar intake. Your most powerful defense against coronavirus (or any virus for that matter) is within you. You have thousands of white blood cells that specifically seek out and kill viruses, bacteria, and other invaders. Click here to watch this SUPER COOL video of a white blood cell chasing down bacteria, engulfing it, and killing it. The four tips above will help those cells work better!

3. Movie I re-watched…

I re-watched Win Win, which was written and directed by Tom McCarthy, and stars Paul Giamatti. It has a great storyline, neat characters, and many relatable scenes. Feelings fluctuate between humor, sadness, compassion, anticipation, and joy. I love the scene/lines (which is the opening scene in the trailer)… when the little girl climbs in bed with the mother and asks, “Where’s daddy?” She says, “He’s running.” The little girl pauses and thinks, then asks… “From what?” Watch the trailer below.

https://youtu.be/PNAeRA4oSo0

Friday’s Findings: 02.28.2020

1. Smoothie company I tried… and love…

Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrients into your body quickly and easily. I find that the easier it is to make them, the more likely I will do it. I recently tried a company called Daily Harvest (www.daily-harvest.com), who sends you cups full of a variety of fruits and veggies, pre-measured so that you can fill the cup with water, coconut or almond milk, or any other liquid, dump all of it into a blender, and it makes a perfect smoothie that can be dumped back into the paper cup it came in. (You can watch a quick demo video to give you an idea of how it works here.) They are not cheap, but they are tasty, full of nutrients, and super convenient. You can click here or the link below to get $25 off your first order (I think I get a $25 credit too!?!). That’s what got me to try it, and it made it much more affordable. I’d recommend giving it a shot and trying it out. There are many different smoothies to pick from. Just FYI… I add a scoop of protein powder to most of my smoothies.

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2. Bad habit I have…

I use post-it notes to jot down the things I have to do each day. I then try to get each of those things done. However, I often don’t get the list completed and end up with post-it notes everywhere. It drives me crazy. I once had a nightmare that I was suffocating because I had a bunch of post-it notes covering my mouth. Ridiculous! Well… about once every couple of weeks, I gather all of my post-it notes and consolidate any of the not-yet-done things onto one list. It is gratifying to crumple up all those other post-it notes, throw them all away, and have just one list. For your entertainment, I’ll attach a pic of my pile of crumpled paper from last Sunday. Funny thing is… that wasn’t even all of them.

3. Audio book I am finishing…

I am just finishing the audiobook, Awareness, by Anthony de Mello. This book will get you really thinking. Anthony de Mello was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. Some will not like this book as it may not jive with their spiritual beliefs, some won’t like it because mindfulness, as de Mello explains it, is pretty deep. I listen and read things with an open mind and use the information to grow my own understanding and awareness, without trying to block it out simply because everything someone shares isn’t congruent with exactly what I believe. These words from de Mello sum it up pretty well… “There’s nothing so delightful as being aware. Would you rather live in darkness? Would you rather act and not be aware of your words? Would you rather listen to people and not be aware of what you’re hearing, or see things and not be aware of what you’re looking at? The great Socrates said, ‘The unaware life is not worth living.’ That’s a self-evident truth. Most people don’t live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts—generally somebody else’s—mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions.” And another quote that grabbed me… “Pleasant experiences make life delightful. Painful experiences lead to growth.” I love that quote and wrote it on the dry erase board in my gym so that I am reminded that there is meaning and purpose from the hard things in life. (And so my kids would read it!). You can find the audible or paperback version on Amazon by clicking here.

Friday’s Findings: 02.21.2020

1. Statistic that caught my attention this week…

While in the gym, I saw, but could not hear, a news story stating that there is an increase in maternal mortality. Later, when I looked, I was unable to find that exact story, but came across the data and felt it important to share. Here is a quote from an article on healthaffairs.org…  “Over the past two decades, the US maternal mortality rate has doubled, making the US the only developed nation in the world with an increasing maternal mortality rate.” Two things to note about that last line… (1.) The number of women dying due to complications during or from childbirth are increasing; (2.) Our country is the ONLY developed nation where this is happening. Think about this… we utilize more technology, do more testing, implement more procedures, and basically interfere with the natural process of having babies. At first, that sounds great, as it SHOULD make our country the safest place in the world to have a baby. But it isn’t! As these numbers continue to increase, the medical way of thinking will be to do MORE testing, use MORE technology, and interfere MORE. This is ridiculous! As with most healthcare issues we are struggling with, getting back to basics will lead us to better and safer outcomes. We have to respect the natural processes that have been in place as long as humans have existed… including real food, regular movement, fresher and cleaner water and air, stronger sense of community, and less chronic stress. The startling maternal mortality data is one example of how medicalizing the heck out of something DOES NOT lead to better outcomes. Here is a simple chart comparing our numbers to other countries. Not only are we roughly three times as bad as the next closest country, but note that our numbers are going up, while their numbers are declining. Oh… and 3-5 pregnancy-related deaths in this country ARE PREVENTABLE!

 

Deaths per 100,000 live births

Country MMR (deaths per 100,000 live births)
United States 26.4
U.K 9.2
Portugal 9
Germany 9
France 7.8
Canada 7.3
Netherlands 6.7
Spain 5.6
Australia 5.5
Ireland 4.7
Sweden 4.4
Italy 4.2
Denmark 4.2

2. Product I use…

People are regularly asking me what they should be drinking. My answer is simple… WATER! Humans drink water. Many people do not get enough water, and to my surprise, some do not like water. One way to make water taste better, and to help encourage more consumption of it, is to add True Lemon to it. These are packets you can carry with you and are very easy to use. True Lemon is crystallized lemon. I personally like lime in my water better than lemon, so I use the True Lime. They are unsweetened, have zero sugar, zero calories, are non-GMO, and do not have artificial sweeteners, colors, preservatives, sodium, or gluten. And I just found out they have orange as well, along with some other flavors, but I have not looked into, or tried, those. You can find them in Heinen’s or get them on Amazon. Go to www.truelemon.com if you want to learn more or see what other products they have.

3. A key to success…

There are many so-called “keys” to success, and many factors have to be present for success to occur, but it is critical to know that true success in anything (health improvement, weight loss, building wealth, building relationships, etc.) occurs with small changes over time. Most people forget the time part. There is an equation in Darren Hardy’s book, The Compound Effect, that looks like this…

Small Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE.

And James Clear points out in his book, Atomic Habits, that…

1% improvement each day over one year leads to 37% improvement.

I have to remind myself that the things I do on a daily basis, while often small and not measurable, are the very things that will lead to, and result in, big successes. Make sure you are doing the small things… and make sure you are doing them consistently… OVER TIME… to get the results you are striving for in life.

Friday’s Findings: 02.14.2020

1. Valentine’s Day Tip/Challenge…

Many people wonder how their marriages have weakened, crumbled, or how they have simply grown apart. They speak of how amazing things were early on. How fun, exciting, and passionate they were early in the relationship. It has become a common thought, and accepted, that the weakening, crumbling, and growing apart are just the way things go. Take a moment and think about the things you did at the beginning of your relationship and compare those things to how you are now. Did you listen more? Did you compliment more? Did make more time for him or her? Did you work at making the relationship better? Were you more spontaneous? Were you more fun? Well… the relationship was much better early on because of the things you did to make it that way. I want to encourage you to commit to making more of an effort (like you did in the beginning of your relationship) and watch what happens to the quality of the relationship. Commit to building, or rebuilding, what you once had. Make an effort. Work at it. Where should you start??? Start by doing the things you did when you were first together.

2. Quote I love…

 

3. A recent revelation I have had…

I have always believed that if I could help people have less pain, function better, and have a better understanding of wellness, then weight loss would be a natural byproduct that would follow. What I have learned in the past year is that the weight loss usually has to happen first. Once a person sheds those unwanted pounds, THEN they are more apt to take interest in the wellness lifestyle, goal setting, maximizing relationships, and optimal living. This was a surprise to me. Since launching our weight loss program, I have had so much fun watching people reach a new level of happiness, excitement, and self-appreciation. Whether it’s our program, or another program, commit right now to losing that extra weight. You can be in a much better place (and a smaller clothing size) before spring hits. Our program is only six weeks long, and you would lose 20 pounds (or more). Take a moment, close your eyes, and imagine being 20-30 pounds lighter. Imagine how you’d look… how you would feel… and what that would mean for your overall health. Of course it would impact you physically, but think about the mental and emotional impact it would have. Join me this Wednesday, February 19th, at 6:30pm at my office for all the information on this program. If you have no interest, or if this is not the right time for you, please share this info with a friend or family member. (Seating is limited, so call to reserve a spot at 330-405-2751). What are you waiting for???

Friday’s Findings: 02.07.2020

1. Product I love…

The best thing you can do to fight flu’s, colds, and infection is maximize your health through healthy lifestyle choices. But even healthy people will get sick on occasion. If I feel like I’m getting run down, have a scratchy or sore throat, or feel like I’m getting sick in any way, the first thing I do is get my spine checked and get adjusted. This maximizes my nervous system function and boosts my immune system. The second thing I do is use colloidal silver. Silver has been used since the days of Hippocrates. It is a powerful antimicrobial and was used before the discovery of antibiotics.  It is used in wound clinics to help prevent infection, used in workout clothing to prevent bacteria growth, used in household and industrial cleaning products, and is ingested orally in liquid form to help knock out bacteria, viruses, and some fungi. I have used it for many years as an oral spray and was excited when I found it in a nasal spray. I feel the key is to use it as soon as you feel anything coming on. I will use it on my busier days in the office this time of year, as I am exposed to all kinds of microbes as a preventative. I use it on cuts, scrapes, and burns to help prevent infection and maximize healing. Below is a pic of the throat and nasal spray. (My initials are on the nasal spray because everyone in my house has their own.) You can get it at my office or online. You can find negative info on it online, but I can tell you from many years of experience that it is a phenomenal product. It is safe, inexpensive, very effective, and lasts a long time.

2. A surprising (but pleasant) fact…

I just finished listening to the audiobook, The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Can Rule Us and How We Can Rule It. It had a lot of good data. One thing that stood out, and I have heard it from several sources in the past couple years, is that we are living in the LEAST violent time in history. I know what you are thinking… because I thought the same thing… NO WAY! But it appears to be true… you are safer right now, in regards to having a violent crime committed against you, than ever before in history. Why doesn’t it seem like it? Because there is so much news, almost all focused on crime, hate, and fear, and we hear more about it. So… rest easy this weekend knowing you are living in safer times.

3. Another anniversary…

I recently wrote a blog about it being the 22nd anniversary of my practice. Well, it is my 1st anniversary for this website and these Friday’s Findings. Wow… that went fast! I love doing them, and I feel it is a great way to stay connected with you and give you current, relevant, and personal information that hopefully helps you on your wellness journey. Your positive feedback has been greatly appreciated. A few of my favorite Friday’s Findings this past year were… my daughter and I skydiving for her 18th birthday (06/07/19)…  the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen, which are lists put out by EWG showing the best and worst fruits and veggies in regards to pesticides (09/27/19)… and that short video from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (worth clicking here to watch right now!) where he talks about the “the best thing that never happened.” (04/12/19). Thanks again for all the positive feedback, and I’m looking forward to another year of doing these Friday’s Findings. Oh… and please pass them along and encourage friends and family to subscribe. THANK YOU!!!

Friday’s Findings: 01.31.2020

1. Quick thought on Kobe Bryant tragedy…

A tragedy like the death of Kobe Bryant can elicit many emotions. Anytime I hear a story like this, or a person tells me about the death of a loved one, one of my first sets of thoughts goes something like this… Do I like what I am doing right now? Am I doing what I was created to do? Is there anywhere I want to go or anything I want to see? Is there anything I need to say to the people I love and care about? Am I happy? Am I living congruently with my philosophies and beliefs? Am I grateful for all that I have? It’s easy to get off track and take things for granted. Tragedy and death ALWAYS trigger the above listed questions for me, as I get hit with the reality that we have no idea what tomorrow could bring, how quickly it could all change, and how LIFE IS SHORT!

2. A second thought on Kobe…

We are all born with a set of skills, talents, and attributes. I do believe it is our obligation to maximize these gifts. While the death of Kobe Bryant is devastating to his family and so many others, I took some comfort in knowing that even though he died young and left his family behind, he appeared to maximize his talents and make an impact on the world in a way few do. It looks like he lived fully and maximized his 41 years. That made me reflect on my contribution and impact. Am I doing enough? How can I make the biggest impact? Am I doing all that I can and should be doing? And as some negative things about his past began to surface in the media, I was also reminded that for all the good you do, the bad stuff doesn’t go away. Doing a lot of good helps, but doesn’t erase the bad. So… make sure you are maximizing your God-given talents… avoid doing things that are bad, harmful, and hurtful… and start living fully RIGHT NOW!

3. Something I learned this week…

I heard a new acronym this week… FOMO. This stands for Fear Of Missing Out. It’s a real thing and has been studied for a couple of decades now. It refers to “the feeling or perception that others are having more fun, living better lives, or experiencing better things than you are.” While this has probably been in existence forever, social media has greatly accelerated it. Why is it a big issue, and why should you be aware of it? Because it is a significant cause of stress and anxiety. I’ve talked in the past about avoiding social comparisons as a way of reducing stress and unhappiness. Well, FOMO is just that… a social comparison. Something to remember… people post highlights in their life, which is not an accurate reflection of their everyday life. Oh… and people usually aim to impress, causing them to exaggerate the good. Be aware of FOMO, and don’t get sucked into the trap of feeling like everyone else is doing, or has, more than you. If interested, here is a simple article from verywellmind.com that goes into more detail…

Friday’s Findings: 01.24.2020

1. A phenomenon I find fascinating…

We hear about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but more people need to know about Post-traumatic growth. Yes, trauma can cause long-term stress and adverse behavioral changes, but in many, it can cause growth and improvement. People with post-traumatic growth have seen results such as “greater appreciation of life; changed sense of priorities; warmer, more intimate relationships; greater sense of personal strength; and recognition of new possibilities or paths for one’s life and spiritual development.” (Wikipedia) We’ve all heard that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Well, we can grow and benefit from some of the adversity in our lives. That is good to know. Remember that!

2. Quote I love…

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” -Oscar Wilde

How about that… BE YOURSELF! In a world where everyone is trying to be like everyone else, and authenticity has become more and more scarce, I think we need to work on who You are, who your Creator made YOU to be, and show the world what YOU have to offer. Think of the people making the biggest impact in the world… the artists, the entrepreneurs, the industry disrupters… they aren’t doing what everyone else is doing. Acting in ways that are incongruent with who you REALLY are shows up somewhere, at some time, in bad ways. Maybe that’s part of why so many people are depressed, unhappy, anxious, and frustrated. Who should you be like??? YOURSELF!

3. Hysteria I won’t buy into…

Have you heard about the “deadly” outbreak of the new virus coming out of China? Yep… it’s that time again… time to freak people out about some virus that (I predict) will turn out to be nothing too serious. The virus they are calling 2019-nCoV, or the Wuhan ­virus, is gaining traction in the media and is sure to get everyone in a panic. Before you get all worked up, remember other viruses, such as the swine flu, SARS, and Zika. Do you know anyone who died from those???? Nope! Wait… do you know anyone who even was infected with those???? Nope! I am not careless, reckless, or ignorant in regards to these things, but I watched how those other viruses were handled in the media and was amazed at how ridiculously it was all handled. Viruses are real, people do get sick, and people do die. It’s wise for our country to be proactive and create awareness. But putting things in perspective and reporting things accurately is important. Guess what the devastation that SARS inflicted on the U.S was.…  a whopping 75 cases and zero deaths. Oh my! (And that’s not because we took special action and thwarted the threat.)  The best thing that you can do day in and day out is build your health and immune system to keep it strong so that when you are exposed to ANY virus, you resist it. And how come the media doesn’t freak out more about facts such as this one… over 100,000 Americans are killed each year by properly prescribed medications. That should be a headline! So before you strap on your blue mask to protect yourself from this new virus, give it a little time and watch the hype fade just like those other viruses before it. Here is a short, but simple article I just read about this new virus from a perspective I appreciate.

Friday’s Findings: 01.17.2020

1. The importance of educating yourself…

In our office, we have what we call feeder rooms, which are small rooms patients go into from the waiting area, that lead into my treatment room. This design allows me to work out of one treatment room, while maintaining a smooth flow for patients to come in and out. While they are waiting in this feeder room for only a few minutes, we have info posted to help educate patients. I usually post something highlighting what’s wrong with our current medical system, along with something highlighting why wellness is so important. We also post info about upcoming events and anything else we feel patients will benefit from. We change the information in each room (there are three rooms) every week. I share this with you because I have realized the incredible value of educating patients. My job is not to tell others what to do, but to give them the best  information so that they can make the best decisions regarding their health. A lot of the information I share (like the information in these Friday’s Findings and my blog) is meant to give you a perspective that you may not be getting from the media, in magazines, or from your primary doctors. The best thing you can do is educate yourself, ask questions, and utilize as many resources as possible, to get as much information as possible, so that you can make the best decisions possible.

2. Something to think about…

Here is something I posted this past week in one of those feeder rooms in my office. I got A LOT of feedback from patients, so I thought I would share it here (the author is anonymous)…

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask the person who was born on February 29th.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

3. Video worth watching (and/or re-watching)…

In 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a new world record when he jumped from 128,097 feet (24.2 miles) above the earth, reaching speeds over 800mph. I remember watching the jump and being a bit moved by it. It made me think about human possibility, pushing life to its limits, and fear. Yes… fear. I thought about how cool it is that Fearless Felix (as he is called) could get himself to do something so life-threatening.  Turns out that Felix wasn’t so fearless after all. I just learned yesterday, while reading about his training, that he was so fearful at one point that he bailed… he quit. Knowing that he was letting down his sponsor (Red Bull), NASA engineers and scientists, and everyone involved with the project (that took several years and millions of dollars to prepare for), he sat in an airport and cried. Why am I sharing this? Fear is not something we avoid… it’s something we overcome. So… if hit with, or paralyzed by, fear, don’t quit. Fear is normal. Watch the short  video below and be moved by such an incredible feat… and comforted by the fact that someone as fearless as Felix shares the same fears as you and me… but overcomes them!

https://youtu.be/FHtvDA0W34I

Friday’s Findings: 01.10.2020

1. Story I heard this week…

A patient was telling me about severe inflammation and arthritis that he was suffering from years ago. He had gone to a doctor, where he was told to take an anti-inflammatory. While eating lunch that day, and sharing his story with an older co-worker, the older gentlemen pointed to the Diet Coke he was drinking and said, “That’s your problem.” My patient asked what he was talking about. The co-worker asked him what sweetener was in that drink. He looked and saw that it was the artificial sweetener aspartame. To make a long story short… he stopped drinking Diet Coke, and his joint pain went away. Two quick things about this story… first, he suffered with sharp, shooting pains for years that adversely affected his life, which WERE CAUSED by that artificial sweetener. Therefore, the only true solution was to eliminate that sweetener. Second, when he was told to take that anti-inflammatory, he asked the doctor how long he would have to take it. The doctor told him for the rest of his life. Yikes! After all these years, his organs would have been a mess. The moral of the story… make sure you address the CAUSE of your health problems… not the effect. And I have had numerous patients cut artificial sweeteners and do remarkably better health-wise.

2. Documentary worth watching…

Speaking of the artificial sweetener aspartame… there is an older documentary about this terrible sweetener called “Sweet Misery.” I haven’t watched it for a long time, but I remember being moved by how damaging it really is, being amazed at how it was ever approved (despite studies showing it caused tumors), and being educated on how corrupt our system is and how much money and power play a role in how things get done in this country. If you watch the documentary, note how they cut tumors out of dead mice, then reported that the mice did not have any tumors!?! And how they suspended the FDA commissioner for one week, at which time they pushed the approval for aspartame through. (If I remember correctly, I think that’s how it went down.) If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch the trailer for Sweet Misery here. If you’re a patient at my office, you can borrow the DVD I have at the office.

3. Something that entertains me…

Since I was little, I loved flip books. If you are not sure what a flip book is, Wikipedia describes it as “a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change.” I used to try to make them, usually stick figures lifting something, throwing a ball, or something like that. My daughter recently sent me a link to a flipbook that was incredible. I think I’m going to play around with making a couple for fun. Here is a link to a short video with a simple flip book. Google “flip book 3D” to see some really cool flip books.

Friday’s Findings: 01.03.2020

1. Quote I think about this time of year…

“Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.” -Tony Robbins

This is a powerful quote… because it is so true! We have a tendency to set big goals, then think we can do it all in too short of time. I don’t let this deter me from setting big goals, I just chunk them down so I can accomplish the smaller goals along the way, in a timeframe that is realistic, that over time leads to the bigger goals. I remind myself of this each year as I think about what I want to do the upcoming year, which helps me avoid falling short, getting discouraged, and giving up entirely. So… I hope you have set some goals for the new year… and I hope they are big goals… but make sure you consider what is realistic over the next twelve months, and what you want to achieve over the next decade.

2. Word to remember in 2020…

In·san·i·ty: Doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.

If you put time and energy into trying to change or improve something in your life this past year, yet saw no change, then DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Doing more of the same things, despite not getting the results you want, is futile. And thinking that those same actions and behaviors will somehow, some way, get you better results really is INSANITY. Think of what you want to change/improve in your life this year, and take action that actually gets you the change you are seeking. If that action is not working, TAKE DIFFERENT ACTION.

3. Video worth re-watching…

I made this video last year, and it’s been on this site ever since. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. If you have seen it, watch it again. It was my #1 tip for 2019, and I think it’s the best tip I can give you again this year. I plan on adding more videos to the “Video” section of this site in 2020. Please pass the video on to family and friends if you think they’ll benefit from it. And I would greatly appreciate you encouraging family, friends, and co-workers to subscribe to these Friday’s Findings. I’d like to make a bigger impact on more people in 2020. Now check out this quick 3-minute video…

https://youtu.be/-2f0ij3_2H8?t=99

Friday’s Findings: 12.28.2019

1. Wellness tip…

Add a fresh fruit or vegetable to every meal. We are constantly talking about what to cut out of our diet. As humans, we do not do well with deprivation. Simply adding a fruit or veggie (preferably a veggie) to your meal will add vitamins and minerals that you would not get otherwise. So… if you are going to order the burger and fries, order a side of broccoli. If you are going to eat the donut in the morning, add a handful of blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries. Eventually, you can start cutting out the junk, but for now, make sure you have a fruit or veggie with EVERY snack or meal.

2. Shirt I saw with great quote…

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

I saw this on the back of a patient’s t-shirt this week (see pic below). Fear of failure will often keep people from even trying something new. It can be paralyzing. One thing that has helped me over the years when embarking on a new endeavor or trying something new, is to focus heavily on the feelings I will have once successful. I contemplate the downside (it would be reckless and foolish not to), but most of my energy and focus is on the success of whatever it is I am doing. The massiveness of the success– and all of the powerful emotions and feeling that I associate with it– shrinks the fear to a point where it can’t stop me or keep me from trying. This quote needs the word “should” changed to “must.” Your desire for success MUST be greater than your fear of failure. Could making that shift in thinking help you do something you’ve wanted to do for a long time?

3. In New York City…

I had only been to New York City once before. While there, I stopped for a moment and just watched as hundreds and hundreds of people flowed by me. I couldn’t help but think about how each and every person had their story. Where they were from… what they did for a living… were they in good relationships… did they feel healthy or sick… were they happy… etc. I was overwhelmed with the enormity and complexity of the number of people and how each person’s story was sooooo different. Well… we are in NYC right now, and while walking around we passed a storefront that caught my attention… it’s called The Strangers Project. Inside there are hundreds of pieces of paper hanging on the walls. Each contains a story shared by a passer-by. This project was started by Brandon Doman in 2009. Here are a few bullet points from their website…

  • Every story is collected in person—Stories are not mailed in or submitted online
  • 50,000+ Stories collected so far
  • Stories are shared from all ages and all walks of life

While our stories are so different… they connect us as humans. When I checked out the website, http://strangersproject.com/, I got drawn in as I read story after story. Check it out. Oh… and a lot of what happens to us is out of our control, but a lot of it is within our control. We are the authors of our own stories. As you head into 2020, start thinking about what you want the next chapter to look like… and get busy writing!

 

Friday’s Findings: 12.20.2019

1. Something I am proud of…

Twenty-two years ago, I started my practice. One month in, we participated in our first Toys for Tots drive. The idea that a child might go through Christmas without a toy really bothered me, so it was the Marines and Toys for Tots that were the perfect groups to team up with. Every year, when the Marines come to pick up the toys, they are always blown away by the number (hundreds), and quality, of the toys we collect. They say we collect more than anyone else (No competitive or ego problem here 😉 ). So… I am very proud of our accomplishments… but I am more proud of the generosity, enthusiasm, and big hearts of our patients. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Together we help make Christmas better for A LOT of children.

2. A message shared by a friend…

One of my long-time friends has traveled back to India to live in an village dedicated to healing for several months. He sent me this message that he had come across, and it got to me to stop and think. As we crank through our days, consumed by the hustle and bustle, it is CRITICAL to be more present. This message came at a great time for me, as I am swamped with projects, and as the holidays approach.  Don’t hyper-analyze or overthink this message…

A man died…
When he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.
Dialogue between God and Dead Man:
God: Alright son, it’s time to go.
Man: So soon? I had a lot of plans…
God: I am sorry but, it’s time to go.
Man: What do you have in that suitcase?
God: Your belongings.
Man: My belongings? You mean my things… Clothes… money…
God: Those things were never yours, they belong to the Earth.
Man: Is it my memories?
God: No. They belong to Time.
Man: Is it my talent?
God: No. They belong to Circumstance.
Man: Is it my friends and family?
God: No son. They belong to the Path you traveled.
Man: Is it my wife and children?
God: No. they belong to your Heart.
Man: Then it must be my body?
God: No, No… It belongs to Dust.
Man: Then surely it must be my Soul!
God: You are sadly mistaken son. Your Soul belongs to me.
Man, with tears in his eyes and full of fear, took the suitcase from God’s hand and opened it…
Empty…
Heartbroken and tears falling down his cheeks, he asks God…
Man: I never owned anything?
God: That’s right. You never owned anything.
Man: Then? What was mine?
God: Your MOMENTS.
Every moment you lived was yours.
Do Good in every moment
Think Good in every moment
Thank God for every moment
Life is just a Moment.

Live it…
Love it…
Enjoy it…

3. A great cartoon I saw this week…

I was in Aurora’s wrestling room this week and snapped a pic of a cartoon that I think says it all. A friend had seen it a few weeks ago and texted it to me saying… “Made me think of you. Something you’d say.” Ha! Absolutely! As you head into the new year, make sure you see your life situation for what it is, think about how it could be better, and commit to taking the necessary action to change it.

Friday’s Findings: 12.13.2019

1. Something I read…

James Clear (author of the very good book, Atomic Habits) puts out a weekly newsletter on Thursdays, called 3-2-1 Thursday, which includes 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question. It’s loaded with wisdom (You can check it out here). Two weeks ago, it included this little nugget that I thought was simple, yet profound, and got me thinking. I re-looked at it a few times since… which is why I felt compelled to share it.

How to Be Unhappy:

-stay inside all day
-move as little as possible
-spend more than you earn
-take yourself (and life) too seriously
-look for reasons why things won’t work
-always consume, never contribute
-resent the lucky and successful
-never say hello first
-be unreliable

Invert for happiness:

-get outside each day
-move: walk, exercise, dance
-spend less than you earn
-view life as play
-be the one who looks for solutions
-develop a bias to contribute and create
-learn from the lucky and successful
-be the first to say hello
-be reliable

2. Video clip that caught my attention…

Check out this video of the traffic in L.A. at Thanksgiving. The title of the video is “Insane traffic in L.A.,” which pretty much sums it up… because it is INSANE! I often think of people that spend a lot of time in their cars and hope they use that time productively. And I believe the commuting distance to work should be a huge factor on whether or not a job is worth taking/keeping. After all… if you could free up one hour a day, that adds up to nine 40-hour work weeks in one year. This video is from 2016, which I used because it was less than two minutes. It’s WILD!

https://youtu.be/UQ-uRojUj94

3. Quote I love…

“I expect a miracle, I just don’t get crushed if one doesn’t happen.” -Me

That’s right… I’m quoting myself. When dealing with patients, and the healing process, time is always a factor. When discussing/explaining this to patients, they will often respond with, “Well, I don’t expect miracles.” Because I have seen so many remarkable things happen over the years with patients, many of which they themselves would describe as miracles, I actually do expect miracles. But because they don’t happen every time, I don’t get crushed or give up hope if they don’t. So… expect miracles… just don’t get crushed if they don’t happen. 

Friday’s Findings: 12/6/2019

1. Article I read…

With childhood obesity, diabetes, attention deficit issues, and even fatty liver on the rise, what kids are eating is critical. What they are drinking is just as critical. This article, “Top 34 bestselling ‘fruit’ drinks for kids deemed unhealthy,” By Sandee LaMotte, on CNN.com, might open your eyes to the problem with fruit drinks for children. Two take-aways…

-“Two-thirds of the 34 sweetened drinks analyzed in the Children’s Drink Fact report contained no juice, yet images of fruit appeared on 85% of the packages. Most drinks which did contain juice capped the amount at 5%.”

-“One third of all the sweetened fruit drinks contained at least 16 grams of sugar, more than half of the maximum amount of sugar a child is supposed to get each day.”

While many health professionals recommend water and milk, remember that milk is the number one food allergen. Stick with water for your children (and you)!

2. Video I revisited…

Jim Rohn  was an entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker.  I catch myself watching clips of him on YouTube from time to time. He has some VERY good info! Here is a short one that I really like. This video clip is old, but like all really good information… it is timeless. Listen to him share four questions you need to ponder. With the new year upon us, pay close attention to the fourth question. It’s only three and a half minutes long. Pass it along to a friend or family member. You can watch it below or by clicking here.

https://youtu.be/r3kb9dkddX0

3. More on intermittent fasting…

By now, you know I am a huge proponent of intermittent fasting (a.k.a. timed eating). I usually do not eat breakfast, allowing me to go from dinner the night before to lunch the next day, giving me roughly 18 hours of fasting. When you realize the human body does EXTREMELY well with missing meals, you no longer get tied to eating on a strict regimen. This week, I got hung up taking my son for his temporary driver’s permit, which took much longer than we thought it would (the license bureau was a great place for me show my son how NOT to run a business! Haha!). I did not have time to get lunch. At first, I started to get worked up, trying to figure out how I was going to get some food. Then I realized… I didn’t really need it. I shook it off and got excited about being able to make that day a full 24 hour, water-only fast. And not only did I live to talk about it, but my body wiped out weak, damaged cells, and bolstered and strengthened my healthy cells. Look into intermittent fasting… I believe it to be the MOST POWERFUL biohack available.

Friday’s Findings: 11.29.2019

1. Something I am thankful for…

One virtue I put a lot of attention on is gratitude. In this week’s blog, which you can read here, I talk about the Law of Familiarity, which states that if you are around anything enough, you will tend to take it just a little bit for granted. It’s easy to take things for granted. So this Thanksgiving, I could list dozens of things I am truly thankful for, but I want to really acknowledge one… my staff. Our office sees hundreds of patients every week and runs very, very efficiently. I could not do that alone. My team shares the same values, vision, enthusiasm, and work ethic, allowing us to have helped thousands of patients. I am truly thankful for Sue, Joy, and Alie for helping me help others, for doing so much more than simply showing up each day, and for being like family to me. Three very special people that I DO NOT take for granted. Thank you very, very much!

2. Product I love…

I finally got a weighted blanket, which I’ve wanted for a long time. The weight is designed to reduce stress and relieve pressure… giving the feeling of a hug. I’ve used it for about a month now and love it! Not sure it feels like a hug, but the weight and pressure does something to create a calming sensation. It has been studied and shown to help with insomnia, ADHD, anxiety, autism, and more. You can find the one I have here. They recommend the blanket be 5-10% the weight of your body (mine is 15 lbs.). The price has come down quite a bit on these blankets over the past couple of years, making it less risky to try. I love it and feel it really does help my sleep.

3. Great quote…

“I change my mind when the facts change. What do you do?” – John Maynard Keynes (economist)

I have often said that I don’t want to be right… I want the truth. We tend to argue our points in an effort to be right, even if the facts don’t support our position. It is especially important to question our ongoing beliefs if our lives aren’t going the way we would like, and we aren’t getting the results we think we should. Still arguing for and following certain beliefs and behaviors EVEN IF the facts have changed??? Think about that. Seek the truth… don’t just seek to be right.

Friday’s Findings: 11.22.2019

1. New Year’s Resolution to lose weight???

Just FYI… we will be launching a weight loss group on January 2nd. It will run six weeks, involves no exercise, and you’ll lose 20 pounds or more (Designed to reset your metabolism for long-term results). This is supervised by me. The cost is only $899 for those signing up prior to December 25th. There is a limited number of people we can enroll in this New Year’s group, so if interested, contact Lana at 330.970.2065. If anyone you know is looking to lose weight please pass this info along, as they will not find a better program to lose fat as quickly, safely, and effectively as this one.

2. Cool experience with organization we help support…

I have been a fan and supporter of Believe in Dreams for years now. This organization “works to fulfill dreams of economically disadvantaged youth who have survived non-medical adversity.” I had offered our plane and my flight instructor a while back to any child with a dream to fly a plane. Well… this past Saturday, that dream was granted to Lavarrion, an 11-year-old boy. He brought his little brother and his great aunt along for the ride. So cool to see this kid get to hop in a plane and fly it. I love the idea that when someone thinks something is impossible or unachievable, then sees it being done or achieves it, that it expands their mind in a way that their whole paradigm and belief system about life itself changes. So glad to have been a part of this experience! Thanks to Believe in Dreams (https://www.believeindreams.org/) and my flight instructor, Lou Gliozzi (pictured below), for helping to make this happen.

https://youtu.be/EUS-TViybUo

3. Word I love…

I love the word extraordinary. People have a tendency to stroll along in life, letting their surroundings guide them, following popular opinion, and doing what everyone else is doing. But I have always felt life should be fully lived and fully experienced. There is a big difference between going to a job and being on purpose. There is a big difference between being in a relationship and being fully in love. There is a difference between being able to pay your bills and being financially abundant. And there is a difference between going to church every Sunday and being spiritually strong. Start thinking bigger, loving harder, contributing more, and striving for making the ordinary things in your life extraordinary. We’ve all heard that corny saying… The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra.” Well.. it doesn’t take much to make your work, relationships, finances, and life in general extraordinary. It starts with simply deciding that you want a life that is extraordinary.

Friday’s Findings: 11.15.2019

1. A salute to our heroes…

Last Monday was Veteran’s Day. As I drove past the Aurora Cemetery, there were dozens of flags lining the driveways. It caught my attention and moved me to pull over. It got me thinking about my father, who was drafted, along with his three brothers, during the Vietnam War. I also thought about my grandfather, Paul Bizjak, who served and fought in World War 2. I then thought about all the men and women who have given their lives, or are currently risking their lives, for OUR freedom. Wow! The things we take for granted. I am very grateful for those serving, and for those who have served, in the U.S Armed Forces. Thank you!!! Here is a pic of that cemetery with those flags…

2. A little more on sleep…

Ten million people take some form of sleeping pill each month. That’s bad news! Sleeping pills do not correct the cause of the sleeping problem, allow the underlying, true cause to continue and get worse, leading to more pills and/or worse sleep. Not good! Here is a fact… the perfect sleeping temperature… 65 degrees. 

3. Wellness tip… 

With 2020 less than two months away, NOW is the time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Take a few minutes this weekend (right now would be even better!) to list a few goals for the new year. This will help you get some clarity on what you want to achieve, and will give you some time to prepare. Preparing means getting anything you might need to achieve those goals, gather information between now and then so you can hit the ground running, and, if it involves diet and/or exercise, you can start lightly now, so that you avoid having terrible soreness or difficulties trying to jump in full speed on January 1st. I will be setting my 2020 goals over these next two weeks.

Friday’s Findings: 11.8.2019

1. Amazing fact that few people are aware of…

There has been a lot of hype around genetics these past few decades. We’ve been led to believe that your health is dictated by your genes. Here’s a word you need to know… epigenetics. It’s a word literally meaning “above the gene.” Here is a simplified explanation… There are markers on genes that allow them to be expressed or inhibited. Genes just sit there, they are like an instruction book. Genes can be turned on or turned off. When you hear someone referencing the Alzheimer’s gene or the breast cancer gene, those genes can be present, but never active. What dictates whether a gene is turned on or turned off is the environment… what you’re exposed to, your lifestyle habits, stress, and other behaviors. So here is the great news few people know about or talk about… you can turn off bad genes, and turn on good genes, by living a healthier lifestyle. There are some very powerful studies that showed cancer fighting/suppressing genes getting turned on, and cancer promoting genes getting turned off in just several weeks of eating better, incorporating moderate exercise, doing relaxation techniques (breathing and mediation exercises), and getting more rest. Just know this… your genes are not your destiny. I have heard it said this way… Genes load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger. So as they study genes, gene mapping, gene splicing, or anything to do with genes… your genes are still under the influence how you live. This has been one of the most powerful (and exciting) things I’ve learned. Click here for a short 5-minute video that might help explain it better than I just did.

2. Super scary fact…

I asked several patients this week if they knew what the three leading causes of death in the United States are. Most knew the first two… heart disease and cancer. ALL of them were rocked when I told them the third… MEDICAL ERRORS! Yep, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical mistakes. Wow! A John Hopkins study indicated medical errors being responsible for over 250,000 deaths (other reports indicate up to 440,000 deaths). Don’t believe it? Google “third leading cause of death.” This is crazy, upsetting, and unacceptable. I say it often, that I am not anti-medicine by any means, but safer, more natural alternatives should be sought as a first resort… not a last resort.

3. Something I told my son this week…

I believe the best way to lead is by example. I know my biggest influence on my children will not be what I say to them, but the example I provide through my behavior. However, I still throw out words of wisdom whenever possible. This week, I was in the car with my son, and we were talking about not trying to act like you know what you are talking about if you don’t. I told him to notice that I will be speaking and sharing if I know a lot about a topic, BUT if I do not know what I am talking about, I will get quiet and listen. We have all heard that we have only one mouth, but two ears. It is wise to listen up if you want to learn from those around you that know more about something than you. You don’t want to be (or at least I don’t want to be) that person that acts like they know everything about everything… when you don’t.

11.1.2019

1. Health benefits of turning clocks back…

This weekend, we will turn our clocks back as Daylight Savings Time ends. As I take a deep dive into the science of sleep, it turns out that Daylight Savings Time has been a great opportunity to study the effects of less, or more, sleep in large populations, over a long period of time. In a section on sleep loss and cardiovascular health in Matthew Walker’s book, Why We Sleep, he references the millions of hospital records tabulated the day after losing the one hour of sleep in the spring where they discovered “that this seemingly trivial sleep reduction comes with a frightening spike in heart attacks the following day.” Fortunately, it works both ways… when we get that extra hour (as we will this weekend), “rates of heart attacks plummet the day after.” The same spike and decline can be seen in car accidents the day after we turn clocks ahead and back. This highlights the significant impact even one extra hour of sleep, or one less hour of sleep, can have on how our bodies function. The good news is that sleep is within our control if we commit to making it a priority. And more good news… I’m sharing this information with you in the fall, when you get to gain that extra hour of sleep, starting your weekend on a positive note, knowing that you, your family, and your community will be healthier, and drive safer, this Sunday!

2. A very powerful wellness action…

Call someone that has impacted your life in a significant way. Thank them and tell them the impact that their actions or words have had on your life. It’s a great feeling! How do I know? I’ve done it numerous times. The most moving was when I called a professor, Gale Lewellen, who taught neurophysiology. Ten years after receiving my doctorate, I called Palmer College and had the operator connect me to his office. When he answered, I told him who I was, when I was in his class, and that I was in a successful practice and loving it. I told him that I believed it was because he got me excited about the power of the nervous system, and that he was a huge influence on my enthusiasm about what I do every day. After a long silence on the other end of the line, he spoke softly, his voice breaking up, as he said “thank you.” He said he could not believe he was receiving this call because that day was his last day teaching, as he was retiring. He said he had packed up all of his things, was walking out the door and stopped for a moment, wondering if he had made the impact he had hoped to in his 33 years teaching there. He said as he was about to turn off the lights, the phone rang. It was me calling to thank him. He then thanked me, saying that call was so important and moving to him. While you will think you are doing something for that person by doing this, which you are, YOU will be receiving equal (or greater) benefit. You will feel a huge boost in happiness, you will have a greater sense of contribution, and your body chemistry will improve (reduction in cortisol, improved immunity, etc.). Had I waited one more day, I would have missed Mr. Lewellen. Actually, just one more minute and I would have missed him. So… make that call NOW!

3. Vitamin D reminder…

I’ve talked about vitamin D in the past… so why keep talking about it? Because it’s THAT important. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many health conditions, such as depression, headaches, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even acne. Most people are very low in vitamin D, therefore supplementation is critical. I take 5,000-6,000 IU of vitamin D3 year-round now. While vitamin D is fat-soluble, and you can take too much, that is difficult to do. And at these doses, I have no worries about running into that problem. I called a medical doctor friend of mine and told him I was going to have my Vitamin D level tested, and I asked if he got better pricing than I could get to have the blood test done. His answer… “No. But you’re low. Everyone I test is low. Just take the vitamin D.” So getting your blood tested is the best way to know your vitamin D levels, but I wouldn’t wait to start supplementing. Vitamin D levels tend to drop this time of year, increasing our susceptibility to colds and flus, making this a very important time to take it. The vitamin D we sell in our office has K2 in it as well. That combo has added benefits related to calcium absorption and helps maximizes vitamin D’s benefits. And don’t forget your children… they can safely take 1,000 IU per 25lbs. of body weight. Infants can take 1,000 IU per day. For all of the best information on vitamin D you can visit https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/. To see the long list of conditions linked to vitamin D deficiency click here.

Friday’s Findings: 10.25.2019

1. Image I love…

I saw this image decades ago and instantly loved it. First… it’s amazing. Second… it immediately struck me as symbolic… what we often see is only the “tip of the iceberg.” Because my mind always thinks in terms of wellness, I thought about how the symptoms we have and feel are only a tiny part of how we are actually doing. Yet, doctors usually treat the symptom (i.e. pain, inflammation, muscle spasm), but neglect the underlying cause (the thing actually causing the pain, inflammation, or muscle spasm). I’ve also seen this image used to describe success… the small part above the water being the success people see… the much larger, unseen part, being the sacrifices, dedication, hard work, and failure. Turns out the photo is not real, but photoshopped, but I love it and think it’s very cool (no pun intended!).

2. Book I recommend…

I recently read The Relationship Economy: Building Stronger Customer Connections in the Digital Age, written by a friend of mine, John DiJulius. I was fortunate enough to get a copy from him before its official release, and read it in a few days. John is the authority on world-class customer service, having had big companies like Marriot, Nordstrom, Chick-fil-A, and many more, call on him to help them improve on what matters most… creating a customer experience that sets them apart. This new book, which you can get here, highlights a huge problem… as automation, high-tech, and the digital age advance, we are losing what people want and need most… human connection,  interaction, and personal relationships. Great companies make great products, but the best companies in this next decade will combine those great products with deep, meaningful, authentic relationships with, and interest in, the people purchasing those products and services. The cool thing about this book is that it is a customer service book, but the same tools and techniques discussed to help a business stand out and excel in its relationship with its customers can be used by you, as an individual, to make those same improvements in your personal relationships. It’s an easy read, loaded with practical and applicable strategies, entertaining stories, and John’s personal experiences.  A stat that I learned and surprised me (and I have been conscious of since reading it)… It takes a minimum of 0.6 seconds to formulate a response to something said. The average gap between people talking is 0.2 seconds. Conclusion… we are not listening fully to others. One of my favorite nuggets… “At the end of the day, ask yourself one simple question: ‘How many people had a better day as a result of coming in contact with me.’”

3. Something to ponder…

As cold and flu season revs up, people tend to think these bugs get stronger. They don’t. We get weaker! That’s right… the reason people tend to get sicker this time of year is because of several factors… lower vitamin D levels because we are outside less, increased sugar consumption as Halloween hits, more food consumption as we get through the holidays, and increased stress with the holiday preparation. These all contribute to a drop in immune system performance, making us more susceptible to those same germs and bugs that are around us all year long. So despite all the hype around getting a flu shot, it is not “the best thing you can do” to prevent the flu. While some may believe it is good for you, the BEST thing you can do is to do the things that boost your immune system… limit sugar intake, do not overeat, get plenty of rest, manage your stress better, take a vitamin D supplement, and exercise. Because so many people ask, I will tell you that I have never gotten a flu shot, nor have my children. There are plenty of reasons why I have not, which I will share within the next couple of weeks in a blog.

Friday’s Findings: 10.18.2019

1. A graph that caught my attention (and made me happy!)…

I came across a book that I have not read yet (but will) called The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50, by Jonathan Rauch. I want to share that Happiness Curve, as it is quite interesting (see below). Basically, our overall happiness and satisfaction with life takes on a U-shaped curve as we age. Our satisfaction starts out high, dips around our late-40’s and early 50’s, then turns upward after that. That low point isn’t misery, but explained as general malaise. And most people, I discovered, do not experience what many refer to as a midlife crisis. Good to know!!! There are lots of reasons for this Happiness Curve (i.e. expectations exceeding reality when we are younger, lower stress, and improved emotional regulation later in life), which I will dig into deeper in a future blog, but just know that we can look forward to an upward trajectory in happiness as we age beyond 50.

2. Why I expect miracles…

The other day I had a patient state, “I don’t expect a miracle.” My response… “Actually, I do expect miracles, but I don’t get discouraged if they don’t happen.” I try to make sure patients know that the body is capable of miraculous things. When patients share really bad news about a diagnosis they, or someone close to them, has been given, I pull out a book called Spontaneous Remission: An Annotated Bibliography. “From the 3,500 reports of spontaneous remission reported over 10 years by physicians, this bibliography gives full citations for 1,350 and includes case reports for over 400.” These are medically documented cases, where someone had a medical condition, such as cancer, and then they didn’t. Their condition just went away, WITHOUT medical treatment or medical explanation. This is not a book you would buy, as it is technical and does not give you solutions (and it’s over 700 pages). I love it because I can put this big, heavy book down in front of a patient and say… “Look, I don’t want to give you false hope, or pretend I have the answers, but here are hundreds of cases where people just spontaneously healed. So no matter what, just know that the human body is an amazing thing, it has the potential to recover from ANY disease or condition, and miracles DO happen.”

3. Something I try not to do…

As humans, we love to complain. Since complaining doesn’t help much, I try not to complain about two things… 1. Things I cannot control (like the weather), and 2. Things or situations that I have created. I want you to go into the weekend thinking about the second one. It is silly for us to create a situation, then complain about it. For example… if you signed up for something, such as a class, a league, or a program, then whine constantly about it, that makes no sense. If you willingly embark on a project, then complain about it every day, that’s foolish. And I am not being critical of anyone else, as we all do it as humans. What made me think about this? I am having work done on my house, work that I chose to do, then caught myself complaining about it. The logical part of myself spoke up and said, “Hey dummy, if you didn’t want the hassles of this project, you shouldn’t have done it.” So… think about something that you are constantly complaining about. Now think about what effect the complaining actually has on that. NONE! If complaining doesn’t help… then stop. If you’re complaining about something you’ve created… stop!

Friday’s Findings: 10.11.2019

1. My latest adventure…

Last week was my daughter Emma’s birthday. We decided to fly down to see her at school, take her to lunch, and give her presents. I flew my Piper Arrow into Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, took an Uber to the university, grabbed lunch, took an Uber back to the airport, and flew home. We were able to make that whole trip in about six hours. One of the coolest parts of the trip… my other daughter, Quincy, took the controls for the flight home, getting her second flight lesson. See the pic of her and me just before take-off. Fun!

2. A supplement worth looking into…

I had heard and read a lot about curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric), and was impressed with what I was finding. It has been studied extensively and is being used in research projects at many of the largest hospitals. If you search “curcumin” on Pubmed (a free site where you can search through peer-reviewed research papers), almost 14,000 studies pop up, with over 5,000 related to cancer. The bottom line is that it is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories that I could find. I take it when I have any injuries, have taken it on and off for general health purposes, and will likely add it to my daily regimen for overall wellness. The brand I use and sell in my practice is Meriva, from the company Thorne. See the image below to see all the things Curcumin has been studied and used for… which is why I think it is a great supplement to take daily. You can get it on Amazon here, or get it cheaper in our office.

3. What I am researching now…

I have so many patients that complain of poor sleep, most Americans have sleep-related issues, and I, myself, have periodic issues with sleep. So, I delved in to learn more.  I have read numerous articles, research papers, and books on the subject. I am currently listening to the audio version of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the power of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker, PhD. I am only just getting started, but loving the info. Three interesting facts I’ve learned so far… (1.) Caffeine has a half-life of 5-7 hours, meaning 5-7 hours after you consume caffeine, only half of it is out of your system; (2.) Less than 6-7 hours of sleep per night crushes your immune system, causes weight gain, and is linked to just about every chronic illness, including more than doubling your chances for getting cancer; (3.) There truly are morning people and night owls. Some of us have sleep cycles that are wired for getting to bed early and rising early, while others do much better staying up late and sleeping in longer. I’ll share more as I learn more. If interested in that book, you can order it here.

Friday’s Findings: 10.04.2019

1. Nutrition tip…

It is always easier to eat healthier if you have healthier choices available when you need food. If unprepared, you’ll grab whatever is fastest and easiest… which is pre-packaged, sugar-laden, and non-real foods. I usually make chicken on Sundays for the week. I used to use chicken breasts, but now use chicken thighs, because I want the higher fat (and it is easier to cook… is more juicy… and tastes better). Having those chicken thighs cooked and ready to go makes it very easy to just reheat and eat at any time. If I get tied up and don’t have anything for dinner, that chicken is there. And if my kids text me saying, “There is nothing to eat,” I get to say “Oh yes there is… that chicken.” See the pic below of last Sunday’s chicken thighs cooking on the griddle.

2. One of our biggest nemeses…

This week’s blog, titled “The Next Public Enemy #1,” is about sugar. Most people do not realize how bad sugar is for them, how prevalent it is in almost everything we eat, and how important it is to cut down on. In addition to the blog, which you can read by clicking here, I wanted to share a well done infographic to help bring the point home even stronger. Click here to check it out! The stats are unbelievable.

3. Word you should know…

Autophagy: the breaking down of old and dysfunctional cells in order to recycle the useful parts of those cells, and discard what is unneeded. It is a phenomenal process for cellular and tissue regeneration. The word autophagy literally means “self-eating” (auto = self, and phagy = eat). The body gobbles up debris, broken parts of cells, and eliminates irregularly functioning cells. I believe it is a key to slowing the aging process, knocking out cancerous cells, and optimizing function. So… how do you trigger autophagy??? Fasting! Yep, when you miss meals, your body triggers this life-saving mechanism. Unlike our ancestors, who regularly missed meals, allowing autophagy to do its thing, we need to actively plan missing meals through what is called intermittent fasting (also known as timed eating). This is why I seldom eat breakfast on weekdays, regularly do 24-hour fasts, and periodically do 36 or 72-hour fasts. I did a 24-hour fast this week, meaning I ate dinner, skipped breakfast and lunch the next day, and did not have anything but water until the next dinner. Enhancing your body’s ability to trigger autophagy, I believe, is one of the absolute most powerful things you can do to improve your health. I will blog about fasting in much more detail later this month.

Friday’s Findings: 09.27.2019

1. Upsetting (and frightening) study I revisited…

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) led a study that checked the umbilical cord blood of ten newborn babies and found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants. This study, done in 2004, found a total of 287 different chemicals in the blood. This is crazy! These chemicals, that passed from the mother’s blood to the baby, contained “pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.” Of those 287 chemicals, “we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.” Tough way to start life! We HAVE TO make it a priority to focus on getting these toxins out of our environment. It would likely be the BEST way to reduce many of the cancers, neurological disorders, behavioral disorders, and cognitive impairing conditions. You can read a more detailed report about that study here.

2. Something to help reduce the exposure to toxins…

That same group, EWG, puts out a list of what they call the Clean Fifteen, which lists fifteen fruits and vegetables that have the lowest amount of pesticides, as well as the Dirty Dozen, which lists the twelve with the most pesticide residue. They update it yearly. You can see both full lists by clicking here. Two things these lists did for me… 1. I don’t always buy organic avocados or asparagus, because they made the clean list… and 2. I will always buy organic strawberries, apples, and grapes, because they contain the most pesticide residue. Biggest surprise… more than 90% of kale and spinach tested positive for having residue of two or more pesticides (which I just read this week). So I will not buy those unless organic from now on.

3. Great quote I read…

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”– John Muir

I was in REI (which is short for Recreational Equipment, Inc., and a store that I love) the other day, and on the bathroom wall was this quote. I love it! Another simple reminder to get outside, in nature, off the roads and sidewalks, and on dirt.

Friday’s Findings: 09.20.2019

1. Something I saw…

As I boarded an airplane out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming last week, I chatted briefly with an older gentleman as I passed his seat. He had retired from the U.S. Air Force. I loved his hat… so I snapped a pic. Obviously, I love the pride that ex-military have, as he did wearing this hat, but I also loved the saying on the hat… “Retired Not Expired.” It made me think about an accountant telling me that he does not like using the word retired, as it implies you are no longer of value to society. And it also reminded me of one of my first accountants asking me when I planned on retiring. I told him “never.” He thought I was kidding. I explained that I loved what I did so much that I planned on doing it as long as I could. He told me that would change. Well… so far, it hasn’t. I still love what I do and plan on doing it until I can’t physically do it anymore. Anyway, back to the hat and my new Air Force friend… he was a great guy, and I loved his hat. Two other thoughts I had… 1. They don’t make men like they used to; and, 2.  Thank God for the men and women that serve our country… putting their lives on the line, so that we can enjoy ours!

2. Great comic…

A friend sent me this comic earlier this week. (I could not find the artist/creator to give credit.) I LOVE it! Sums up the mentality of many Americans today. It’s funny, true… and sad! Crazy thing is, drugs and surgery could be completely free for everyone, yet our rates of sickness and disease would CONTINUE to skyrocket. Why? Because the answer to our healthcare crisis lies in lifestyle changes. Plain and simple… we are sick because of the way we eat, move, think, and live. Therefore, the answer to the (your) healthcare problems requires changes to how you eat, move, think, and live (lifestyle).

3. Interesting law I think about often…

Cyril Northcote Parkinson, a famous British historian and author, wrote that “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” That later became known as Parkinson’s Law. Simply put, the longer you give yourself to perform a task, the longer it will take. I noted that when I set out to do something, such as clean out the garage, if I have four hours to get it done, it takes me four hours. If I only have two hours, then it takes me two hours. Another thing I noticed is that as it comes closer to the time I need to be finished, I work at a much faster pace. So I now do two things when given a task… I try to shorten the time I need to get the task done (knowing I will get it done in whatever time I give myself), and I try to start out at a much faster pace (as fast as I might work in the last moments, as time is running out, in order to get a job done).

Friday’s Findings: 09.13.2019

1. Habit I’m working on…

I like to keep things pretty clean, but it seems like it takes a lot of work. I realized it is because I don’t put stuff back after I use it. Things pile up… in my bedroom, on the counters, on my garage workbench, and in my truck… then I clean it all out, put things away, then start all over again. It dawned on me how much easier it would be, how much cleaner everything would be, and how less frustrated I would get, if I just put things back where they belong right after I use them. So… I’m trying to clear out my truck when I get out of it, hang clothes back up, instead of tossing them on the bathtub, and put tools away after I use them, instead of tossing them on the workbench. I have to remind myself that it is less work in the long-run, as it takes no more time to just put stuff back when I use it. I’m trying to eliminate one bad habit… and replace it with a much better one.

2. Product I love…

As we work to improve how we live as humans, many improvements appear to be really good, but sometimes we deviate from benefits that we did not realize were there. Let’s take pooping for instance. Humans used to squat fully when going #2. The advent of the toilet had tremendous benefits, but with knees being parallel to the ground, instead of above the hips, we lose a better angle for the digestive tract to eliminate fully and more easily. So one a product I love that helps alleviate this problem is the Squatty Potty. My family fought me on this for a while, but now they are all believers and lovers of this simple fix. While it may seem to be an odd gift, I have given it to many… with positive feedback and gratitude from those receiving it. Check out their very well-done commercial here. (It’s a must watch!!!) You can purchase one here.

3. Thoughts I’m having…

As another young, very health-conscious friend passes away from cancer, I revisited a recurring thought that Nixon declared “war on cancer” in the early 70’s. That is almost 50 years, billions and billions of dollars of research, the best and brightest doctors and scientists working on it, yet… cancer rates are STILL on the rise. Like most problems that go continually unsolved, the key is the direction you are going or where you are looking. There will be NO CURE for cancer… the solution is in prevention. With so many toxins in our food, the products we use, the water we drink, and the air we breathe, it isn’t until we address the CAUSE of cancer that we will see a reversal in cancer rates. If you are waiting for a so-called cure… think again. Start making smarter choices with your lifestyle and make better efforts to live and eat cleaner. More drugs, surgery, radiation, and even advances in genetics, will yield better treatment, but definitely NOT a cure. It doesn’t matter how much money we spend, how advanced technology gets, or how hard we work, if we are going in the wrong direction (which we have been in regards to cancer), we will NEVER get the results we are looking for.

Friday’s Findings: 09.06.2019

1. Great way to get better, longer-term results…

Not sure why you aren’t getting the results you want in your life? Trying to figure out what you need to do to get what you want in life? What you do is important, but WHY you are doing it is more important. It’s the why behind the what that matters most. Show me the biggest doers in the world, the ones making the biggest difference and impact in the world, and I’ll show you someone with a huge WHY. Losing weight to fit into that dress for that wedding isn’t big enough. Trying to make more money so you can buy that new car isn’t big enough. The biggest change, the longest lasting change, the change that has the biggest impact, will come only if why you are doing what you are doing is big enough. Here’s a quick clip from a talk I gave about having a big enough why…

https://youtu.be/2GYUsM_mFZI

2. What’s more important than diet and exercise…

When it comes to health, wellness, and longevity, everyone wants to talk about diet and exercise. I found it fascinating to learn that your social connections are MORE important than both of those. You are 3-5 times more likely to die if you don’t feel loved and supported. And a study out of Brigham Young University found that feeling disconnected is as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (twice as damaging as being obese and as impactful as being a lifelong alcoholic). The exact impact that loneliness and isolation has on sickness and disease, or the impact that bolstering your social connections and relationships has on optimizing health and longevity is impossible to quantify, but research has definitively shown that the impact is super significant. Join a group, get to lunch with buddies, surround yourself regularly with the ones you love, and make more time for friends. It will reduce your stress levels, boost the immune system, increase longevity, help you heal faster and get sick less often, and protect you from disease… MORE than exercise and better eating will.

3. Dumb studies…

I am amazed at how much time and money goes into studies that end up showing us what we already know. You know, the ones that have headlines such as, “Exercise makes our muscles work better with age,” or “Research shows texting can deprive relationships of intimacy and conversation.” Really? I am a big fan of science and research, but we know enough to be healthier and happier right now without any science and research. Think about this… the healthiest people on the planet, the ones with the least amount of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and any other chronic illness, are remote tribes that do no controlled research, have never read a single study, have no doctors or hospitals, and know nothing about DNA mapping, lipid profiles, or blood pressure. So try not to get too bummed about the next study that says drinking too much beer leads to relationship problems (you don’t say!), or get too excited about the next study on how wine improves your sex life (duh!) Don’t let so-called research trump common sense!  

Friday’s Findings: 08.30.2019

1. Why exercise…

Most people think of exercise in terms of burning calories, losing weight, and producing endorphins (chemicals that help relieve pain and stress). I mentioned it in a recent blog post, but there is a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that acts like Miracle-Gro for the brain. It helps neurons in the brain grow and helps protect existing ones. Exercise increases the production of BDNF.  Physical movement (a.k.a. exercise) has been proven to reduce depression (better than the leading meds for some people), boosts moods, helps prevent Alzheimer’s, slows aging, boosts learning capacity and cognitive function, and MUCH, MUCH more. It seems silly to tell you to make sure you are exercising, as it is so basic and simple, but the benefits are INCREDIBLE! Stop thinking about exercise in terms of weight loss, muscle building, and fitness, and start thinking about it in terms of what it really is… a required nutrient!!! Start today! Pick an activity… any activity… preferably one you enjoy… and GO DO IT! Get out and increase your BDNF (and take your kids with you)!

2. Question I was asked this week…

Your money or your life? Author Vicki Robin asks this question, which is also the title of her New York Times Best Selling book. She asks… if someone came up to you and jammed a gun in your ribs and demanded, “Give me your money or your life,” the answer is obvious. We would all give our money. However, as she points out, many of us are actually giving up our lives over money with the way we work, spend, go into debt, and prioritize our money. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s always good to rethink money and how it is dictating our behavior and life. She states that the phrase earning a living is a myth… that we are earning a death. At the end of the day, after working so hard, for so many hours, most people come home anything but fully alive. Stop and ask yourself… Why are you working so hard? Are you excited with what you do? Are you making a difference? Do you feel a part of something bigger? So… I’ll ask you one more time… your money or your life??? You can click here to get the book in paperback or the audio version.

3. Game-changing service I love…

I love books. I love that I can take a deeper dive into almost any topic. However, my time is limited, so I rely on audio books a lot. I use Audible.com. It is a subscription-based service, giving you a certain amount of credits each month, which you use to purchase audio books. At first, I didn’t want credits building up because of lack of use, but those credits push me to get more books. Audible is “the world’s largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment…” You can get a free 30-day trial by clicking here. At any given time, I am reading a book and listening to a book. I am not the world’s fastest reader, but the audio books allow me to knock out a couple of books a month. If you’re in your car a lot, you could listen to many more. You can adjust the speed of the audio, allowing you to get through some books even faster. (I usually listen at a speed of 1.25x’s. My brother can actually listen at a speed of 2x’s.) I know not everyone can do this, but I find that I can hike, run, or workout while listening to audio books. Check it out and give it a try here.

Friday’s Findings: 08.23.2019

1. Word I love…

I love the word congruent. Wellness, happiness, and true success will all involve congruence. Congruent is defined as “in agreement or harmony.” The big things in your life have to be in harmony. What you say should be congruent with what you do… the work you do should be congruent with what you feel called to do… all of your actions should be congruent with your beliefs and philosophy. When things are not congruent in your life, it shows up somewhere. In health and wellness, most of the sickness, disease, and suffering stems from us living a lifestyle that isincongruent with the way humans are supposed to live. When embarking on any project, experience, or relationship, I take a moment to see (and feel) if it is congruent with my beliefs, philosophy, purpose, and mission.

2. School lunches tip…

Packing school lunches has never been one of my favorite tasks. It would be easy to have them just buy lunch at school, but unfortunately the food offered at schools is not the healthiest. And my kids do not like it. So… I try to knock out the whole week at once, and get everything ready on Sundays. I try to include a veggie, fruit, some type of sandwich or wrap, and something sweet. My kids do okay with some bread, so the sandwich or wrap works. The sweet is usually a healthier version… such as organic chocolate covered almonds, Glutino chocolate wafers, or some cookie made with all natural, real ingredients. They are active, so the sugar in the fruit and sweet get burned off. Try getting creative, pack things they like, and make healthier choices. And if you can plan ahead, it will make it easier to refrain from relying on quicker, less healthy options. Here is a pic of fruit, veggies, and sweets for the remainder of my kids’ school week… all ready to grab and go in the mornings.

3. Great video clip…

My brother shared this video clip with me this week. Watch closely at the positions of this pole vaulter’s body at each stage as he plants the pole, comes off the ground, swings his feet completely over his head (crazy!!!), twists his body, extends his arms, lets go with his one arm, then bends his body at just the right time to clear the bar. I know nothing about pole vaulting technique, so this whole thing might not be too impressive to some of you, but I was amazed and impressed by the whole thing. You can watch the 1-minute video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTybEtDw4Vo

Friday’s Findings: 08.16.2019

1. My favorite candy bar…

The wellness lifestyle includes snacks and sweets. Yeeehaaaa! The key is choosing snacks and sweets that use high quality ingredients, avoid artificial junk, and contain healthful nutrients. So… I want to share my favorite chocolate candy bar with you… Hu Chocolate Bar. The Hu is short for “human,” and their tag line is “Get back to human.” These bars have no dairy, no GMO’s, no emulsifiers, no soy lecithin, no gluten, no refined sugar, no cane sugar, and no sugar alcohols. Oh… and they are DELICIOUS! One down side… they are expensive. I was so bummed to see them in the local Heinen’s grocery store for $7 each. Yikes! So I called the company and am now carrying them in our office and only charging $5.50 each. Still pricey, but give them a try, and I think you’ll agree they are worth it. Here is a link to Hu’s story.

2. Song I’m listening to…

Years ago, I started listening to country music. My dad would give me a hard time, joking about how I could like music with song titles like “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” and with lyrics like “I want to check you for ticks.” I listen to a lot of different music, but I do like country. My latest favorite song is Living, by Dierks Bentley. I’ll copy the lyrics below, but it’s so much better with the music. My favorite line… “Got a heart full of grateful, for all you’ve been given.”

This mornin’ I got up at 6:01
I walked out and saw the rising sun
And I drank it in like whiskey
I saw a tree I’ve seen a thousand times
A bird on a branch and I watched it fly away in the wind
And it hit me
It’s a beautiful world sometimes I don’t see so clear

Some days you just breath in
Just try to break even
Sometimes your heart’s poundin’ out of your chest
Sometimes it’s just beatin’
Some days you just forget
What all you’ve been given
Some days you just get by
And some days you’re just alive
Some days you’re livin’
Some days you’re livin’

I went back in and fired the coffee up
She walked in the kitchen like she always does
In my t-shirt and it killed me
And I kissed her like it was the first time
She laughed and looked at me like I’d lost my mind
I said “baby, I love you, can’t live without you, I know I don’t say it enough”

Some days you just breath in
Just try to break even
Sometimes your heart’s poundin’ out of your chest
Sometimes it’s just beatin’
Some days you just forget
What all you’ve been given
Some days you just get by
And some days you’re just alive
Some days you’re livin’

Like you never die
Blue’s a little bluer up in the sky
You’re high’s a little high
You feel that fire you’ve been missing
Some days you’re living

It’a beautiful world sometimes I don’t see so clear

Some days you start singin’
And you don’t need a reason
Sometimes the world’s just right
Your clear eyes ain’t even blinkin’
Got a heart full of grateful
For all you’ve been given
Some days you just get by
Yeah some days you’re just alive
Some days you’re livin’
Some days you’re livin’ yeah yeah

Livin’ like you’ll never die
Blue’s a little bluer up in the sky
You’re high’s a little high
You feel that fire you’ve been missin’
Some days you’re living
Some days you’re living

Source: LyricFind

3. Disturbing article…

This is not new (published in 2018), but highlights the reason we NEED to be concerned about so many people taking so many pharmaceutical drugs. They are ending up in wastewater treatment plants, then in our rivers, streams, lakes and oceans… and even our drinking water! This article, titled “Traces of Opioids Found in Seattle-Area Mussels,” notes how opioids, along with other pharmaceutical drugs, such as antibiotics, anti-depressants, chemotherapy drugs, and heart medications are showing up in the tissues of mussels. This is CRAZY! The idea that more and better medications is the answer to our healthcare crisis is a joke. It has not been, nor will ever be, the answer. This article should cause serious alarm!

Friday’s Findings: 08.09.2019

1. Can you help me…?

Fifteen years ago, I started writing weekly wellness articles in three local papers. My goal was simple… to help shape the community’s philosophy on health and wellness and help provide the readers with solid, useful information that they could use to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their families. I have written hundreds of articles and have had incredible feedback. I created this website to increase that level of impact, posting my weekly articles as a blog, as well as this Friday’s Findings. The response has been incredible, and it appears most are enjoying these three nuggets each Friday. There is no financial agenda (as there is nothing to buy), but I am working on a few projects, as well as a book, that one day I may ask you to purchase. In the meantime, all I ask is that you share the site with family and friends. Scroll back through the Friday’s Findings, find one of your favorites, copy the link, and send it to someone you think will enjoy it and/or benefit from it. If you ever read or see anything on drbizjak.com that moves you, inspires you, or entertains you, please pass it on to others. My goal is to grow our subscriber list to hopefully impact more lives. I appreciate your trust, value the fact that you read what I write, and thank you in advance for helping me spread this information. Please take a moment and send someone the link to a specific Friday’s Findings now. (Here is one of the most popular Friday’s Findings if that helps… Friday’s Findings: 07.05.2019. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

2. Something cool I videoed…

I took this video of a relentless ant dragging some type of dead caterpillar back to its home. I was impressed by its determination and abilities. Couldn’t help but think about how this ant surely wasn’t complaining about the hard work, wouldn’t give up (even when it had to drag it through the difficult dips in the pavement), and was doing it for the good of its colony (not just itself). Amazing to see it drag something roughly 10x’s its size. Wow! Check out the 7 second video, along with another 7 second time-lapsed video (it wandered off screen sooner than I had hoped).

https://youtu.be/NAbHwfZMDvg
https://youtu.be/q5jRGIdVrLM

3. One of my favorite parables of all time…

I read this in Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Work Week, years ago. It really got me thinking and stuck with me. I’ve shared it in a past blog, so you may have seen it before, but it is definitely worth reading again… and again… and again. Enjoy! (And pass it on!)

An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it.

The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.” The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican fisherman replied he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman replied, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos: I have a full and busy life, señor.”

The investment banker scoffed, “I am an Ivy League MBA, and I could help you. You could spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats until eventually you would have a whole fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to the middleman you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You could control the product, processing and distribution.”

Then he added, “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City where you would run your growing enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15–20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You could make millions.”

“Millions, señor? Then what?”

To which the investment banker replied, “Then you would retire. You could move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Friday’s Findings: 08.02.2019

1. Recent event…

I hate running, I am not a great swimmer, and I have not biked much, so a triathlon would seem like an unlikely endeavor for me to sign up for. Fortunately, there are shortened versions of athletic events like these. That’s why every year I do the Cleveland Triathlon. There is the Olympic, MegaSprint, Sprint, and SuperSprint versions. My son and I do the SuperSprint. It is fun, involves physical activity, challenges us, and does not require much training and preparation. This year my son beat me (for the first time), and placed 3rd overall. So congrats to him! I encourage you to engage in activities that involve physical activity, are outside, and challenge your physical abilities. There are so many advantages to pushing yourself like that. Events like the Cleveland Triathlon even have a Youth division, allowing family members of all ages to participate. Consider local runs or walks, hikes, bikes, or swims. You certainly can find something that fits your level of fitness and that you could enjoy.

2. Something to ponder…

As you leave Cleveland airport, there is a large billboard you cannot miss, which has been rented by one of the large hospital systems for as long as I can remember. I’m always intrigued by the messages they put up there. As I passed it earlier this week, I saw their newest advertisement… “Over 200 locations in Northeast Ohio.” At first this might strike you as impressive, but I want to remind you that our healthcare system is failing miserably, and the mainstream medical model is very broken. It is good at diagnosing conditions, great at dispensing medicine, and works hard at developing new procedures, but DOES NOT make sick people well. We need doctors, nurses, and hospitals for crisis care, but you have to look elsewhere for wellness and prevention. Therefore… these hospital systems could have 1000 locations in Northeast Ohio, and it would do nothing to lower the chronic illness crisis we are in. More doctors, more medicine, and more hospitals DOES NOT equal more health and wellness.

3. Movie I’d recommend…

If you’re like me, and spend 20-30 minutes flipping through the Amazon Fire TV Stick (which I also love and is under $40) looking for a movie to watch, let me save you some time. Watch About Time. This is a movie that got little attention, but I really loved. It starts out a bit slow, but picks up speed, and has a very deep and powerful message that will have an impact on your life. I won’t share any more details, so as not to spoil it for you. Just watch it!

Friday’s Finding: 07.26.2019

1. Question to ponder…

“Are you pointing out the window… or pointing in the mirror?”

I can’t give credit for this quote, as I cannot remember where I heard it earlier this week. But, as humans, we love to point fingers and blame other people and our circumstances for our shortcomings. It is easy to make excuses and blame everything around us, i.e. other people’s actions, the economy, the weather, where we live, our genes, etc., but the problem often lies within ourselves. This quote grabbed my attention and made me reflect on excuses I am making and pushed me to take a closer look in the mirror at myself.

2. The incredible human body…

Babies will mimic your facial expressions, children will imitate actions of their parents, and humans, in general, will copy behaviors of others. It’s how we learn. There are over 100 billion neurons in the brain, many of which fire when we want to perform some action. It turns out that some of these neurons fire simply by us watching another person perform an activity. They are called mirror neurons. Our brain interprets the action of others as if we are doing it ourselves, allowing us to better recreate that same action on our own. This also helps explain empathy and emotion toward others. We can literally feel another’s sadness and sorrow, which is why we may cry while watching an actor in a movie. Mirror neurons are another component of our complex structure, helping to explain what makes us human. I also share it because it’s another reason to surround ourselves with bigger thinkers and higher achievers… it gives your mirror neurons a better model to imitate. That might be all you ever want to know about mirror neurons, but if you find this at all interesting, you’ll dig this 7-minute Ted Talk by neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran. He explains mirror neurons much better than I just did and dives a little deeper.

3. Wellness Tip…

I’ve recommended in the past to get outside more. I believe it is CRITICAL to get back to nature to express optimal health and wellness. There is even a term to describe immersing yourself in nature… it’s forest bathing. Japanese medicine integrates it into its preventative health care and healing practices. While humans have been forest bathing since the beginning, this term was coined in Japan in the 1980’s. They use the word Shinrin-yoku, which means “taking in the forest atmosphere.” The Environmental Protection Agency sponsored a study that found that the average American spends 93% of his or her time indoors. NOT GOOD! Getting out in the woods, a nearby park, a field, or even your own garden allows you to engage ALL of your senses and take in the natural surroundings. And because we are electrically charged beings, and the earth gives off an electrical charge, we need to be in nature to literally recharge. (I’ll expand on that very interesting concept in a later blog.) Walk slowly into the woods… breathe deeply… smell the smells around you… see the sunlight coming through the trees… hear the sounds of the crickets and the birds… feel the warmth of the sun and the breeze on your skin… and just relax. I know this sounds a bit woo-woo to some of you, but please give it a try. Instead of your work and home environment stealing electrons from you, draining you, you can be picking up electrons from the outside world around you. There ARE health benefits to forest bathing.

Friday’s Findings: 07.19.2019

1. Cartoon I love…

Here is a cartoon that we hang up in our office from time to time, and it always gets a laugh. It is funny, but also sad… as it is so true. I seldom see a new patient who isn’t taking at least one medication regularly, and most take multiple medications. Your goal should be to be truly and fully “Drug-Free!” I just found out that this cartoon was created by editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson.

2. Fundraiser concerns…

Years ago, a patient was raising money to help with diabetes awareness and diabetes research. She told me she was selling candy bars as a fundraiser and asked if I would buy one. Yes… you read that correctly… they were selling candy bars to raise money for diabetes. How crazy is that??? Selling something that is often directly responsible for the very disease/condition that you are so passionately trying to cure??? Since then, I have noticed that many fundraisers for health-related conditions involve junk food. People have to become aware of the fact that the foods we eat are very closely tied to the health conditions we all so strongly want to see eliminated. So when I am handed a piece of cake and a can of Coke when walking into a cancer fundraising event, encouraged to buy a candy bar or soda to help raise money for cancer research while visiting a patient at a major hospital’s cancer ward, or see trays or tables with candy bars, chips, cookies, and/or ice cream at the checkout of any store (like the one pictured below), it is unsettling for me. Candy, soda, and other sugary snacks are not the full blown cause of chronic illness in this country, but are a major contributor to them and have a major adverse impact on immune function. I have put off posting this thought because I know there are good intentions behind many of these fundraisers, and I commend people for taking action and working hard to raise money for health-related issues that they are passionate about. Just recognize the disconnect we have between the diseases/conditions that plague our country and the lifestyle choices that are part of the underlying causes of those conditions.

3. People really are awesome…

I have always been intrigued by human potential. As new records are set and amazing feats are accomplished, I am left wondering what the limit really is to what humans are able to do. Spend a little time watching People are Awesome videos on YouTube, and you’ll leave feeling motivated, excited, and better than you did before watching. People are Awesome videos contain clip after clip of people doing things that truly are awesome. There are many different segments that you can choose from. I absolutely love them! I’ve told my kids for years that I am going to come up with something to do to get on one of those videos… and I think I have something (stay tuned for that). Here is one of those People are Awesome clips for you get a taste… I picked a shorter one so you can check it out quickly…

https://youtu.be/duaOEMmkP54

Friday’s Findings: 07.12.2019

1. Documentary worth watching…

Joseph Campbell was a professor of literature and author, who was well known for his work with comparative mythology. The documentary, Finding Joe, delves into how a hidden pattern that shows up in every story, which he called “the hero’s journey,” is “relevant and essential in today’s world.” Joseph Campbell was known for coining the phrase “follow you bliss.” As we all search for meaning in our lives and strive for a life of significance, it helps to see and reads more that helps us be more conscious of our thoughts and actions. There’s a story in the beginning that I often use in my talks about a Golden Buddha statue. Check it out by ordering the DVD here.

2. Hard work paying off…

You’ve seen this quote in a past Friday’s Findings… “Every master was once a disaster.” I say this often to my kids to remind them that the people they admire, and the people they see doing great things in this world, had to start somewhere. And at some point, those people were terrible at what they now have mastered. So… I’m sharing this clip of my daughter throwing a flip on a wakeboard because she finally landed it this week, after busting her butt (and head), all summer. I love it because she had to work so hard to learn how to do this trick, she took a beating in the process, and she kept trying despite crash after crash after crash. And… while she committed to learning it this summer, and worked at it for weeks, I reminded her that she has been wakeboarding for a decade, building this skill set for a long time. Here is that flip…

https://youtu.be/P_LFBjIS-ck

3. Wellness tip…

As summer slips by, make sure you are taking moments to take it all in. It’s easy to get consumed by texts, emails, phone calls, and work. As you are driving along, hyper-focused on whatever it is you have your mind on, take a moment and do what I call “pan out.” Take that limited view you have in front of you, which is the car dash, the radio, the speedometer, the car in front of you, etc., and expand your field of vision. Open up your eyes to the vastness and beauty of the sun, the sky, the clouds, and the trees around you. Think of how amazing our universe is, breathe deeply, and really look around. We get consumed by what’s happening directly in front of us, but need to pan out and take in more of what surrounds us each day. Right now, take a break from your computer screen or phone and lift your head up and look around you. If inside, walk outside or to a window, and expand your view… pan out! Look around!

Friday’s Findings: 07.05.2019

1. Phenomenon you should be aware of…

There are processes called trophic cascades which “are powerful indirect interactions that can control entire ecosystems. Trophic cascades occur when predators limit the density and/or behavior of their prey and thereby enhance survival of the next lower trophic level.” The trickle down effects of removing a species for a particular ecosystem, or reintroducing it back in, are mind-boggling. An incredible example can be seen in this 5-minute video titled “How Wolves Change Rivers.” Remember… the human body is an ecosystem… therefore, when certain things are added or removed, the downstream effects are incomprehensible. So, the adverse effects of unhealthy living, popping pills, or living a life full of stress needs to be acknowledged and respected. On the flip side… every healthy choice you make comes with many, many more benefits than you can ever imagine or measure. Watch that video clip I mentioned above here, as it should get you thinking, and appreciating, trophic cascades, as well as the cascades that are occurring in your body every day.

2. Interesting suggestion…

I had a buddy who lived a very healthy lifestyle, yet had a heart attack at a fairly young age. He reached out to me afterward, asking me what I thought he could do differently. He is a doctor and very well educated in wellness, so I tried to think of something that might be getting overlooked. It dawned on me that, while we are all genetically similar as humans, our culture and ethnic backgrounds likely influence how our genes have been expressed to do better with certain foods over others. He is Lebanese. So my suggestion, as I felt he was doing everything else right, was to focus on consuming a diet more congruent with what his grandparents, great-grandparents, and ancestors ate. There are certain foods that have been staples in our ethnic backgrounds that our ancestors, native to where we originated, had heavy access to. This lead to, not genetic changes (as genes don’t change), but changes in the expression of certain genes, to maximize the nutritional qualities specific to the food we had most available (look up the word epigenetics to learn more about changing gene expression). I made this suggestion probably ten years ago, basing it solely on common sense and logic, as I did not look into the science. I say this because the science is starting to emerge and experts are starting to suggest this. Consider it. If you’re Polish, Slovenian, Iranian, Indian, or have any other strong nationality in your blood, start incorporating more of the foods your ancestors ate for thousands of years. (And for you Irishmen… beer is not a superfood of your ancestors! Haha!)

3. Quote I love…

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
– Viktor Emil Frankl (Author of “Man’s Search for Meaning,” which everyone should read, and you can buy here)

This is one of my absolute favorite quotes, and one that I think about possibly more than any other. One of the most powerful things for us as humans is having that ability to choose our response to what happens to us. Our reaction to what happens to us in life is often automatic. We simply respond out of habit, mimicking what we know best from what we’ve seen most. If you can stop simply reacting to what happens to you and start utilizing that space between the stimulus and your response, you can begin having much more productive, meaningful, and powerful outcomes. Really think about this quote, as it is one that I have used heavily in my quest to improve the way I live my life. And remember, what happens to us is often out of our control, but how we respond to what happens is not. Even in the worst of circumstances, we can choose to respond in a way that strengthens, motivates, and empowers us, rather than weakens, defeats, and enslaves us. And it’s a perfect quote to ponder this week as we celebrate our freedom and independence.

Friday’s Findings: 06.28.2019

1. Book I’m listening to…

I just finished reading (actually listening to) the book, The Power of TED, by David Emerald. I recommend it! TED stands for The Empowerment Dynamic, which is a way to move from a victim mentality to a “creator” mentality and break what is called the Drama Triangle. It’s creatively written as a fable and follows a character named David as he recognizes a better, more productive, and more meaningful way of living by breaking his old patterns. These are patterns that we all exhibit throughout life. It’s an easy read (only 176 pages) and an even easier listen (just over 3 hours). Check it out here.

2. My favorite restaurant…

Town Hall Café,. in Cleveland (Ohio City), is definitely my favorite restaurant. This place is committed to serving great-tasting and super healthy food in a very cool and comfortable environment. Here is a line from their website… “TownHall set out to create a NON-GMO menu, not because it was easy, but because it is the right thing to do.  We can no longer ignore  the research being published daily pointing out the dangerous nature of GMO foods.” That’s right… they are 100% Non-GMO and mostly organic! Their food is delicious, they have the best bone broth I’ve ever had, and they serve 100% organic, cold-pressed juices that are made in-house. They don’t take reservations, and you can expect a wait, as the place is busy. Check out their story on their website here.

3. Picture I love…

There is a picture we hang from time to time in my office that I wanted to share here. In this day and age, we have complicated almost everything, including what we need to have to have fun and make us happy. We need to get back to the basics and simplify what we can in our lives.

Friday’s Findings: 06.21.2019

1. Wellness tip…

As Americans, we eat A LOT of food. One simple strategy to lose weight and be healthier is to consume smaller portions. When we are out to eat, it can be tough to control portions, but at home, one simple step would be to use smaller plates. We tend to fill up our plates, then eat until that plate is clean. Well… roughly 30% more food is eaten if larger portions are present. That leads to a lot of extra calories and a lot of extra body fat. We use smaller plates in our house. Look at how different the same meals look on the smaller and larger plates. A simple, but very effective step in cutting your calories and food portions!

2. Article I read…

The pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics, an opioid maker, pleaded guilty last week to federal fraud charges. The company’s founder and four other executives were also convicted “of orchestrating a scheme involving bribes and kickbacks to physicians who prescribed large amounts of the drug to patients who didn’t need it,” according to this article in the USA Today. Fraud? Kickbacks? Bribes? This is how big pharma operates. Do you think these companies sit around in meetings and discuss the best ways to save lives and maximize health and living? NO WAY! The meetings revolve around… how do we make more money??? There never has been, nor ever will be, a drug that will be THE ANSWER to our health and wellness needs.

3. Not-so-wellness tip…

The morning after the last day of school, I left a couple of doughnuts for two of my kids (the third was not home). I share this because, even though doughnuts are ridiculously unhealthy, and a terrible way to start the day, the wellness lifestyle isn’t about deprivation. Following the 80/20 Rule (or 90/10 Rule), you can make mostly healthy food choices. Every now and then, you can have a doughnut, a cookie, or a piece of pizza. And these days, you can find healthier versions of these comfort foods. However… the doughnuts in this pic are definitely not healthier versions!!!

Friday’s Findings: 06.14.2019

1. Happy Father’s Day!

I would have to attribute much of who I am today because of my dad. What about him had the most impact in my life? Simple… he led by example. I got to see what a dad is supposed to be like by watching him. I remember being in college, and at some point having this very thought… “Wow, my dad was right about everything!” See this week’s blog post I wrote about my dad here.

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads. Your impact cannot be measured. Here is a great poem you might like…

There are little eyes upon you, and they’re watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly take in every word you say;
There are little hands all eager to do all the things you do,
And a little boy who’s dreaming of the day he’ll be like you.

You’re the little fellow’s idol, you’re the wisest of the wise;
In his little mind about you no suspicions ever rise;
He believes in you devoutly, and holds that all you do
He will say and do in your way when he’s grown up like you.

There’s a wide-eyed little fellow who believes you’re always right,
And his ears are always open and he watches day and night,
You are setting an example every day in all you do,
For the little boy who’s waiting to grow up to be like you.

— Author Unknown 

2. Something I saw this week…

While at the University of Cincinnati this week, I was able to grab a quick workout in their Campus Recreation Center. Wow! I love that universities are making the investment in fitness and wellness. This place has everything you could ever need or imagine. And the equipment is state-of-the-art. This is the best time in history for access to what we need to be well. Every city, school, and even many workplaces have places available for you to get in better shape. No more excuses! The access to gyms is better than ever, and it has become much more affordable. I’m excited to see so many places investing in the health and wellness of their students, employees, and community members. Take advantage! Join a gym and get busy! Here’s a photo of just one of the many sections of University if Cincinnati’s Rec Center… AMAZING!

3. Quick meal…

I’m always looking for quick meals. Here is one that I go to periodically… it’s basically a lettuce wrap, but I eat it like a taco. I start with a large piece of heart of Romaine lettuce, add turkey or chicken, avocado mayo, sliced pickles, avocado, cheese, and maybe sauerkraut, cucumber, and/or tomato. It gives me the protein, healthy fats, and nutrients I need, without refined carbs. And the sauerkraut is the easiest way for me to get fermented foods into my diet. (My favorite is Cleveland Kraut’s Curry Kraut, www.clevelandkraut.com) Very quick, easy to eat, and very filling. It can be tweaked to be fully keto or paleo.

Friday’s Findings: 06.07.2019

1. Best dad? Or Worst dad? You decide…

I took my daughter skydiving last weekend for her 18th birthday. I’ve gotten mixed responses… some saying that it was an awesome idea… and some thinking I was nuts for doing that. The bottom line is that the wellness lifestyle is about living fully. Personally, I never want to be lying on my deathbed with regret, wishing I had done or said things that I didn’t do or say. I never ever want to say, “I wish I would have…” We both got to face fear, overcome it, and experience something incredible. Experiences like this, I expect and hope, will trickle into other areas of my kids’ lives so that they never get robbed by the twin thieves… fear and regret. A special thanks to Aerohio, in Rittman, Ohio, a super professional skydiving outfit (https://www.aerohio.com/). And to my good buddy, Matt McClone, my skydiving instructor and adventure enthusiast, for helping to get that special day all set up. Think about something you’ve been wanting to do, but have been held back by doubt and/or fear… then GO DO IT!

2. Article I read…

Our healthcare system is pathetic. Doctors continue doing procedures, prescribing drugs, and making recommendations, even when the latest science has proven those procedures, drugs, or recommendations are useless… or worse… cause harm! Make sure you ask a lot of questions, do your own research, and always get a second, third, or even fourth opinion. This article is an eye opener. I suggest reading the whole article, but at least read the first several paragraphs to get the gist of what you need to be thinking about in regards to taking medical advice.

3. Something I love…

I attended a couple of high school graduations this past week. I love that we recited the Pledge of Allegiance. As I put my hand over my chest to recite it, I had a couple thoughts. The first was the memory of being a Boy Scout when I was younger. The other thought was how much I love the words in that pledge… “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” I love the whole thing, but was particularly drawn to the words “one Nation,” and “indivisible.” As the political arena continues to heat up and divide us, we must remember we are, in fact, one Nation, and if we are to remain a country that can lead, support, and retain our freedoms, we must remain indivisible. And I really loved that the words “under God” were still spoken at these events.

Friday’s Findings: 05.31.2019

1. Happy Memorial Day (late)…

Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who died while serving our country in the Armed Forces.  I have always had great admiration for those putting their lives on the line so we can retain the incredible freedom and lifestyle we have. I remember visiting Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., looking out over this 624 acres, where over 400,000 have been buried, and being moved to tears thinking that these men and women gave their lives… the ultimate sacrifice… for you, me, and our country. I also remember seeing a painting when I was very young that stopped me in my tracks, and for some reason had a big impact on me. It’s called “Reflections,” by Lee Teter, depicting a man in business clothes, with his briefcase next to him, leaning forward with his hand outstretched against the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. In the reflection are several members of what must be his platoon, men that died in that war, with one soldier’s hand up against the man’s hand. The man has his other hand in his pocket and his head bowed down, apparently crying. You can see this painting here. (I’m linking to Amazon so you can see the painting without me infringing on copyright issues.) Happy belated Memorial Day, and a huge thanks to all those who have died for our freedom and for those who have served, or are serving, our country, and putting their lives on the line for ours.

2. Optimal living tip…

If you are like me, you get thoughts of things you need to do, but then put them off. You may even write them down to remind yourself to get them done later. Problem is, you never end up with MORE time, so your to-do list gets longer and longer. I’ve been working on implementing what is called the 5 Second Rule. The bottom line is that I try to get whatever it is done right then, within five seconds of having the thought. It might be a phone call I need to make, an email I need to send, or anything that I can get done quickly. It is awesome! I knock out a lot of little tasks that would linger on my to-do list, and it helps to override my brain’s super powerful ability to make me procrastinate. (I learned about “The 5 Second Rule” in an article written about author and speaker, Mel Robbins, who is the author of the book, The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. I did not read the book yet, but you can read more about it or buy it here.)

3. Just for fun…

Summertime is here! We live on a lake and have a water trampoline. Every year it takes some work to get it blown up, on the water, and anchored. Since I’m always looking for ways to use my elapsed-time feature on my phone’s camera… well… here I am setting up the water trampoline last weekend in high-speed. (Click the image below to watch.) Why am I sharing this? I have no idea… I just thought you’d get a kick out of it. Have a blast this summer!

https://youtu.be/Mx0QKbXO1Fg

 

Friday’s Findings: 05.24.2019

1. Product I love…

I tend to chew a lot of gum. In an effort to avoid the artificial sweeteners, like aspartame (terrible stuff!), I have tried every natural gum I could find. Some stick to your teeth, most have flavor that disappears within a minute, and not too many taste very good. My favorite aspartame-free gum is PUR Gum. And I actually like all the flavors. Here is the link to the variety pack I buy regularly.

2. Article I read…

This week, USA Today had an article titled, “Episiotomies are painful, risky and not routinely recommended; Dozens of hospitals do too many,” bringing to light the ridiculously high episiotomy rate in today’s childbirths. This is one problem, among many others (i.e. high C-section rates and inducing labor), that “experts blamed… on outdated medical practices and a desire to speed up the time it takes to deliver babies.” Among the industrialized world, the U.S. is the most dangerous place to deliver a baby. It’s time to rethink the business of pregnancy and childbirth and realize that more procedures, more testing, and more doctoring is not resulting in better outcomes, smoother births, and healthier babies. The article is long, but you can read it here. Summary… episiotomies are dangerous and are being done far too often. The latest research and data is being ignored by many practicing doctors. USA Today did a more in-depth series bringing to light the problems with birth in America called “Deadly Deliveries,” which you can find here.

3. Great Quote…

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins

As humans, we tend to continuously be surprised with the outcomes we get, often feeling frustrated that we keep running into the same problems, unable to reach a higher level of success, and getting the same results day after day. If you don’t change the way you are doing things, your results will stay the same. If you are frustrated with the way your body looks, with your financial situation, with the quality of your relationships, or with the way you feel every day, there is only one way to change any, or all, of that… change your behavior. Yep, you need to decide what it is you truly want, take different action, and create new habits. Give that some thought as you head into the weekend.

Friday’s Findings: 05.17.2019

1. Back in the day…

Remember when Sea World had a water ski team? I was fortunate enough to be on that team for five seasons. What an incredible experience! I will write a blog soon that I will call, “Five Life Lessons I Learned as a Professional Water Skier.” One of those lessons is find someone who knows exactly how to do what you want to do and has perfected it, and ask them to teach you. (I’ll expound on that in that upcoming blog.) For now, I will share a pic I came across this week while cleaning out my basement. This is a four-man front flip off the ramp. I am the second one from the left (in the blue and yellow wetsuit). So fun!!! 

2. What I am working on…

I am at the grocery store 3-4 times every week. I have tried to use the recyclable/reusable bags numerous times, but it is always short lived. Somehow I get out of the routine, forget them in my car, or get just plain lazy. Those plastic bags are terrible, and I know I need to stop using them. When I was in San Diego, you had to pay extra for a bag, which was paper, and plastic bags were not even available. Those laws/policies are coming our way, but we really shouldn’t wait. So… I am making a serious effort starting right now to use those reusable bags. I am committing to bring them EVERY time, and vow to go out to my car to get them if I forget them. No more excuses! Join me.

3. Cool video…

Watch this video, Ferrari F1 Pit Stop Perfection. It’s a bit mesmerizing. Like looking at a form of art. What makes it so cool is that this is ridiculously complex, yet they make it look so easy. I like it because it encompasses so many success traits… teamwork, dedication, skill, attention to detail, mastery, etc. I am always amazed at what is possible when a group of people come together to achieve a single goal… and it’s done with intensity and enthusiasm. I must have watched this video a dozen times.

https://youtu.be/aHSUp7msCIE

Friday’s Findings: 05.10.2019

 

1. Inspirational person…

Check out this quick interview I did with a patient and friend of mine, Beth Dowell. She has amazed me. She’s been a patient of mine for over 15 years. For ten of those years, she weighed over 240 pounds. She had finally had enough and decided she was going to lose the weight. She did… she lost 80 pounds! While that is amazing and impressive in itself, what makes it more incredible is that she lost her 80th pound ON HER 80th BIRTHDAY! Wow! She had high blood pressure, was pre-diabetic, was high risk for a stroke, and had to use a walker. ALL of those things are GONE! One thing not on this video that she wished she had said… “If I can do it, you can do it.” I’ve wanted to share her story for a long time. So click here to hear her story.

2. Recipe I love…

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies: These cookies are grain-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free. They are made with almond flour, monk fruit, and stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. They are not just okay, they are delicious. Easy and quick to make. Even my kids like them!  And they will not spike your blood sugar (I’ve tested my blood glucose levels after eating them just to be sure).

3. Wellness Tip…

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many health conditions, such as depression, headaches, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even acne. Most people are very low in vitamin D, therefore supplementation is critical. Many of you take it in the winter, as you are void of natural sunlight, but I want to remind you to continue to take it even in the summer months. I take 5,000-6,000 i.u.’s of vitamin D3 in the winter and cut it back to about 3,000 i.u.’s in the summer. While vitamin D is fat-soluble, and you can take too much, that is difficult to do. And at these doses, I have no worries about running into that problem. The best way to know your vitamin D levels is to have your blood tested. The test you want is the 25(OH)D test (not the 1,25(OH)₂D test). For all the best information on vitamin D you can visit https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/. To see the long list of conditions linked to vitamin D deficiency click here. This summer, get out in the sun. Despite all the negative press around the sun, our much healthier ancestors spent all day outside and got plenty of sun!

Friday’s Findings: 05.03.2019

  1. Word I love…

One word I love is authentic. It is defined as “not false or copied; genuine; real.” Another definition… “representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified.” In a world where everyone seems to want to look like, dress like, and act like everyone else, it’s refreshing when we come across, or are around, someone who is truly authentic. They say what they believe, act in way that’s congruent with their philosophies and beliefs, and resonate high. Like a restaurant that’s truly Italian or Mexican, the authenticity is what sets it apart from the chain restaurants around it. Being that there is no one else on the planet made exactly like you, it’s important to express yourself the way you were created. Think about how you act, how you think, and what your life looks like right now. Are you living an authentic life?

2. Inspirational Video…

There are several clips of a commencement speech Matthew McConaughey gave in 2015 to students at the University of Houston. He shares 13 life lessons. You can find the whole thing on YouTube, but you can watch a 5-minute clip of it here, or a 9-minute clip here. They are different, so you might want to watch both. I loved them both.

3. Great snack…

There are times when you need to grab a quick snack on the go. The problem is that quick and easy snacks often end up being unhealthy. One of my favorite quick, easy, AND healthy snacks is nuts. I often have a container of mixed nuts on hand. They contain protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They not only taste great, the fat helps to keep you feeling fuller longer. The cool thing is you can get a variety of nuts, avoid the ones you don’t like, and add things to the mix to make it even better. The other day I added crunched up dried banana slices and Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips. Tasted great! Be careful of some pre-mixed trail mixes because of high sugar content (which is less of an issue if you are eating them while very active). Also, while high in nutrients, they are also high in calories, so limit yourself to a handful or two.

Friday’s Findings: 04.26.2019

  1. Documentary I watched…

I recently watched the documentary, Free Solo, about professional rock climber Alex Hannold’s attempt to be the first to free solo climb El Capitan’s vertical rock face (900-meter) at Yosemite National Park. To explain a little more… free soloing is where a climber climbs ALONE… WITHOUT the use of any ropes, harnesses, or safety equipment. This is also known as… INSANE! You will be moved by this documentary. It was shot very well, the scenery is incredible, and Alex Hammond in unbelievable. I rented it from Amazon… click here.

2. Experience I had…

For my birthday, I went to see Eric Church in concert. I’ve always liked his music, but there is something about seeing it performed live. One thing that moves me when watching artists like him is knowing that he had a vision of what he wanted to do with music in his life, and despite his family, friends, and others probably discouraging him, he did not give up. He started writing music at age thirteen and taught himself how to play the guitar. At one point in the show, he came down into the crowd, thanking everyone for coming out to see him. He talked about how they started playing for a group of 20, and 20 turned into 40, and 40 turned into 80, and how there they were playing for sold out crowds in Cleveland for two nights (tens of thousands of people). It reminded me that all big things, at one time, started small. It also reminded me that if you’re going to make a really big impact, you have to be careful who you listen to and keep moving forward regardless of what others say.

3. Thought I am pondering…

We go through life with this recurring idea that we will be happy once we… (fill in the blank). Once I get my driver’s license… then I’ll be happy. Once I get that job… then I’ll be happy. Once I make that amount of money… then I’ll be happy. Once I retire… then I’ll be happy. And on and on we go. We achieve the thing we think will make the difference, yet, once we do, we are left longing for the next thing. We go through our entire lives searching for something better, or striving to get to that next destination in our lives, only to let each present moment slip by without appreciating it, experiencing it, or savoring it. I have tried to be more present, and will try harder these next weeks, months, and years, to avoid constantly looking forward and really appreciate where I am. Let’s try it this weekend… get with someone you love, turn off your phone, and really listen. There is something called The Station. We hang it in our office from time to time. Check it out…

Friday’s Findings: 04.19.2019

  1. Inspiring people…

Tiger Woods…. Winning The Masters… again… 14 years after his last win there! Wow! It’s so inspiring to see something as remarkable as that. He makes it look easy, but what most can never realize is how much effort, sacrifice, and mental toughness goes into a comeback like that. To overcome the odds, ignore the critics, and continue to believe in yourself the way Tiger did is amazing. I love seeing people do things that others think can’t be done. I was moved by his victory last Sunday. And I think there are lessons to be learned here… Never give up…Ignore your critics… And commit to excellence! No matter where you are in life right now, think about what kind of comeback YOU can have.

2. Quote…

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces–regret weighs tons.” -Jim Rohn

Most of the time, we have regrets. It’s because we failed to put in the time, do the work, and make the sacrifices that were required to get the results we actually desired. Sure there’s pain in living a disciplined life, but as Jim Rohn says in this quote, that pain is miniscule compared to the pain of regret. We think of it as a victory when we avoid pain now. Start thinking of the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication you put in now as an investment in getting what you want and need long-term, rather than pain.

3. Nutrition tip…

I have a rule that I eat salads for lunch. That is the one meal that I have the most control over, so I try to make that one a healthy one. It makes life easy… when I am out to lunch I do not even look at the rest of the menu. I go right to the salads… every time. It gives me the nutrition I need, I don’t go into that food coma in the afternoon that hits after a carb-heavy meal, and I don’t leave lunch wishing I would have made a healthier choice. And if I don’t see a salad that I really like, I ask the server to add what I want (always avocado if they have it), and remove what I don’t like (blue cheese, black olives, etc.). I don’t sacrifice taste and always leave full.

Friday’s Findings: 04.12.2019

1. Inspirational person…

I LOVE this quick video from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He talks about his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL getting shattered when he gets cut from the Canadian Football League. But… had that not happened, he wouldn’t be where he is today. My favorite line from this one minute video… “The one thing you wanted to happen, often times is the best thing that never happened.” It’s not always easy to see past tough situations when you’re going through them, but you have to trust… you have to “have faith.” Know that you are where you are right now because, for whatever reason, it is exactly where you are supposed to be. Check out the video!

https://youtu.be/g6G190DJZGE

2. Dr. Google…

I have many patients that have been criticized by their doctors for using the internet when researching medical issues. It happened to me. I had a doctor roll his eyes and sarcastically ask, “Where did you read that, the internet?” I said that I did. He then told me that I was looking at the wrong sites and that the information was wrong. I told him it was from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, which is one website most doctors hold in highest regard (Hmmm?). In this day and age, you HAVE TO do your own research.  And, by the way, “Online searching is a popular activity among doctors, with more than 70% of physicians using search engines—most often Google—at least once daily for professional purposes,” according to an annual survey by CMI/Compas. Of course, there is bogus information on the internet, but the answers you are looking for are likely also there. So use the internet, become your own scientist. Just be careful, and do not just rely on one source.  

3. Product I love…

One thing that can be very annoying and frustrating is a dull kitchen knife. I found this knife sharpener, from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, about a decade ago and absolutely love it. It’s lightweight, small, and incredibly easy to use. I use it almost every time I pull out any of our straight-edge knives, ensuring a super sharp blade every time. If you’re trying to eat healthier, you will be cutting fruits, vegetables, and meats regularly. If anything is easier, we tend to be more apt to do it. And you don’t realize how dull your knives are until you cut with a freshly sharpened blade. And everyone I have given one to as a gift raves about it. For under $15, you can’t beat it!

Friday’s Findings: 04.05.2019

1. Quote…

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”            ― Mother Teresa

Years ago, I remember someone asking me in a sarcastic tone if I thought I was going to change the world. I was young and almost embarrassingly said “no.” Later on I thought about it, realized I did want to change the world, but realized that was a huge task. Then I thought about how each one of us has our own world, and if I could change the life of one person, then I changed his or her world. So, as Mother Teresa said… help one person… and start with the person nearest you. Do that today!

2. Article I read…

There was an article in the New York Post titled, “A bottle of wine a week is as bad as smoking 10 cigarettes: study.I’m not going to paste the link to that article because I do not want you to waste your time reading it. It’s headlines like this that mislead people. The authors were trying to make a point to raise cancer risk awareness regarding alcohol consumption and thought comparing it to cigarettes would be a good idea. While I believe the health benefits of wine have been overstated in the press over the years, less than one glass of wine per day can’t be the worst thing in the world. And there is no discussion of what type of wine. Obviously, drinking wine that is healthier, more pure, and with less additives would be better and safer that other wines. Companies like Dry Farm Wines finds wines that are “All natural & additive- free, lab tested for purity, and sugar-free & low alcohol.” I’m not a big wine drinker, and I am not telling you to drink more or less wine, but wanted to use the above article to warn you about ridiculous headlines that give you little or no valuable information, but might mislead you.

3. Move toward wellness…

As the spring season rolls in, make sure you get outdoors. We all agree that increased physical activity is not only good for human health, but an absolute requirement. What you might find surprising is that being physically active outdoors is much more beneficial than doing it inside. Outdoor air is less polluted than indoor air, you’ll get a boost of vitamin D, you breath in more diverse and healthier bacteria from leaves and grasses, and your mind and joints get a wider variety of stimulation due to the uneven terrain and changing scenery. GET OUTSIDE! Click here for a quick summary of a systematic review of this subject.

Friday’s Findings: 03.29.2019

1. Cool Experience…

Spending spring break in the Dominican Republic. Chartered a boat yesterday and went scuba diving. As my family swam along the coral reef, seeing stingray, squid, lobster, and thousands of amazingly colorful fish, I could not help but think how cool it is that we have the ability to go underwater, be able to breath, and explore an environment that our ancestors could only dream about. Check out the pics….  a pic taken by my son with our drone (the white boat there is the boat we chartered), a pic of us underwater, and me with the main captain, Victor.

A special thanks to Lise and her husband, Edwar, owners of El Caribe Tours for being super professional and kind, and making the day one to remember (www.eltourcaribe.com).

2. Quote…

“Living the dream!”

Ask someone how they are doing, and many respond with “Living the dream!” The problem is that they are usually saying it sarcastically, in a tone that implies that things are mundane and that they are living anything but their dreams. When I hear that, I always think that they surely are living someone’s dream. We often forget how good we have it. With many in the world making less than $2 per day and living without the freedoms and opportunities we have, we have to realize that we are living a lot of people’s dreams.

3. Work hard… play hard!

Living a great life requires balance. One of those balances needs to be between work and play. I have always subscribed to the idea of work hard… play hard! As my kids were thanking me for such a great trip while in the Dominican Republic, I reminded them that what they do not see is the hard work that goes into making a trip like this possible. We need to work hard, but we also need to play hard. According to Expedia.com’s 18th annual Vacation Deprivation study, U.S. workers took the fewest average number of vacation days in 2018 of the 19 countries surveyed.  Too much work, and you’ll miss the great experiences life has to offer. Of course, all play and no work can get you into trouble. So… work hard… but play just as hard!

Friday’s Findings: 03.22.2019

1. What’s Wrong With That…

Not sure if you saw this article in April of 2018, but you have to read this! Many people believe there is a suppression of a cure for many diseases so that the pharmaceutical companies and medical system can continue to profit. It is easy to see why, as there have been no cures in decades. Well, this article has Goldman Sachs analysts discussing how a cure is not good for business. My spine tingled when I read the line about how cures “could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.” Yikes!

2. Quote…

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins

I think most people start out with a vision or dream of what their lives could or should look like, yet somehow fall into the trap of believing that it just can’t be that way. Even if your life doesn’t look too good right now, or how you thought it would look, decide today to reignite that spark and start doing the things that get you fired up.

3. Something I practice…

Every day, I take a moment to think of three things I am grateful for. This gratitude exercise is super simple, costs nothing, and is incredibly impactful. You can do it any time of day, but I prefer to do it on my way home from my office or right before bed. It will instantly change your state and focus. And even in tough times, there are ALWAYS things to be grateful for.

Go ahead… take a moment right now to think of three things you’re grateful for.

Friday’s Findings: 3.15.2019

1. What’s Wrong With That?…

Patients are given treatment options by their medical doctor. They are often told those are their only options. What the doctor should say is that those are the only options that they have for them. Surely there are many other options. In fact, there are usually dozens of options when it comes to dealing with health-related problems. No healthcare professional has all the answers, so do not accept their recommendations as your only options. And remember that “these are your only options” really means “these are the only options I have for you.”

2. Mistake I Made…
Years ago, I was a fan of egg whites and avoided egg yolks. I somehow got sucked into the idea that the most beneficial part of the egg was the white, not the yolk. I would make scrambles with six egg whites and one yolk. I knew the yolk contained nutrients, therefore I included the one. Now that I know better, I eat a three to four egg scramble, and include the entire egg. Egg yolks contain vitamins A, D, E, and K, healthy fats, amino acids and antioxidants.  They actually reduce risk for heart disease, and the cholesterol in the yolk does not impact your blood cholesterol.They are extremely nutritious. The bottom line is that eggs and egg yolks got a bad rap for years, but now I am certain that they are not only not bad for me, but very good for me. I strongly recommend eating the whole egg (unless you are allergic). If interested, you can read more on the benefits of eggs from Dr. Joe Mercola at Mercola.com here.
3. Quote I Love…
“In life, the hardest things and the right things are often the same things.”
Life isn’t always easy. When faced with tough decisions it isn’t always easy to make the right decision, but when choosing the easy way over the right way, things usually don’t end well. It may seem better in the short term, but long term, we end up with regret. At the end of the day, when you look yourself in the mirror, there is nothing better than knowing that you gave everything you had that day and lived congruently with your beliefs and philosophies.

Friday’s Findings: 3.8.2019

1.What’s Wrong With That… 

I came across this article about a mid-wife who was arrested for “practicing midwifery without a license,” yet does have a certification (CPM, Certified Professional Midwife). Obviously, there are complex issues involved, but women and families are seeking this type of birth process for a variety of reasons (religious, philosophical, cultural, financial, etc.). More natural and non-conventional healthcare choices are often vilified in the mainstream media and condemned by medical practitioners, often without merit. Preferring one method of managing your health and the health of your family over another is one thing, but trying to take the right to choose away from another individual is a BIG problem. Our three children were all born at home with a midwife. And, while I would never suggest that everyone do that, there are very specific and meaningful reasons we chose to go that route. (Click here for article.)

2. Cool Pic…

I think this image says so much. There is greatness within each of us. You don’t have to go out and find happiness, gratitude, self-esteem, spiritual connectedness. It is WITHIN YOU! Wellness is about chipping away at the garbage that has built up on you, suppressing and hiding your ultimate potential.

3. Thought I had…

I see patients come in to my office often with a long list of medications. Some as many as fifteen to twenty different meds, but most people are taking  at least one to four. So here is my thought… if I took those same medications right now, I would feel sick. How do those same medications that would make you and me sick make a sick person well??? Hmmmm.

Friday’s Findings: 3.1.2019

1. Inspiring person…

If you haven’t heard of Dick and Ricky Hoyt, you’ve got to check them out. Watching Dick Hoyt, and seeing what he has done for his son, will make you feel pathetic as a parent. Click here to get the background on these two amazing individuals (it’s about 13 minutes, but worth it!), and then click here to watch a video that will inspire you (while bringing you to tears). Stories like this always get me thinking… what am I REALLY capable of???

2. What’s Wrong With That…

I had a patient that was suffering from neck pain and daily headaches. An MRI was done, and the doctor pointed out two degenerated discs in the patient’s lower neck, stating, “There’s your problem.” The doctor then prescribed muscle relaxers and pain pills. Hmmmm. How will those medications affect those discs??? They won’t! A key to success when it comes to optimal health and wellness is addressing the cause… not the effect. We effectively help improve the function of those spinal joints, which is why we have such success with cases like these. Make sure you are addressing the cause of your problems (and not just your health problems), and not merely masking the symptoms.

3. Great Quote…

“Stop believing everything you think.”

The person I heard this from did not know the source, but I love it. Our biggest obstacle is getting over our own limiting beliefs. Start questioning why you do the things you do, and the way you do them. Especially if they are not working, and you are not getting the results you want.

Friday’s Findings: 2.22.19

1. Inspiring Person…
Click here for a cool instagram post. Wow! I love watching human beings do things that I might have thought impossible. This came to me in Tim Ferris’ 5-bullet Friday weekly email (loaded with good stuff and partly what inspired these Friday Findings).

2. Recommended Book…
Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear Habits have a profound effect on the quality of our lives. Change your habits, and your life changes. This book is the best I’ve read on creating the habits we need… and replacing the bad ones we don’t. It’s an easy read and will give you tools and strategies that you can implement the day you read it. I listened to the audible version, but bought the book also to easily refer back to it.

3. Great Quote…
“A mind, once stretched by a new idea, can never return to its original dimensions.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (I’ve also seen Oliver Wendell Holmes credited for it.) I have loved this quote for over three decades and refer to it often. Once you see something, you can’t un-see it. Your brain expands, and your belief system gets changed forever. This is why it is so important to get around bigger thinkers and doers than yourself. They expand your thinking and open your mind to ideas and possibilities you didn’t know existed. This is also why I love biographies of super achievers and world changers. You realize that most of them started out like you and me, but acted and/or thought differently. Helps you realize… if they can do it… I can too.

Friday’s Findings: 2.15.19

1. Recipe/Food I Tried…
I’m a big fan of zucchini noodles. They are easy to prepare if you have a zoodler (Under $12 at Amazon… ). Most grocery stores now sell them pre-cut, and many Italian restaurants allow you to substitute them for pasta. Keto-friendly food that is a great substitute for pasta noodles. Obviously, does not taste like pasta, but has a great texture and taste… without all those carbs.

2. Moving Experience...
I attended a wedding ceremony this weekend. She is from the U.S., he is from Cuba. They met while she was on vacation. Language barrier NOT an issue. After a great deal of planning and strategizing, and last minute craziness, he manages to get his Visa on Thursday, flies out of Cuba that night, gets marriage license on Friday, and they get married on Saturday. The ceremony was beautiful and everything went well, but more important… the love was palpable, and it was incredible to witness this next step in what will be an amazing story as it unfolds. And they have a baby on the way! Why a moving experience??? It’s amazing to think about how we are where we are at this moment and how events in our lives unfold. It’s moving to see two people passionately in love and excited about a future that many would not have worked so hard to make possible. What a story they will be able to tell. It moved me! Follow your heart more!

3. Great Quote…
“Every master was once a disaster.” I say this to my kids enough that once it starts coming out of my mouth, they will finish it in a sarcastic tone. But think about it, Lebron James could not dribble a basketball at one time in his life. We ALL start somewhere. We aren’t born with mastery. It takes time and effort. Don’t let fear or frustration prevent you from seeking new skills, talents, or hobbies. Everyone starts somewhere…  even the greatest people you respect and idolize.