Role Model Of The Month
Don't Ever Give Up!
Raymond Chavez, 103, threw the opening ball at a recent Padres game in San Diego. Chavez, who served on the U.S. Navy coastal minesweeper USS Condor, was joined by Jack Paris, who served on the U.S. Navy battleship USS Colorado and was on it in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered to end World War II.
Chavez threw his ball to reliever Kevin Quackenbush while Paris threw his to coach Dave Roberts. The crowd of more than 30,000 gave both men a standing ovation for their effort and to thank them for their service. The Padres have a longstanding tradition of honoring the Military at home games on Sundays. Watch the video here
The back-story on Raymond Chavez
When Raymond Chavez started working with personal trainer Sean Thompson at Personally Fit, in San Diego, Raymond was in deplorable condition - hunched over, next to no muscle tone, leaning on a walker and taking tentative steps. In just a few short months, Sean whipped Raymond into the strong, upright condition he is in now. Sean explains, "His astonishing results -- I haven't seen anything like it, even with much, much younger clients. Ray was able to put on 20 pounds of muscle in just 6 months, simply spending two 30 minute sessions with me per week. He went from 93 lbs to 113, and lost 7% body fat."
The moral of the story: As long as you live, some improvement, sometimes dramatic, is always possible. By the way, I am now working with Sean and I'm already having some impressive improvement in strength. If you are looking for a top of the line personal trainer in San Diego, contact Sean Thompson at Personally Fit. 858-485-6706 or check out Sean's page here
“Female Viagra” Approved by FDA The good news: The FDA has approved flibanserin (Addyi), the first drug to treat premenopausal women with low sexual desire. The appropriately colored pink pill has been described as the female equivalent of the erectile dysfunction drug, sildenafil (Viagra). (Sorry, postmenopausal girlfriends. You will have to continue to rely on the prowess of your partner to rev you up. It might be as easy as a bouquet of flowers, or if your partner showers more than once in a blue moon and shaves the thorny shrubbery off his face. Girlfriends, am I right about … Read more
John Paul Ouvrier
Sore feet and exercise; boy they can go together! Is there hope? Yes. There is hope in helping the average sore foot, because the average sore foot hurts because it's not taken care of. Other foot aches and pains are between you and your doctor. Most everyone will have something their doctor needs to look at, from bunions to arthritis, the list is almost endless. Once the doctor has looked at your feet, the question then becomes, "What can I do myself proactively that will help my feet not ache, or not ache as much?" This is best explained by example. Let's use the image of a … Read more
Maybe you’ve been on the spirituality/metaphysical/Law of Attraction path for quite a while, yet don’t feel as in the flow as you’d like to or that it’s easy to get in the flow, no matter what you know. What’s up with that? You may or may not like what this is really about, but until you take hold of it to help you move forward, you’ll likely stay frustrated in one or more areas of your life. Ernest Holmes got right to it when he wrote, “We are One with the Universe, and that Spirit flows through us at the level of our recognition and embodiment of it…. Spirit expresses itself through each … Read more
New Book: The Widow or Widower Next Door
According to Mary Lee Robinson, 50% of happily married couples WILL become The Widow or Widower Next Door so, it’s not a question of if, but when one of you is alone. No one has figured out how to avoid that. Mary Lee joined that 50% in February 2013. Think you know what grieving the loss of a spouse is like? Are you uncomfortable talking about grief, yet more at ease discussing sex? You probably are, unless you have walked that path of loss yourself. Mary Lee and her husband had just relocated 11 months prior to their brand new home in the Low Country of the Carolinas when he suffered … Read more
When we were young, my youngest brother and I always looked forward to Wednesday. THAT was the day the ‘rolling store’ came by. This truck, filled with basic groceries and other items, stopped at each farmhouse on its’ route to offer their wares to the housewife who seldom went to ‘town’, 15 miles away. Seems like yesterday that Mr. Clemmons came around his truck to ask my Mama what she might need. There were no refrigerated items, but he had a wide selection of foods in bags or packages….even a small choice of candies. Mama liked those ‘circus peanuts’ so we hoped she would get a few. … Read more
Michael E. Platt, M.D.
Many people probably remember thalidomide which was a popular sleeping pill prescribed for pregnant women starting in the 1940's because it was touted to help with morning sickness. It was eventually removed from the market after it had resulted in thousands of babies being born with skeletal abnormalities such as only having hands without arms attached to their shoulders (a condition called focomyelia). In 1956, a drug was introduced called Bendectin, and again used for morning sickness. It was a combination of two drugs, doxylamine and pyridoxine. Unfortunately, this drug resulted in … Read more
Two classes of inexpensive generic drugs can reduce breast cancer deaths, new research shows Two different classes of drugs, aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates, can each improve survival prospects for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, two recent studies indicate. Moreover, the researchers suggest that the two types of drug can be used together, increasing the benefits while also decreasing some side-effects. Scientists discover link between common medications and serious falls in older men A significant link between serious falls causing injury in older men and a … Read more
My boomer daughter thinks I should spend time traveling. After all, isn't traveling and taking life easy what "old" people are supposed to do? You've seen the TV commercials for river cruises that promise exposure to all kinds of cultural treasures in exotic places. She thinks that's ideal. I look at those happy old people enjoying themselves and think, "get a job -- your brain is turning to mush". (Yes, I understand how harsh that sounds.) I have no interest in traveling, or seeing cultural treasures. I am my own cultural treasure. The year we went to Rome I couldn't wait to go home. … Read more