Connecting the Dots Between Personal Fiscal Health and Personal Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First posted 9/5/11 on Health Populi

Home foreclosures negatively influence health in several dimensions: they cause stress on the lives of the home’s residents, including children, driving mental and physical illness; they impact neighbors who worry that home values will fall in their community; and, they can motivate unhealthy behaviors, such as drinking and foregoing medical treatment such as seeing the doctor and filling needed prescriptions for drugs treating chronic conditions.

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The Healthy Savage Hypothesis Debunked

By Dov Michaeli

First published 4/13/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

This blog is about Health and Medicine, broadly defined. So forgive me if I start with something that looks irrelevant. It will paint the broader context in which our subject matter exists.

Since earliest times humans believed that somehow being a “savage”, meaning uncivilized, living closer to nature, equates with being purer, unspoiled by civilization’s meanness, hypocrisy, and a host of other ills. The very first written literary work that was a “best seller” in the ancient world was “The Epic of Gilgamesh”, in which Gilgamesh, a mythical Sumerian prince, goes on a voyage in search of eternal life. His friend and fellow traveler was Enkiddu, a wild but good person who lived with animals. This was 3500 years ago. The sentimental romanticism of wild and pure people has never disappeared ever since. During the 17th and 18th centuries this concept of “noble savage” enjoyed remarkable popularity in the form of novels, philosophical essays, and even political movements. Today’s back to nature, wholesome foods, anti GM crops, anti-science beliefs, all resonate with the noble savage idea.

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Eat Your Yogurt. It’s Good For You.


First published 2/8/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

YogurtYesterday we discussed the deleterious effect that antibiotics have on the normal gut flora. Clostridium difficilecan take advantage of the biological vacuum created by antibiotics and populate the gut –which leads to a serious complication called“psudomembranous colitis”.There is only one antibiotic that is still effective against this bug, and even it is losing its effectiveness through the emergence of resistant strains. So here is a question: why not seed the gut with beneficial bacteria, before C. difficile takes hold?

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Jack LaLanne Is Dead – Long Live Jack LaLanne

Brian’s Note: I was going to write a post about Jack LaLanne, one of the true great originals, but when I saw what my pal Pat Salber had written, I realized her comment and the attached LA Times article already said it. Take a moment to appreciate this wonderful person.

LaLanne was on TV exhorting us to exercise, exercise, exercise.  He didnt just blah, blah, blah about exercise.  He showed us how to do it…and he set the bar very high.

Remember when he swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf wearing handcuffs?  Or how about the time he swam the Golden Gate Channel while towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser?  Or when he pulled a paddleboard 30 miles from the Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore?  This guy was a fitness phenomenon.

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Is a Good Education the Best Medicine of All?

Wendy Lynch

Originally published by the Altarum Institute.

Junior, do your homework so you can grow up to be big and strong.

There is an undeniable link between education and health, even as we age. More school translates to:

– Lower incidence of virtually every chronic disease;
– Longer life span; and
– Higher self-ratings of health at every age (1).

But why and how education makes us healthy is not as clear. Some advantages of book work are obvious: education allows you to get a better job, earn more, have access to health care benefits, and perhaps gain a better grasp of health information that allow you to make better decisions. All true, but none fully explain the positive effect that education has on health. It is more complex than these factors alone (1, p. 51).

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