2.28.2010

Anti-Aging Factors

Known Factors That Prevent Aging:

Aerobic exercise - take a short brisk walk
Weight bearing - move some water bottles or cans around
Mental exercise - do a crossword puzzle, create new neural pathways
Reasonable nutrition/diet - nothing fancy, just keep it sensible
Meditation - attend to your breathing 10 minutes a day, visit itunes for downloads

2.16.2010

Participate in a UCSD Medical Center Clinical Trial

UCSD Medical Center faculty are involved in numerous clinical research studies spanning many health issues. Clinical Trials are strictly controlled human studies of new and emerging therapies or new and different ways of using known treatments. In addition to helping others by contributing to medical research, clinical trials may offer an alternative for patients who have failed to respond to standard medical treatment. A clinical trial is just one of many treatment options available at UCSD Medical Center, and you do not have to participate if you do not feel comfortable doing so.
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. It is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. If you would like detailed information about clinical trials, click on the frequently asked questions (FAQ) link to the left. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.
For information regarding your rights as a research subject, please contact the UCSD Human Research Protections Program or the UCSD Clinical Trials Administrative Services and Research Compliance Office at (619) 543-5841.

2.11.2010

HIGH RISK PREGNANCY SUPPORT

Sidelines is a non-profit organization providing international support for women and their families experiencing complicated pregnancies and premature births.
We believe that families can cope more successfully with a high-risk pregnancy with appropriate medical intervention, education, and a strong support system...
If I could tell you just one thing, it would be this: "Become actively involved in your care". This means learning all you can about your own high-risk condition...ask questions and if you don't understand the answers, keep asking...find out what options are available and what the consequences are of each one...participate in decisions being made about your care. You may feel that right now you have no control over all the things that are happening to you and when you feel powerless, you feel scared, angry, depressed. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, and it will give you back some of the control you've lost.
Our experience convinces us that there are a tremendous number of extraordinary physicians out there who go the extra mile to educate and inform their high-risk patients. Choose a physician who considers you a partner in the process of treating a high-risk pregnancy. You should not have to settle for less. Feel comfortable in seeking another opinion, or if need be, another physician. (You wouldn't let a mechanic you don't have confidence in work on your car, right? Remember, it's your body, your baby.)
Candace Hurley, Executive Director

2.07.2010

Do Those $199 "Barefoot" Trainers Relieve Foot , Knee & Joint Pain?

There is no evidence that the sales campaign of "barefoot technology," wedgie shoes that sell for $199 at Nordstrom's to relief-seeking arthritis sufferers,  aid walkers and runners in any. In fact, there is mounting evidence that barefeet is the best way to go. And, no, they don't help us burn fat!

"I assumed the people who were giving me advice—running shoe people and doctors—knew what they were talking about. I can pin the tail on the villain and say they absorbed the party line of the sports shoe manufacturers who came up with the logical scenario that impact shock hurts. The disturbing thing is there's no evidence it's true.

We're being fleeced. It's a pure marketing and product thing. Modern running shoes let people run with their foot in front of their hips, picking up two feet of stride. You can't do that with the naked foot—it hurts. One of the mysteries out there is that if any shoe in existence really helped prevent injuries, you'd see that in an ad. But you don't. Over and over again, you're told you must go to a specialty running store. They'll say if you're doing something wrong, you need to buy something to fix it.

http://www.usnews.com/health/blogs/on-fitness/2009/4/28/born-to-run-christopher-mcdougall-says-humans-evolved-to-run-like-the-tarahumara.html

2.04.2010



Kids For Peace Pledge


I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.
I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.
I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands.
I pledge to respect people in each and every land.
I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.
I pledge to do my part to create peace for one and all
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2.02.2010

Breastfeeding Moms Read Here


"… It was interesting that mothers and fathers
reached conclusions about the normalcy of nursing in
different ways. Mothers researched nursing and
associated parenting in the prenatal stage. They read
material, took classes, learned about nursing in their
academic lives, and for some, the knowledge about
nursing stemmed from their professional background.
However, the most efficient and valued means of
learning stemmed from the pregnant mothers’
relationships with nursing women. One reason that
interactions with other mothers were most efficient was
that mothers-to-be were able to learn tangible
information and insights about nursing beyond infancy.
Information through interaction helped mothers make
plans for the future initiation and duration of nursing."