Tags: baby boomers
316 Turning 65 Every Hour! Posted on November 30th, 2010
Are you turning 65? Well you’ve got company. Imagine – every hour 316 people are celebrating a 65th birthday – that’s 7,596 people per day. Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 –1964 and they have witnessed massive changes in those years. They have embraced racial and gender equality and they started the environmental movement. They brought creativity to music, film and fine arts – plus a few key boomers launched the internet age. On the downside, many are now faced with diminishing returns on investments, 401 K’s and finances have been on a roller coaster for the past decade. Many boomers have failed to save adequately for the retirement they now face. Just the sheer size of this generation – some 80 million – poses risks to Social Security and Medicare. Health care costs alone are an incentive to boomers to get healthy in order to stay out of hospitals and nursing homes. Every year over 50 billion dollars are spent on alternative therapies. If you have turned the corner into your “golden” years, think about embracing one or two of these modalities and lengthen your life and enhance your vitality. Here’s to living on and living healthy!
Read Susan Boyle’s Book Posted on November 26th, 2010
Lately there has been a lot of focus on bullying and just how destructive it is. Thousands of people have had to endure name calling, taunts and belittling – just because they were different. I have just finished reading the book, “The Woman I was Born to Be“ by Susan Boyle. You’ll remember Susan? She stunned the world with her incredible performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on the TV show, Britain’s Got Talent. Her U Tube video received over 6 million hits.
“The Woman I was Born to Be, “ is the story of a rather ordinary, middle-aged woman born in a small village in Scotland and how the “gift” of her voice elevated her to become one of the most memorable singers of our time. Susan’s rise to fame was hard won. She endured taunting, bullying and name calling at school. She suffered emotional pain of the worst kind. In fact if you view the U Tube video you will see that because of her appearance, she was scorned and marginalized even as she was about to begin her award-winning performance. But Susan kept going. She had a “gift” and was determined to see her gifts and dreams realized. It pays not to judge a book by its cover. If you like true stories, you’ll be inspired by this book.
Turn off the Light Posted on November 22nd, 2010
We live in a special community where all electrical wires are buried under the ground. At night it is pitch black and you can see stars really clearly. Sleeping in a dark room helps to regulate circadian rhythms and the disruption of this rhythm may explain the reason for weight gain. In a recent study conducted by Ohio State University and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, mice were exposed to light during the night, when these nocturnal creatures expect it to be dark, makes them more likely to be obese. Mice were exposed to 16 hours of light and 8 hours of dim light, about the level of a television and after one week, the mice had gained weight. It is believed that by exposing animals and humans to low levels of light during the night, disrupting metabolic signals leading to obesity. I have long been concerned about LED lights on bedside clocks, appliances and the infiltration of “light pollution” from street lamps and outside house lights. People stay up late watching TV and answering emails– thus lengthening exposure to light late at night. Our bodies are used to a normal light/dark cycle and as a result of our modern social development, we are disrupting that cycle. Reset your circadian rhythms by sleeping in the dark. You’ll sleep better and because you are no longer stimulating your pineal gland you just could lose some weight as well.
Low Cost Exercise Gaining Popularity Posted on November 16th, 2010
If you’d like a change of pace from your gym routine, try climbing stairs. Chicago mom, Linda Goss is training to climb the 103 flights of the Wills Tower “Sky Rise Chicago” fundraiser. Walking, stair climbing or a personal, home-based exercise routines, are gaining popularity according to the American Council on Exercise. Stair-climbing is easy, fun and cheap. It’s a great workout and an excellent way to strengthen glutes and leg muscles. It also burns more calories than walking or jogging. If you are tired of a sweaty gym and membership fees, consider any of the many “stair climbing” events in office towers around the country. Want to climb New York’s Empire State Building? Their event is scheduled for February 2011. That’s 1,576 steps to the observation deck.
Diabetes Statistics Look Bleak Posted on November 5th, 2010
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes cases are predicted to double by 2050. Currently one in 10 adults in the United States has diabetes. Overweight Americans is the cause that is fueling the stark predictions which includes high risk minorities such as Hispanics and African Americans. Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputation not to mention heart attacks and strokes. Diabetes is also linked to cancer, dementia and lung disease. The news is not pretty but in my opinion it is completely solvable. Adult onset diabetes or type 2 diabetes means just that – there is no adult present. The adult part of the person has completely abdicated responsibility for health maintenance and the “child” has taken over. Children love candy, desserts and soda pop. Excess sugar wreaks havoc on the pancreas, the organ responsible for blood sugar handling. The solution is easy. Cut back on refined starches and sugars, eat consistent protein through the day, add moderate daily exercise and take pancreatic and digestive enzymes to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Who benefits from the diabetes epidemic? Drug companies and the big food giants benefit from your bad eating habits. They love it when you consume all that sugary cereal. They love it when you consume all those sweets and sodas. Food companies make billions of dollars off your cravings. Then the drug companies pick up the pieces. But what are you really craving? The pancreas represents “sweetness in life.” Anyone given a type 2 diabetes diagnosis should review personal levels of happiness and fulfillment. People use food to placate the “inner child” who may be craving love and meaning on a deeper level.
Mandelbrot Dead at 85 Posted on November 1st, 2010
One of my heroes, Benoit Mandelbrot is no longer with us. If you have ever watched the PBS special “The Mandelbrot Set”, you’ll be mesmerized. Mandelbrot was a mathematician and the father of “fractals” a term he coined in 1975. Fractals are a new branch of geometry that seeks to make sense of irregular shapes and processes from the infinite zigs and zags of a coastline to the erratic fluctuations of Wall Street. Imagine my surprise, when at my latest Medical Intuitive Training, one of the participants handed me a set of cards based on fractal designs. Mandelbrot had just died the day before. Cheryl Lee Harnish, fractal energy artist has created Path of the Soul, Destiny Cards using fractal designs for inspiration and healing. Take a look at fractalart.ca Mandelbrot lives on and when you look at a cabbage or a coastline, you’ll see why.