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Dr Stuart McGill: The Exceptional Back Mechanic

The Problem Everyone I know, at one time or another, seems to have pain issues with their back. I suppose it’s a part of growing older, perhaps softer and flabbier, and certainly a condition exacerbated by chronically poor posture and sedentary lifestyles. The just rewards of prosperity. Or maybe it’s the dozens of golf courses within a driver and 7 iron of my home? That irregular torso twisting can be a bear. Whatever the cause (pick your poison), severe back pain is a universally debilitating disorder that saps the fun out of life while costing the health care system many billions per year in pain medication, physical therapy appointments, and if all else fails, risky surgeries. The Origin When I was younger and a lot more active, I struggled with a painful lower back condition caused by nerve compression called sciatica. In contemplating its origin, I remember foolishly helping a friend carry a sofa up a long, narrow and steep set of stairs. When we finally got to the top, a burning sensation in my lower back radiating down my

Katy Bowman is Breaking the Sedentary Habit

Teaching people simple movements, she helps stabilize and strengthen the whole body for whole life goals. Katy Bowman is a renowned biomechanist, author, and science communicator. She fuses her scientific knowledge with her passion for movement and creates a perfect prescription to treat today’s pandemic of sedentary lifestyles. Bowman is the founder of the Nutritious Movement, which is designed to help people move and feel better. She develops and provides simple and practical daily changes people can make to become more physically active. A Matter of Movement Our world as we know it is in a crisis. Currently, there is a worldwide trend toward inactive lifestyles  that can lead to an increase in chronic diseases and even early death. The American culture is seemingly fascinated with quick fixes and diet plans, but Katy Bowman argues that it’s less about a quick fix, and more about a paradigm shift when it comes to our body’s movement. In fact, according to Bowman in her book Move Your DNA, “movement, like food, is not optional; that ailment you may be experiencing are simply

Conor Heffernan: The Treadmill’s Dark & Twisted Past | TED Talk

The constant thud underneath your feet. The constrained space. The monotony of going nowhere fast. Running on a treadmill can certainly feel like torture, but did you know it was originally used for that very purpose? Conor Heffernan details the dark and twisted history of the treadmill. [Directed by Yukai Du, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by WORKPLAYWORK and Cem Misirlioglu].  

Dr. Laurie Rae Green: The MAVEN Project And Telemedicine

Telehealth is bringing quality health care to millions of underserved Americans. Dr. Laurie Green knows that sometimes an apple a day, doesn’t keep the doctor away. That’s why she’s bringing specialized doctors to underserved community clinics through her telemedicine mission, The MAVEN (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network) Project. Through this non-profit endeavor, Dr. Green pairs retired and semi-retired doctors with patients in communities that need them the most. By using the Internet as an equalizer, Dr. Green is revolutionizing health care, keeping retired medical professionals active in their fields, and helping to make the world a healthier place. Something Old, Something New Dr. Green started The MAVEN Project in 2014 to fill the void that retired doctors feel once they put up their stethoscopes. Knowledge shouldn’t go to waste, in her opinion. “Doctors are very social people. They train in large student groups through medical school and are constantly working with teams throughout their professional careers to share their knowledge. Then comes retirement and doctors experience something they usually haven’t experienced — professional and intellectual isolation,” she said. Most doctors

Unlocking the Communication Code of Aging Parents

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”                                                                 -George Bernard Shaw If boomers think they had issues in the past communicating with their parents, try adding in their new role as caregiver.  They have quickly discovered how unprepared they actually are for the volatile conversation about provocative topics that dominate the last phase of life.  Not surprising, they are coming for these experiences frustrated, confused and deeply upset about “what went wrong” despite their best intentions. While it would be convenient to blame this all too common disconnect between generations on the eccentricities of their aging parents, the real problem can be traced back to the messages boomers are sending them.   For the most part, they are based on outdated assumptions about the psychology of older adults.  No matter how hard they try, they cant’ avoid delivering the wrong message.  What can make this better? The good news is that by updating their understanding of the  psychological agenda of their aging parents, boomers can use these new insights to dramatically improve the receptivity and effectiveness

When Your Friends Do Not Understand Your Mental Health Issues

You struggle with fear, anxiety, depression, or addiction. Eventually your relatives and closest friends find out about your problems. The problem is that some of them get on your case and do not understand what you are going through. Here are six ways on how to deal with your friends regarding your mental health issues. 1.  Listen to the professionals and not your friends. Your friends may mean well, but when it comes down to it, the professionals know your situation more than anyone. They know what you are going through and are trained to deal with your situation. Your friends do not have the answers to your medical condition. When you have questions about your mental health recovery, consult with your counselor or other mental health  professional. Listen to them and follow their advice and not your friends. 2.  Your goal is to get better. Concentrate on how you can overcome your fears and anxieties. Don’t waste your time arguing with your friends or relatives who are giving you a difficult time. This isn’t a public relations event where you need to get approval from your friends. This is

Dr. Maria T. Llopiz: Coming to America

Fleeing a communist regime, she climbed up the ranks of medicine to achieve the American dream. I arrived for my appointment and a medical assistant opened the door at the doctor’s clinic. Entering the office, she signaled me to wait. In just a few seconds, the doctor walks in still speaking to a patient outside. “Don’t worry Mirta, it’s exactly what we hoped for,” she said. Curiously, she was holding a bag of bananas. Naturally, I was curious and asked why. “Some patients can’t pay with money, so they do the best they can,” she answered. I think that moment itself encapsulates everything about her. She sat down and proceeded to let me in on her story of persistence, faith, and the American dream. Maria Teresa Llopiz, PhD ENT, is an otorhinolaryngologist, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of disorders of the nose, throat, ear, and related structures of the head and neck. Faced with New Challenges Due to political persecution, Dr. Llopiz fled her homeland of Cuba in 1992. Along with her two children, 4- and 10-years old,

Tips to Overcome the Fear of Loneliness

Sometime or another we will experience a time when we are alone. Some people fear of being alone for various reasons. The first step is to become comfortable with yourself and having the self-confidence that you will be able to manage being alone. There is nothing wrong with being alone. If being alone bothers you then seeing a counselor can help you with these issues. In the meantime here are seven tips on overcoming the fear of being alone. Find An Activity Find an activity that you enjoy and where you can meet a lot of people. Doing something that you like to do will make you happy and will increase your chances of making friends. Spend Time With Animals Spending time with an animal or pet can help us to feel better. Animals can be of good company to all of us whether we are alone or not. There are many local shelters that could use your time and talents. Helping Others There are many people out there who could benefit from your time and skill sets. Helping others

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: A Stroke of Genius

She’s been described as “exhilarating on complexities—of the brain and of life.” There’s so much we can learn from her. Some live their lives like a dream, for others a fantasy, but too frequently there are those who live a nightmare. People who make the best of any circumstance, good or bad deserve admiration. But it is especially those who overcome extreme adversity that we applaud the most. We have all had the opportunity to meet interesting people during our lives.  Perhaps you know of someone whose vibrant life was abruptly interrupted by catastrophic illness. You may recall how you felt when you saw this person reduced to one who could no longer care for himself or herself. It may have been painful for you to see, unaware of how they must have felt inside, but incredibly uplifting to watch the love surrounding them, and family members who would never leave their side. Journey to Neverland Growing up, Jill Taylor’s brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had episodes of psychosis. It was a struggle to confront his mental illness. Taylor experienced

Ned Norton: A True American Hero

How one man looked beyond the physical limitations of others and brought them quality of life, liberty, and happiness. True heroes are few and far between. But thanks to his selfless humility and patience, Ned Norton has a very special calling with very impressive results. He isn’t hard to find being either at his gym teaching wheelchair-bound people independence through upper body workouts, helping wounded combat veterans overcome fitness obstacles at a low-income housing project in Albany, NY, or sending fitness equipment overseas to help victims of war and landmines. Norton is on a mission to make the world a better place one person at a time, one workout at a time. As a former elite trainer for professional athletes, he used his physical therapy knowledge to create Warriors on Wheels, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disabled people not only improve their range of motion, but also their quality of life. With many clients paying only $25 per month, he’s not in the Warriors on Wheels business for the money. “I just love to see people smile,” he said.