Health & Fitness
Rob is a retired teacher
and a resident of Ketchikan, Alaska. He is not a health care
professional; however, he has an interest in health and fitness.
Contact Rob at holston[at]kpunet.net
Part 2 - The chemical sweetener, Aspartame (google aspartame),
is also known as NutraSweet and Equal. It is now consumed by
millions of people nation and worldwide. What may surprise you
is that it was NOT formulated by dedicated research teams dedicated
to seeking a healthy no sugar substitute for the surging numbers
of adults and children suffering from diabetes, obesity or blood
sugar problems. Aspartame is the result of an accident, a laboratory
bungle that hit the big time faster than the Beatles invasion
from England. - More...
Monday AM - November 19, 2007
FDA Blunder - You should check your cupboards now and get
rid of every product that contains Aspartame. Oh, don't forget
to have your reading glasses and a magnifying glass handy as
this process involves a lot of fine print. The truth about aspartame
is scarier than a Stephen King movie. The truth many times is
and what I have to tell you is the truth.about ASPARTAME. - More...
Monday AM - November 12, 2007
Kids & a 50-pound Rock - I recently took my daughter's
pet bird to the veterinarian's. As I waited in the vet's office
for Tika's appointment, I picked up a Science Diet book and thumbed
through. It was then I discovered the stark similarity between
they way Americans take care of their pets and the way they take
care of their children and themselves. I was also struck by an
obvious (to me) contrast. Science Diet is committed to formulating
the absolute best possible food for your pet cat or dog throughout
the various stages of life that the spectrum of a dog or cat's
longevity requires. Human "food" manufacturing companies
are primarily interested in profit and offering a huge amount
of choices, some of which are healthy and many of which are not.
Wisdom is the ability to discern proper choices and make them
and this pet food book seemed to display wisdom that should be
applied to human lives as well. - More...
Wednesday - March 28, 2007
- For the first time in many years I became a viewer of the Super
Bowl. I had a low interest in the actual game but I picked Chicago
as "my" team because they were "underdogs."
As the game progressed beyond the very first play, they proved
themselves to be just that, "underdogs." But much of
the hoopla concerning the Super Bowl concerned the advertisements
that would be aired. At the high cost of air-time, one gets an
idea about which products and services have a high profit potential,
worthy of shelling out millions for a couple of 30 second spots.
Wednesday AM - February 21, 2007
Care vs. Health - President Bush recently presented his State
of the Union Address. Besides the state of foreign affairs and
the "war on terror" taking center stage, the president
addressed the state of this nation's health. NOT! That would
have been refreshing but Bush chose to address this nation's
"health care" system, rising costs and health insurance.
Friday PM - January 26, 2007
Smoke-free - Westin Hotels announces smoke-free lodging and
many of us breathed a sigh of relief. Beginning in January of
2007, the Westin Hotel and Resort chain becomes the first major
chain to ban smoking in their rooms, restaurants, lobbies and
public areas. Westin states that at some locations, over 90%
of check-ins are requesting non-smoking rooms. Their response
to these requests comes as a welcomed change that will grab the
attention of travelers and other lodging chains as well. Please
support businesses that take bold steps to provide a healthier
environment for you, your family and the general public. - More...
Wednesday PM - January 17, 2007
Grow In Many Ways - Are your school district health and physical
education curriculums addressing the major health concerns of
your community's students? Because our school district's goals
include students demonstrating abilities in mathematics, language
arts, reading, social studies and science, we should also expect
our students to demonstrate a healthy body, proper eating habits,
nutritional awareness and good physical development. Report cards
for students traditionally place values for demonstrated performance.
"A" means you're doing great, "C" means you're
average and "F" means you are failing. - More...
Saturday - December 09, 2006
Homicide - The state of Alaska issues drivers licenses to
those who qualify to drive on state road systems. The state of
Alaska issues licenses for vehicles to be driven upon the road
systems of Alaska. Our state has enacted laws to protect people
from each other in the form of traffic laws, of course, but also
in "click-it-or-ticket" laws and child restraint laws.
It is now time for our state to enact a law to protect all children
within vehicles upon public and private properties within the
borders of our state from the toxins of second hand smoke. It
is time to enact a law that prohibits smoking in any vehicle
where there are children present and recognizing such practice
as a form of child abuse. - More...
Tuesday AM - November 21, 2006
Frosted Flakes, You're OOOOOOOOOUT! - enjoyed several games
from the Little League World Series recently. One of the corporate
sponsors of this entertaining series on TV was Kellogg's Frosted
Flakes with Tony the Tiger himself. Along with Tony, always a
kid's favorite, the ads features Major League player, Derrek
Lee. It had been a while since I had eaten a bowl of Kellogg's
"SUGAR" Frosted Flakes, so I purchased a box. Is it
just my imagination or was this product at one time called SUGAR
Frosted Flakes. I suspect "sugar", the word was removed
to increase sales and "sugar", the additive was kept,
to increase addiction. - More...
Tuesday - September 05, 2006
Microcosm - I feel compelled to write about a little girl
I met recently. I met her at work and we visited for parts of
the two hours that she was with me in the wheelhouse during our
excursion. I'll call her Chayleene. She was bright and talkative
for a girl of 10 years of age. She's going into fifth grade and
seemed in many respects to be a typical American girl for her
age. It didn't take long for me to notice that Chayleene suffered
from the abnormality of a deformed extremity at birth. But it
didn't seem to slow her down at all as she handled her binoculars
well when she used them to spot eagles or harbor seals along
the way. Her outgoing personality soon had me looking well beyond
what most people would consider a life changing "handicap".
Chayleene had adjusted well to the hand she had been dealt, so
to speak but in the time we spent together I learned she had
problems far greater than her birth defect to deal with. - More...
Monday PM - August 21, 2006
- Kashi GOLEAN Crunch is about as good as it gets as a way to
start your day with a truly nutritious breakfast cereal. For
America, this simple fact could save the nation billions of dollars.
How can a breakfast cereal do that? Simple, one decision at a
time. If you're like me, you have been disappointed with many
breakfast cereals that you've tried. This one's too sweet, or
worse yet, this one's got aspartame (artificial sweetener) yuck!
This one is too grainy, too mushy too? I'm not against mush;
the Montana colloquialism for oatmeal is "mush". Natural
oat meal is very high on my list of great breakfasts, but when
it comes to a cereal that goes "crunch" and is good
for America, Kashi GOLEAN Crunch is about as good as it gets.
Here's why. - More...
Sunday - July 23, 2006
- You've seen the advertisement on TV; you can see it on the
Internet. The facts are alarming. In the United States, 8 million
men have Diabetes, 29 million have high blood pressure and 50
million have high cholesterol. What do all of these men share
in common? Why it's ED, of course! Erectile Dysfunction is lurking
in the bedrooms of millions of men but thanks to Bayer Pharmaceuticals
Corporation being unhealthy doesn't need to be a downer, so to
speak. Just take this little pill and your love life will be
elevated to new levels. You may be overweight, out of breath
and near heart failure, but thanks to Levitra your penise will
be "healthy?" What is wrong with this picture? - More...
Monday - July 17, 2006
- Since I started using psyllium in my regular diet, I have dropped
18% of my body fat. I'm sure there are other factors that contributed
to this improvement in my health and potential longevity, but
psyllium played it's role. I'm recommending it to my family and
friends and I thought I would do a little research on the internet
to see what was known about this product. I found two web sites
giving abundant information on psyllium, but what I learned was
shocking! - More...
Sunday - June 11, 2006
Bats - The spring of 2006 was marked by an historic baseball
event. I am not speaking of Barry Bonds eclipsing Babe Ruth's
714 home run career count. I'm speaking of major league baseball
breaking out the "pink bats" to fight breast cancer.
Friday - May 19, 2006
Good Health vs. Health Insurance - Lately I've written about
how you can insure having good health. There is nothing too controversial
about improving your diet and getting some exercise to lower
your body fat percentage, balance your blood sugars, lower your
blood pressure, increase the quality of your life and extend
your longevity. Many of the lifestyle changes I've recommended
in past articles are not controversial, but a challenge nonetheless.
Insuring improved health by following the guidelines I've recommended
is a guarantee. Health insurance, on the other hand lends itself
to some criticism seldom discussed. Caution, this may be controversial.
Thursday - April 20, 2006
Effects are killing me! - Do you suffer from muscle
weakness or pain? How about nausea, vomiting or stomach pain?
Is your urine brown or dark-colored? Do you have unexplained
muscle weakness, fever or fatigue? Does your skin or the whites
of your eyes turn yellow? Do you have a headache, a rash, diarrhea
or joint pain? Not to worry, you don't have a disease, you are
simply experiencing the side effects of the popular medication,
Lipitor. - More...
Saturday - March 25, 2006
Obesity - Childhood obesity will almost double in the next
four years! That is the chilling report recently published in
the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. Their prediction
is that by 2010, nearly 50% of all children in the U.S. will
be overweight. Their study sates that "only significant
changes in diet and lifestyle can change this prediction."
The report goes on to state that the results of childhood obesity
will be heart disease, diabetes, liver disorder & high cholesterol
(for starters). In my opinion this is a Katrina sized national
crisis in terms of medical costs, lost production and lost potential
and we simply must avoid this catastrophe. Dr. Philip James of
the IJPO describes the situation as "epidemic" and
blames Western worlds food industry as the cause. This author
primarily blames parents. - More...
March 17, 2006
to Obesity - Predisposition to obesity is often a misunderstood
or misused phrase when it comes to healthcare. Because obesity
is a growing (no pun intended) health concern in America over
the past 20+ years, it demands discussion and understanding.
Family traits can offer us some great insight into health conditions
that we might be confronted with in our future. Many times, however,
it seems folks use a "diagnosed" predisposition as
an excuse instead of an incentive. "My mom was fat and my
dad was too, so how can I help it. It's just the way I am."
Instead of seeing predisposition as a sentence being imposed
upon us, we should see it as a friendly warning sign that inspires
us to adopt a lifestyle of right choices that will provide the
best possible health and life expectancy. - More...
March 08, 2006
TIME??? - "Hey Karl, what's your transit time?"
If you ask this question of a hundred friends who live in or
near a big city you will probably get an answer like "Oh,
if I leave a half hour early to avoid the rush, I can get to
work in 55 minutes, but it takes me an hour and a half to get
home." - More...
February 27, 2006
or Detection - My grandmother used to say, "An ounce
of prevention is worth a pound of cure." & ten pounds
of detection, I'll add, so make sure you know the difference.
I can still picture a billboard along side Interstate 90 on the
outskirts of Spokane, Washington. The year was about 1998, as
I recall, and the eye-catching graphic, a partially exposed female
human breaston a billboard? Yes! But what really caught my attention
was the message in huge letters, I now paraphrase, "PREVENT
BREAST CANCER WITH REGULAR BREAST EXAMS". - More...
February 22, 2006
OR FORMULA - A few days ago I came across a booklet that
I had acquired six years previously. It is my Member's U.S. Healthcare
Medication Formulary Guide, dated January, 1999. This is a list
of all the medications that my insurance provider would provide.
I thumbed through the pages just to see what I had been missing.
Please bear with me as I itemize what I found. - More...
February 13, 2006
- If most of us are honest and a good friend is willing to listen,
then we might divulge a long list of health concerns. If we are
among those few who are 100% healthy, we undoubtedly know others
who are suffering. Nationwide, health is a major concern. Heart
disease, cancer, diabetes, all acerbated by the American life
style that creates obesity, alcohol and drug addictions, lack
of exercise, poor diets, environmental concerns and stress. I've
had concerns over America's health for years and now, at my age
I'm beginning to focus on what I can do to live a longer and
healthier life. - More...
February 01, 2006
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