June 2014 Health Notes Archives

6/2/2014 Health Notes

Global Renaissance Woman

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. (EST) May 28, 2014
Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memorialist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

Health Notes will devoted the entire hour to the wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou.

6/9/2014 Health Notes

Snack Girl
Do you need to be rescued from bad eating habits and junk food? Are you looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to begin? Well, fear not because Lisa Cain, a.k.a. “Snack Girl,” is here to help! A busy mother of two, Lisa faces the same challenges to healthy eating that we all do—unlimited access to junk food, a jam-packed schedule, a tight budget, and a love of delicious food. So in Snack Girl to the Rescue, she has created a way to make small changes that will make a difference in how you eat and live.

6/16/2014 Health Notes

Love In The Land Of Demntia

From the earliest indicators and faint forebodings to the eventual grim diagnosis, Deborah Shouse talks about the difficult—and at times joyous—road she and her parents walked through the Land of Dementia—Alzheimer’s disease.

She shares the challenges she faced during the process of caring for both parents as her mother slowly vanished, to be replaced by a difficult but surprisingly no less valued and beloved stranger. Strong, fluid organization and tender writing distinguish this purposeful and compelling conversation on a heartbreaking subject filled with unexpected insights.

6/23/2014 Health Notes

Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

Did you know that carrots cause blindness and bananas are radioactive? That too many candlelight dinners can cause cancer? And not only is bottled water a veritable petri dish of biohazards (so is tap water, by the way) but riding a bicycle might destroy your sex life?

In Encyclopedia Paranoiaca, master satirists Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf have assembled an authoritative, disturbingly comprehensive, and utterly debilitating inventory of things poised to harm, maim, or kill you—all of them based on actual research about the perils of everyday life. Painstakingly alphabetized, cross-referenced, and thoroughly sourced for easy reference, this book just might save your life. (Apologies in advance if it doesn’t.) Beard and Cerf cite convincing evidence that everyday things we consider healthy—eating leafy greens, flossing, washing our hands—are actually harmful, and items we thought were innocuous— drinking straws, flip-flops, neckties, skinny jeans— pose life-threatening dangers. Did you know that nearly ten thousand people are sent to the emergency room each year because of escalator accidents, and, despite what you’ve heard, farmers’ markets may actually be less safe than grocery stores? And if you’re crossing your legs right now, you’re definitely at serious risk.

Hilarious, insightful, and, at times, downright terrifying, Encyclopedia Paranoiaca brings to light a whole host of hidden threats and looming dooms that make asteroid impacts, planetary pandemics, and global warming look like a walk in the park (which is also emphatically not recommended).

6/30/2014 Health Notes
Patience – The Art of Peaceful Living
 

The wonderful thing about patience, unlike commodities, is the more we use it, the more we offer it, the more we have. Also, by its nature, patience creates a spaciousness that lets us feel as if we have more time than we have ever had. Thus, patience can alter our everyday experience from one of anxiety and deficiency to one of peace and plentitude.

Kinshashal talked with Alan Lokos about his important book on “Patience”