Laughing and Moving Through the New Year

  THERE IS NOTHING like a good laugh, and only humans have the capacity for laughing at what seems funny. It is said that children laugh about 300 times a day, whereas we adults only laugh 17 times a day. So looking through to the New Year it would be well if did...

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Use It or Lose It

  FOR SEVERAL DECADES, people have used the term "use it or lose it" to aptly describe the best way to offset the problems that come with aging – both physical and mental. “I have to commend you on how quickly you move,” said the young man who was about to dig a...

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Scoliosis: A Curve in Your Back

SCOLIOSIS MEANS a curvature of the spine and is more common than you might think. “It comes from the Greek work skilios, for twisted and means an appreciable lateral deviation in the normally straight, vertical spine. Like headaches there are a lot of words used to...

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Why Bother? Too Busy, Too Tired, Too Old, Too Young

Mens sana in corpore sano (a sound mind in a sound body) “A SOUND MIND in a sound body” was the cherished motto of the citizens of Rome, and as long as they lived by it, Rome ruled the world. The decline of the Roman Empire began when its citizens abandoned...

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Bare Your Feet

  HAPPY FEET ARE strong, flexible and pain-free and they take you where you want to go joyfully. There are 26 bones in the human foot, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your...

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Spectatoritis: The Product of Leisure

-itis: a suffix occurring in words that denote an inflammation or disease affecting a given part of the body (appendicitis; bronchitis; phlebitis); also forming nouns, often nonce words, that denote an obsessive state of mind or tendency facetiously compared to a...

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Function Precedes Form

  LONG BEFORE YOU SEE the shoulders round, before the scoliosis and forward head are noticed, before the foot turn-out becomes a hip problem, before the abdominal pouch and sway back begin to tell as back pain… your muscles are doing their thing. Muscles become...

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Why Don’t Americans Exercise?

  According to a recent on line Harvard Health Publishing article, “…exercise can keep you from developing high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and some kinds of cancer.” And it can even “lower your risk of heart disease as effectively as medications.” And with...

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