A Stitch in Time May Save You from… Opioids

SEVERAL MONTHS ago I turned on CSPAN: my go-to place in the middle of the night if sleep evades me. This night a panel was assembled before a congressional committee to answer questions about the opioid epidemic and in particular on “protecting the health and safety...

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Lovemaking Muscles

“Muscles… you have hundreds of them, and each has been given a special job to do… for you. Not only that, they were all programmed to go where they were supposed to go, and to know what they were supposed to accomplish long before you were the size of the pin-head the...

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“Class Stand!” “One…”

  IN THE OLDEN days, it used to be that the classroom exercise vignette was a part of every day. Mornings, which were longer, had two or three of these exercise vignettes. Afternoons, which were usually shorter, had one. The leaders were the kids chosen by the...

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The Fitness of Health Care

  “FIT, WHAT DO WE need to be fit for?” These were the words of W. W. Bauer, MD, as he patted his considerable paunch on national television. The answer, I guess, depends on who you ask. In 1969 Bonnie gave six reasons for being physically fit in an interview for...

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Surgeries and Injuries: Preparation and Recovery

  THE BLOOD OF THE WOUND contains the healing. When the barrier is broken, an orchestrated cascade of biochemical events is set into motion to repair the damage.[1][2] This process is divided into predictable phases: blood clotting (hemostasis), inflammation, tissue...

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In the Presence of Oxygen

  WE STAND, WALK, run, lift, work, and live in the presence of oxygen. Is there any other way? You are reading this in the presence of oxygen. You are reading this aerobically. Whenever there is a vacuum of any kind (a need unfulfilled) it is eventually filled with...

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Everyone Into the Pool!

  THIS SHOULD BE the normal call all year round, not just in warm weather. Since time immemorial, or almost, water has been the preferred balm for hygiene, good health and respite from stress. Perhaps our fascination and love of water is because we ALL spent nine...

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Destination, Pain Free: Trains and Boats and Planes and Cars

  WHETHER YOU ARE getting away, going to, or being taken away or being brought back as the Diane Warwick lyrics woefully tell… you want to arrive at your destination pain free — and full of that “it” which allows you to enjoy your getaway or make the deal that makes...

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About Face: Facial Exercises

  PERHAPS YOU HAVE noticed that the face is connected to the rest of the body by way of the neck. Of course we can pretty much cover up and camouflage the rest of the body if we don’t like it. But the fact remains that with a bit of good care, not too much sun,...

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