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Backpack Burden: No Laughing Matter

Backpack Burden: No Laughing Matter

[Originally posted Sept. 17, 2004]The other day as my 12 year old daughter Julie prepared to head out for her first day of classes (she had previously attended just a few classes – now she goes to a more extensive homeschool co-op three days a week), I casually...
PETA Over the Top on Protecting Crabs

PETA Over the Top on Protecting Crabs

[Originally posted Aug. 25, 1918]A billboard touting PETA’s push to promote humane treatment of all living creatures, specifically crabs, was erected recently in Baltimore. The billboard – that shows a picture of a crab with the words, “I’m me, not meat. See the...
Guaranteed Cure for Hiccups

Guaranteed Cure for Hiccups

I have been holding out on this surefire medical remedy for too long. It is so simple — you might be inclined to dismiss it. But just give it a try and you will be impressed. It has never failed me or my family. The picture is a little misleading — so follow the...
Where Are the Checks and Balances in the Dentist Industry?

Where Are the Checks and Balances in the Dentist Industry?

Recently I have reflected on some of the incongruities in the dental profession. Don’t you find it strange that you pay a professional to dig a hole in your tooth (that had not even been bothering you) in order to charge you even more to fill that same hole with some...
Thanksgiving – The Best Medicine

Thanksgiving – The Best Medicine

One often hears the saying – “Laughter – the best medicine.” Probably the old Art Linkletter show and the Reader’s Digest have gotten the most mileage out of that quip. While studies have certainly documented the physical benefits from good-natured humor, perhaps it...
The Spirit Is Willing But The Flesh Is Weak

The Spirit Is Willing But The Flesh Is Weak

[Originally posted May 1, 2005]A new study confirms what all of us undisciplined adults already knew: Only 3 percent of Americans follow health advice to keep the weight off, exercise regularly, eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day and avoid...
The Disease of Nerds: Clickers’ Elbow

The Disease of Nerds: Clickers’ Elbow

[Originally posted April 16, 2005]Since confession is good for the soul, I guess it is time for me to own up to one of my more embarrassing injuries. (No, not the tick extraction . . . I don’t think I’ll ever share that story.) I’m talking about my overzealous...
A Stress Test Is A Good Test To Pass

A Stress Test Is A Good Test To Pass

[Originally posted Feb 5, 2005]My wife submitted to a stress test the other day … so I thought I would allow others to enjoy the experience vicariously. The first issue is the self fulfilling prophetic nature of a “stress” test. When one’s physical health is subject...
Uncertainty is the #1 Killer

Uncertainty is the #1 Killer

When it comes to issues of personal health, the real killer is the uncertainty of where you stand or how things will turn out. It is like the old axiom: “Those who fear die a thousand deaths.” Occasionally, the reality is worse than the uncertainty – my father-in-law...
An apple a day…

An apple a day…

Obviously with the last name of “Apple” I have always had a special interest in any topic related to the tasty red fruit. Growing up I quickly got used to the witticisms of my playmates who imagined that they were the first ones to come up with these creative...
Passing Kidney Stone Reflections

Passing Kidney Stone Reflections

[Originally posted Sept. 8, 2004]This is my second episode… the first was about four years ago. Suffering the indignity of the strainer apparatus but I have only been able to capture mini flecks… nothing very substantial on either occasion. But still… not a good sign…...