Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Aging And Attitude

My last post was about the Art of Aging. It's a fact that barring some fatal accident of illness we all will age. Some of us will be healthy and active and some will suffer debilitating illnesses. Some of these diseases and illnesses we can resolve thru an operation or meds. We are fortunate to live in a time of amazing medical advances. But some people maybe because of life style choices or genes find old age a struggle. It always amazes me how one individual in good health and financially secure ages badly while another in poor health and little money seems to thrive. What's the difference? It's ATTITUDE!

There's been mountains of books written about positive thinking and attitude. From Dale Carnegie to Tony Robbins millions have read their books, watched videos and/or gone to see them speak. I'm not going to try to reinvent the wheel here or compete with these giants. But Positive Thinking and a Positive Attitude makes the difference on how well you age.

In practicing the Art of Aging a positive attitude will be your secret weapon. But how do I get a positive attitude when I wake up with aches and pains? How can I feel positive when I look in the mirror and see an old person staring back at me? I can hardly pay my bills so how can I feel positive about the future?

Well I'm no psychologist, no doctor with degree, but as Aretha Franklin said it's all about respect. Respect yourself and the unique and special person you are. In order to love life and look forward to enjoying each day you need to like and respect yourself. That body of yours has taking care of you all these years despite the abuse, wear and tear you have put it through. With a little TLC it can continue to function for many years to come.

Like most journeys developing your Art of Aging starts with a single step and like most art forms in order to get good at it you need to practice. So practice the art of aging by working on one aspect of it each day. You know what the famous violinist said when asked how she got to play at Carnegie Hall? Practice - Practice - Practice!

So practice the Art of Aging. Join an exercise group or just walk around the neighborhood. Make a new friend. Work on your budget and get help if needed. Count your blessings. Be grateful for each day, each beat of your heart, each breathe you take! And Fake It Till You Make It!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Art of Aging

It may seemed funny to write an article about the Art of Aging. Some may say art? What art? You get old, feeble, lose your ability to take care of yourself and then you die. There's no art to it! But they are wrong. Sure all those things are going to happen if you live long enough. But it's how you face the challenges of aging that become an art. Like all form of art some of us are pretty good artist and some of us aren't. But with a little practice all of us can put some Art into our Aging.

So what do I mean by the Art of Aging? Quite simply it's this. Despite all the physical, mental, financial challenges aging can be a time of renewal. Aging as an Art to me means putting on a smile and facing the day with optimism despite an aching back. It's dressing with a little flare of style. It's having the wisdom to know that all things eventually pass: a rainy day, a headache, bad news, politicians, life itself. It's living in the moment and embracing life with all it's troubles, challenges and joys.

Here are some things that I use to put some art into my aging.

1. Have a sense of humor. Sometimes putting on a smile is the hardest thing I do. But as we all know it takes more muscles to smile than to frown.

2. Have a sense of  style. Remember when we all had to dress for success? Well being retired and old is no excuse to wearing old worn out clothes. Sure I have a pair of faded jeans and a favorite T Shirt. But I pair them with a nice belt, watch & sneakers or dockers. If money is tight visit the thrift shops. My wife and I usually stop by our favorite thrift shop every couple of weeks and usually find some nice brand name clothes and sometimes even brand new items.

3. If you're a man wear a fedora. Instead of a ball cap. Men's hats are making a big come back and a nice hat really adds to your style. If your a woman wear a red hat or something with color.

4. Get fit! Being in shape at any age helps you face the physical challenges of aging, improves your mood and makes you look younger.

5. Become an interesting person. Read some of the classics, start a hobby, buy a Harley or the cra of your dreams. I bought a 2007 Jaguar S Type for my 70th birthday. It's British Racing Green, low mileage and in perfect condition. It only cost me $8500 dollars far less than a new car. But I love it as soon as I get inside and turn the key I feel like a million bucks!

6. Volunteer: Find a cause you believe in and volunteer. Every organization needs volunteers and getting involved gets you out of the house and meeting different people.

7. Socialize: Get up off your couch and go out and meet people. Join a club, join a senior center, church, etc expand your circle of friends.

Most of all have fun! This can be your Golden Age despite all the challenges of aging. Practice the Art of Aging and thrive!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Why Everyone Should Take A Power Nap.

Power naps should be a job benefit! Along with health care, paid vacations and coffee breaks, a short snooze in the afternoon should be included in any job description. Why? Well besides being one of life's small pleasures a short nap has many benefits.

1. Improved memory.
2. Gives you an energy boost.
3. Increases creativity.
4. Improves your mood.
5. Increases productivity.

I was fortunate being an on the road salesperson I would routinely pull over and take a short nap in the afternoon. The quick snooze always gave me a boost of energy and helped me get through the rest of the day.

If you love a good nap you're nor alone. Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein,  John Kennedy and Salvador Dali all enjoyed a nap. So if these famous people could nap and still run a country, create great art and discover the Law of Relativity just think what a nap could do for you.

The trick is not to sleep to long. If you do then you'll enter deep sleep and probably wake up groggy.
Here's dome tips on taking the perfect nap.

1. Find a comfortable spot.
2. Keep in short 20-30 minutes max.
3. Do it in the afternoon.
4.Play some soothing music.

Sometimes you have to be creative. If you're on the road like I was then pulling into a safe rest stop works. I knew a person who always took a long bathroom break in the afternoon. Not my idea of a comfortable spot, but it worked for him.

Several companies now allow their employees to take a nap. If you're a member of one of them great. If not maybe you can talk to your HR person with the idea of instituting a nap break. A silly as it may sound there's a lot of solid data you can give showing the ROI of your company provided the time an a place for power naps.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Put Your Fitness Program on Auto Pilot!

If you're like me you are constantly on the go and sticking to a fitness program is a challenge. Summer time is the time to be outdoors, road trips, weekends at the beach, etc. Who has time to workout! But what if you could put your fitness program on Auto Pilot?

Well you can and here's how.

1. Put your workouts on your calendar.

2. Let everyone know your workout schedule and ask them to join you.

3. Schedule your workouts for first thing in the morning & get up early ready to workout.

 4. Get everything ready the night before; workout clothes, shoes, drinks, everything you need so in the morning you're ready to go.

4.  If your on vacation, say at the beach find a fun/new spot to run/walk.

5. Plan a destination after your run/walk: ie: coffee shop or just a bench with a great view.

6. If you can't find an hour for exercising fit time during the day for short burst. See previous posts for "Bathroom Workouts".

7. Enjoy the summer finding new and creative ways to exercise.

Don't lose all the progress you made just because it's summer and you're on vacation. By sticking to the above suggestions you can put your workouts on auto pilot and still enjoy the summer.

Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Simple Exercise Hacks Anyone Can Do!

No time to exercise? Try these simple exercise hacks and say goodbye to excuses. We all have busy lives and unfortunately one of the most important thing we can do for ourselves, exercise gets bumped in lieu of more pressing things. But try these hacks and you'll be surprise how easy it is to add a quick workout to your day.

1. Bathroom Workout: Every time you go to the bathroom do 10 standing wall pushups and 10 squats. By the end of the day if you're like me you could end up with 70-100 reps each.

2. Standing in Line Deep Breathing: I hate standing inline, but try this and relax. Breath through your nose to the count of four, hold for four seconds and slowly release agin to the count of four.

3. Sitting Stomach Tuck: We all sit much too long. But now you can work those abs will you work. Just suck in your stomach as far as comfortable, hold for a few seconds, release and repeat.

4. Steering Wheel Grip: Commuting back in forth to work can be a nightmare. Try this to lessen the tension and improve your grip. Every time you stop squeeze the steering wheel hard then release and repeat.

5. Sitting Leg Raise: Alternate this exercise with the sitting tummy tuck and you're have a six pack in no time. While sitting with your back straight up against the back of you chair extend your legs out and slowly raise them, hold for a few seconds, lower your legs and repeat.

There you have it. Five simple exercise hacks when combined will give you a great workout.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can An Everyday Spice Cure My Prostate Cancer?


 Can An Everyday Spice Cure My Prostate Cancer?

WARNING: The views and/or opinions about Prostate Cancer and treatments are mine and mine alone. I am not a doctor or health care professional. I am just one man recording his experience with Prostate Cancer in the hopes it may help some one facing the same decision I faced.

Is it possible that spices most people have in their kitchen be as effective a cancer killer as radiation/chemo? If so then why isn't it recommended by doctors?  The answer to the first question is a strong maybe. To answer the second question you only have to ask yourself could Big Pharma patent it and make a profit? The answer is no!

The spices were talking about are Ginger and Tumeric. What so special about these spices and how do they kill cancer cells? For centuries these spices have been use in traditional eastern medicines to cure a wide variety of aliments. More recently modern western medicine has been taking a hard look at Ginger and Tumeric's ability to inhibit and kill cancer cells.

Here are some key points and results.

1. American Cancer Societ: Curcumin the active ingredient in Tumeric interferes with  development, growth and spread of cancer cells and even killing cancer cellsand shrinking tumors.

2. Tumerice/Curcumin can enhance the effectiveness of chemo treatment.

3.  A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in 2006 found ginger to be effective against prostate and ovarian cancer, too. The research, conducted at the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, showed that ginger kills cancer cells and also prevents them from building up resistance to cancer treatment. (


4.  Researchers at Georgia State University also found that ginger can be helpful in fighting prostate cancer. Their study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed that whole ginger extract can help shrink prostate tumor size by as much as 56% in mice.

Here are some links:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21849094

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/41747.php

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22969274

Although most of the test were on animals and more human tests need to be done the conclusions so far are very encouraging. As I said earlier if Big Pharma could figure out a way to sell these spices and make a profit I'm sure research would be heavily funded and a new drug would be released selling for many times what the spice and supplements now cost.

The bottom line to me is there are no or few side effects from taking high doses of ginger and tumeric. You can buy them in supplement form and/or add the spices to the foods you now eat. I believe that humans have developed over the course of thousands of years thru trial and error many natural foods that do cure many diseases.

Of course you need to discuss this with your doctor before taking these spices and don't stop taking any prescribed drugs unless the doctor tells you to.

My opinion and the treatment I'm now taking is Active Surveillance and Three 500 mg of Tumeric and 150 mg of ginger in supplement form as well as adding to my foods as a spice. I strongly believe that for me this is a safe way to proceed. I'm scheduled to go for further testing in late July and will update on my progress on this blog.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Prostate Cancer: Is Active Surveilance A Good Option for Me?


 Prostate Cancer: Is Active Surveillance A Good Option for Me?

WARNING: The views and/or opinions about Prostate Cancer and treatments are mine and mine alone. I am not a doctor or health care professional. I am just one man recording his experience with Prostate Cancer in the hopes it may help some one facing the same decision I faced.

In previous posts I have briefly describe two major treatment plans for  the treatment of Prostate Cancer. Radical Prostatecomy and Radiation. Both of these treatments are effective in treating and curing Prostate Cancer. But what if I told you there was a third treatment option that is non-evasive and has none of the side affects or risks of surgery/radiation?

The good new is there is a viable option called Active Surveillance.  Simply put Active Surveillance is the close monitoring of your cancer and if/when the cancer spreads and your PSA show a steady raise begin more aggressive treatments.

So the question is whose a good candidate for Active Surveillance and what are the survival rate?

A good candidate for Active Surveillance is one with the following:

1. Older men with other medical problems.
2. Low risk men with a Gleason score of 6 or less and a PSA less than 10.
3. Healthy younger men who want to avoid the side effects of surgery/radiation and are willing to carefully monitor their cancer.

The risks? Well like all treatment programs there are risks. Sooner of later your Prostate Cancer will probably grow. At that point surgery or radiation become the choices of treatment. But in the mean time you can live a normal active life

By Active Surveillance it's vital to realized that this doesn't mean just forgetting about the cancer or putting off keeping an eye on it. You need to work closely with your Urologist. Regular PSA testing, Prostate Biopsy and possibly MRI and Bone scans are an important part of the monitoring program.

So what are the survival rate?

According to most studies 50-66% of men during the 10 years after their diagnosis stay on active surveillance and don’t warrant treatment. Younger men with low Gleason score are better candidates than older men whose cancer can me more aggressive.

If you meet the guidelines and are willing to work closely with your Urologist than Active Surveillance is a real and effective option; avoiding more aggressive treatment and for the rest of the men a delay in having to experience the side effects of treatment.

 Please don't use this article as your sole source of info. Do your research, talk to your doctor and partner and make the decision  that best suits your age, progression of cancer and health.