Monday, February 27, 2006

Putting 10 pounds of potatoes in a five-pound bag?

I'm on the road, teaching my course, "Improving Balance and Decreasing Fall Risk Using T'ai Chi". Feb. 28 in Pittsburgh, March 1 in Harrisburg, PA, and March 2 in Philly.

I do have a whole bunch of interesting material to share with you when I get back to the office next week, but for now, I'll have to stay on the lite path.

You already know why there's so much stress in your life, but I think that this sums it up nicely:

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Are there not healthier ways to express yourself?

Please note the large area of inflammation around the bridge of the nose in the picture to the left.

I try not to get too personal in this blog, but I do have to say that this self-mutilation (in my view) makes me really ill.

Apparently, people are not too concerned about how they may be putting their health in jeopardy, as demonstrated by the following caveat from an online site dedicated to this practice (I can't justify providing the link --it was enough of a struggle to include the actual name of the site):

BME stands for Body Modification Ezine. BME contains the personal experiences of thousands of people all over the planet, in photo and text form. It serves to document the activities of the body modification community in as complete a fashion as possible. (Italics mine in order to separate their text from my comments.)

Warning: Dangerous Acts

BME contains documentation of dangerous and/or life-threatening activities of sometimes questionable legality -- BME accepts no responsibility or liability for the actions of others and urges anyone interested in this subjects (sic) to educate them completely (sic) and seek professional assistance.

Attempting to replicate any of the acts seen on these pages, including body piercing, can result in serious injury and/or death. We STRONGLY urge you to consult a professional before continuing.

I guess I'm preaching to the lynch-mob, but a friend of mine who is an acupuncturist related a very interesting clinical story about one of his patients (no names):

This woman was having trouble with insomnia and hyperactivity. He saw that her piercings had stimulated acupuncture points that affect the sympathetic nervous system, that are directly related to those problems. After she had removed the jewelery, the symptoms disappeared.

I am pessimistic that I can make a difference to anyone who wants to get pierced, but please consider this aspect carefully before you go ahead and do it. Perhaps you might consult an acupuncturist to find out whether there are any areas that might even be beneficial to pierce.

I don't know if such points exist, but watch for our in-depth story on this topic in our next newsletter (Look for the link to subscribe in the sidebar).

Side note: I once had a patient who came in complaining of neck pain. He had about five pounds of jewelry piercing his head, ears, face areas alone (also nipples, genitals -- so he told me -- etc.).

I asked him about his motivation for doing it, and he told me that he enjoyed the pain! Truly amazed, I asked him why he sought physical therapy for his neck pain if he enjoyed the pain so much. He responded that he was channeling his emotional pain into physical pain.

This type of self-mutilation (as I see it), and self-destructive behavior due to emotional conflict makes me very sad $-<

I believe that what we show on the outside reflects who we are on the inside, AND that we can begin to change what is happening on the inside by changing from the outside in. Of course, it is only a beginning on the road toward harmony and balance.

Lao Tzu says:

He who stands on tiptoe is not steady.
He who strides forward does not go.
He who shows himself is not harmonious.
He who justifies himself is not prominent.
He who boasts of himself is not given credit.
He who brags does not endure for long.

Sorry . . . I can't help myself . . . I'll bring it back again soon

What a pal! (With friends like him . . .)

Monday, February 06, 2006

Is that all there is to it?

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

The pod people multiply

I figure, if you're hip enough to find your way to a blog, you don't need me to explain podcasts to you. So I won't.

Podcasting is starting to become very popular among the big, name-brand acts now, which is an excellent thing, in my cautiously not-so-humble opinion.

The following is a partial list of links to some nice medical and science podcasts, provided by some of the more pre-eminent names in those fields:

Johns Hopkins Medicine
New England Journal of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Science Friday

All of these podcasts can be downloaded to MP3 format for free -- allowing you to stream the audio; or listen at your leisure from your hard drive or mp3 player; or you can burn them to discs. I know: I really didn't have to tell you that last part (;-D=

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

No Key? No Problem!

Some people have an excess of energy, nerve/guts, coordination, and talent. For a sometimes heart-pounding and awe-inspiring (in terms of physical prowess) video, watch this Russian Urban Climber.

It's about 10 minutes long. There is less than a minute of unnecessary video effects in the middle -- bear with it -- it's worth it. I laughed out loud when he dives through the car window so cleanly. And the music's excellent (probably even better if you speak or understand French).

This picture doesn't do the video justice.

Two questions:

1. Is this what circus performers do in the off-season to stay in shape and keep themselves entertained?

2. What brand & model of sneakers is he wearing? Shouldn't he be sponsored? (Russia is pretty capitalist now, isn't it?)

For a much more boring (but still way beyond my capabilities) collection of videos, take a look at this French site.

Related to Netipots

Link To Article About Nasal Health

And GREAT picture of a nose!

Is that a pen in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? (Hint: I am happy to see you, but the answer is . . . neither.)

Whaddya think these are?

look closely and guess what they could be...


Any wild guesses now?
No clue?...

Ladies and gentlemen...

You've just now looked into the future...

Yep that's right!
No booing now...
You've seen something that would replace your PC in the future....


In the revolution of miniature computers,
the scientists are ahead with bluetooth technology...

See the forthcoming computers within your pockets.

This pen instrument produces both the monitor as well as the keyboard on flat surfaces from where you can just carry out the normal operations you do on your desktop.

Are you ready for this????

Editor's note: Brings new meaning to the word "Pen . . . tium"! (;-D=