Defeating the Tyranny of the Urgent

Has the ‘tyranny of the urgent’ slowly crept in and overtaken your “purpose driven’ focus? Suzan Oran’s Life Design course (bit.ly/S91Rm7) was a well done, provocative, succinct re-focusing on what really matters. Her use of distinctions, (explorations in how one is holding, or thinking about an issue) is very different than learning or memorizing coursework. Distinctions actually clean lint out of our filters rather than adding more lint through coursework and memorization. I strongly recommend her June 2nd course for every person regardless of what they are up to in their lives.

How is Your New Year’s Resolution Coming? This Year it is Time to Succeed!

First in the How to Switch On Your Employees Series

What is your New Year’s resolution? If you are like most Americans, the resolution will be given up by Super Bowl weekend and things will be back to status quo. But what if things were different this year? What if you succeeded and lost that weight, got in shape, or saved that money? What if 2014 became the year to get things done in a way you have never experienced before? What would you have to do differently in 2014 compared to previous years?

The science of change management, which is what we are speaking about, has come a long way in the past 5 years and it’s time to incorporate these discoveries into achieving our goals.

Let’s start by asking: is knowing what to do enough? As a weight loss expert who has helped hundreds of people lose weight, it is clear that there are many patients who can literally recite encyclopedic knowledge on calorie balance, exercise, food labels, and the latest best seller’s strategy on effective weight loss, but they don’t lose a pound. They know what to do, but are not doing what they know.

Maybe the key is to create or overcome strong emotional issues. In the patients mentioned above, often a life event preceded the significant weight gain. When this occurs there is no question that getting in touch with “what happened” and re-framing the experience in a more empowering and less threatening way makes a difference. However, often there was no preceding trauma or the traumatic experience was resolved through beneficial and significant counseling but no weight loss occurred, suggesting that attention to emotional issues may not be enough by itself… To continue reading click here

How Regularly Are You Exercising? 2014 May Be The Time To Start

To stay up to date on the latest information I listen to the Massachusetts Medical Society Journal Watch.  They say medical knowledge doubles every 9 months these days so it is important to stay on it! 

I thought you might enjoy this summary on exercise;

Robust midlife cardiovascular fitness is associated with lower heart related disease, but what about death? To answer that question, researchers evaluated the associations between fitness and several chronic conditions (namely, ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer disease, and lung or colon cancer) in older patients by linking a preventive medicine registry to Medicare data. Nearly 20,000 patients got full baseline fitness and medical evaluations and were stratified into five groups based on their fitness level (the patients’ average age at study entry was 49; most were men). A good number of the patients had relatively favorable cardiovascular risk profiles at study entry. Findings appear in the September 24 Archives of Internal Medicine (http://viajwat.ch/WhxcCO).

During a median follow-up of 26 years, the patients who were most physically fit had about half of the prevalence of chronic conditions than did those who were least physically fit. In adjusted analyses, each Met (metabolic equivalent) increase in baseline fitness was associated with a roughly 6% reduction in risk for developing a chronic condition.

Although these results on midlife cardiovascular fitness being a predictor of healthy aging are not surprising, they add another motivation for encouraging midlife fitness: This approach can lower the risk for frailty and comorbidities while improving quality of life for older people. 

Here is to aerobic exercise at least every 48 hours in 2014!  Happy New Year.  SC

ANNOUNCING THE OPENING OF OUR NEW DALLAS CLINIC!!

We are proud to announce the opening of our new Dallas Clinic, located at 6211 W. Northwest Hwy., Ste. C255, Dallas, TX 75225.  Along with our new location, we are excited to welcome Sue Thomas as our new practitioner!

Sue Thomas RN, MSN, FNP-BC has been impacting the lives of others in healthcare since 1994.  Sue earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and earned her Masters of Science degree in nursing from Baylor University in Dallas, Texas, specializing in family medicine.

Sue has been in practice as a Nurse Practitioner for 13 years in the Dallas metro area, and has built a reputation for her excellent diagnostic skills and thorough level of care.  She has an innate ability to be caring and compassionate and is able to develop strong bonds with patients of all ages.

Sue is an accomplished speaker on the topics of hormones, diet and exercise, and fatigue.  She is also cross-trained in aesthetics and is able to provide exceptional skin care through injectable treatments, such as Botox/Juvederm.  She serves as a clinical instructor at the National Laser Center in Dallas, Texas as well as at Baylor’s nurse practitioner program.  She is known for her gentle touch and critical eye and has superior patient outcomes.

Sue is an avid marathoner and triathlete.  She has been happily married for over 18 years, and she and her husband have three lovely daughters.

We look forward to providing your health care needs at our new location!

Is Sugar Leading To The Collapse Of Our Society?

One of the most interesting and controversial issues in medicine today is the effect refined carbohydrates, such as table sugar, has on our bodies. In his book Sugar Blues, William Duffy got this controversy going with his proclamation that the introduction of sugar has led to the collapse of every great society from Egypt to the present day. While many medical experts viewed this as fringe sensationalism, the publication of the book Sugar Busters! by H. Leighton Steward, Morrison Bethea, MD, Samuel Andrews, MD, and Luis Balart, MD, rekindled the flame.

Whether Duffy’s claim is totally on target or not, the dramatic increase of refined sugar consumption and starchy foods by Americans is very con- cerning. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American ate 5 pounds of sugar per year in 1900. In the year 2000, the estimated average sugar consumption per person was 163 pounds. That’s a 3,260 percent increase in 100 years! Our sweet tooth is definitely out of control.

- excerpt from “The Seven Numbers pg. 91″

Please watch this amazing animated short film about the effects of sugar on today’s families, featuring an original song by Grammy-award-winning singer songwriter Jason Mraz.


Take action and save lives today!

High Blood Pressure Effects Shocking Number Of Americans

According to Centers For Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 68 million Americans have high blood pressure, which is approximately a third of the adult population. With such a massive number of people suffering from the disease it is critical that people educate themselves about the disease and have their blood pressure checked regularly.


“The sobering fact about high blood pressure is that it is often without symptoms until it is too late. That is, until an “end organ,” such as our brain, kidneys or heart, becomes damaged, we rarely feel it… Many times the first sign that the silent killer has invaded our body is when we experience kid- ney failure, an aneurysm, a stroke or a heart attack.” — The Seven Numbers pg. 113

Don’t wait till it’s too late! Visit your doctor and make sure that you’ve got it under control. Fortunately, high blood pressure is a disease that can be controlled.

Interview With David Emerald & Dr. Scott Conard

by Moira McCarthy

David Emerald is known for his take on how to take positive control in your life. Most thought of for his TED (The Empowerment Dynamic) program, he’s an expert in helping folks in all kinds of situations shift from feeling like “victims” to becoming “creators” of their own positive destinies.

So when a doctor told him he’d been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, one would assume he’d face the news like an empowered “creator.” But Emerald, who remembers the moment as if it just happened, said his response went something more like this:

“Whaaaaaaaat???”

“I was flabbergasted,” he says now, seven years later. “I teach and coach people around being the creator (of their own destiny) and there I was, feeling very much the victim.”

That, he said, is how overwhelming a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes may be.

While Emerald continued teaching his program, in his personal life and treatment, he slipped into all the things he taught others not to do: Instead of viewing his doctor as a coach and supporter, he looked at him to be a rescuer. And instead of working toward a place of positive movement, he felt himself deep in what he calls the drama triangle. In other words, he was far from practicing what he preached.

Enter Dr. Scott Conard. Conard, president of the North Texas American Diabetes Association, had seen Emerald in action at one of his seminars and had begun integrating Emerald’s TED concepts into his medical practice, particularly among those living with diabetes who are part of his practice. Finding himself in Emerald’s hometown, Conard headed to his house for a visit. As they talked, Conard shared what he was doing with TED, especially as it related to diabetes. Emerald could hardly believe his ears. He told Conard of his recent diagnosis, and shared his fears and stress, expecting perhaps some coddling. What he got, instead, was his own doctrine, given right back to him.

Click here for the entire interview on http://diabetes.sanofi.us/

 

Innovative Heart Rate Monitor For The iPhone

Have you ever wanted to check your resting heart rate but given up because you couldn’t feel your pulse or didn’t have a stopwatch to time the beats? Well never again if get Azumio’s “Instant Heart Rate” app from the iTunes App Store. This app actually uses the iPhones camera flash along with the camera to detect the vessels pulsing in your finger. I must admit that I was skeptical when I heard about this app. I mean could it really be that accurate? I discovered first hand that it is. At least it was for me. It really is slick the way that it works. And a bit mesmerizing as you watch your pulse being detected on the iPhone’s screen.


As you can see from the above video demo this little app can be a great fitness companion, providing yet another way to assess the effectiveness of your workout and diet plan.

For more information visit: http://www.azumio.com/apps/heart-rate/

The Key To Making Healthy Fast Food Choices as a Diabetic

Diabetes will definitely keep you on your toes when it comes to diet, but when that urge to get some comfort food from a fast food restaurant hits, like it does for most of us, is all lost? Or can you still find something to enjoy?

Well according to an article from prevention.com (Rescue Your Fast Food Meal – by Mark Bricklin) All hope is not lost. Clearly you cannot just order whatever sounds good, but many restaurants include items on their menu that are tasty and are a safe choice nutritionally. Probably the biggest key is educating yourself about the nutritional facts before going to the restaurant of choice which is usually pretty easy these days, simply go to their website and track down the facts. Choosing before you go can also help you from being as tempted as when you are hungry and browsing the menu in the store. Mark found that from Arby’s “the regular Roast Beef sandwich (350 calories, 12 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbs) and the Melt sandwich (330 calories, 11 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbs)” is a viable choice for many and that at Burger King one of the healthiest options is “the TenderGrill Chicken Sandwich without mayo (360 calories and 7 grams of fat, 5 of them saturated)”.

Without putting in too much work something viable can be found at many restaurants, so don’t loose hope just put in a little homework and enjoy a meal out occasionally.

To read more visit: http://www.prevention.com/health/diabetes/healthy-fast-food-meals-diabetics

Korean food image provided by dimitridf

2 New Devices That Turn Your Bedroom Into A Sleep Lab

From caffeine, to exercise, to iPad use, so many things can effect the way you sleep. And not only that, but some of use feel we are not getting enough sleep when we are actually getting normal quality sleep (a disorder called paradoxical insomnia), while others believe they are getting plenty of sleep but are struggling with disorders such as sleep apnea.

Up until recently, it has been difficult to tell how much sleep we are truly getting without sleeping in a lab. Fortunately, because of advancements in technology there are now devices that can monitor your sleep at home, opening up new possibilities for tracking the results of our lifestyle choices on how we sleep.

Now with devices such as fitbit and zeo you can thoroughly track your sleep and know exactly what is going on during you slumber. This kind of knowledge can be incredibly powerful for someone dealing with a sleep disorder!

Probably, the most powerful sleep tracking device on the costumer market for tracking sleep patterns is Zeo. To see Zeo in action simply watch this video…


From everything I have seen online both products seem to do a good job of both tracking your sleep and also giving appropriate advice for how to improve your sleep. But one thing that seems to set the zeo slightly apart is the fact that it tracks your sleep by monitoring your brain waves while fit bit tracks your movement. But fit bit also tracks your steps and activity during the day helping you to improve your overall health which clearly effects your sleep as well. Here is a bit more about fitbit…


I don’t think you can go wrong with either one. The sleep data that they provide can go a long way in diagnosing what it is about your lifestyle that is inhibiting your slumber or if there are other factors involved.

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