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*Coffee Consumption and Health Risks* Coffee drinkers, regular or decaf, may have lower rate of mortality from cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions, stroke, and suicide, reported by Dr. Frank Hu, MD, PhD at Harvard school of Public Health, in a study published online in Circulation on November 16.  The study spanned over three decades with 208,501…

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Last weekend, some friends and I attended an introductory lecture about the power of meditation on health and lowering stress.  The instructor, a radiologist named Dr. Arnold Raizon, reminded us of the difference between empathy and compassion.  When you feel empathic about a person’s circumstance, you are trying to “walk in their shoes.”  Compassion, however,…

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What’s New with Flu (2015-2016) Once again it is time to have the discussion about the importance of the annual flu vaccine.  As we all know, influenza is a highly contagious viral illness which can land people in the hospital and kills many each year. Add to that, the failure of last year’s vaccine and…

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Beautiful people You live in the same world as I doBut somehow I never noticedYou before todayI’m ashamed to say Beautiful peopleWe share the same back doorAnd it isn’t rightWe never met beforeBut thenWe may never meet againIf I weren’t afraid you’d laugh at meI would run and take all your handsAnd I’d gather everyone…

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FLU  It’s time to get your flu shot if you have not already.  In this week’s news, the first case of Influenza, type A H1N1, was documented in Baltimore, Maryland. This year’s vaccine is protective against this strain of virus. Peak flu season is between December and February and the CDC recommends that anyone over…

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Dementia is so common that most people know someone who has been affected by it. Many of us fear that it’s affecting us as well. Every time we forget where we’ve put our keys or walk into a room and forget why we headed there, we need to assure ourselves that it’s normal. Have you…

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I enjoy gaining daily insight and knowledge.Years of formal education, fitness training and Bible study have allowed me to stretch my intellectual, physical and spiritual boundaries.  However, nothing challenges all of them at the same time for me as much Bikram yoga. Maybe it’s because for me Bikram is a metaphor for daily life. Sometimes, I…

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