No Time for Downtime Anymore

February 21, 2020

This past Monday was Presidents Day, a designated federal holiday where offices and many government institutions were closed. Still, a surprising number of American workers both in and outside of [...]

Time to Give Coffee a Break

February 14, 2020

With the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak dominating the news — as it rightly should — I thought I would offer up a familiar subject for contemplation. Something that you [...]

Though Life Expectancy Rose Slightly in 2018, It Is Hardly Enough

February 7, 2020

When we look at the things we try to avoid in life, you would hope that escaping premature death would be top of the list. After all, it speaks to our basic human drive for survival. Yet, in our [...]

Thoughts on Traumatic Brain Injury

January 31, 2020

In October 2006, some 30 hours after departing Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., I stepped off a C-130 troop transport plane and on to the tarmac of Iraq's Al Asad Air Base to fulfill a [...]

From Old Age To New Medicine

January 24, 2020

A wise man named Jules Renard once said, "It is not a question of how old you are, but a question of how you are old." No matter how we look at the issue of aging, one thing is clear: People age [...]

Calling Off Alcohol for a Change

January 17, 2020

For more than a decade, "Dry January" has served as a resolution calling for a month-long break from alcohol. If you want to jump on this wagon, it is never too late to start by stopping. Whether [...]

Slamming Doors on Rural Hospital Care

January 10, 2020

While final statistics have yet to be revealed for New Year's Eve, it is a good bet that they will show a sharp uptick in emergency room visits beginning around midnight. Long before that hour, [...]

Health Issues We Should Aim To Resolve

December 27, 2019

If you are preparing a list of New Year's resolutions and are looking for a starting point, the folks at the American Medical Association annually assemble a list of 10 wellness-focused [...]

Crisis of Vaping Among Kids Clouds Holidays

December 20, 2019

During the holidays, I think we all tend to respond to the positive and inspirational stories around us. The problem is that in writing about health and wellness at this particular moment, I am [...]

1 Low Opinion of High Tech

December 13, 2019

As I noted last week, I often have a low opinion of high technology and its overall impact on our lives and health. I know that some experts will say this fear is overblown and today's [...]

Opting for a Low-Tech Holiday Season

December 6, 2019

I could be wrong, but it seems that with each passing year, it becomes harder and harder for us to properly reflect on the true meaning of what that good old holiday spirit signifies. Such [...]

Do We Grow From Tragedy?

November 22, 2019

It seems that every year around the holidays, numerous stories appear in the media of people skirting death or overcoming tragedy. These are certainly stories that need to be told. According to a [...]