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How Old Would You Be If You Didn't Know How Old You Are?

woman smilingBy Dale Peterson, MD -


Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a prominent U.S. physician, recently posted an editorial in which he explained why he didn’t want to live beyond age 75.  I disagree with his view of aging, but it is one that is far too common among people in the United States.

One of the reasons Dr. Emanuel hopes he dies at age 75 is because he believes that most elderly people have lived too long and have therefore become disabled, faltering, and in a state of decline that makes them unable to contribute to work, society, and the world.  He states that old age causes people to become feeble, ineffectual, and pathetic. 

Love is Our Soul Purpose

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Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. - Path to a Better Life -

Love is our Soul purpose. Our life direction is the trajectory we take, or the story we weave to get to that place of deeper love of self and other. Self is not “selfish” in an egoism self-centered fashion, rather it is the honoring of the place within us that is larger than our personal life story, or is our “Higher Self/Higher Power/God.”

Oscar Wilde once said: “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Isn’t that a delicious and outrageous thought? Who doesn’t want to rediscover themselves and fall in self-love again; to “re-invent” our lives and feel that sense of self? Or maybe we are more humble and simply want to have “a more determining say” in our destiny and fate; and perhaps like a good makeover, we confess it’s an intriguing idea.

Trick or Healthy Treat

healthy treats Halloween By Lisa Metzgar, PhD, Nutrition Tidbits - Halloween is the start of holiday treats.

With bags full of candy coming home from a successful night of Trick or Treating...how do we keep the sweet treats to a minimum? Halloween parties are also sweet temptations for us adults as well.

As we all know, too much sugar and processed foods will wreak havoc on our health. Sugar depresses the immune system and sends our insulin levels out of control. Once you start indulging in all the yummy, sticky treats of the season…it seems like we lose all our self control.

Learn to Listen to Your Body

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By Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health  -

One of the most important skills required to maintain one’s health is the ability to listen to what one’s body is saying.  The body expresses itself through what are called symptoms.  A symptom might be a headache, a sore throat, a fever, unusual or excessive fatigue, or any number of other abnormal sensations.  Symptoms are not diseases in themselves; they are warning signs that a disease is present or is developing.

I can illustrate the importance of looking for the causes of symptoms in this way:  Suppose that I’m driving my car and I’m eighty miles from my destination when I glance down and see a red light that says “oil” on my dashboard.  The oil light is a warning that the oil level is dangerously low.  Having seen the warning light I have several options.  I can simply keep on driving.  The light will remain lit, however, and that will cause me to feel anxious or worried.  I can pull over and add a quart of oil if I have one available.  If not, I can call roadside assistance and have them bring some oil or send a truck to tow my vehicle to a service center.  There is a more direct option, however.  I can take out a pair of pliers, identify the wire that’s leading to the light, and clip it.  That will allow me to restart the engine and drive to my destination without being bothered by that annoying red light. 

Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen

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Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -       

True listening is not always easy. It is a skill we develop. In this era of technological expertise and emotional unavailability, all too often there is more speaking than listening. We are not really conversing but merely exchanging gestures. For a genuine dialogue to occur, speaking and listening must both play leading roles. Conversation is a dance and play between two human minds, which naturally creates harmony. Therefore, having a good conversation is an art that benefits ourselves and others.

     In the art of conversation, two people are equal partners. When one is speaking, one is more active; when one is listening, one is more receptive. A conversation where someone is speaking, but no one is listening fosters disharmony and dishonesty, within the conversation and within the relationship. Thus, in order for the conversation to be healthy and productive and to grow, both participants need to take turns listening.