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How Too Little Sleep Can Kill You

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By Doctor Seibel - HouseCall® - Are you so tired that you're irritable, having trouble focusing, finding it hard to make it through the day? 

For 70 million American adults, too little sleep has become a way of life that is contributing to an increase of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. I'll write more about these in other blogs.

But for this posting, I want to tell you about one of the hazards of too little sleep that is the most lethal of all: falling asleep at the wheel.

A study by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) which was a collaboration between the CDC and the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research found that 4.7% of Americans reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month. That's 1 in 20 drivers across the country falling asleep at the wheel one or more times within a month. Considering all the traffic we drive in daily, that's pretty scary. Those drivers who inch right up into your trunk, weave around the road or demonstrate road rage may not be intoxicated; they could be exhibiting drowsy driving. That's why 1,500 people die each year from drowsy driving and 40,000 more have non-fatal injuries.

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.