“Ask What You Can Do for Your Country”

  IN HIS INAUGURAL Address, January 20, 1961, John F, Kennedy famously said… “And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Here are three things you can do to help your country and to help you. All three...

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Health Care: Remember All the Babies

IT IS OFTEN SAID that “you can’t buy health.” Every new parent expects a healthy child and most follow the rules to make sure that the new family member is born healthy and welcomed with love and best of care. But then what? Many New Year’s Resolutions are health...

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Pushing Through to Push-Ups!

IF YOU’VE EVER had the good fortune to view a cadaver you are suddenly aware that you are bearing witness to a very remarkable piece of construction and engineering. The Shoulder The shoulder girdle provides the widest range of motion of any part of the body. It is...

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A Stitch in Time May Save You from… Opioids

SEVERAL MONTHS ago I turned on CSPAN: my go-to place in the middle of the night if sleep evades me. This night a panel was assembled before a congressional committee to answer questions about the opioid epidemic and in particular on “protecting the health and safety...

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Lovemaking Muscles

“Muscles… you have hundreds of them, and each has been given a special job to do… for you. Not only that, they were all programmed to go where they were supposed to go, and to know what they were supposed to accomplish long before you were the size of the pin-head the...

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“Class Stand!” “One…”

  IN THE OLDEN days, it used to be that the classroom exercise vignette was a part of every day. Mornings, which were longer, had two or three of these exercise vignettes. Afternoons, which were usually shorter, had one. The leaders were the kids chosen by the teacher...

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The Fitness of Health Care

  “FIT, WHAT DO WE need to be fit for?” These were the words of W. W. Bauer, MD, as he patted his considerable paunch on national television. The answer, I guess, depends on who you ask. In 1969 Bonnie gave six reasons for being physically fit in an interview for...

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Surgeries and Injuries: Preparation and Recovery

  THE BLOOD OF THE WOUND contains the healing. When the barrier is broken, an orchestrated cascade of biochemical events is set into motion to repair the damage.[1][2] This process is divided into predictable phases: blood clotting (hemostasis), inflammation, tissue...

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In the Presence of Oxygen

  WE STAND, WALK, run, lift, work, and live in the presence of oxygen. Is there any other way? You are reading this in the presence of oxygen. You are reading this aerobically. Whenever there is a vacuum of any kind (a need unfulfilled) it is eventually filled with...

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Everyone Into the Pool!

  THIS SHOULD BE the normal call all year round, not just in warm weather. Since time immemorial, or almost, water has been the preferred balm for hygiene, good health and respite from stress. Perhaps our fascination and love of water is because we ALL spent nine...

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