I love Bodypump. But January is a tough month to love my gym. All these newly-inspired resolution-making types show up to give Bodypump a try. They bang into me as they set up their bench top and risers. They encroach on my space. They don’t know proper weight selection. It makes me cranky. … [Read more...] about Bodypump & the Body of Christ
What do you know about your brain? Would you pay the equivalent of a six-pack so that scientists could understand it better? Let's call that "your brain on beer." The Howard Hughes Medical Institute built a campus in Loudoun County called Janelia Farm. In return for getting great tax breaks, … [Read more...] about Brains & Beer
Picture this: a fifty-something couple side by side in a crowded gym, sweating as they lift barbells to music from the 90s, played at head-pounding volume. I suppose I could post an actual picture, but trust me, it would not be inspiring. And I may have to leave town. Yep, my husband and I have … [Read more...] about Fitness Routines & Change-ups for Body & Soul
Everything is connected. Our actions created reactions and interactions between organisms. 24% of global disease is caused by avoidable environmental exposure, according to the World Health Organization. Pollutants don't disappear because the garbage man comes on Tuesday. Perhaps you've heard … [Read more...] about The Environment & Your Health
These notes are from a lecture by Dr Claudine Isaacs, who co-directs the Breast Cancer Program at Georgetown University. If you know something on the subject and I got something wrong, please correct me! It's amazing that I put these notes aside for about a week and already I am not certain that I … [Read more...] about Breast Cancer Notes
Last night was "Gastroenterology: Clinical" at Georgetown Mini-medical school. Dr. Bruce Luxon was the presenter, and he had a perfect blend of expertise, good teaching method, and a relaxed attitude. He also had some amazing, gory films of endoscopies that were fascinating to see. We're going to … [Read more...] about Bust a Gut
One of the great things about living near Washington DC is having access to something like Georgetown's Mini-Medical School. My husband and I attended this a few years ago and have just started a new round. For eight evenings, on consecutive Tuesdays, we will listen to experts in various … [Read more...] about Stem Cells
Perhaps somebody who knows history can help me here. I'm wondering if there is an appropriate parallel to draw between the movement toward universal educationÂ and universal health care. It's my understanding that in the early years of our country, all education was private. It was a luxury. Many … [Read more...] about Historic Parallel?
why don't schools remove allÂ their soda machines andÂ install water dispensers that sell really appealing, really cold water, in a recyclable cup (bin nearby) for a quarter? (water fountains are very last-century) why doesn't theÂ FDA unapprove high-fructose corn syrup? (it is more like a drug … [Read more...] about While We’re Arguing about Health Care
If you read this blog, you know that our church is growing these days. But here's something else that's growing, unexpectedly: Me! I went for my first-ever bone density scan (that's an age clue, right there) and discovered that I am 3/4 inch taller than I used to be.Â Maybe it's the yoga. I know … [Read more...] about Growing?
I know that a lot of people hate Valentine's Day. And I understand that it's too much pressure and too commercialized and they jack up the prices on flowers and you can't get a reservation. All that. But at the gym yesterday, women were talking about how V-day is "for the kids" after all, with … [Read more...] about In Praise of Valentine’s Day