I had my first followup with my surgeon yesterday. He said I did not have a torn biceps tendon, but he’d needed to do some cleanup of the biceps attachment around the shoulder. The rotator cuff was torn worse then he’d expected from my MRI, and that was what made my surgery more involved. But … Continue reading Rotator Cuff Surgery- Update With Surgeon
Overall my surgery went well last Friday. But my surgeon found extensive damage that wasn't visible on the MRI. The rotator cuff tear was worse than he thought plus I had also torn my biceps tendon. So I have 12 screws instead of the 4 I was expecting. I'll see him Thursday to get more … Continue reading Surgery Update 1
I sold my Bike Friday Superpro. It was a great bike for travel and smooth roads which served me well for six years. But it's more suited for less clumsy riders. For me, it's big wheels from now on. I bought a Specialized Sirrus expert carbon with the proceeds. This has 700C wheels (about 28") … Continue reading Nice Ride With New Bike- Big Wheels!
Mt. Umunhum is a distinctive landmark in the San Jose area. It is the fourth largest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains at 3,486 feet, and is topped by a distinctive white concrete box. The box is the foundation for a cold war era radar tower and is 8 and 1/2 stories tall. The mountain … Continue reading A Beautiful Hike On Mt. Umunhum, Plus a Setback
A neglected aspect of fitness that becomes more important with aging is balance. This is another area where decline occurs with age, and makes older people more likely to fall. Young people can stand on one foot with their eyes closed easily for a minute. I can do it for about 10 seconds. I knew … Continue reading Balance Training
New research from Dr. Rosenbloom’s blog: blueberries can help your BP as much as meds, pomegranate juice improves visual learning and memory, and making sure you’re not vitamin D deficient is good for brain health
Each day dozens of research studies appear in my inbox, peaking this old college professor’s interest. Last week, there were three studies that made me want to take a closer look: one published in an aging journal, one presented at an annual scientific conference, and one animal study in the journal Brain Structure and Function. Let’s briefly talk about each one and how it might translates from the page to your plate.
Blueberries for Blood Pressure
The blue color in blueberries is due to the presence of anthocyanins (pronounced ann-though-sigh-a-nins), a sub-group of plant chemicals knows as polyphenols. Fruits and veggies that are deeply colored red, blue, and purple are especially rich in anthocyanins. The study published in the Journals of Gerontology (gerontology is the study of aging) found that eating about a cup of blueberries twice a day lowered blood pressure similar to the lowering from taking…
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I first learned about vitamin K2 when I was going to a cardiologist for aortic stenosis. He had sent me for a calcium score test, which I flunked. Supposedly this means severe calcification of the coronary arteries, as I described in my posts about my heart valve saga. Later I found this was a false … Continue reading Vitamin K2- Send Calcium to the Right Places?
This is a different kind of success story than the usual ones I post. But a success story nonetheless. Congratulations to Erin for her new healthy way of eating and accepting the size it turned out to give her.
The predictions of her medical team, despite precise measurements, were significantly off about her final weight, showing this is less an exact science than most of us think. But kudos to them for congratulating her on the healthy outcome and not getting fixated on the weight.
by Erin Harrop
When I began my recovery journey from an eating disorder 13 years ago, I had a certain set of expectations about how the recovery process would go. Healthcare professionals told me to expect several things. They reassured me that as I learned to eat a broader variety of foods that my anxiety around eating would go down. What?! They said the more I faced my fears, the more comfortable I would feel.
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Emma Hayes, a physiotherapist and fellow blogger at MYTRAVELBUGBITE, brought up some important points about my post "Tips For Those That Need a Hip Replacement". I didn't want this to get lost in the comments so I will revise the post. For those of you that read it already, the first issue is that in … Continue reading Update on “Tips For Those That Need a Hip Replacement”