The Peril of Eating to Perfection

It’s called “Orthorexia” – an eating disorder marked by such an acutely perfectionist approach to eating, that those who suffer from if are often socially isolated and ironically, can result in malnutrition. While these criteria could easily be construed as desirable to the person that insists they gain weight by just looking at food, it […]

Make sure fitness comparisons are realistic

Several years ago, I remember smiling when I read the wording on a guys T-shirt that said, “The older I get, and the better I was.” Lately, this humorous adage has taken on certain reality of its own as I reflect on other comparisons people make. One of the key tenets of working as a […]

Working Against Nausea When Fitness Training

There have been very few fitness enthusiasts who at one time or another didn’t experience nausea during or after their workouts. This event can pose as a major inconvenience as it requires a person to wait until either the discomfort subsides, or bee-line it to the bathroom in the event the most recent meal decides […]

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry, or Sambucus Nigra, is a berry plant native to Europe that has been shown to help prevent and treat the flu, cold, and other respiratory ailments by boosting the immune system. The berry is high in vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and minerals. I tried some elderberry syrup for the first time […]

Superslow Strength Training For Great Results

There is nothing more impressive to the casual observer than watching someone push, pull or hoist significant amounts of weight. If you were a betting person, you could challenge that same person to try and duplicate the same feat 10 times slower and still achieve the same number of repetitions.  My guess is that you […]

Ohhhh! My aching… back!

[An installment in a planned group of articles on managing common aches and pains….] One of the most common reasons people go to a doctor or miss work is back pain; nearly one in five patients will present with this problem sometime in life. But while back pain accounts for more than $100 billion spent […]

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Citrus Vinegar Cleaner

I’ve used diluted white vinegar as an all natural cleaner for a long time now; I use it on windows, floors, mirrors, countertops, even on carpet to remove smelly stains. When the vinegar dries it doesn’t leave a vinegary smell, and it’s safe to use around kids and pets. To make my homemade cleaner even […]

Feeling it in the gut

Ever notice that unpleasant stomach burn…. Even after a pleasant meal? Dyspepsia, sour stomach, heartburn, reflux, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)….not identical terms but all do describe a common symptom of belly discomfort. During the holidays our diets may change and reflect more ‘indulgent” foods: candy, chocolate, alcohol, and just plain abundance, which can lead to […]

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Air Needed Here!

This brief post is about a worrisome symptom: shortness of breath, also known as “dyspnea.” Not being able to breathe tops all other fears (save perhaps public speaking). Being short of breath can be caused by something as simple as a cold or a faceful of dust, or being deconditioned… or the sign of something […]

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Hot topics: Fever

FEVER! Hi again In the next few posts I plan to explore some common home health problems and what to do at home, a kind of self-care flow-sheet if you will. The idea is to cover some emergent topics (fever, falls, sudden pains, shortness of breath) as well as ongoing problems such as sprains and […]

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Antibiotics and the common cold

You know the symptoms. It often starts with a sore throat, then graduates to the runny nose, cough, nasal congestion. Those symptoms are evidence your immune system is at work fighting off the invading “microbe” so it doesn’t get deep into your respiratory system. This is a big deal because the common cold is the […]

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Let’s talk sleep….. zzzz…..

Let’s talk sleep. Seems we don’t get enough. Studies show most of us need 8-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep yet the average American adult sleeps only 6.9 hours per night. One survey found nearly 70% of primary care patients complained of insomnia. About a third of patients who slept less than 7 hours during the […]

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Drink Responsibly this Holiday Weekend

Memorial Day is the national holiday where we as Americans join together to remember and honor those killed while protecting our freedoms. It also marks the beginning of summer and the longed for end of the rainy season. While the weather here in the great Northwest is often not as sunny or warm as we […]

There Are No “Accidents”

SPOILER ALERT: This post may be a little jaded to the “plaintiff’s attorney” side of me. But, if you hear me out, I believe you (even you defense attorneys out there) will get my point, and maybe even agree with it. Too often the public refers to car crashes as “accidents.” Feel free to disagree with […]

Do I Really Need to Share the Road with “Them”?

e have all seen more motorcycles and bicycles on our roadways recently–blame it on the sun. During the past two weeks three motorcyclists injured in crashes caused by other drivers retained our firm to represent them. Unfortunately, if history is any indication of the future, these clients are only the tip of the iceberg of injured […]

“Make Safe” Enters the World of the Blog

Something you should know.  I’m a personal injury attorney practicing in Vancouver, Washington.  If you were not completely put off by this, you should know that I’m also a husband to my amazing wife, Melissa, and a proud father to our three children.  Together, Melissa and I have chosen to make Vancouver our home as […]

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