Letter from the Editor - Eric Von
Spring is in the air . . . finally!
Ah, Spring is in the air. Or is it?
No matter which side of the climate change or global warming argument you stand on, you have to admit that there is something strange occurring with the weather patterns across our nation. We are more than a month into the official start of Spring or vernal equinox, yet we have seen snow storms in Colorado and unseasonably cold temperatures from the Midwest to the East coast.
Some days this “Spring” we’ve found ourselves shaking like a leaf from the brisk, chillier-than-normal temperatures. But pretty soon things will fall into place, like they always do and we’ll be basking in the sunshine, enjoying the glorious days of Spring and Summer, forgetting that it seemed like it took forever to get here.
This month at Brain Brawn & Body we do as we always do, celebrate men as we educate men and the people who love them. We begin our tribute to all things man by giving you a sneak preview into our June edition when we’ll introduce S.E.L.F.
S.E.L.F. is an acronym we’ve coined for Sharing Everyone’s Love of Fathers.
Who doesn’t love father?
Whether it’s your biological father or someone who treats you as if he’s your bio-dad; whether it’s your brother who happens to be the father of your nieces or nephews; or your grandfather who you simply adore, fathers often are the people we emulate and admire most and they deserve our love.
The one thing we recognize at Brain Brawn & Body is that no one can love us if we don’t love ourselves. That love of self is transferred miraculously to others around us. One way to express our love of self and others in our lives is to care for ourselves. We have to. It’s not narcissistic to care for oneself, to care enough to do the things that make and keep us healthy.
But back to May and mothers. May is the month for mothers and we want to know how you feel about mom. This month, we’re asking for your wonderful stories about your mother. What makes her special? Tell us about those magic meals that only mom can prepare; or mom’s special way of making those “Ow-wees” go away; or how her advice saved you when you thought there was no way out of a dilemma you were facing.
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This month we look at the age old question of, “Is it a cold or an allergy?”
With the help of an ingenious tool from the Mayo Clinic we help you determine if your sniffles and stuffy head are the result of a nagging Spring cold, or the affects of allergies. Read, Battling the Not-So-Common Cold.
Also on our health page you’ll find the latest results of a study that determined that African American men experience a longer delay between prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment. This finding, researchers suggest, could be one of the reasons that African American men are likely to die from prostate cancer at a rate of 2.4 times that of white men. Go there.
And while we’re on the subject of prostate cancer, we introduce a new feature we’re excited about – video on our Personal Profiles page. Rendall Thomas is a 19 year survivor of prostate cancer and he tells his story, Wine and Roses, via video. You’ll find it engaging and informative.
Anxiety and its affects on heart patients are reported on in an enlightening article, Anxiety and Depression May Triple Heart Patients’ Death Risk.
And we offer some promising news on developments in the treatment of dementia. It doesn’t have to be all about pills and medications. No, some doctors are looking at alternative treatments like exercise to improve physical and cognitive outcomes in patients who have dementia. Explore this brave new world in Exercise Program May Trump Meds for Dementia.
Being healthy has a lot to do with eating right. And this month we tell you some sure fire ways to get healthy and stay healthy through proper dieting. What you eat does affect your body from head to toe. Too many bad hair days? Spending a little too much at the nail salon? Maybe it’s what you’re eating. In Bad Hair or Nails we inform you on what to eat to help keep your hair and nails healthy.
We all like to order appetizers when we go out. Well, why spoil your diet with foods that may appeal to your taste buds but set off alarm bells throughout your body? Find out what appetizers are healthy and taste good in the Best and Worst Appetizers.
If you’ve been having a hard time balancing your financial life, we help you with an 8-point guide to bad Money Habits It's Time to Break.
Be sure to visit our News Across the Nation page where you’ll find some pretty startling nuggets that signal change in the world of health and wellness.
There’s something to read everyday at Brain Brawn & Body. Your path to better health begins at your inbox!
Read, learn and enjoy!