Dr. Susan Mathison
I hope you had time for a summer road trip with wide open spaces, vast starry skies and new experiences. And as you headed toward home late at night you may have been beckoned by the orangey glow of your town or city awaiting your return. As you pulled into the garage, you may have taken one last look outside before you started to unload the car and return to life as usual. In your tired and wistful state, you may or may not have noticed ... where did all the stars go?
My son went back to school a few weeks ago, and his classroom is filled to the brim with books. One of his first tasks was to choose two books to put at his desk. When I pick him up, I'll ask about homework, and he'll retort, " I ALWAYS have homework, Mom. I always need to read books."
Though I grew up in Fargo, I never spent much time outside of the city. Most of our relatives lived in Minnesota, and not far off the major thoroughfares. When I moved back to North Dakota after residency training, I met new friends who lived in more rural areas. I noticed a curious phenomena. There was a lot of waving going on. "Who's that?" I'd ask as we met another car or truck or tractor along the road. "I don't know," was the answer. "Then why do you wave?" I'd ask. "Just because."
Summer vacation is winding down, and our thoughts turn to backpacks instead of beach balls. Despite the waning days of warm outdoor play and wake-boarding, we still need to think about sun protection. In addition to slathering on sunscreen (I prefer mineral-based blocks with zinc and titanium), you might find extra ways ways to protect your skin in the fridge or pantry or medicine cabinet. Research shows that certain foods and supplements can enhance your skin's natural protection ability and minimize sun damage.
Confession: I've watched more than one Hallmark Christmas movie this past week. I never knew they had a Christmas in July movie extravaganza! The movies are classic fairy-tale love stories with an extra twist of holiday spirit, and I'm quite embarrassed that I got sucked into the drama. But I did ... and it was kind of nice to live in a fairytale for a short time. How did they come up with this theme "Christmas in July?"
Most of us suffer from an occasional headache. There's the sinus headache, the weather headache, the TMJ headache, the stress headache, the PMS headache, the over-tired headache, and of course the dreaded migraine headache.
A few nights ago, after a bedtime story and tucking my son into bed, I picked up my laptop and settled onto the couch. I'd been planning to answer a few emails before bedtime and sort out my to-do list for the following day, but I found myself clicking over to Facebook instead. (Facebook: It's like a magnet for sleepy people who should probably just go to bed! So hard to resist its alluring pull!)
Does trying to make sense of what is really true in the world of diet and nutrition make your head spin? You are not alone. Let's focus on fat, maligned as a food and body part. I grew up in the fat-free era. Yet, despite the fact that the United States has cut fat consumption by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years, we have seen obesity rates double. Clearly, we've got something wrong.
Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don't have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful and genuinely useful. I've got several suggestions for you. • For the Mom who likes something to nibble on Purchase a prepacked canvas tote bag from Mouth.com filled with healthy snacks, like organic blue cheese puffs, oat bark with roasted cacao nibs and apricot nut bars. There's a charitable twist: Your purchase will also provide five school meals to hungry kids around the world.
Researchers have found that the average person's attention was 12 seconds in 2000, but it's just 8 seconds today. The average goldfish: 9 seconds. Wow. Human beings are officially less focused than those tiny fish you carry home in a plastic bag from the carnival. I don't need to convince you that our world is becoming increasingly congested, noisy and hyper-stimulating. Even if you live in a fairly quiet city like Fargo, it's not always easy to tune out all the distractions.