Obesity and the Latest in Weight Loss

Colossal CupcakeThis weekend in Royal Oaks, Michigan, officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to certify the world’s largest cupcake. The 1200+ pound gargantuan snack-cake with bright pink frosting was made using more than 800 eggs, and 200 pounds each of sugar and flour.  Is it any wonder that 75% of Americans are either overweight or obese? Continue reading…

End of Life Planning Doesn’t Kill Granny

firing-squadWhichever side of the healthcare debate you come down on, everyone can agree that premeditated lying is never cool.  I was especially saddened this week to see so many people – broadcasters, politicians and private citizens  – repeating the ridiculous claim that the current draft of the healthcare bill in Congress contains provisions that establish “death panels” to decide if  elderly folks in poor health should be treated or be euthanized to “save costs”. Continue reading…

User Feedback

listening_deviceIn an effort to generate content that will be useful to the user community, I would like to take this opportunity to open the discussion to all of you who visit this blog.  Please take a moment to leave comments for me, your humble moderator, regarding the kind of information you would find the most useful, interesting and engaging. Continue reading…

Take a Vacation – Doctor’s Orders

vacationWell it is officially the dog days of summer.  Scorching heat and in the Northeast, stifling humidity have come to call reminding us all that back-to-school time is just around the corner.  Since August is typically a big month for family vacations,  I thought it would be timely to reveal a recent study performed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, showing that there are tangible health benefits to taking a break from your daily grind. Continue reading…

The March of Progress in Medicine

1800s-surgeryStudents of Allen School Online ought to be very proud of themselves for being at the forefront of change in the medical industry.  The next decade will usher in radical changes in the way medical billing and coding are performed.  The inevitable transition from paper-based procedures to electronic medical filing will allow you to be one of those who “remembers the old way we used to do this”. Continue reading…

Favorite Summer Recipes

corn-salsaJuggling online classes, family and career can be a daunting task.  It can feel like there is little room left for taking the time to cook and enjoy slow foods.  Yet we know just how badly the modern diet of convenient, pre-manufactured and/or fast foods can be for your physical well-being.  But slow foods don’t have to live up to their title in terms of preparation time.  Follow me over the fold for an excellent, quick recipe using some of summer’s best produce. Continue reading…

Sound Off on the Healthcare Reform Debate

capitol-domeThe debate is in full swing in our nation’s capitol over how to fix the skyrocketing cost of healthcare that is bankrupting many families and pushing 14,000 people every day into the ranks of the uninsured.  There are, broadly speaking, three main schools of thought regarding the challenges we face.  Where does your thinking fall in this continuum?  Follow me over the fold to read the prevailing thinking. Continue reading…