Years ago my straight up answer to anyone eating a varied diet in the US was unequivocally, No. However, our food supply has dramatically changed and in some cases, is compromised (even the “healthiest” of stuff may be covered in harmful pesticides), our exposure to plastics and harmful chemicals is overwhelming our systems and our mass production of foods may leave us with agriculture that contains only a percentage of nutrients as compared to 30 years ago. Maybe we do need supplements?
In researching my new Men’s Health program embodyMo, beginning Sunday, Movember 1, I was expecting to find most of the topics related to cardiovascular health, as heart disease remains the number 1 killer in men of all ages. Related to stress and anxiety, suicide tops out as the number 1 killer in men under 45.
This blog was going in a completely different direction until…
Last night, breaking my own “no screen time :30 before bed” rule, I caught a glimpse of Shemar Moore on SWAT. The scene depicted a man, as macho as they come, struggling with the possibility of his close friend and mentor’s potential suicide. I was drawn in. Finishing the episode well after my bedtime, my interest was piqued at the topic of suicide, increased suicide amongst men and even higher rates among male law enforcement. Nicely done cast, writers and production team for bringing these issues more into the public light, dispelling the stigma one scene at a time. Moore delivers the line, “I know I am more likely to die from suicide than being killed in the line of duty.” (paraphrased). “The single greatest cause of death for law enforcement officers each year is suicide,” says Jeff McGill, vice president of B.L.U.E. Help. In 2018, 159 US officers took their own lives, 151 male and 8 female.
Lack of Mental and Health Hygiene – Anne Rollins CSSD MS RD LDN
Somewhere between my age and an evolving global pandemic, I find myself consistently shown friends, family, clients and strangers that are struggling with consequences related to the lack of mental and health hygiene. Some of these people even succumb to theses consequences. Today I wondered, why do we not list Lack of Mental Hygiene on a Death Certificate?
Mental hygiene seems like a new buzzword, and quite frankly, any attention to mental hygiene is welcomed in my book. Stigma and shame associated with mental illness, health and hygiene have prevented many people from receiving treatment, and in too many cases that cost was life.
We have all been told that if we want to lose weight we should cut back on portions and get some exercise. When that doesn’t work, we do what’s only natural. Cut back more. Work out more. Feel guilty when we don’t or can’t. Maybe we even try the new fad diet, and when that doesn’t work, we try the old eating less, exercise more routine again. Soon we find ourselves eating so little food and our weight not budging, maybe even gaining a few pounds. What’s happening?!?
Recently, many people have been complaining about aches and pains, more than usual. Most of us are not moving as much as we usually do, are sitting for longer, and hunched over technology more hours of the day. Since we are at home, there’s no stop time, and we may be working and slouching more than ever. Unfortunately, we are moving even less than before at a time when our bodies need to stretch and move to counteract the hunch.
As quarantine marches on, I’ve noticed a growing apathy, increased challenges with daily tasks, poor food choices and general “blah”. Each day I walk over to my wall calendar that used to coordinate several sports, games, practices, school activities, holidays and vacations and announce, “Check off another one, Wilson.” And, I’m envious of the tropical island Tom Hanks landed on…
On this beautiful Sunday morning, I managed to squeeze in a teen facial for my daughter between my work appointments. This was her first, so pretty exciting for her. I had the opportunity to sit in the peaceful and aesthetically pleasing comforting waiting area in Pyara Salon. Hot tea and tinctures are offered along with glistening iced water that managed to look refreshing even in winter. I had initially thought this would be a great time to sit in my car and get some work done, but the lure of relaxation and natural products for me to sip to help my tired muscles won out.