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Archive for March, 2009

Root canal fun (and questions)

26th March 2009

I have never had a root canal before. I was told it may take three to four hours. I wish. Five hours, 45 minutes in the chair. I have toxic levels of novacaine and nitrous oxide coarsing through my veins. I went in for my six-month visit last week. I wasn’t experiencing any pain. I […]

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Has anyone tried self hypnosis?

14th March 2009

I hope I don’t need self hypnosis because I’m pretty sure I don’t have the patience for it. This article says it helps cancer patients relax before they get their tests. Apparently it also helps some people reduce the pain of childbirth. A search turned up some Youtube videos that claimed to banned. Soundslike a […]

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Heart Attack experience at age 38

13th March 2009

A message / warning from one of our readers: I had a mild (of course, that’s my observation, considering I now feel mostly fine) heart attack 2 weeks ago. I’m 38. This came out of nowhere, though I have a hideous history of heart disease in my family (all males on my father’s side), so […]

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Health insurance question for the self-employed here.

12th March 2009

Question: I’ve had Anthem insurance for the entire 14 years I’ve been freelancing. Since 9/11, my monthly premium has gone up more than 400%. I have to believe I can be paying less, but I don’t want to go with a fly by-night company either. I’ve gotten the name of a broker from a friend […]

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Brian Leetch’s conditioning

11th March 2009

I’m a rangers fan and the other day I remembered reading that years ago that Brian Leetch was perhaps the best conditioned Ranger on the team. I did a search but all I could come up with was this article where he credits his conditioning for giving him the ability and confidence to play his […]

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Anyone taking Nexium out there?

11th March 2009

Question: I was prescribed Nexium recently due to some reflux and a small ulcer that my doc found in my esophagus. Gotta say that it’s quite remarkable how different my stomach feels now that I’ve been taking it. I don’t EVER get heartburn or reflux anymore, regardless of what I eat or how much I […]

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Why do so many people dismiss strength training?

10th March 2009

I hear crazy things from people around me. One woman wants to lose weight by eating less because she doesn’t want to exercise. She doesn’t like running and she’s afraid weights will make her arms huge. One of my students was riding an exercise bike 2 hours a day to rehab from a car accident […]

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The Perfect Pushup vs Iron Gym pros and cons

7th March 2009

Question: Anyone have one of these?? If I push myself hard enough, I can do 100 pushups. I tried the Perfect Pushup this morning and could only do 40. I expected different results but I didnt expect them to be so drastic. The only problem I have is that when it turns there is absolutely […]

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Stem cell research & tissue regeneration

6th March 2009

Apparently we can regenerate finger tips at the very least. We’re also doing things with arteries, bladders, and more.

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How to do a planche pushup: 2 ways to work toward your goal

1st March 2009

Here we have an article with pictures from a gymnastics and strength training coach plus a video from an athlete on youtube. Each one shows a different progression of exercises from hard (frog stands and pseudo pushups) to very hard (wall planches, tuck planche pushups, etc.) to our ultimate goal – the full planche pushup. […]

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