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Live Long and Prosper

The other day a freelance colleague asked me, “What have you learned about health from being a health writer?” The answer is – I’ve learned a lot, actually. Here’s a brief summary:

1. Just about every health situation could be improved with appropriate regular exercise and eating healthy, fresh, whole foods. And drinking lots of water, and getting good sleep.

2. Death is inevitable. That seems rather naïve to say, but I’m saying it because it seems to me that we all spend a lot of time trying to fight this fact. Don’t spend so much time fighting death that you are living a miserable, constrained life. Relax a bit. It’s ok.

3. Things we can’t quantify really do matter. Your faith practices, your friendships, your attitude to life, the things that bring you pleasure, what goes on in your mind when you have a quiet moment, those things affect your health and your wellbeing, but it’s unlikely that any study will ever accurately describe how.

I could go on about this. And in fact, I will. But for now I’d just like to highlight an article I wrote about one of my favorite people, a cardiologist in New Orleans who is also a Beefmaster and a true character: http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/super-senior-health-cardiologist-and-cowboy-at-ninety.aspx

 

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How to End an Anxiety Attack

As a health journalist, I am always learning on the job. When working on an assignment to write about ending anxiety attacks, I found out that you should do the exact opposite of what you probably want to do during a panic attack! Everything in you might be screaming to get out of the situation and flee, but really what you should be doing (unless, of course, you’re actually in danger) is ride it out. A panic attack won’t kill you, even if it feels like you’re going to die. And the more you avoid the places, people, and things that trigger panic attacks, the worse it all gets — and the more constricted your life gets. Read about it here:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/08/end-anxiety-attack_n_5454472.html