Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Not every salad is healthy -- read why

Monday, September 21, 2009

A unique perspective about the mind

There are only a few times when you get to receive a truly unique perception on the human mind; this is one of them. It is an 18-minute presentation that changed my understanding and impacted me greatly. I think you will find it just as inspiring:

Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight | Video on TED.com

Es raro recibir una percepción verdaderamente única acerca de la mente humana, esta es tal. Es una presentación de 18 minutos que cambió mi comprensión y me impactó mucho. Creo que lo encontrará como fuente de inspiración. La página tiene subtítulos en Español.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

7.5 Hours on the Edisto River

The kids and I, along with a few families from our Trailblazers group, went to the North Fork of the Edisto River yesterday for some canoing. What was meant to be a nice, easy excursion of three hours down the river, turned out to be a significant obstacle course that lasted seven hours and 30 minutes. We put in the water around 12 Noon and just barely made it out of the river before nightfall.

Here are some pictures of the trip taken by our good friend Scott Broam: Picasa Web Albums - Scott - Trailblazers On The North Fork of the Edisto

The river is peppered with large logs across the width of the waterway. Some of them we could navigate around, some under, but most of them we have to go over. At least twice we had to take the canoes out of the water in order to continue.

The whole day was a great experience. The kids and I grew together as we conquered most of the challenges. We learned to accept help from more experienced canoers and we had many other lessons that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

One of the many things I came to realize during the trip is that my Yoga and fitness training was invaluable during this adventure. I could not have attempted to climb in and out of a boat that many times if I had been out of shape and weighed 255 pounds. The flexibility and endurance I have built over the last nine months have definitely changed me. Even today I do not feel all that tired or sore (except for my sitting bones, aka "the butt") despite the hard work we went through yesterday.

I am grateful that the kids and I had the chance to navigate the Edisto River with our Trailblazers group. I look forward to many more adventures with them.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The problem with medical studies

Here is a clear example of why we need to be skeptical about medical studies:

Daily aspirin may do more harm than good: study on Yahoo! Health

At the very bottom of the article it states:
While there was no difference in the number of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events suffered, major bleeding occurred in two percent of the aspirin group compared to just 1.2 percent of the placebo group.

The problem, of course, is that we do not really know if the 0.8 percent difference in "major bleeding" could be caused by other factors not related to the use of aspirin.

I am sticking with my daily 81 mg dose of Aspirin unless I see a change in my body that tells me I should do otherwise.