AARP Survey Suggests Engaging in Brain-Stimulating Activities May Help Improve Brain Health

According to AARP’s recently released survey of more than 1,100 Americans over age 40, those who participate in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) self-report improved cognitive functioning, health, and well-being than those who don’t participate in CSAs.

CSAs examined in the survey include musical and creative activities, educational activities, physical exercise, socializing, and playing games and puzzles. Adults over age 40 engage in an average of eight CSAs per week. Those who rate their cognitive abilities as being “excellent” engage in a greater than average number of CSAs than those who rate their status as “poor.”

“Put simply, this survey is telling us that, if you work your brain, your brain will work for you,” said Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “Working your brain is easy and involves simple activities like taking a walk, spending time with friends or reading a book. AARP’s Staying Sharp and other great resources can help inform you on how to keep your brain active and sharp.”

Key findings from AARP’s 2017 Cognitive Activity and Brain Health Survey:

  • Most Popular Activities: According to survey respondents, the most popular CSAs include: consuming news (81%), cooking/preparing meals (78%), reading (66%), exercising or engaging in physical activity (56%), and socializing with friends/family (50%).
  • Women More Engaged: Women engage in CSAs more often than men, at a weekly average of 9.2 vs. 7.5. Women also have a greater intent than men to add more mentally-stimulating activities into their routine, at 50% vs. 39%.
  • Opportunity to Educate: When asked about the barriers that keep them from participating in CSAs, the highest number of survey respondents noted that they were unsure which activities help promote brain health (35%). The second most frequently selected response was lack of social support (26%).

Staying Sharp is a subscription-based brain health platform from AARP featuring science-based activities, challenges, recipes and articles to help promote brain health. Some of the key takeaways from the survey can be addressed by the content and features of the platform, including:

  • Detailed, Practical Information on CSAs: Categorized under NOURISH (diet), MOVE (exercise), RELAX (managing stress), DISCOVER (learning new things) and CONNECT (being social), there are a number of articles, videos and activities to help inspire activity to promote brain health.
  • Brain Health Assessment: Developed by scientists, this is made up of a series of questions and tasks that help people understand how their brain functions in different areas, receiving personalized recommendations for promoting brain health.
These and more tips and information can be found at http://stayingsharp.org.
More information about the survey can be found here.

About Staying Sharp
Staying Sharp is a subscription-based platform from AARP. This product is part of AARP’s commitment to provide reliable information on brain health. Staying Sharp uses a holistic approach to provide science-based, personalized tools and recommendations that allow subscribers to track and measure their brain health progress using five key focus areas or “pillars”:  NOURISH (eating right), MOVE (keeping fit), RELAX (managing stress), DISCOVER (learning new things), and CONNECT (being social). To learn more, go to www.stayingsharp.org.
About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
*AARP Survey was fielded online, May 3-18, 2017 among a nationally representative sample of 1,140 Americans age 40+.

The Truth About Osteoporosis that the Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

Current estimations reveal that there are more than 52 million women and men with either osteoporosis or low bone mass. If current trends continue, the figure will climb to more than 61 million by 2020. It’s a widespread condition in which the bone loses its density, putting you at risk of fractures, the most common being the wrist, hip and spine. The worst aspect of osteoporosis is that there is no warning. By the time it’s diagnosed, it’s generally too late as the first sign of the condition is often a broken bone after a minor fall.

Representatives from large pharmaceutical companies have claimed so called “bone drugs” are the solution. Side effects from these drugs include upset stomach, inflammation of the esophagus, jaw osteonecrosis (rotting of the jaw bone), severe muscle, joint, and/or bone pain, and “unusual” femur fractures, not to mention atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm that can cause a rapid heartbeat).

Therefore, be very careful if considering these drugs as a course of action.

The Good News! 

Many popular magazines sing the praises of various “weightbearing” activities as a means of halting and reversing bone loss. This would be nice, but general activity will do very little to reverse bone loss. We do however know that human bone will adapt to a stimulus provided from progressively loaded strength training exercise. This exercise starts at the muscles and goes down to the bones; it affects all of the connective tissue in between, making for a more resilient drive train.

The solution to the Osteoporosis dilemma is progressive strength training.

The health benefits of high-intensity strength training are far-reaching and impressive. There is evidence to suggest that high-intensity strength training can increase our bone mass and bone strength, and help prevent loss of bone mineral density as we age. This is exciting news, especially as significant improvements in bone health can be achieved from just two 20-minute sessions of high-intensity strength training per week.

How can high-intensity strength training help improve our bone health? 

To read the complete article click here for our digital magazine. 

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Compliment Your Weight Loss Goals

Adding Laser Therapy To Your Weight Loss Goals Will Compliment Your Efforts

Losing weight for many women can be extremely difficult. Between fad diets, starvation, and diet pills, you probably have tried just about anything to drop those extra pounds. When none of your efforts work, you feel lost and your efforts are hopeless. You don’t know where to turn.

But what if being overweight was not entirely your fault? Are you focused on proper weight issues that need to be addressed? Are you eating the right foods? Or are you eating what society tells us are the right foods? Do you get enough sleep? Are you addicted to sugar? Do you suffer from stress? Many women focus on diet products, calories, and fat that they lose sight on the big picture. Weight issues are not always about food alone.

It is time we open up the energy channels and allow the body’s natural flow to occur. By stimulating certain pressure points on the body, you can be on your way to achieving your weight loss challenge once and for all. Laser therapy is the practice of delivering energy to acupuncture points located all over the body. Points are targeted to encourage feelings of relaxation, which can help eliminate stress and allow you to sleep better; points of addiction, which helps eliminate sugar from your diet with minimal withdrawal. Points are treated to stimulate the metabolism which enables the body to burn more calories at an accelerated rate and increase your sense of energy. Other pressure points treated include appetite control, food cravings, detoxification and much more.

When the body’s natural energy can flow properly, we are able to focus on proper nutrition making the process of weight loss more successful. Low-level laser therapy, along with proper nutrition and exercise is a perfect combination.

To find out more about our LLLT sugar detoxing, smoking cessation, and stress wellness programs call us at 440.740.1020.

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Find the Cause, Stop Suffering & Get Healthy Now!

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 1.34.37 PMBy Dr. Brandon Bupp, Nationally Recognized Natural Wellness Expert

Have you suffered from hormone imbalances? Do you wish you could stop hormone replacement therapy because you still do not have the energy you wish you had but you don’t have a solution? Are you taking thyroid medication but still have trouble losing weight and your energy is still low?

Certainly, I want you to know there are answers to these problems! The answers are found in the cause. If we can understand the cause of your health problems we can come up with a solution.

IT’S TRULY ABOUT FINDING THE CAUSE!

That statement may sound like common sense but ask yourself “Is your doctor is looking for the cause of your health issue?” If your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone, does it make sense that giving you synthetic thyroid hormone would cause your thyroid to make more hormone?

The fact is, STRESS truly does create health problems. There are multiple forms of stress we encounter every day. Stress shows up in different forms.  ere is chemical or toxicity stress from the synthetic, GMO food we eat, the water that is saturated with harmful chemicals, and even the air we breathe. Stress also exists in the form of physical stress which could be caused by slips, falls, car accident, and prolonged sitting or standing with bad posture due to the forces of gravity. And then, of course, there is emotional stress that is caused by the daily ups and downs we all face.

These stresses create a burden on our nervous system, our life source, our energy reserve. Remember, unfortunately, we do not have the ability to plug our anger into an electrical outlet in order to recharge our power. That happens via our cells ability to generate and create energy on their own.

Here is the big idea, if the burden of stress in our lives becomes too great we end up in an energy debt. Meaning, we are burning or spending more energy dealing with the stress burden than we are able to overcome. When this happens, disease, symptoms, and conditions occur.

The way we are able to help so many patients actually get better and stay healthy is by finding out exactly where and how the body is not able to function properly. We do in-depth testing through detailed blood work, nerve scans, and additional testing to discover where the body is breaking down. Based on that information, we work to restore normal function to those areas. We also help people to limit the stressful burden on the body through lifestyle coaching and proper nutritional habits.

It is a completely different way of looking at health care but it works! Don’t take my word for it, listen to our patients, watch their videos on our website!

At Advanced Health and Wellness, my goal has always been to provide the very best, more state of the art, research-based, healthcare possible. If we can understand why a problem exists, it seems to me that we should be able to find a solution. Our goal is to revolutionize health care in the way it is delivered and the results that our patients receive. If we aim to improve the health of the patient, rather than simply improve the patient’s symptoms, we can improve our healthcare outcomes during a time when the life expectancy is actually dropping.

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Taking the Doctor-Patient Relationship to Heart

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 4.24.52 PMAs healthcare changes, a sustained relationship between a patient and their primary care doctor is more important today than ever. It is a fundamental and defining characteristic of primary care medicine. Likewise, as more of our population ages and more people develop chronic illnesses, the need for individualized care has dramatically increased. Three area medical doctors, Jennifer Carandang, Sheila Rice and Rebecca Ware, are tuned in to these needs and recently launched NorthShore Primary Care to enable a closer relationship with their patients.

With locations in Avon and Westlake, Drs. Carandang, Rice and Ware are dedicated to making sure each patient receives their undivided attention and an individualized care plan to help them achieve optimal health. All three hale from the west side of Cleveland and have earned a reputation as some of the area’s most highly regarded primary care physicians. In this independent internal medicine and pediatric practice, taking the time to meet and get to know each patient is a priority. Shorter face-to-face interactions could lead to missing important symptoms, misdiagnosing illnesses, and undermining their patient relationships.

“It’s very important to me to spend time building relationships with my patients,” says Dr. Ware. “Over the years, my practice has grown to see generations of families – the parents, kids, grandparents. You get to see the connections and the history. And that’s truly what primary care medicine should be.” Dr. Ware treats a wide range of conditions including diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, mood disorders, acute illnesses, and urinary tract infections. Prior to launching NorthShore Primary Care, she served as Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health Center.

Dr. Rice grew up with a strong caregiving influence. “My mom was a nurse, and I’ve known since junior high that I loved science and loved trying to help people, says Dr. Rice. “I also love the challenge that comes with getting to the bottom of a patient’s symptomatology and the satisfaction of healing them and improving their quality of life. It’s why I love what I do every day.” Long-term doctor/patient relationships are part of NorthShore’s integrated approach to care. Dr. Rice specializes in women’s health, including routine gynecologiccare. She also earned and maintains special certifi cation in menopause management. She was recipient of the 2015 Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute Outstanding Clinician award, the highest honor amongst community based internists in the system.

Dr. Carandang is dual certified in both primary care and pediatrics and trained to care for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents. She provides preventive care for healthy children and treats children who are injured or ill. She also specializes in childhood diseases, growth and emotional health, and treats a wide range conditions in adults including hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, asthma, and thyroid disorders. She has been named one of Cleveland Magazine’s Top Doctors as well as to the national Castle Connolly list of Exceptional Women in Medicine. “It’s such a joy to watch my pediatric patients as they grow,” says Dr. Carandang. “I’m happy to be a part of this practice because I simply want to be a doctor. I felt I was losing that, I was pushing too much paper. I love the feel of our office and that patients and parents can call and know who they are talking to. They trust us to do what is best for them and their children, and we take that very seriously.”

Primary care physicians are trained in the essentials of internal medicine, which incorporates an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health, and effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system, and reproductive organs. These internists are trained in the diagnosis of cancer, infections and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints and the digestive, respiratory and vascular systems.

To make an appointment with Drs. Carandang or Rice, call the Avon office at 440.653.8091. To make an appointment with Dr. Ware in the Westlake office, call 440.250.7695. Learn more at www.northshorehealthcare.com.

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Don’t Let PAIN Keep You on the Sidelines this Summer

It’s time to get out and enjoy the Ohio sunshine again! Farmer’s Markets, gardening, fishing, golfing, biking, picnics, baseball, kayaking, swimming, and all our other favorite spring and summer activities. Often times participating in our favorite activities can cause muscle fatigue, aches and pains. Muscle tension will cause shorting of muscles and you’ll have less range of motion than normal. Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of you, to heal the tension before it causes injuries. After all, who wants to sit on the sidelines watching and not participating?

An hour of massage can do more for you than just take the pressures of the day away. Studies show that the more massages you can allow yourself, the better you’ll feel. Touch is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support.  ink of the last time you bumped your toe or had a cramping calf muscle. What did you do, rub it? The professional massage therapists at Nature’s Touch know how to apply the right kinds of techniques to muscles and joints to release tightness, cramping, spasms, and knots. Oftentimes your follow-up appointment will require a shorter session on specific regionals; working on shoulders, necks, arms, backs, or legs only rather than a whole body massage. These shorter sessions are also
effective in providing the benefits of massage by releasing your pain and making you feel great again.

Equally important as the season changes is to maintain adequate hydration. Muscles and tissues require lots of fluids as well as good wholesome nutrition to function properly and to avoid spasms and sprains. When we work or exercise hard our muscles build up lactic acid which will cause spasms or strains.  is creates those painful “knots” we often experience that can shorten our range of motion. Staying hydrated and receiving regular massage sessions this summer will help keep you moving and grooving and having some seasonal fun.

To find out more about how these therapies can help your specific problem contact Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center at (330) 721-9357,
e-mail NaturesTouch4U@aol.com or visit our website at www.NTWellnessCenter.com.

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Northshore Eye Care Welcomes Innovations By Building On Family Values

Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 2.47.42 PMNorthShore Eye Care was founded in January 2017 by one of the most trusted names in eye care, Ophthalmologist, John Costin, MD. Some of the area’s most respected eye care physicians are part of this growing group of eye care experts with offi ces located in Avon, Avon Lake and Sandusky.

Dr. John Costin was born and raised in Lorain and returned there after his medical training. Prior to launching NorthShore Eye Care, he served as Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Institute. His son, Bryan Costin, MD, is also an ophthalmologist with the practice, providing care for adults and children. Both graduated from Case Western University Medical School and chose to remain in the area to practice medicine.

The large medical practice was built by developing personal relationships with patients and the staff of caregivers who support the physicians and patients. Daily you will see Dr. John Costin greeting patients in the waiting room, introducing patients to the staff, and thanking patients for the honor of serving them. Every member of the NorthShore team can tell you a story about how John helped and supported each of them in their personal life. “We are a family taking care of our friends and neighbors. I am just continuing the core lessons taught to me by my dad and mom,” said John.

Although the two work together on a daily basis, they are first and foremost members of a close family and friends whose mentoring relationship works both ways. Bryan has learned from his dad both professionally and personally. He and his other two siblings were raised on a horse farm in Wakeman. It was there that John and his wife taught each of their children the value of hard work, discipline and respect. “My father has always inspired me, through his dedication to medicine and education and his love of community. He simply loves to help people and always treats every patient like they are a part of our extended family,” Bryan said. John’s inspiration comes from his own upbringing where he worked for his father’s carpet-cleaning business. His father taught him the value of a long day at work. “My father taught me the importance of providing for my family and staying active, which is what I plan to do,” said John.

Business relationships can be complex, especially for fathers and sons. Bryan and John approach the business differently at times. But you will not find a more effective, respectful and collaborative relationship than the one between these two. Although John loves technology and continues to learn, Bryan, by virtue of his generation, brings a perspective on technology and innovation to the office that didn’t exist
30 years ago. Bryan is a leading expert in the anatomy of muscles in the area of the eye and uses targeted Botox therapy for procedures. He has developed care processes that help patients avoid in-hospital
procedures. By performing some procedures in-office, he helps patients to avoid the higher cost and inconvenience of a hospital stay.

“The secret is listening and compromise. For the most part, we agree on business decisions. I have pushed back at times when offered a different perspective. We’ve made adjustments on both of our parts
but we’ve learned when to back off and when to push. It has ultimately helped the business and more importantly our patients,” said John.

The two have brought their strengths together to form a dynamic practice. John and Bryan, along with the other 15 experts in this multi-specialty group, enjoy the comradery that exists in their offices and each have reputations for providing optimal service to their patients. NorthShore Eye Care offers a comprehensive range of eye care services for conditions including cataracts, drooping eyelids, macular degeneration, eyelid cancer, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, excessive tearing, and more. “It really is a special thing to go to work every day with my son,” said John. “I know he and these other well-respected professionals in the practice share my values and will continue the legacy I’ve built. I’m very lucky.”

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CVS Health Takes Major Step to Address Chemicals of Consumer Concern

Parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors will be removed from extensive line of store brand beauty and personal care products.

CVS Pharmacy (NYSE:CVS), America’s leading retail pharmacy, took a major step forward in advancing its efforts to address chemicals of consumer concern by announcing the removal of parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors across nearly 600 beauty and personal care products from its store brand CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines. The Promise Organic line of store brand products also does not contain any of these ingredients. CVS Pharmacy will stop shipping store brand products that don’t meet these standards to distribution centers by the end of 2019.

As a company driven by its purpose of helping people on their path to better health, this latest action is a significant milestone in its journey toward more sustainable products that satisfy consumer expectations. “We are committed to providing our customers with the safe, efficacious products that they are looking for,” said Cia Tucci, vice president of store brands and Quality Assurance at CVS Health. “We listened when customers voiced their desire for products that still provide the benefits they need with fewer ingredients of concern. Today’s announcement is a natural step in the evolution of our comprehensive approach to chemical safety.”
While all store brand products have always been subject to stringent standards of safety, quality and environmental responsibility and – at a minimum – meet all federal and state requirements, customer feedback has driven this move to eliminate parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors.  In addition to listening to customers, CVS Health has also engaged with industry experts and key advocacy groups to ensure that product quality can be maintained through this transition. Over the past several years, CVS Health has engaged with the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) coalition and its Mind the Store campaign, an organization working to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, strengthen the understanding of chemicals of consumer concern and inform opportunities for retailers to advance chemical safety in consumer products.
“This announcement is an exciting milestone not only for CVS Health, but for retailers and the role they play in driving change toward safer consumer products,” said Mike Schade, Mind the Store campaign director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. “We applaud CVS Health for the action it is taking today and we look forward to continued collaboration ahead.  We hope other retailers will follow suit.”The evolution of CVS Health’s chemical policy builds off a foundation laid over the last decade to advance its chemical management efforts. In 2007, the company became the first major drugstore to establish a Cosmetic Safety Policy in 2008. Since then, CVS Health has made substantial progress toward sustainable chemical management, including the launch of the WERCSmart tool in 2013 to ensure suppliers register ingredient information for all chemical-based products. In 2016, CVS Health became the first major pharmacy chain in the country to become a signatory of the Chemical Footprint Project.

“Our consumers expect both transparency and quality when it comes to ingredients in the products they use,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of CSR and philanthropy at CVS Health. “This is an important step, and we look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders to address additional chemicals of consumer concern and focus on more product categories in the future.

For more information on CVS Health’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, visit: www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

About Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a coalition that represents over 450 organizations and businesses united by the common concern about toxic chemicals in homes, places of work, and products used every day. The coalition fights for reform of outdated toxic chemical laws, working with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals from the marketplace and educating the public about ways to protect one’s family from toxic chemicals.
About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com
About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

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Your Child’s Mouthwash Might Be Putting Harmful Substances In Their Bodies

3 Questionable Ingredients Found In Oral Health Care Products

Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages as well as eating and drinking utensils. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners.

Yet, when it comes to mouthwash, they will let their children take a product that contains harsh substances – some of which have been shown to linked to serious health problems.

“There has been a surprising lack of attention to mouthwash and how it affects children,” says Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com), a bacteriologist, dentist and developer of TheraBreath for Kids Oral Rinse. “Effects of potentially unhealthy ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children.”

Many ingredients in some commercial mouthwashes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you. Here is a look at some of the harmful substances that may be found in our children’s mouthwash products:

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This harsh detergent leads to canker sores and causes microscopic damage and shedding of vital oral tissue. Because it dries out the mouth, it can also allow for the rapid reproduction of bad breath bacteria. 

• Saccharin. This sweetener is found in drinks, candy, cookies and medicines. It has also been shown to cause bladder cancer when tested on laboratory rats. In humans, it can cause allergy-related symptoms, skin disorders, nausea and diarrhea.

• Artificial Colors and Flavors. Studies by leading health researchers have found a link between children’s use of artificial colors and flavors with learning disabilities and hyperkinesis (hyperactivity and inability to concentrate).

Katz suggests that all consumers – especially parents – take the time to read labels and understand what is going into their children’s bodies. Spending a few extra minutes reading these labels, and understanding what the substances are could be a life-saving decision.

About the Author
Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com) received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of “The Bad Breath Bible.” He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website   offers a free online bad breaths test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.

Source:
Brittany Thomas: 727-443-7115 ext 221
Print Campaign Manager
News and Experts
Brittany@newsandexperts.com

REJUVENATION TIME: An Overlooked Key to Unlimited Energy & Productivity

438 million:  at is the number of vacation days Americans failed to take last year according to Harris Interactive Research Group, which is more than any other industrialized nation. Here’s the result: America ranks #1 in depression, #1 in mental health problems; Americans are experiencing burnout, reduced productivity and diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress or stress related ailments that lead to depression, heart disease or stomach ulcers at record levels. A study of 12,000 men found that infrequent vacationers were 50% more likely to die of a heart attack than frequent vacationers. A study of 1,500 women found that those who took vacations twice a year were half as likely to be depressed as those who took a vacation every 2-5 years. Our entrenched conditioning on being judged on how much we work or the fear of being replaced or left behind, and our addiction to always being busy are not only destroying our mental and physical health, but also destroying our creative productivity.  is is especially true in our new global economy where our advantage and our future is as knowledge workers rather than laborers. Your future lies between your ears—your mind and your ability to think: creatively, innovatively and productively.

Rest and recovery are vital to looking and feeling your best. Sadly, the need for recovery is viewed as a weakness rather than as an integral aspect of growth and sustained performance in our society. The reality is that we become  at liners mentally, emotionally and physically by endlessly spending sufficient energy without recovery. We slowly wear down and become ineffective regardless of seeming massive movements.

During the 1960s, Russian scientists resurrected a concept that was written in training manuals for Greek athletes in 200 AD. This concept was applied to their Olympic athletes with stunning results. The formulas involve work vs. rest ratios. Theses studies concluded that following a period of activity, the body must replenish fundamental, biomechanical sources of energy. It is called compensation, which states, “The more activity the more rest is needed.” If you don’t get the rest and recovery you need, long-term toxins build up inside of us. With over-training and overworking, we burn out and eventually
collapse or get very sick. Recovery is a vital component to the MaxStrength Fitness program and a primary reason for getting results in a fraction of the time most people spend in the gym.

I know it is ridiculous that I may have to tell you how to actually do it, but for a lot people they need some help!

1. Reframe it. Instead of calling it time o and thinking we areslackers, reframe it as Rejuvenation Time. This sounds more purposeful and meaningful doesn’t it. I know this is self-mental manipulation, but we’ll take whatever works!

2. Schedule it. What gets scheduled gets done! It’s just like any other critical appointment; you have to plant your time off flag on your calendar. Then you have to defend it like you would a meeting with the Queen or the President! It becomes an unmovable appointment. Then also, like a meeting with the Queen or the President, get completely off the grid. Turn off your email; turn off your “crackberry” and your iPhones, iPads, etc…

3. Declare it. Don’t feel guilty or try to keep it a secret. It will be far more productive if you lead by example and show others how to make rejuvenation part of your overall health plan. Then set expectations and communicate your schedule. You’ll be amazed at how the world will reorganize itself around your time o spaces, whether it’s for two hours or for two weeks.

Begin your Rejuvenation Time
Call us at 440.835.9090 or go to www.maxstrengthfitness.com
to request your free initial consultation and demo workout today!

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