37 Tips to Reduce Stress
Jul13

37 Tips to Reduce Stress

75% of all Americans feel negative stress at least twice a month. Half of that number claim it’s severe! (CNN Health) In other words, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Many times, we are under so much constant stress that we don’t even realize how stressed out we are! There are four groups or classifications that stress manifests. The common responses of “Fight or Flight” – negative ways of dealing with stress are found...

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Try a Little Tenderness
Jun05

Try a Little Tenderness

Emotions will be forever with us. They shape our individuality and distinguish our humanity. We can’t control what specific emotions will surface, but we can control what we do with them once they well up. If we are fortunate, we will most often experience calm waters. There will be turbulence, but hopefully the storms will be short-lived; ebbing and returning to calmer seas once again. “Water is one of the elements in...

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) …a natural cure?
May05

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) …a natural cure?

NYC could be considered the “stress capital of the world.” It’s no wonder why so many New Yorkers have GERD – gastroesophageal reflux disease! But, there may be other reasons for this ailment. According to Healthline, 60% of all adult Americans will experience GERD at some point. Many with GERD, sometimes referred to as “acute acid reflux,” don’t realize that a food allergy may be causing...

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Everybody Needs a Friend
Mar27

Everybody Needs a Friend

  New York City, one of our nation’s most densely populated cities, is home to so many lonely and isolated people. Feeling disconnected can have a powerful effect on anyone’s well-being. “Oh, but to have a friend who is always exuberant to see me, who listens to my woes without offering advice, who always wants to accompany my walks in Central Park, who never phones with problems or complaints, who never makes...

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Insomnia Undressed – 36 Tips to Help You Sleep…Plus
Mar17

Insomnia Undressed – 36 Tips to Help You Sleep…Plus

    Insomnia is often an unexplainable condition with a simple description: You either can’t fall asleep or you wake up wide-awake and can’t get back to sleep. Sometimes the solution is a quick fix, other times it’s a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. So, what’s a reasonable night’s worth of sleep? Most doctors agree that it is about 7.5 hours. The amount of sleep required for each...

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Eat Like a King and Lose Weight
Mar08

Eat Like a King and Lose Weight

     Now that Spring is upon us, it’s time to start losing that Winter excess.  (Here’s a rewriting of my article first published in 2010.) There’s an old but true saying – that if you want to lose weight, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”    Okay, so let’s start with the King’s breakfast. The ultimate cold-weather breakfast is cooked...

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Taming the Beast Within – Why I Drink Scotch Whisky
Feb26

Taming the Beast Within – Why I Drink Scotch Whisky

Aye, uisce beatha! Oh, water of life! How thee spirits can calm thy savage beast. (Or, sometimes turn a nice guy into a barbarian! But, that’s another post.)  The golden grain elixir can inspire poetry and melody. It’s a tonic for thought and serenity. Or, it’s just a delicious drink for friends getting together for some conversation and laughs! If, after an evening of drinking wine, you find yourself having...

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