The Secret to a Successful Life...

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. - Kurt Vonnegut

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” - Kurt Vonnegut

The secret to a successful life is learning how to have fun in spite of it. - Me

The human brain is an utterly amazing device. It is in control of the-rest-of-you without your permission. It can modify the activity of every system in your body. Think of this: when you are happy or excited you can go flying up a flight of stairs almost effortlessly. When you are sad, every step is misery. What does being happy or sad have to do with your ability to climb stairs? Same muscles. Same cardiovascular system. If I pull back the hammer of a loaded 356 revolver and point it at your head, a series of physiologic adjustments take place within milliseconds. Your adrenal glands shoot a bunch of adrenalin into your bloodstream. Your heart rate jumps from 60 beats per minute to 120. Your blood pressure rises. You feel as if you are going to jump out of your skin. If I point a loaded banana at your head, however, absolutely nothing happens. Well, you may wonder what's gotten into me or join me and my daughters in quoting Monty Python sketches. Regardless, all of this occurs based purely on the perception of that thing between your ears and you have (almost) no control over it.

The best way to avoid having the flight-or-fight (gun-to-forehead) response is: don’t get yourself into situations where this (gun-to-forehead) might happen. Control your environment. The best way to fly up stairs is to keep yourself in shape and BE HAPPY. Yes, it is not so easy under certain circumstances, but it is vital nevertheless. In all ways, we function better when our brains are happy. Do the things that make you happy. Listen to music, play sports, climb a mountain, collect stamps, have sex, drive sports cars, eat incredible food, cook incredible food, travel (to places where there is incredible food).

When you are at work doing whatever it is you do, watch other people. Those who really enjoy what they are doing have a far different attitude than those who hate what they are doing. If you hate what you are doing, do something else. I love interacting with patients but I hated the environment in which I was working. So, at the age of 62, I jumped ship along with the people I love to work with, invested a pile of money, and created the ultimate practice for the medical system we all have to deal with - a safe haven for me, my staff, and our patients. Rock and Roll.

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CDC Obesity Stats

Visit the links below and have a look at our current obesity stats. The most important trends are in socioeconomic status. Men get thinner as family income drops while women and children get heavier...much heavier.

Obesity

Why are we getting fat? Our average weight is steadily increasing and not just in Americans. It is happening in all societies and it tends to get worse with age.

Obesity Continued

You are absolutely in no control over your instincts. They have been locked in by nature. This is the reason that diets do not work. With great effort you can control what you eat for a short period of time.

Waste

The amount of waste in our medical system is frightening. Pretty soon, most of this economy will be based on insanely expensive medical care which will render us totally uncompetitive with the rest of the world.

Change In Our Medical System

We are all about to witness another extreme alteration of our medical system. The medical system is an ecosystem composed of trillions of interactions between you and other patients

Hello!

Greetings and salutations everyone. Welcome to my chatterbox. I am now an old man full of experience and wisdom. There is some value in age, perhaps not in matters of modern social technologies but surely wherever else the the human condition is concerned.