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The Physician’s Assistant: Your Doctor’s Newest and Best Secret Weapon

As I've personally benefited from these professionals... thought you might like to know more about who they are and what they do (for you). The Physician's Assistant: chances are your doctor has one. If he doesn't, then a colleague of his certainly does. Eventually, you're going to come face to face with one, but if you're not sure whom you're dealing with, there could be confusion, frustration, and some irritation tossed in for good measure. So what's this illusive, often-misunderstand and occasionally maligned medical mystery component? It is your doctor's new best friend. It is his colleague, trusted confidante and…

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Whatever Your Destination – Travel Tips for Staying Healthy Stay the Same

By Michele Howe. I like to travel. I like to anticipate what I'll experience when I arrive. New places. New people. New tastes, sights, and smells. Love the whole "new" experience. I also like to ensure I’ll be healthy wherever my foot steps…and that takes a special kind of planning. Any trip takes a good amount of preparation, but there’s an equally important pre-trip planning that should take place before every trip we take — and that’s planning to travel healthy. If you’re not sure what that type of planning looks like, read on for specific recommendations offered by a physician…

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Denise4health – Friends, Family and Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

By Michele Howe. When it happens to someone you love everything changes. Several weeks ago, a very dear friend (one of those friends who can finish your thoughts or your sentences for you friends) found out she has cancer. Breast cancer. In all honesty, I didn’t know what to think. What to feel. Then, in the mix of tears and sorrow and complete sadness… my thoughts started roaming from my friend’s cancer and her courageous response to this news… to wondering how I would deal with this diagnosis? How would I cope? Respond? Feel? What changes would I make (practically…

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Happy Physician – Happy Patient (The RX in Three Simple Steps)

By Michele Howe. Your doctor wants to see you happy and from the moment you enter an exam room, the attention is centered on you as the patient. Your physician takes notes of your symptoms, your pain, and every medical reason for being in his office. As he listens, your doctor is also making mental notes on how to best diagnose and then treat your condition. He is developing a plan of action scripted just for you. It’s his job to help you get better and he’s happy to take on the role of caregiver. What physicians aren’t happy about…

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Follow Your Dream

First and foremost, follow your dream. When I began work in July 1965 at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which, among other things, prohibits sex discrimination by covered employers, employment agencies, and labor unions, I found I had a passion for women's rights. As a Jew who had to leave Berlin, Germany, in 1933 with my immediate family to save our lives when I was five years old, I early learned of the evils of discrimination based…

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CONGRATULATIONS to our Vitamix Winner!

About two weeks ago I posted a blog offering a chance to win a Vitamix. I asked that people send in the entry an complete the sentence-"I want to win a Vitamix because….". Little did I know that we'd be swamped with responses, each one pulling at my heartstrings. I had no idea the need would be so great, the stories so sincere and the decision practically impossible to make. I was supposed to announce the winner in this blog post earlier this week, but our team kept going back and forth between several finalists. Then we reached out to…

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Green Smoothies!

I'm embarrassed to remember back a few months ago when I was discussing health on the telephone with Vitamix president Jodi Barnard, and I proudly shared that I'd just had a smoothie for breakfast. For me, that meant dumping protein powder, a few berries and some water and ice into my Cuisinart blender and hoping it would chop the ice fine enough to drink, which it did....sometimes. When she asked me if I'd ever had a green smoothie, I had to confess, that not only had I never had one, I wasn't even sure what it was. Boy, did I…

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I Want A Vitamix Because….

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But what do you do when a friend shows up at your home with hundreds of apples? That's easy....You make apple juice! Last Friday evening my friends Tom and Sherry stopped by our home for a visit. For the last few weeks they've heard me tweeting, blogging and raving about my new Vitamix machine- and they had an idea. They live in Montana next to some wild open space that happens to be the home of a very abundant apple tree. Sherry and Tom showed up at my home with several hundred…

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Inspired by Vitamix

For the last month I've been consulting on a project for one of my favorite companies- Vitamix. I'm helping them compile a book of inspirational stories to celebrate their 90th Anniversary. When I was first approached about the project, I have to admit my first thought was, "a book about a blender?" Boy, did I have a lot to learn! I recognized the name from seeing them at Costco or at the fair, but I'd never taken the time to stop and listen to the presentation, let alone sample the wonderful concoctions they create in the Vitamix. I flew back…

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Use it or Lose it: Connections Matter

We've all heard the expression "Use it, or lose it". Just a few days ago I was talking with a professor about neural pathways and how if we don't continually think certain thoughts or perform specific practices, we literally lose the neural pathways that have been established in our brains. The wiring just stops working.  If at some point in the future we choose to re-establish those connections, it's like starting from ground zero. I was struck by his terminology in saying "if you don't use the connection, it's gone". Not only does that have significant meaning for the connections…

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Give the Gift of Love and Life!

Happy Valentine's Day to our global community! For more than 1500 years, we've been celebrating Valentine's Day in one way or another. Since the middle ages, it's commonly been a holiday celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. According to History.com, one legend contends that Saint Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform…

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Healthy People, Healthy Planet: It All Starts With Our Food

This past week I had the opportunity to visit La Cocina Que Canta-The Kitchen That Sings- the cooking school at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, located just a few miles away from the ranch. The farm is nestled in the flat lands at the base of a mountain in the most picture-perfect setting. The rustic, red brick Mexican style architecture set against the backdrop of lush gardens and cascading flowers is simply stunning. Most impressive were the organic gardens, in bloom with broccoli, baby lettuces, cabbage, radishes, onions, a large variety of herbs and many other vegetables. Our group of…

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Twitter- It’s Not Brain Science, or is it?

Serendipity is one of my favorite things in life. I just received a telephone call from a Twitter friend, sharing how one of my tweets last week made her think bigger. With one little generic tweet, something triggered her to take action, resulting in a positive difference in her business. How cool is that! Just a few days ago I was on the telephone with my daughter asking for her help in finding someone who knows about the science of the brain. I'm writing a book and want to include information from a scientific point of view, but I don't…

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Blessings to YOU!

Recently, my friend Marci Shimoff shared a story with me that really touched my heart. Her friend CJ was very ill with lupus, but rather than complain about the situation, she was inspired to become a messenger of blessing. Everywhere she went she silently shared this blessing on behalf of others in her life. "May you be safe, may you be happy, may you be healthy, may you live with ease." From strangers on the street, to friends and family, CJ spent a year blessing other people. When waiting in line at the grocery store, she would say her mantra…

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Reconnecting to Your Inner Light

When I told the doctors who were about to perform surgery on me that I was sensitive, and to please use either less or weaker pain-killers afterwards, they didn't believe me. As a result, I had an intravenous nightmare ride for two days after the surgery until I made a big enough fuss that they took me off. Pain? Who cares about pain when you feel like your own mind is slipping you into the grossest, unimaginable insanity?!? Even after they had stopped administering the drug, the nightmares persisted when I tried to sleep. But blessedly, I could open my…

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