10 Health Statistics You Should Know

Here are some health statistics that we should all know……have a look and see if any of these surprise you.

1. 80% of high blood pressure is known as Essential Hypertension.
Essential hypertension is elevated blood pressure that has no known medical cause.  This means that chronic stress is the likely cause of your hypertension is chronic stress. Continue reading “10 Health Statistics You Should Know” »

The Secret Power of Your Heart

“A dream can be a powerful thing, especially when it comes from the heart.”

-Jiminy Cricket

Jiminy Cricket really knew what he was talking about in his day.  In fact, your heart is the most powerful generator of electromagnetic energy in your body, producing the largest electromagnetic field of any of your organs.  The interaction between your emotions, heart, and physical health is far more profound than you may know.  Thanks to research in quantum physics, energy psychology, and the Institute of Heart Math, we are beginning to understand the interaction between emotions, heart, physical health, and energy fields.

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Farewell to Matt Hughes, “the Storm Chaser”

Today, I was very saddened to learn of  that Matt Hughes, the “storm chaser” from the Discovery Channel, died suddenly in his home last May.  Unbeknownst to his fans until last night, he reportedly died from a “fatal accident at home” last May, which raises the obvious red suicide flag.  His death was not announced until last night, when his last storm chasing special aired on the Discovery Channel. Continue reading “Farewell to Matt Hughes, “the Storm Chaser”” »

Stress, Anxiety, and Health: The Best Technique for Stress Relief

What do you do for stress relief?  How do you “fill your cup” before pouring it back out for everyone else all day?  My personal favorites are running, intense exercise, reading, music, laughing, beach, boating, taking photos, being outdoors, and talking to friends.  The “little things” that bring me big joy are Starbucks lattes, a great song, a nap, or a beautiful blue sky day in the spring or fall.  I may or may not use retail therapy on occasion…..   Continue reading “Stress, Anxiety, and Health: The Best Technique for Stress Relief” »

Ruby Update

You may remember Ruby, our overweight Goldendoodle.  I wrote this post about her slight weight problem and hypothyroid about 8 weeks ago.

Since then, Ruby lost about 15+ pounds and looks quite svelte.  To complete her transition, we shaved her to compliment the new look (and help her stay cool this summer). Continue reading “Ruby Update” »

Music, Mood, and Health

Do you ever hear a song that just “does it” for you?  Music can be incredibly therapeutic and is one of many behaviors we can use to stay happy and healthy.

Music with a regular beat can increase serotonin, the neurotransmitter (serotonin) associated with mood, sleep, satiety, and feelings of safety.  Remember that serotonin is usually the neurotransmitter targeted by antidepressants. Continue reading “Music, Mood, and Health” »

Exercise During Pregnancy

Did you exercise when you were pregnant?  Or were you told to just “take it easy?” Exercise is my drug of choice, but I felt gun shy about exercising while pregnant in 2006.  I always kept my heart rate below 140-150 bpm as instructed, so I never felt like I had an actual “work out.”  For many of us, exercise presents a big, gray question mark during pregnancy. Continue reading “Exercise During Pregnancy” »

Children, Anxiety, and Weight

Childhood obesity rates are so high these days that even Michelle Obama has jumped on board the mission to help kids stay fit. Current statistics estimate these rates to be around 20%, and the results of a new Childhood Obesity Task Force report revealed the following:

  • One in three children, ages 2-19 have been reported as being overweight
  • Childhood obesity causes 112,000 deaths every year
  • Childhood obesity costs approximately 3 billion dollars/year in direct medical costs

The maverick mom would like to reveal the following points related to childhood obesity: Continue reading “Children, Anxiety, and Weight” »

Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

MM ButtonDo you love sweets like cookies, cake, and ice cream?  Maybe you’re a pie person instead.  Join the crowd!  There are times every month that I could eat “Sugar in the Raw” straight from the packet in public.  I also crave sweets after Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, and always after vacations when we have dessert each day.  It’s an easy habit to start, but it’s hard one to kick when vacations or holiday seasons end…..and it’s no wonder.  Sugar is addictive, and in fact, some research suggests that sugar can be just as addictive as cocaine! Continue reading “Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?” »