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Understanding Deep Vein Thrombosis: Risk Factors, Signs, and Management

Recently I heard that a family member in her early 50s was being seen by a doctor for DVT and that she was hoping that there was a more natural way of dealing with it than the medications her doctor was prescribing. When I had digested this scrap of family ''information,'' I thought about my own lax position (denial, really) and how it would make sense for me to make some changes in my life while I still have some shreds of health and potential fitness. And, of course, I have inherited my mother's compulsive pop reading habit (in my case, the Internet mostly). So, I decided to research and write an article that would incorporate some preventative and alternative health principles into my life that might make DVT somewhat less likely to catch up with me than is likely the case now. I would also like to see our family member above and others benefit from these principles if they decide that they want to. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a critical health concern that af

Review Comparing Atomic Habits with The Power of Habit

"Your habits are how you embody your identity." Atomic Habits , by James Clear My husband and I have been married for over fifty-three years. We have been relatively healthy for most of this time, but a health crisis in 2022 prompted us to learn more about changes we might need to make if we plan to avoid dementia, and particularly Alzheimer's Disease. We subscribed to an online group that focused on lifestyle medicine with scientifically-sound evidence base for the beliefs held by the group's neurologist leaders. We learned that our whole-food, plant-based diet was a good start to our plan to optimize our health by keeping our arteries clean and our microbiome in good working order. Exercise and stress management were also on the agenda, as well as reading and learning new skills, such as a foreign language or a musical instrument. The group hosted a Book Club for its online members. My husband was in the midst of treatments for cataracts, so I took on the role of re

Review of "The Return of A Shadow" by Kunio Yamagishi

                                                                                         It seems to me that Kunio Yamagishi may have decided upon a particularly deep emotional challenge for himself as a writer of historical fiction. What if instead of writing about a lonely man who undergoes extreme emotional deprivation and finds true love and/or personal happiness in spite of that deprivation I write about a person who-- like many humans we hear about-- only experiences blurry glimpses of personal happiness through the course of his life. Would those dim hopes be enough to sustain him into natural death in old age? What are the choices in life when all your dreams evaporate?   Yes,  The Return of A Shadow  is possibly the saddest book I have read, or at least in a long time. But beautiful writing, and a likeable protagonist kept me interested and hopeful in the outcome. I believe that older adults, perhaps the age of the protagonist himself, would be most apt to read this book. W

Organic Granny Reviews "Stop What You Are Doing And Read This" by Carmen Callil et al

Stop What You Are Doing And Read This! by Carmen Callil My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was deeply into a detective-mystery novel when my husband ruptured my thrall (twice!) to suggest that I might want to read this book of essays on the power and joy of reading literature. I was irritated and made rude dismissive gestures. However... I ran out of something to read and decided to pick this up. I apologized to my husband for my unspoken assumptions. This slim and quickly read book contains eleven essays by twelve esteemed writers talking about their individual love stories around reading. It was a little like stepping back into an English Lit class at University nearly 50 years ago, but, really, a great pleasure to have the rich experiences and rewards of books and reading reiterated in a time when the electronic media would sometime make "old school" literature and literary pursuits seem outdated and without value in a changing world. Not so. Since reading this book m