Back in 1963 when I began running as a high-school junior, it seemed a risky business. So many people warned that I would end up a wreck. My heart would grow weak with fatigue. The disks in my back would be ground to dust. My knees, if they moved at all, would creak and groan.I even detected hints that my brain would turn to mush. “What do you think about when you’re running?” I was asked with clear disdain. “It’s so boring.”In fact, my running pals and I, all under 30, knew only one runner who had reached the advanced age of 55: “Old John” A. Kelley, two-time winner of the Boston Marathon. I figured the other runners from Kelley’s generation must have died from heart disease. Or were confined to wheelchairs. Or mental wards.We kept running, but we were spooked. We felt like explorers in a new and perilous land. I remember being particularly concerned about wear-and-tear mechanics. My toothbrush lasted only a month or two, after … [Read more...] about I’ve Been Running For 55 Years—Here’s How It Keeps Me Young
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RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—The next time you come down with a case of the Mondays, consider that it could be the start of something meaningful—one of 52 chances you get every year to set a goal you can accomplish by the end of the week. That was the thinking behind the Healthy Monday public health initiative, founded in 2005 as a collaborative effort between the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The goal of the initiative is to end preventable chronic diseases by designating Monday as the day to start and sustain healthy habits. The initiative's most successful campaign to date has been "Meatless Mondays," a day on which people eat no meat, both for individual health reasons and for environmental reasons (meat production is a leading contributor to global climate change). Meatless Mondays have made their way into corporate cafeterias … [Read more...] about How Mondays Can Save Your Life
There are moments when I wish that I could clone myself, or at least blink like Barbara Eden and transport myself instantly somewhere else. I feel that desire one Tuesday last fall, as the sun dips toward the jagged line of brownstones in my Brooklyn neighborhood. My wife, Ellen, is home, keeping an eye on our 2-year-old son, Owen, while I dash to the UPS store on Atlantic Avenue. As the clerk weighs my parcels for postage, my cellphone bleats, a siren breaking the store's hush.The clerk arches his eyebrows."Sorry."I flip the cellphone's lid to hear my wife's garbled voice. "Come home--now. . . . I'm giving the baby oxygen. . . . His saturation is going down!"I pivot toward the door, toss back another apology to the clerk, and sprint down the avenue, threading my way between late-afternoon shoppers, teenage boys dribbling a basketball, and Muslim girls heading home from school, their heads swathed with scarves. At the intersection of Bond Street, I hurtle into traffic, hoping the … [Read more...] about This Boy’s Life
Remember Woody Allen? The movie director who married his ex-wife’s adopted daughter? Well, Woody once said, “There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?”Okay, I’m an insurance salesman, and as any young girl can tell you, spending an evening with Woody would be worse.At least with me, you learn a little about insurance.Related: The Men’s Health Better Man Project—The 2,476 Greatest Tips and Life Hacks You’ll Ever Use, GuaranteedAnd I’ll learn a lot about you. We’ll sit there in your living room, and while you’re reading my glossy brochures, I’ll be estimating your worth, how close you come to living beyond your means, and how worried you are about risk.For instance, I love your taste in clear plastic sofa covers and that lovely coaster collection! Why risk a horrible stain? Like all salesmen, I enjoy reading people and discovering how they feel … [Read more...] about Which Insurance You Should Buy, Consider or Skip, According to an Insurance Salesman
THROUGHOUT HIS CAPTIVITY, Peter Moore vowed to himself that if the end ever came, it would come on his own terms. He wouldn't grovel or beg. He would stay calm in the face of death. He would fixate on a happy memory—of when he was a boy in England, walking the family dog. When the bullets came, he would smile and feel the playful tug of the leash.One day in the summer of 2007, somewhere in the sun-bleached warrens of the Iraqi city of Basra, the end seemed finally to have arrived. A guard blindfolded Peter, cuffed his hands behind his back, took him outside, and shoved him to the ground.He felt the cool metal of a pistol pressed to his head, heard tense conversation in Arabic. He broke out in a sweat and began to shake.As he knelt in that nameless alley, Peter was sure he was going to die. The gun barrel dug into his scalp. He heard a click, and felt a pop against his skull.So this is what it's like to be dead, he thought. It's not so bad. It doesn't hurt much. For a few moments, … [Read more...] about What Happens to a Man’s Mind after Years of Torture?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a term for many health conditions that affect a person's lungs on a chronic basis. The condition causes airflow obstruction, and this impacts a person's ability to get enough oxygen into the lungs and effectively move it through the body. Because the body requires oxygen to survive, the condition can often prove fatal. Exposure to cigarette smoke is associated with 90 percent of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases, according to the Cleveland Clinic. When a person has COPD, the damage to their lungs cannot be reversed, and the condition therefore tends to worsen with time. Currently, there is no cure for COPD. The American Thoracic Society, British Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society have identified a staging system that identifies COPD by disease severity. There are four stages as follows: Stage 1: mild Stage 2: moderate Stage 3: severe Stage 4: very severe Another name for stage 4 COPD is … [Read more...] about COPD and Life Expectancy: What’s the Outlook?
Health insurance is a type of insurance coverage that covers the cost of an insured individual's medical and surgical expenses. Depending on the type of health insurance coverage, either the insured pays costs out-of-pocket and is then reimbursed, or the insurer makes payments directly to the provider. In health insurance terminology, the "provider" is a clinic, hospital, doctor, laboratory, health care practitioner, or pharmacy. The "insured" is the owner of the health insurance policy; the person with the health insurance coverage. In countries without universal health care coverage, such as the USA, health insurance is commonly included in employer benefit packages and seen as an employment perk. Everybody at some time in their life, and often on many occasions, will need some kind of medical attention and treatment. When medical care is required, ideally the patient should be able to concentrate on getting better, rather than wondering whether he/she has got the resources to pay … [Read more...] about What Is Health Insurance?
While millions were observing World AIDS Day last week, news broke the late Elizabeth Taylor ran a “Dallas Buyers Club” out of her Bel Air home in the early 1990s, illegally dispensing expensive experimental AIDS drugs to those who couldn’t afford them. It’s not surprising, knowing that Taylor, who co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) after her close friend and screen star Rock Hudson died of AIDS in 1985, was determined to save lives. Thirty years later, there remains no cure for HIV, treatment is still expensive, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, (almost 13% unaware they are infected) 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, and more than 650,00 people have died with AIDS to date. In addition, a Kaiser Family Foundation report found 33% are not getting medical care and more than 70,000 lack health insurance. There … [Read more...] about Insurers adjust with the times as HIV becomes manageable
Dive Brief: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are experiencing a contract disagreement that is currently set to end on July 5. Blue Cross said if its contract proposal isn’t approved, Children’s Hospital patients will be cared for by other facilities, including the University of Minnesota's Children's Masonic Hospital, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Sanford Children's Hospitals and Shriners Hospitals for Children. With the contract soon ending, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota created a website in hopes of turning up the pressure on one of Minnesota’s largest insurers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported. Children’s launched Stand Tall For Small and hosted a press conference on Monday that included remarks from hospital executives and a patient’s mother. The hospital said Blue Cross’ contract … [Read more...] about Contract dispute between MN insurer, children’s health system goes public
No Health Insurance Over the past decade, I have been one that has elected to not have health insurance for me or for my family members. Rather, we pay for an inexpensive Accident Policy through Aflac. “What?!? Are you crazy,” people ask me. No, I’m not crazy. Health insurance, unlike other types of insurance, does not make any sense – at all. It is not even insurance. Insurance should be a good investment with a return on investment (ROI) – a sense of security and peace for the coverage paid for. Health insurance is a poor investment with no return. According to my point of view, it does not even cover health. Rather, it covers disease and sickness – it should really be called “Disease Insurance.” True preventative procedures – acupuncture, massage, nutrition, herbal remedies, homeopathics, chiropractic – are usually not covered by most health insurance companies and … [Read more...] about Health Insurance Nightmare – Where is Catastrophic Insurance?