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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of serving those in need by working with the Homeless Ministry of my church in partnership with a local Korean church.  Together we provided a warm meal, box lunches (for later), clothing, and basic needs items, such as toiletries. We also visited the local shelter and did likewise. I recall there was one person in particular who did not want any of the food because FISH was the preference (not Beef, Turkey or Ham). For exactly 2seconds, my mind drifted to thinking, “Seriously! I guess you are truly not hungry then, because ….”  Then I paused. I turned the mirror towards me and asked,

Just How Grateful Am I?

How Grateful are you?

(Grateful = warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful.)

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Children risking their lives to attend school…

As I drove home that afternoon, I started to “verbally” thank God for all that I have … and in so doing, I realized that I have neglected to give Thanks so many, many, many, many times…and that I was truly no different than the homeless person demanding seafood.  I want this, I want that, I want, I want, I, I, I, … Hhhmm. So I started giving thanks, and all the way home, I listed things I was grateful for … and there were many things to be thankful for…especially as in each scenario, I could think of many family, friends, and associates who had problems in that particular area…

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  1. I held my breath … for as long as I could…then exhaled. I am Thankful for the ability to breathe on my own, without the need for supplemental Oxygen. I have no respiratory disorders/diseases.
  2. I placed my hand over my heart and felt it beating…I was doing nothing to control the beats. Yet it thumped away, rhythmically all on its own. I am Thankful that my heart does such a great job…and I do not have to refuel, or be responsible to keep it going. I have no cardiac disorders or diseases.
  3. I paused…but my thoughts kept coming. Telling me what to write though being interrupted by thoughts of daily chores that must be attended to…and so many other things on my “To Do” list. Hhhmm…I need to meditate to quieten my mind. BUT how awesome it is that I have the ability to think and make my own decisions … good or bad…and have the ability to REMEMBER…

And the list goes on and on…

We are all guilty, to some degree, of not being grateful for our many gifts and Blessings. Consider making a list of the things you are grateful for … great and small. AND do not forget to tell those in your life just how much you do love them and that you are thankful they are in your life! No one is promised tomorrow … please consider telling them today!

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information” Thanks in advance for your support!

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The Healthy Brain Initiative by CDC notes that the role of public health in enhancing the physical health of older adults is well-known. Public health’s role in maintaining cognitive health, a vital part of healthy aging and quality of life, is emerging.

The need for a clearly delineated public health role comes at a critical time given the dramatic aging of the U.S. population, scientific advancements in knowledge about risk behaviors (e.g., lack of physical activity, uncontrolled high blood pressure) related to cognitive decline, and the growing awareness of the significant health, social, and economic burdens associated with cognitive decline.

Exercise your Brain!

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National Memory Screening day was 19 NOV 2013 and an initiative of the Alzheimer Foundation of America. Read more by clicking HERE

How well are you aging?    How is your Brain Health?     Here are 7 tips for improving your Brain Health!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information” Thanks in advance for your support!

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Decisions – we ALL have to make them!

Simple Decisions (What’s for dinner tonight? Which movie should I see?).

On the spot decisions (Should I take a left here?)

Then, there are those decisions that are life changing (which career path should I choose? Which treatment should I take? Can I afford a home now?)

Dr. Charles Stanley (www.intouch.org) offers life principles in regards to making WISE decisions. He uses the acronym H.A.L.T to illustrate his point.  I find it rather interesting that the acronym also relates to your mental health or state of mind when a decision is to be made.

Can you recall a time when you thought, “If I had it to do over again, I would definitely do it differently?” Where “It” refers to decisions, actions, and conversations we would like to take back. Follow Dr. Stanley’s recommendations.  Do not make snap decisions/judgments when you are too;

Meal 1HUNGRY – As noted in an article on 25 JUN 2013 in Science Daily, “Hungry people are often difficult to deal with. A good meal can affect more than our mood, it can also influence our willingness to take risks.” The cells of your brain rely on (glucose) food for energy to work well. Without nutrition that food supplies, both your neural function and brain chemistry can be negatively impacted. When you are hungry, it is just not a good time to make decisions.

angry_man-faceANGRY – “Emotions can get in the way of rational decision making. Anger, in particular, can make an employee increase their commitment to failing plan” this was the theory for a research study conducted by Business and Strategy in 2009 (Click HERE to read). Harvard Business Review article on, “How Anger Poison Decision Making” noted that many organizations have anger-management programs for their most egregious bullies,  but the reality is that the vast majority of employees will experience anger triggered by anything from a family quarrel to a lost parking space—and their work will suffer for it.”   (Read this article HEREAn angry person is not usually a reasonable personal. If you are “that” angry person … it is necessary to achieve calmness before decisions are made.

Lonely-Trees-5LONLEY – Loneliness is especially noted during the holiday season. From the recounting of lost relationship or death of a love one, isolated leadership roles, or just lack of close friends, loneliness has a huge impact on one’s thought processes and decision making capabilities. Loneliness is described by today’s Psychologist as – the want for intimacy. Please note: Being alone is not synonymous with loneliness. If you are uncertain, take the UCLA 20 questions Loneliness Scale and see where you are…Click HERE . It is usually very helpful to branch out and help others – feeding the homeless, or some other charity can be useful.

TIRED – There is not much you can do well when fatigue sets in. This is well recognized and studies are underway.  A team of researchers at Washington State University has received a three-year, $895,558 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research to study the effects of fatigue on attention, decision making and their underlying biology (read more HERE). Fatigue is also a major issue in transportation (aviation, drivers, ships) and doctors in Residency training. This is absolutely not a good time to make decisions – the most important one of not driving, is usually the first affected.

Before making any decision, take a moment to ask, am I  too H.A.L.T (Hungry, Angry. Lonely, Tired). Make the necessary changes before making that decision!

Visit Dr. Charles Stanley to read more about HALT by clicking HERE

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information” Thanks in advance for your support!

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Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! That seems to be the answer for many of our ailments today. Yet, the pictures and outcome of a great exercise program shows the slim, toned beautiful female, and a handsome male with a “washboard” abdomen and chiseled muscles everywhere to boot! That is not the goal of a exercise program … for everyone!

PROBLEM: Many are injured in pursuit for instant gratification of such picturesque physique. During this festive, holiday season, many more will be injured in an attempt to defeat the “battle of the bulge” … Turkey, Ham, Pies, Stuffing, Collard green, Candied Yams, Macaroni & Cheese…and the list goes on! YUMMY!

SOLUTION: The key is moderation.  This is a part of my “battle plan” for the holiday season. Hope you can modify to suit your needs

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1.       Start each meal with a glass of water, and drink DURING your meal

2.       Smaller serving size ( Example:1 chicken leg, lots of green on your plate (vegetable or salad), 1 scoop mash potato/rice. Not sure which pie to have? I’ll take 1/3 of each to make up one slice (1/3 slice pumpkin pie, 1/3 slice apple pie, 1/3 slice pecan pie) then another glass of water…stuffed!

3.       Always push the plate away, once that feeling of “fullness” starts

4.       Go for a walk … start by walking for time. 15min out one way … 15 minutes back. Increase pace before increase time. (the reverse is also ok). This is a GREAT time to talk to God, Family or Friends…the time will go by really fast! (Treadmill for those in colder areas works just as well … while watching your favorite TV program, talking or pumping your favorite music in the background!)

5.       Nothing to eat 3hours before bed time.

 Do not underestimate the power of Walking! This is a very good form of exercise and very beneficial! You can slowly graduate to a gym, trainer, or other more advance exercise program. The most important step is to START! Why not start with an evening walk today?

Which plate below represents your last year? Which will it be this year?

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I do not recommend video below for STARTERS! (I do not think I could hang with this Italian either…he is moving! *smile*)

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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