Day 158- March 21st, 2019


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As always, my wish for you is good health and a long and happy life. One website with a seemingly unlimited reserve of interesting health articles is Medical News Today. I have chosen sixteen articles that I recently read that I thought you might find interesting, too.  Many of them are short, and you can read them over the next four or five days (no new blog until Sunday), but you might prefer to visit the website and look through both their recent and archived articles. Happy Reading!




Dr. Mike and “The Science of Silence”

Dr. Mike and “What is Hypertension”

Thank you for visiting and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!

Day 157- March 18th, 2019

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I sincerely hope and pray that you are on your way to wellness in your life.  Last Wednesday I reported to you how wonderful the community forum on the “Effects of Opioid Abuse on our Community” was and left you with links to Casa-Trinity and Be Well in Nunda.

One of the speakers at the forum was The Rev. Dr. Ronald Duttweiler (AKA “Pastor Ron”) of Trinity Church of Nunda. Pastor Ron talked about the metaphor of the “God-Shaped Hole” in our souls (some say in our hearts.) Since we haven’t had postings about Spiritual Wellness in a while, I thought it might be good to take a look at this idea. Below you will find links to thoughts, explanations, interpretation and other information about the “God-Shaped Hole.” There are also some videos, some musical- some not. I hope you find them interesting and helpful:





God-Shaped Hole – Performed by Sharon Vaughn

The Gap in the Soul

God-shaped Hole by Chuck Cannon

God Shaped Hole Gospel Magic Trick- a different take

God-shaped Hole by Plumb

Thank you for visiting and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Wednesday!

Day 156- March 14th, 2019

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As always, I wish you well in every way. On Wednesday, March 13th, we had a great Community Forum meeting on the Effects of Opioid Abuse on our Community. The event was co-sponsored by “Casa-Trinity” and “Be Well in Nunda.”  Tonight I am simply going to post links to the “Casa-Trinity” website and to the Facebook pages of “Casa-Trinity” and “Be Well in Nunda.” You will need to sign into Facebook to go to the “Be Well in Nunda” page.   You will find helpful resources and information at all three sites.

I couldn’t let “Pi Day” (March 14) go by without some videos:




Pi Day: Celebrate The Magic And Mystery Of Math’s Most Famous Number NBC News

Pi Day PBS Kids

The Mathematical Pi Song

And for the Younger Folks Who Don’t Remember Don McLean and “American Pie”

Thank you for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!

Day 155- March 11th, 2019

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I sincerely hope that you are doing well in every way. For the last few weeks, I have been inviting you to the Nunda Community Forum  on the Effects of Opioid Abuse in Our Community.

Again, I urge you and invite you to attend this meeting. It is at 6 PM March 13th at the Nunda Fire Hall. There will be a panel of those with personal experience in the effects of Opioid abuse. This panel will have members representing parents, educators, government leaders, first responders, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, pharmacists, health providers, counselors and church leaders. Following the panel’s discussion of the impact of Opioids on our community, the panel will break up into table groups by area of expertise or interest and attendees will be able to sit at any of these tables to speak directly with panel members. Tonight, I’m simply reminding you of the meeting, informing you of its format and urging you to be there, whether it is to become more informed, learn how you can help in the fight against Opioid abuse, or give our panel members suggestions, information or feedback that you think should be considered.

I’m not sure that I will do a posting on that Wednesday night.

But, until the next posting, thank you for reading, thank you in advance for attending, and thank you for joining in the quest for wellness!

Day 154- March 7th, 2019

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I sincerely hope that you are all doing well. But no matter how well any of us are doing, our nation, our communities, our neighbors, perhaps our loved ones, have a big problem: the Opioid Crisis. Please join us on March 13th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Nunda Fire Hall for our Town Hall Meeting on the Effects of Opioids on Our Community. Below you will find links related to this topic and several videos that are pertinent. I hope they are helpful and informative:

Report finds Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose than car crash from CBS News

How Naloxone (Narcan) Saves Lives in Opioid Overdose- NIH

Pain doc says FDA must be careful before changing opioid labeling from 60 Minutes

Opioid epidemic impacting officer safety from WJHL

The Facts on America’s Opioid Epidemic from The New York Times

Your Voice Your Future Town Hall: The Opioid Epidemic from Liberty University

Slippery battle for patients addicted to Opioids from AP

Thank you for reading and watching and for joining in the quest for wellness.

I hope to see you March 13th at the Town Hall Meeting.

See you Sunday!

Day 153- March 4th, 2019

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I hope that you are all well and have had a good weekend. Today there will be two postings, one on wellness activities in our area and the other on the March 13th Community Forum (the Impact of Opioids in Our Area) and Four Videos on the Blue Zones:

Wellness Activities in Our Area March 2019

Community Forum on Opioids March 13th, 2019


Here Are Some Videos on the Blue Zones

Eating to Live Longer with Dan Buettner

Dr. Mike on the Blue Zones

Blue Zones Project : Walking Moai

Improving Walkability in Our Communities

And, Because Humor is Also Good for You:

Some Old-Fashioned Humor (1921) from Buster Keaton

Thank you for reading, and I hope to see you at the March 13th meeting.

And thanks for joining in the quest for wellness; I’ll see you Wednesday!

Day 152- February 28th, 2019

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I hope that you have had a good week and are doing well. On Sunday we talked about the goals of eating better, moving more and stressing less.   That posting emphasized stressing less. Today we’ll think about eating better. Below are videos looking at the subject of healthy eating from various vantage points. There is no reading today, just video presentations. I hope you enjoy them and reap some benefits from them:

What’s the Best Diet? (Doctor Mike Evans)

How to Live Longer/Blue Zones and Longevity (Dr. Mike Varshavski)

Food As Medicine (Dr. Michael Greger)

Eating Documentary/ Heart Disease Reversal (Mike Anderson and Doctors of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation)

Available only on YouTube- Click Here :Eating Documentary 

How to Make Healthy Eating Unbelievably Easy (Luke Durward on TEDx)

Six Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget (Mayo Clinic)

How to Create a Healthy Plate (My Doctor – Kaiser Permanente)

Which Diets Actually Work (Asap SCIENCE)

When Obsessing Over Healthy Eating Turns Dangerous- Orthorexia (ABC News)

Healthy Eating and Active Living: The Caner Connection (American Cancer Society)

Five Healthy Foods Making You Fat! (The Doctors)

Elmo and Zoe Play the Healthy Food Game (Sesame Street Full Episode)

Health Benefits of Spicy Food (reposted- CBS Evening News)

Balanced Nutrition (UCLA Rehabilitation Services)

Why Eating Healthy is Hard (reposted- Funny or Die)

Thanks for watching and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!

Day 151- February 25th, 2019

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I sincerely hope that you are all doing well. Before we go any further, here are some reminders:

“Be Well in Nunda” is a project to help people in the Nunda area to:

        • “Eat Better”
        • “Stress Less” and
        • “Move More”



Today we’ll look at stress, what it is, its effects on us, myths about it and how to deal with it. Below are some links to information on these topics. There may even be a video or two:




How to Make Stress Your Friend (I’ve posted this before, but it’s important)

90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress

A Heavy Load: Teens and Homework Stress

Mind Body Connection With Dr. Mike (not really stress, but very interesting)

Thanks for visiting and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Wednesday!

Day 150- February 20th, 2019

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I hope that you are all doing well. I have no heat here tonight and I’m getting very cold, especially my fingers. So, it’s going to have to be a short posting.

Back on the first day of this blog, I said that we would be looking at five aspects of wellness: SpiritualPhysicalIntellectual, Nutritional and Emotional/Social.  I use the word SPINE to help me remember these divisions. (Some folks analyze wellness into fewer divisions while others include more, such as financial wellness.)

 We’ve talked about intellectual health several times, including the importance of reading.   Some books have the advantage of increasing our intellectual wellness while at the same time helping in at least one of the other areas of wellness. Below is a list of recommended books to read for Spiritual Wellness (from “Solutions by Softonic”). As you know, if you’ve been reading this blog, I am a Christian and will recommend reading the Bible for your spiritual wellness every time. And that’s why I have it in first position in the list. (It’s not in the “Solutions” list.)   Here is the list with links to some information about each book. I hope it is helpful, and that you find at least one book to read:


A scientific defense of spiritual & religious faith (Tony Jack) about 20 minutes:

In Christ Alone (BYU Vocal Point) about three minutes:

“Trust God First” (Charles R. Swindoll at Dallas Theological Seminary) about fourteen minutes long:

“Nearer, My God, to Thee” (BYU Vocal Point and BYU Men’s Chorus) about 3.5 minutes:

The Spiritual Life, Christian Audiobook, by Andrew Murray (over seven hours long):


Thank you for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!

Day 149- February 18th, 2019

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Wellness in every way is always my wish for you. Today we’re going to look at opioids and their impact on our lives both individually and in our community. Below you will find links to information about these drugs as well as some relevant videos. I also invite you to attend the March 13th Town Hall Meeting on  opiate use and its effects on our community. Information on that meeting is also found below. Please take time to review some of this information and, if possible, to attend the Town Hall Meeting.





In the Opioid Crisis, Here’s What it Takes to Save a Life

Children Born Opioid Dependent Face a Lifetime of Problems

Wake Up Call: The Opioid Epidemic From The Frontlines

Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?


Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for Wellness.

See you Wednesday!