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5-Point Friday October 16th, 2015

Happy Friday, I hope you enjoyed last weeks 5-Point Friday post!

I hope your week finds you strong and moving towards better health, productivity, and fitness!

1)Positive Thought:

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
       —-Napoleon Hill

2)Oldies But Goodies:  In October 2013 I wrote a post to at least begin to explain the counter argument to taking STATIN drugs (Zocor, Lipitor, Crestor, etc.)  The point wasn’t to completely and finally close the case on statin usage but rather to illustrate the other side of the argument.  Nowadays many of my patients understand STATIN drugs do have harmful side effects and reported benefits are not as “Slam Dunk” as many physicians would like to believe.

Want a blast from the past that still relevant today?   Consider reading–The case against statin drugs

3)What I’m Reading:  Pastured Poultry Profits–Joel Salatin.  Alternative farmer philosopher, Joel Salatin is a practical man with great insight into the modern food industry and holistic, community scale food production.  A great read for folks interested in raising poultry, I was most shocked by his description of industrial chicken processing.

No stranger to animal slaughter, I was surprised to learn that up to 10% carcass weight of the modern industrially processed chicken comes from absorption of fecal contaminated water during the cooling vat process.

Ugh!

This knowledge makes me more and more committed to producing and distributing quality, pasture raised animals for my family and community.

4)What I’m Listening To:  You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had–Muddy Waters

                   ….because listening to the blues reminds me I don’t have it so bad!

5)Health Nugget:

There are three major forms of stress

  • Social/Emotional
  • Nutritional
  • Media

There are other (Drugs, pain, etc.) but the top three affect nearly everyone.  Media stress is the modern affliction.  24 hr news cycles, repetitive disturbing images, sound bites, and social media.  I see many patients so focused on their cell phones life passes them by.  They are less productive, unfocused, and stressed by things outside their sphere of influence.

I think unplugging–routinely–is a good strategy.

What do you think?  Is social media, TV, Cable, Satellite connectivity unbalancing your life?

Consider Media Fasting….love to hear if this helps you gain more piece of mind, productivity, and real connectedness in your life!

As always, leave comments, ask questions, share ideas!

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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

W. Curtis, MD

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