Even Giraffes Know it Takes a Village

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Researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland found that unlike males, female Masai giraffes form enduring bonds with other females and this affords them a survival advantage over more solitary giraffes. Additionally, mother giraffes with calves tend to spend time near human settlements with livestock. These mothers likely found that having human neighbors nearby warded off predators like lions … Read More

Are you lost on your journey? “Get found, Kid!”

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“By identifying as a creative person, accepting the world as your canvas, and manifesting your ideas regularly, you intuitively create the life you truly want for yourself. Yes, playing the piano (or whatever your creative energy), makes you better at life.” – Chase Jarvis Many times I hear people struggling with their weight complain of feeling “invisible.” They are overlooked … Read More

Do diets leave you feeling run-down or deprived?

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Sadly, when thinking about going on a diet, many people just focus on feeling deprived. With a focus on this negative feeling, it is not surprising why so many people quit their diets. They are not able to “see” the benefits that weight loss brings. Here is a link to a recent article I wrote The synergy in obesity and cancer. … Read More

Body Weight: The Fifth Vital Sign

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There is so much focus on the four vital signs: body temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Yet when going to your doctor’s appointment, the first thing they check before the OTHER vital signs, is your body weight. It would seem to me that it is pretty important – being underweight or overweight is directly related to changes happening … Read More

How could weight loss challenges actually work in your favor?

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How could your biggest weight loss challenges work in your favor? How could your weight journey be an opportunity in disguise? We talk so much about resilience, deprivation, and starvation. Things may seem especially challenging during this time of COVID-19. But how could this be the best time to look for doors of opportunity that this current situation creates for … Read More

What the bodies on my table have told me…

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For the past ten years, I have worked as a forensic pathologist. I watched and listened to many bodies that came across my autopsy table. I “heard” them calling from the inside and out.  These deceased bodies told me a lot! More than I often cared to know. But you know what I heard from them most often? They told … Read More

Are You Just Following the Crowd?

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I was shocked by a 2016 article from the journal Obesity that showed doctors prescribe way more medications for diabetes than pills to fight obesity. The article describes 15 times more prescriptions to treat diabetes than to treat obesity. According to the CDC, more than two thirds (71%) of adults in the United States are overweight and/or obese. Extreme obesity is … Read More

Three Reasons Why You Don’t Know What You Really Want

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What do you want? Such a simple question. Children always seem to know exactly what they want. Years ago when I asked my five-year-old cousin what she wanted to be when she grew up, she shyly, but yet confidently replied, “myself.” I have never forgotten that answer. Now when you ask an adult what they want, it’s not unusual to … Read More