Keeping the "Dead" Moving!
Literally! Yes, I had the pleasure of providing backstage care for The Grateful Dead at the DCU Center on November 10.
After 50 years of performing, 2+ hour shows a night on tour, The Grateful Dead are still performing and going strong. They are touring again as “Dead & Company”. Three of the original members plus 2 world class musicians now make up the band.
I had the pleasure of working with 2 members of “Dead & Company” and feel honored that I could do my part in keeping them moving so they can perform at their peak. Mickey Hart, one of the 2 drummers who is now 72, and Oteil Burbridge, bass, who is in his 50’s understand the value of spinal health and motion. Just like musicians take care of their instruments, more and more understand the importance of taking care of their bodies. Every occupation has its hazards leading to imbalance and eventually dysfunction. Musician’s are no exception. Like all of us, when we were younger we felt invincible. As we age we better understand and appreciate the value of our health, sometimes after it is too late. (Read More)
The Health Benefits of Being Thankful
I am writing this month’s Blog two days after Thanksgiving- that time of year where many people begin thinking about everything they have to be thankful for. Although it’s nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving, being thankful throughout the year could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life. I am intrigued by the physiological changes that occur in our bodies, when we tap into the cognitive and emotional expressions of gratitude.
More and more researchers are finding that gratitude doesn’t just make you feel like a better person, it’s actually good for your health.
“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” says Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.”
One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.
“Gratitude works because, as a way of perceiving and interpreting life, it recruits other positive emotions that have direct physical benefits, most likely through the immune system or endocrine system.”
Research shows that when we think about what we appreciate, the parasympathetic or calming part of the nervous system is triggered and that can have protective benefits on the body, including decreasing cortisol levels and perhaps increasing oxytocin – the bonding hormone involved in relationships that make us feel so good. (Read More)
An Interesting Take on Rheumatoid Arthritis, A.K.A “R.A.”…
I was just at home over the Thanksgiving break, doing Active Release Techniques (ART) on the hands of my highly active grandmother of 82 years young, and chatting about her issues with Rheumatoid Arthritis, better known as, “R.A.”. For those of you who are not aware, R.A. is an autoimmune condition. Unfortunately the immune system goes after and attacks its own tissues, in regards to this condition, the joints. The immune system recognizes the cells and tissue as an invader, and is constantly attacking certain joints of the body more then others. In the long run this ends of triggering chronic inflammation in the body, which equals pain surrounding the joints usually.
The most common form of “standard medical treatment”, our nemesis, is prednisone, BOO… In the short run this drug can definitely reduce pain, but acts more like a bandage. There are also many bad side affects in regards to using prednisone for the long run as well. Many of those side affects have been made very well aware of to the general public over the past few years, including weakening the immune system.
What if we were to think outside of the box for a little bit? Just bare with me here… Don’t you think it would be a good idea to understand where this autoimmune condition is coming from? Can you even guess? What are the more advanced and validated medical researchers these days saying where many, if not most conditions are coming from? The gut, obviously! With all of the research out there now on R.A., it is showing a huge connection between the two. (Read More)
w/ Mickey Hart, drums
w/ Oteil Burbridge, bass
@ DCU Center, Nov 10
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