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Do You Know What Drowning Really Looks Like?

Note from Ben Kim: Many thanks to Mario Vittone for graciously giving me permission to share this valuable article with our readership. Please read through Mario's article below and consider sharing this information with family and friends. Read more about Do You Know What Drowning Really Looks Like?

 

Most Helpful Movements for Common Shoulder Issues

This is a look at a series of helpful exercises for those who have rotator cuff issues. Most mild to moderate cases of bursitis, adhesive capsulitis, and various forms of impingement can be overcome by improving shoulder and spinal mobility using the exercises shown here.

It's always prudent to consult with your own health care providers before trying any program of care. Read more about Most Helpful Movements for Common Shoulder Issues

 

When Our Loved Ones Suffer

When a loved one experiences something hurtful and is suffering, I think the instinct for most of us is to identify silver linings and do what we can to fix things.

As a parent to 13 and 11-year old boys, I've come to feel that while there is value in trying to be helpful when they are feeling down, what I'd most like to do beyond offering empathy and a comforting presence is to have them feel the belief that I have in them to eventually find a way to a better place, to transcend their suffering through their own thoughts and efforts. Read more about When Our Loved Ones Suffer

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy - A Safe Way to Accelerate Healing?

Updated on June 5, 2019, originally posted in June of 2015

If you have a chronic musculoskeletal injury that isn't responding to appropriate rest, stretching, and other rehab measures, you might consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

PRP therapy involves extracting a small amount of blood from your arm, using a centrifuge to collect the platelets in your blood, and then injecting concentrated platelets into injured tissue(s).

The idea is that natural growth factors that are secreted by your platelets can promote healing that would otherwise be difficult because of inadequate blood flow and healing capacity. Read more about Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy - A Safe Way to Accelerate Healing?

 

That Magic Finger

Originally posted in May of 2015

From the time our older son was a toddler, he has shown a disposition for sport. Though quite shy by nature, when it comes time to run and hit fuzzy balls, his eyes sparkle and he exudes the kind of joy that I imagine all parents wish upon their children.

As he has grown to love competing on the tennis court, as a family, we have struggled to figure out how to deal with those who blatantly cheat. It's the dirty little secret of the junior tennis world, only it isn't a secret at all. In this gladiatorial sport that often involves the one-on-one intensity of boxing, there are some families who simply don't mind their children cheating others for a win. Our son is now 9 years old and we have been witness to ruthless repeated cheating by kids who clearly know better, all while their parents stand by with their steely gazes, clearly not bothered that their children are robbing others of their hard work. Read more about That Magic Finger

 

Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

It’s how we behave during times of conflict that ultimately determines the quality of our relationships.

To like, love, and even to adore are effortless when all is good.

But how well do we listen with deep intent to understand when there is disagreement?

How capable are we of considering our shortcomings and how we might have contributed to any conflict at hand?

If we can’t offer heartfelt empathy, and we refuse to take responsibility for our contributions to hurt feelings, the fracture only grows wider. Read more about Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

 

Why I Take A Cold Shower Every Morning

Updated on May 29, 2019

I was introduced to the practice of taking cold showers for multiple health benefits by a good friend in graduate school more than 20 years ago. I still remember the shock of giving it a go for the first time in the middle of a harsh winter in a suburb of Chicago. My body immediately began hyperventilating as I summoned all of my resolve to take on that icy cold water from Lake Michigan. Beyond the initial moment of impact, what I remember most was a deep sense of satisfaction afterward for getting through the experience. Read more about Why I Take A Cold Shower Every Morning

 

Better Than Chocolate | Medjool Vs. Deglet Nour Dates

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Hey Dr. Ben!

I've been loving pecans and dates together since your post. For years I've had some chocolate in the evening with my tea, and with the pecans and dates combo I haven't had any cravings for chocolate! Read more about Better Than Chocolate | Medjool Vs. Deglet Nour Dates

 

A Simple Technique to Open Up Stiff Hips

Updated on May 17, 2019

A number of people who have gone through other videos that I've done on hip mobility have mentioned feeling restricted deep within their hip joints while trying to rotate their hips.

This video demonstrates a technique that can help restore joint mobility while lengthening shortened muscles and tendons that inhibit natural range of motion. Read more about A Simple Technique to Open Up Stiff Hips

 

Thoughts From a Former Tiger Mom

Dear Dr. Kim,

This is out of character for me but I feel compelled to write to you so I'm letting down my guard and following my heart.

I have much to be thankful for. I had responsible parents who took care of all my essential needs growing up. Being immigrants from China, they didn't believe in brand names and luxuries. They were all about buying only bare bones necessities and saving the rest for the future, including my university education. What my parents lacked in warmth they compensated for in making sure I was never going to be hungry or homeless. Read more about Thoughts From a Former Tiger Mom

 

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