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How to Make Perfectly Steamed Rice - Korean and Japanese Style

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Simple Breathing Exercises for Improved Health

Health enthusiasts are all too aware of the importance of choosing nutrient-rich foods for fuel. There's no denying that we need a wide variety of nutrients from healthy food to create energy to fuel our daily activities.

It's worth remembering that nutrients on their own do not create energy. Read more

 

2 Simple Ways to Slow Aging

Here in the greater Toronto area, I am noticing more traffic on the roads.  It appears that most countries are well on their way to systemically opening up non-essential services.

Chances are high that COVID-19 will linger and even spike again in the months ahead. Wearing a face mask when we go out and cleaning our hands with sanitizer or soap and water whenever we return home are prudent habits to maintain over the next year or three, and for the elderly and immuno-compromised, these habits should be maintained as a way of life during colder months, as they markedly reduce risk of experiencing a respiratory infection.

Anyone who doubts the efficacy of utilizing face masks to lower rate of spread should take a close look at the R0 value of SARS-CoV-2 in New York City vs. Seoul, Korea, two cities with similar population size and density. In South Korea, few people think twice about wearing a mask while out in public during cold and flu season, so the masses have been diligent about wearing masks as COVID-19 has spread globally. As of May 6th, 2020, Seoul had 2 reported deaths from COVID-19 while New York City reported over 19 thousand deaths attributed to COVID-19.

One reader asked for additional measures that we can take to stay healthy over the long term.

Beyond prioritizing getting restful sleep, taking time to breathe slowly from our diaphragm, and spend a few minutes daily opening up our spine, shoulders, and hips by hanging from a stable overhead bar, two other measures that clearly support longevity are: Read more

 

Why I Take A Cold Shower Every Morning

Updated on May 6, 2020

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

 

Calcium-Rich Plant Foods Better for Bones than Dairy

Updated on May 5, 2020

One of the most common health concerns that I receive questions on is how to prevent osteoporosis. I routinely review bone scan test results and food diaries of people who diligently follow conventional recommendations on calcium intake and are discouraged by worsening test results.

In my experience, the most common mistake that people make is eating too much dairy. Many health practitioners routinely advise their patients to get anywhere between 1200 to 1500 milligrams of calcium every day, and many people turn to milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products to meet this requirement. Read more

 

Would Those In Our Circle Of Life Choose Us In Another Lifetime?

Widespread stay-at-home policies are leading to an increase in domestic violence all over the globe.  

This is a sad reality that social workers and first responders are well aware of - statistics indicate that whenever families spend more time together, domestic violence increases.   Read more

 

When Can We Expect COVID-19 To End?

This is an excellent summary of how South Korea has managed to contain COVID-19 more effectively than many other countries thus far. What follows are Dr. Woo Joo Kim's key points on COVID-19 and what we can expect in the months ahead.

The Chinese government notified the World Health Organization of COVID-19 on December 31, 2019. Read more

 

COVID-19 Update

In monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm feeling more optimistic than I was about a week ago, primarily because it's clear that more countries are understanding the importance of social distancing, canceling unnecessary gatherings, avoiding non-essential travel, and supporting the health care system.

Canada and the United States appear to be learning from what is happening in Italy, Spain, and other European countries.   Read more

 

Lower Intake Of Refined Carbohydrates To Reduce Inflammation

A tip for those experiencing some degree of chronic inflammation:  install an app on your phone, tablet, or computer that tracks your macros - that is, the total number of grams of carbohydrates, fat, and protein you ingest daily.  I personally use:

MyFitnessPal

In tracking your macros, aim to keep the total number of carbohydrates you ingest to less than 150 grams per day.  If you have significant issues with blood sugar regulation, inflammation, or obesity, aim for no more than 100 grams of carbohydrates per day. Read more

 

Coronavirus Update

In striving to keep up with coronavirus developments, I believe it's fair to assume that this virus will continue to spread rapidly in densely populated countries that lie above the equator.  The heat of summer appears to be warding off contagion in the southern hemisphere.

With that said, for a variety of reasons, I also believe that reported numbers of those being infected are far lower than reality.  

My contacts in Wuhan tell me that there are countless people who have symptoms but have quarantined themselves and have no plans to get tested.   Read more

 

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