The dream car that I no longer want is a Jaguar Growler for $700,000

December 25, 2012

Jaguar Growler & My Change of Heart I was recently watching the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type on Top Gear, my favorite car show of late.  I love cars.  I have a hard time keeping one for more than a couple years because I like to try new things.  The hard top E-Type Jag is my favorite car of all time.  It is by far and away my favorite looking car, so when I saw the new “Growler” I almost lost my mind. The Growler is the NEW version of the E-Type.  They did an incredible job of making it even better looking than the original.  Unfortunately, they let the price get out of control at $700,000.  Yes you read that right. So I’m sitting on the couch late at night reading about the car online and I ask myself a question and come to a realization. What machine could possibly be worth $700,000 and why/how could I possibly pursue something like that when I have my body for “free”.  It’s not the dollar amount that’s scary, I believe any of us can have anything if we put our mind to it.  Even in terrible shape though, our...

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Jewish Doctors and Christmas – Portland, Maine

December 24, 2012

Jewish Doctors and Christmas – Portland, Maine Nothing is worse than waking up on Christmas morning with your kids reeling to open presents, excitement is high and you can’t move.  You are only 40 years old and you feel like you’re 95. Here’s the bad news.  Christmas is going to be a bit less wild this year.  No climbing the Christmas tree or body surfing in the snow bank after your egg nog party.  You may be best off moving slowly, doing some Christmas yoga and indulging in a LITTLE liquid muscle relaxant.  You won’t be able to test drive your kids new skates or skis with them, but you’ll be able to use (from the sideline) the new telephoto lens you got from your lovey. The good news is that there are Jewish doctors who are happy to be at work or on call for Christmas.  The Chinese food and  movie tradition, as glamorous as it sounds, pales in comparison to helping those in need.  The good thing about seeing a doctor who isn’t worried about missing the holiday with their family is that they’ll be focused on you.  Research has probably shown that doctors who are distracted...

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Flu Death, Flu Shot, Pregnancy, Thimerosal, Maine

December 19, 2012

Flu Shot Maine   It is a horrible tragedy when a child dies of a generally non life threatening illness.  This happened this past week in Maine when a child died from complications of  the flu.  As the father of a 3 year old, my heart goes out to the family and friends of this child.  This unfortunate death happened at a time when I was already writing a blog post on the flu shot.  The media has a way of blowing things up, sometimes right, sometimes wrong. I am concerned about how the news is reporting this tragedy.  “After the death of an otherwise healthy child from the flu, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging those who haven’t yet received flu shots to get them” (bold added by me).  Ask yourself the following.  Does it make sense that “otherwise healthy” children die of the flu given that millions get the flu each year?  The use of “otherwise healthy” appears incredibly misleading. Healthy people don’t get sick and they don’t die from illnesses that don’t generally kill people.  Do healthy people get cancer and die?  Do they have heart attacks that come out of nowhere...

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Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance – 2013 Resolutions in Portland’ Maine

December 14, 2012

2013 Resolutions in Portland, Maine   A recent article in Muscle & Fitness Magazine revealed the following statistics:   15% of Americans belong to a gym. 67% of that 15% NEVER use the membership. 10% of resolutions are to exercise more. 19% of all resolutions are to lose weight. 67% of Americans make 3 resolutions every year. 8o% of people who join a gym in January Quit by February.   My experience with weight loss challenge participants and weight loss coaching clients has been the following:   People set the right goals for the wrong reasons. People lose steam because they haven’t been honest regarding their motivation(s). People have their plan “in their head” instead of on paper and it gets lost in the day to day this and that. People who write down their goals and keep them prominent (reviewing them daily) win. People think they understand nutrition and food and when their self made customized diet doesn’t work, they are surprised, and blame the process not themselves. Education on diet and nutrition, even if you already know a lot, never hurt anyone. Having a support group, attending classes, using a trainer and/or a coach does not mean...

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2013 Weight Loss in Portland, Maine

December 11, 2012

2013 Weight Loss In Portland, Maine More than just a few vow to commit to weight loss in Portland, Maine each year.  In 2013, weight loss in Portland, Maine is no different.  Resolutions are set and 80% will never be accomplished.  It’s the same every year.  You wake up on December 31 and say to yourself “this year I’ll make it happen!  What the heck happened to this past year?!” Time flies and if you aren’t careful it will pass you by and your 2013 weight loss in Portland, Maine will be  historical fantasy.  Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.   Set your goals now. Write them down. Review them often. Have a plan to accomplish them. Make it foolproof. Identify excuses in advance and create a plan to avoid them. Know that you can do it.  Anyone can do it.  It takes hard work, discipline and a clear head, but people do it everyday.   Thursday, December 13 at Anytime Fitness – Northgate Plaza in Portland, Dr. Lou will be giving a talk on goal setting & planning for success.  Call Anytime Fitness – Northgate for details....

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Yesterday You Said Tomorrow – Weight Loss Coaching in Maine

Weight Loss Coaching in Maine Yesterday you said tomorrow.   If you told yourself yesterday that you’d start “the plan” today and you have already let yourself down, you’re stuck.  Mental preparation, focus and accountability is critical to starting and sticking with a weight loss plan. You may be a great candidate for weight loss coaching in Maine.  Weight loss coaching in Maine is an affordable, proactive and accountability based method for staying inspired, motivated and educated on how to make your goals a reality. The world’s most successful people use coaches to get to the “next level” and then continue to move toward bigger and better things.  Now is the time to consider weight loss coaching in Maine and here’s why.  January 1 is the day that most people start their new year weight loss plan.  January 1 is right around the corner.  If you don’t have a plan in place for the 1st your are relying on the knowledge and planning of years past that have ultimately failed.  If they had been successful strategies, you wouldn’t be doing this again this year… Find out if you are a good candidate for weight loss coaching in Maine by...

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Avoiding Difficult & Prolonged Labor – Dystocia in Portland, Maine

December 7, 2012

Dystocia in Portland, Maine Difficult Labor Portland, Maine Watch this blog on Youtube “Dystocia” or abnormal progress in labor is a common problem that is being looked at more closely as the incidence of C-Sections at some hospitals in the United States approaches 100%.  Dystocia is also loosely defined as failure to progress during labor, lack of progressive cervical dilation or lack of fetal descent.  Dystocia is not accurately diagnosed before 4 cm dilation, however 25% of all dystocia diagnoses are at 3 cm cervical dilation.   Cephalopelvic distortion (CPD) is often blamed for dystocia and the need for a c-cection. CPD is a situation where the baby’s head is too big to pass through the pelvic canal or pelvic contractions are not great enough to push the baby through.  CPD is a diagnosis that must be thought over very carefully as a reason to have a c-section because 2/3 of mothers who are diagnosed with CPD later go on to deliver children vaginally that are larger than the baby involved in the CPD diagnosis. “Abnormal Progress” is yet to be clearly defined, but suffice to say that more and more women are being rushed to receive pitocin, rushed to...

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Top 5 Websites For Moms In Portland, Maine

December 4, 2012

Top 5 Websites for Moms in Portland Maine There are thousands of parenting websites and it’s far too time consuming to search for and then research each one.  We’ve got a list of some of our favorite websites and we are going to share some of the Top 5 websites for Portland moms with you.  There will be more, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  These lists will help you get through many of the best websites without being overwhelmed by 50 at a time.  Enjoy. 1. Pathwaystofamilywellness.org Pathways is a wonderful magazine that is a must read for all parents, pregnant parents or parents to be.  This is THE family wellness magazine.  Check out the magazine on The Dr. Drew Show! 2. Ourbirthroots.org Birth Roots is the go to organization in Maine for raising your children “naturally” in a confusing and chaotic world. 3. Mamanatural.com One of my favorite blog sites.  Great humor, great videos and great content! 4. Familiesforconsciousliving.org AWESOME. 5. Mothering.com “The home for natural family living”  a wonderful website with a lot of information. Moms in Portland, Maine looking for great parenting websites have unlimited options.  If you would like more, please let us know or sign up to receive our...

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Superfoods For Optimal Health

October 18, 2012

Superfoods For Optimal Health We are now in a perfect time and place for a health revolution! We have the access and ability to heal our bodies through food. Some of the healthiest foods known to help combat disease, high blood pressure, inflammation and fatigue are right at our fingertips ready to be at our healing service. There are five categories of superfoods: green superfoods, fruit and nut superfoods, herb superfoods, bee superfoods and seaweed superfoods. Try to incorporate at least one food from each category to improve your digestion, control blood sugar levels, fight free radicals, strengthen immunity, purify the blood system, reduce stress, and much more! 1. Green category: Spirulina: This micro-algae which can be taken in powdered form in smoothies or shakes has shown to be effective in regulating blood sugar levels. Diabetics can benefit greatly from the effects, as can anyone looking to lose weight, as it aids in controlling cravings. 2. Fruit and Nut category: Raw Cacao: These antioxidant superstars have 21 times more flavonoids than green tea, and contain a significant amount of iron and magnesium. They are chalk full of goodness! Make sure you get raw, organic beans that have not been heat extracted...

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The Best Weight Loss Coach – How to choose

August 25, 2012

The Best Weight Loss Coach If you are struggling to lose weight, have a personal trainer and still can’t keep your head in the game, how do you choose the best weight loss coach?  First, you have to know what a weight loss coach does. Weight loss coaches help keep your head in the game.  Loss of motivation, inspiration or simply not knowing what to do next are the most common reasons for failing or only achieving minimal success.  The best weight loss coach will hold you accountable, set guidelines that you both agree to and hold you to action.  The gap between knowing and doing is motivation and inspiration.  A qualified, experienced weight loss coach will provide you with the tools to add healthy years to your life and will save you tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your lifetime. The best weight loss coach will NOT have an issue with his or her own weight.  They will be healthy.  This same coach will have a history of formal education in a health related field, enough so that they understand the underpinnings of the physical and mental essentials of weight loss.  This...

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