In high school I recognized that I studied better with music in the background. Not the type of music that demanded my full attention, just something rhythmic and soothing. After years of studying I have a fairly large and diverse music collection. Classical composers, Jazz, Blues, Blue grass, Electronica and more. I have fallen in love with music and continue to crave it.
My favorite musician is Bob Marley and favorite song is “Redemption Song”. It does something thing for me. It reminds me of why it was worth it to study hard. It reminds me that I can control my destiny. It reminds me that I am, and we are our own saviors.
“Old pirates, yes, they rob I; Sold I to the merchant ships,Minutes after they took I From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong By the ‘and of the Almighty. We forward in this generation Triumphantly.
Won’t you help to sing This songs of freedom
‘Cause all I ever have:
Simple in its execution, but profound in its impact. Today’s popular music is mostly simple and without meaning beyond the words. The work of Bob Marley and the Wailers continue to stand the test of time. Their work is still relevant because the world still is not fear to all. The color of your eyes still matter and your religion still matters.
“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war.” Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia popularized by Bob Marley.
Is there an artist that inspires you? Does that artist get air play? Do you think Bob would get airplay today?
As a physician I believe my job is to assist the body in healing. I cannot heal. I am an informed assistant and no more. The trauma of death is mostly a problem for the living, but is necessary to complete the circle of life. The ceremonies and traditions surrounding death are a means for the living to understand and be comforted. This need is reflected in the opposition to suicide and assisted suicide.
How do you want to die? In an ICU or in your own bed? I vote for my own bed with my family close. I don’t believe the government or religion should have any say in how I choose to die. I alone have the right to choose when my life ends. The reasons for my choice are irrelevant. I alone am responsible for my passage out. If I choose to die while others think I have many years of productive life to live, so be it. Its my life after all.
Physicians should give good evidence based advice and allow their patients to complete the circle on their own terms. Every physician should be allowed to legally write a lethal prescription, if their patient so requests. The owner of the body gets to decide in what direction the assistance should go.
What are your wishes? What are your thoughts? Make your wishes known early and often.
I like most grew up in a christian family and learned the creation story and held it as the truth. I had faith, but then my curiosity got the better of me.
In the sixth grade someone noticing I was bored in class gave me a book on the solar system. There started my love affair with science and the cosmos.
My first question was ” if the stars are so far away from us, how are we seeing them”. That question has stuck with me for years. The answer is simple. I think it is simple, but you may not. If the earth was 2000 years old we would have a dark night sky every night. Think about it?
Now, if you accept that premise, how old do you think the earth is? Can you believe in God and science?
Meditate on that question this week.
So you want to lose weight. It is as ease as eating cake. Now go do it.
There is no mystery, it is all hype used to encourage us to buy a program. The key to weight loss is mental conditioning. Train your mind, change your attitude and your body will follow.
Before you decide to start that expensive program dig deep and do some research. Read, read and read some more. Get a medical physiology book and read about how the body works. How does the food we eat get converted to the building blocks of our body. Then trash those other books you bought.
Next, get weighed and check your blood pressure. Don’t buy a scale it’s a waste of money. If you have heart disease let your Doctor know that you are planning on changing your life. Don’t ask for approval, he knows less than you do. Just do it.
Go cold turkey. Dump the crap from your fridge. Don’t have more than a weeks worth of food in your fridge. Your diet should consist of fruits, veggie, beans and legumes. If you want to have meat, don’t eat more than once or twice per week. Stop eating out and don’t add sugar to anything.
Next, move more and sit less. Select something you like and work hard. Workout for 35 minutes minimum 3 days a week. Workout at 80% of maximum. If you can talk comfortably you are not working hard enough.
After the first 6 weeks check your blood pressure. Remember, the mind will always quit before the body.
Now do it.