Going, going, gone

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

Just a quick note…

Looks like I’m going to have to take down the Resource Directory, at least the way it is currently laid out. Some unscrupulous individuals have been spamming it with all sorts of weird stuff and getting by the permissions module. They are not supposed to be able to post without my permission but it is happening.

I’m not sure how that is happening but it makes it useless the way it is working right now.

So as de Arnold would say it,

“Hasta la vista baby!”
It’s history!

I’m going to have to configure a new one by hand.

Oh groan! It’s not like I don’t have other stuff to do. I may just fold it into someplace else but right now, its not a high priority. Getting the data I want out of it is.

Guess that’s technology – and sneaks for you.

dr. j

Just Like Milk, It Does The Body Good

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

There is one thing that is a foundation of good health, especially in today’s world.

And it goes beyond vitamins, beyond nutrition, beyond fitness and exercise.

Beyond sleep!

It will do more to help offset the ravages of today’s world. And is a MUST for a modern society.

What is it?

A detoxification program.

Yes, you can do everything right and get smacked in the face with illness, cancer, immune system breakdown and even worse if you forget this one thing.


Because despite what the media might state, we are losing the battle of good health. As our foods become more and more devitalized, as our water, air and living enviornment become more and more polluted, something gives…and it is usually our health.

Just spend a day reading the labels of the stuff you buy, from deoderants, to lotions, to shampoos and conditioners, to prepackaged foods and dinners. And start researching what the growers of the imported vegetables are putting on your foods BEFORE they come into this country. It’s a real shocker that stuff that was banned in the U.S. is being used there and, well, you get to eat it IF you eat those foods…as well as suffer the health consequences…and they’re not good.

It’s in there.

They are LOADED with chemicals.

Chemicals just love to store in the fat of our bodies. And at some magical moment, they tilt the balance from health to an unhealthy medium where all sorts of bad stuff just thrives.

So what’s a body to do?


However detox is not as simple as the infomercials might lead you to believe.

Yes, the colon plays an important part. However that is just one part of the puzzle.

What about the blood? What about the tissues?

What about all the stuff that is circulating in your body, that you breathe in, ingest in, smear on your face and body, what about that stuff?

It goes into the blood and tissues – and correct me, but that isn’t the gut or colon.

So a good detox program must incorporate cleaning out the colon AND detoxifying the tissues and blood.

That requires MORE than just a colon cleanser full of psyllium and bentonite.

In the upcoming weeks we’ll be looking into different methods of detoxifying your body from heavy metal, chemicals and toxins.

It’ll be an eye opener. Stay tuned.

dr. j

It’s Just a Water Matter

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

It’s summer.

And along with that heat comes illnesses related to overheating. Some of them can cause you pain, unconsiousness and even death. They all have one thing in common, and that is dehydration.

Dehydration occurs when the body looses too much fluid without having it replenished. Or, when it is replenished with the WRONG type of fluids, like high acid load soda pop. It’s more common than you think and is estimated that MILLIONS of Americans live in a form of dehydration every day due to their underconsumption of water.

And as the weather gets warmer, more people head outside and exert themselves; therein lies the danger. Exercising, gardening or mowing the grass even in humid conditions helps you lose fluids. In hot, humid condition, you can seriously overheat to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and die.


Electrolyte disturbance, toxin buildup, elevated core temperture, acidosis.

The biggest concern is that most people just don’t drink enough water daily. So they exist in a compromised, partially dehydrated state continually. That exerts its own stress on the body. And it doesn’t take much additional stress to push them over the edge.

That wasn’t a problem in the old days when water, milk and Kool Aid were the primary beverages. Heck, today there are SO many choices that it isn’t surprising that sodas rank the #1 beverage drink. Caffienated beverages (coffee being #2) only help dehydrate the body even more as caffiene exerts a diuretic effect.

I’ve even met people who tell me that they HATE drinking water. Go figure – as the body is made up of more than 70% water!

Have you ever been thirsty? I mean really thirsty?

Did you notice that drinking a cola or a Dew just didn’t quench your thirst, no matter how much you drank? However a tall glass of homemade lemonade did?

Hummm…wonder why?

Water, minerals and electrolytes.

Your body wasn’t craving acid load and sugar, it was craving free water, minerals and electrolytes! Those are the oil that makes the body machine run more efficiently, to make each cell run more efficiently.

Many American complain of ‘brain fog’ in the morning, something which could just be a symptom of dehydration. S0 they grab a coffee and high sugar snack to start off their day, instead of drinking some fresh water in the morning to jumpstart their system and help clean out the toxins.

The victious cycle repeats…

and builds upon itself.

And they wonder why they’re feeling tired, lethargic, sickly or faint!

The best way to avoid dehydration is to make sure you’re drinking enough water. Making an conscious effort to drink plenty of water over the course of the day can have a great effect on your energy level, concentration and your overall well-being. It’s usually as simple as carrying around a water bottle or keeping a glass of water filled on your counter at home; if the water is there in front of you, you’re more likely to drink it.

Today there are many great tasting waters available at your local convenience or health foods store. I usually make sure they are reverse osmosis and ozonated. It seems like more and more waters are coming over the the clean taste of reverse osmosis water. My favorite is Smart Water. Nestle and AquaFina both use reverse osmosis and now have a better taste than Dasani.

You can go even more high tech and magnitize your water for an additional treat.

Drink plenty of good clean water. It does the body good!


Damn Mosquitoes

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

Well, it’s finally gone from a cold spring right into summer. And that means hot, hot, HOT! And hot means,


Drat, I swear I can hear them at the door, sharpening their chompers, just waiting until I come out to feast.

What the heck do you do about them, especially if you live near a wetland?

Well, live NEAR a wetland is an oxymoron. It is like the majority of the state of Michigan IS a wetland. And worse yet, a river runs through it. In my case, that river is about 30 feet away.

So I’m told that whatever we do for the problem near me will be quite ineffective because of the river behind me. I usually remark that I see no citronella plants anywhere are the property. I don’t see any bat boxes either.

That just begs one curious observation:

What happened to West Nile?

Interesting that a bug that was not seen on the face of the earth until a few years ago has gone quiet after making such a splash in this marshy climate and across the US. I haven’t heard a single story in the past 3 months about it.

So what happened to the West Nile virus?

Was it a fluke? A test drop of a biological agent? A designer bug? How could it disappear without a trace?

Actually, it’s not yet gone, but is not making headlines. The most recent CDC report indicate only 4 cases in the US, with the states reporting them being Colorado, Texas and Mississippi.

Why the dramatic drop in cases?

Your guess is as good as mine. But for now, I’ll leave you to your own conclusions…and keep myself doused in Deep Woods Off!

dr. j

“The truth is out there.”

Weirder Things Do Happen…

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

It’s been a several months since that freakish illness smacked me down out of the blue. My focus is better but my endurance waining. It’s been quite an ordeal. How do you go from excellent health to requiring emergency surgery because you cannot walk and are in excruciating pain?

It still gripes me a bit that we have no clue where it came from. But check this out…even something weirder just happened. I’ll explain.

I had just seen my orthopod and was UPGRADED from Loretabs to Vicodin ES. I knew that I couldn’t fly anywhere for various reasons, including that I could not bend my leg and PAIN. Well, I had missed about 5 conferences in the past 2 months and had one coming up that was a 1/2 days drive away. So, I had been working on trying to get there.

I had my new pain meds, so I worked on hobbling around better and wrapping my leg for the journey. Although the vicodin didn’t cloud my mind, I was concerned it might without the adrenaline rush and preparation I was doing for the trip. So, I went back to my old pain meds.


Had the biggest reaction to a drug I’ve had in my entire life!

Then EUREKA, it hit me…

THIS drug had been the cause of my slow progress! It was doing the OPPOSITE of what it was supposed to do…causing inflammation, pain, myalgias (muscle aches), weakness, lightheadedness and feverishness.

WOW! What a revelation. I have never been so happy to have something BAD go wrong in my life like I was with this.

I couldn’t wait to call my infectious disease specialist and my orthopod and tell them that I solved the mystery, why my progress in healing had been so slow, why the inflammatory markers were so slow to resolve, why the continued pain and inflammation, why pressure stockings were not helping…

The answer was: an idiosyncratic reaction to my anti-inflammatory drug. That drug was naprosyn.

In one week since STOPPING this medication, my need for pain meds has gone down from Vicodin ES to…

That alone is miraculous.

The amount of muscle spasms has diminished to only needing low dose musle relaxants once or twice a week. The muscle aches have vanished. And the swelling in my feet disappeared. I take this as a good omen that the swelling in my injured leg will slowly follow suit now that the offending agent has been taken out of the picture.

Indeed, this whole illness has been a trial…a sore, excruciating, life force-draining trial! I’ve can only surmise what the reasons were behind it. And YES, it’s helped me to re-focus my life and reorganize my priorities.

Although I am still using a walker, I am getting stronger and will probably be able to handle crutches in a month or so. I’m sure the strength and mobility will return; it’ll just take time.

So, remember one thing from my trial: you can have an OPPOSITE reaction to a medication. If it isn’t making you better, it could be getting in the way of you getting better.

About a month ago, I had that very same thought – that maybe the naprosyn was not working. I quickly DISMISSED that thought because it is SUPPOSED to be an anti-inflammatory agent. Ends up that thought was RIGHT!

I wonder where in the universe that idea came to me from?



The Little Things That Matter

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

Today, I started sifting throught the 18,000 emails I have in my main box, cleaning stuff out and saw this – something I saved months ago. Sorta timely so I’ll add it below.

Be well.


The ‘LITTLE’ Things

As you might know, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.

One of them missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.

One’s car wouldn’t start.

One went back to answer the telephone.

One had a child that dawdled and didn’t get ready as soon as he should have.

One couldn’t get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That’s why he is alive today.

Now when I’m stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone… all the little things that annoy me.

I think to myself,

“this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.”

Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can’t seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light…

don’t get mad or frustrated.

God is at work watching over you!

May God continue to bless you with all those annoying little things and may you remember their possible purpose.

Inspiration from Native Peoples

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

White Man's MocassinsOne of my favorite pictures is ‘White Man’s Moccasins’ by Lee Marmon – you usually find it at any Native Peoples Store. Or, you can find it at AllPosters.com

There are several others native themed pictures I like, including the photo of Sitting Bull. These were the faces of the west, of character, etched by the winds of time. In thinking about them and their way of life, I had often wondered if they were taught a code of proper conduct and decorum, something like our Ten Commandments.

It just so happens that they were.

Although there are several versions out there, the Native American 10 Commandments is what I would’ve expected – a creed that reaffirms their connection and respect for Nature and God (the Great Spirit)…and a reminder to always giving thanks for the life they live.

The 10 Commandments Of The Native American PeoplesI sorta doubt there were just ten. So, I’ll put up 2 of the versions I’ve found below, with a little added emphasis to the universal theme. Here goes:

  • Treat the earth an all that dwell thereon with respect
  • Remain close to the Great Spirit
  • Show great respect for your fellow beings
  • Work together for the benefit of all mankind
  • Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
  • Do what you know to be right
  • Look after the well-being of your mind and body
  • Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good
  • Be truthful and honest at all times
  • Take full responsibility for your actions

Here’s another version I saw this on a poster:

  • The Earth is our Mother; care for Her
  • Honor all your relations
  • Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit
  • All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect
  • Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more
  • Do what needs to be done for the good of all
  • Give constant thanks to the Great Spirit for each day
  • Speak the truth but only for the good in others
  • Follow the rythms of Nature.
  • Enjoy life’s journey; but leave no tracks.

Enjoy Life’s Journey.

Amen brother to that!

cj —


Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

Hi guys!

This is a brief note.

I just got out of the hospital a couple of days ago and wanted to let you know that I’ll be away for a little bit, healing. I’ll give you an update when my brain connects again.

Juz wanted you to know where I’m gone to BEFORE I go.

I appreciate you!

dr. j

World’s Greatest Athlete Reveals 4 Keys to Success

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

I’ve always wanted to meet him…The World’s Greatest Athlete…

…and a couple of years ago, I did.

He pulled off a feat that would never ever be equaled. The year was 1976. It was the last year of the single network monopoly over the Olympics. Millions of eyeballs awaited the ultimate showdown. And one American had the chance to really make history…

The event – the decathalon. 10 separate events done over 2 days. The 100 meter dash, long jump, shotput, high jump, and 400 meters race are done on the first day (in that order). The second day’s events include pole vault, javelin, 110 meter hurdles, discus and 1500 meter run. This grueling event is a test of endurance, of conditioning, of will.

One man sacrificed everything, put his life on hold to focus single mindedly on the task…to WIN the Olympics.

And he did much more than that.

He captivated the world and scored 8,634 points, shattering the world record. His indomitable spirit and determination earned him the title, the World’s Greatest Athlete. That man is Bruce Jenner.

I’m not so sure why I wanted to meet him. Maybe it was because I was into track and field. Maybe because I know how awesome a shape you have to be in to even attempt to do a decathalon, let alone be world class. Maybe because I feel he won the GOLD for me too…

Well I got to meet Bruce, to hear him speak and to learn of his subsequent triumphs. Bruce is very successful, both in his business and family life. He has done much more than any athlete since 1976. And, he is truly an entrepreneur.

Bruce stated that there are 4 Keys to Success :
Gamble, Cheat, Lie and Steal.

  • gamble – dare to take risks
  • cheat – cheat those who would hold you back
  • lie – believe in the love you have from others
  • steal – steal every moment of time

Bruce states that it’s all about commitment. You must 1) make a concrete, gut wrenching decision about what you want out of life (Bruce wanted to WIN the decathalon, period). Then 2) place yourself in an enviornment to learn and grow (Bruce moved to Santa Monica to train with the world’s best athletes. It couldn’t help but improve his game). 3) Put fear behind you.

It’s not enough to compete against someone else. You must compete with yourself on a daily basis, hourly basis and minute-to-minute basis.

“Always believe in the power of YOU!”

So true, Bruce, so true.

That’s how you find the champion within.

There’s alot you can learn from Bruce Jenner and his story. I encourage you to hear him speak live or pickup his book, “Finding the Champion Within : A Step-by-Step Plan for Reaching Your Full Potential.” I’m sure that it must contain more insight and pearls of wisdom. Bruce went from Olympic Gold to the owner of multiple multimillion dollar corporations, including a jet company. So, there must be something to this.

It worked for Bruce!


New Resource Directory Launched

Written by dr. j. Posted in Health Matters

“You asked for it, you’ve got it.”

I get asked all the time about various health and wellness issues, usually centering on ailments, how to treat them, and what I recommend. Just the other day, a couple of my friends put the screws to me, so to speak. Heck, they didn’t even know I had a website – “Hello…I’ve only had a site up continuously since 1996”.

(That comment is for them). But they had a valid point…a truly valid point.

I come across SO many good sites that offer unique products and services that I’m testing, want to test or just want to LOG to come back and try later…especially so I won’t lose them before I can share them with you.

I was also approached by several webmasters about listing their sites here, essentially ‘sharing’ their resources with you. Well, some of their stuff is really good – I mean have you ever heard of salt candles? I haven’t. How about blue peel? Man just looking at that woman’s picture day after day with that ‘stuff” on her face made sure that I’d never put myself through that torture.

But you may.

So, because there is a lot of good stuff out there, I said “YES”, with one condition. I had to look at each site and APPROVE them before they could be listed here. Now I’ll warn you that some of them COULD change after I approve them. If they do, and you find anything offensive or unusable, just let me know and I’ll kill their link.

Fair enough?


The resource directory will be of information, goods and services that can help you improve your health, fitness and manage your stress. Plus, there are some links to relax at, like specialized travel sites to Cypress and South Africa.

Well…it’s 2:34AM and time for me to get some shut eye.

You can click the link below to get the the directory. It’s about a week old.

Click here for Health Resources Directory


aka Dr. J