Category Archives: Lifelong Learning

Why Taking a “Screencation” is Better Than a Vacation.

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Researchers say that most Americans spend 70% of their waking hours staring at some sort of digital screen. (I’ve seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90%.) First thing in the morning, all day long at the office, waiting in line at the grocery store, even in the bathroom stall, (come on, admit…

The power of noticing.

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There’s a viral video that was circulating around the Internet in the past few months. You may have seen it, or you’ve probably seen your friends talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about it. It’s a teenage love story set in a library with a harrowing twist at the end.    Put out by supporters of the…

Setting a big goal? You might want to keep your lips zipped

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‘Tis the season for resolutions, intentions and goals for the coming year. Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with goal-setting, maybe because we so often disappoint ourselves. Common sense suggests that when you’ve got a big goal, like committing to a new workout routine, eating better, losing weight, or perhaps writing a book or…

Physician’s role is now that of curator

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The digital world has put us decidedly in the information age. Physicians are no longer the gatekeepers of health information as patients are able to Google and Bing and Yahoo and more. But I agree with Mitchell Kapor. “Getting information off the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant,” he said. I…

Mindfulness Goes to School

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Our kids are back to the routine of school. The energy is high as we walk through the hallways, with lots of chatter and sharing events from the prior day. But high energy doesn’t always translate well to listening and focusing on tasks at hand in the classroom. Some schools around the country are turning…

Never Let Them See You Sweat: What to do if you sweat too much.

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Summer is winding down, and it’s been a hot one. Deodorants and anti-perspirants have been a very necessary part of most people’s morning ritual. Sweating is usually a good thing. It helps us keep our temperatures normalized, and minimizes risk of heat stroke. Our best friends, dogs, can’t sweat, so they try to keep up…

Prebiotics and probiotics are the dynamic duo that’s good for your gut

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The digestive tract is a lot more complex than a series of plumbing pipes that helps your body digest food and gain energy. It’s also home to your immune system and enough neurons to qualify as your second brain. That gut instinct is real! Your gut also shelters up to 100 trillion living bacteria, and…

Got Milk? Non-dairy alternatives

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The dairy industry has done such a great job that I’m sure you pictured someone with a milky white moustache while reading the title. Milk does a body good, right? While most people tolerate cow’s milk and goat’s milk without problems, some folks have trouble with dairy. They might be lactose intolerant, meaning that they…

TED talks are good mental nutrition.

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Gandhi once said “Live as though you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Our community got a good dose of healthy learning last week, when speakers with bold ideas graced the TEDxFargo stage. Explorers, gardeners, doctors, film-makers, philanthropists and artists shared their passions and purpose with hundreds of attendees….

Intermittent fasting may help with weight loss, longevity

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Confession: I’ve been skipping breakfast. For many years, I’ve been preaching breakfast as the most important meal of the day, and have recommended three balanced meals with a couple of snacks as the ideal method of healthy eating. But the numbers in my scale continued to creep up slowly over the years. Yes, I could…