The white stuff will kill you.

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I went to my doctor’s office a few weeks ago, just for my annual checkup.

I’m sitting there, unclothed and shivering in my flimsy gown on the crinkly piece of protective paper. The usual awkward, sterile experience. All of a sudden, my doctor rushes into the room in a gust of hostile energy. “I’m sick and tired of everyone becoming borderline diabetic,” she rants. “We’ve got to eat better! It’s the white stuff that’s going to kill us!” Continue reading

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Lay your hands on me.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Around the end of the summer, I was feeling the strain of too much school and schedule. So in a moment of rash decision-making I joined a massage clinic. Now I’m a card-carrying member, signed up for massages once a month at least.

Everyone thinks of massage as a luxury, not as part of your regular health routine, like exercise, eating well and going to the dentist. But it is. Outside of the general stress relief and relaxation, massages (and acupuncture) are great for sleep problems, anxiety, depression, poor circulation, a weak immune system, etc. Check, check and check. They’ve been practiced for centuries, but once some capitalist figured out how to charge a lot for them, suddenly they’re an elite “treat.” That’s too bad. Keep reading »