♠ FACT: a vast majority (i.e. 80 % or more) of human cancers arepreventable – rather than being genetically imposed. Our lifestyle (smoking/excess drinking), sun damage, inflammatory diets, and environmental toxins are four leading factors for “self-inflicted” cancerous wounds.
♠ FACT: Obesity is a factor in far too many Americans of both genders (14% for men and 20% for women – according to the American Cancer Society). Oy!
In full disclosure, I voted for Richard Nixon. In retrospect, I agree with some experts that we are losing the “WAR on CANCER” which President Nixon declared 35 years ago. This is tragic!
Hope springs eternal
In a simple yet hard hopeful way – perhaps we can win the War vs. Cancer like we finally offset America’s COVID-19 Pandemic –
T O G E T H E R.
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It is quite timely that today, on June 1st, a majority of Americans have been protected with COVID-19 miracle vaccines. I offer my cameo role in thanking our heroic drug developers and first responders with my virtual Hug!
Remember that hugging, OR just thinking about hugging, is a darned good boost to morale in good times and not-so-good times. We are chemical wonders when we can naturally generate OXYTOCIN – that wonderful hormone for peaceful, easy feelings
As hugs can lead to other intimate acts, THANK YOU Juno for helping couples with weddings and fertility. Face-to-face weddings are here – hopefully to stay!
We are social critters, as the past 15-months of suspended COVID animation reinforced. And now we can row, play pickleball, and interact without MASKS! I did a double-take today in today’s pre-dawn hours as NO masks were needed at the Boathouse.
Can you tell that I am excited about this new month? Here are otther reasons for my happy Midsummer Night’s dreams:
The Boys of Summer are soon to play before full crowds in ballparks around our country.
I can set aside my masked man haberdashery for most summer activities
I can help spread the good word for Men’s Health Month
I will wear Blue on June 18th, 2021
I will see my primary care physician in a few weeks – – – coincidental for Men’s Health Month’s mission:
“to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”
If lucky, I will get a tad spoiled on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20th), and
We all can celebrate the official first day of Summer on Monday, June 21st. For San Diegans like me, that means that we can revel in 14+ hours of daylight.
Then, let’s all celebrate our Midsummer Night’s Dream on June 24th – which in days of your was the midpoint of growing seasons. YEA for great “VITAMIN P” that is the source of so many vital micronutrients needed to help each of us thrive and strive.
Thank you Juno!
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Thanks, Coach! I’m certain to seek a fuller life, looking ahead to new challenges in my encore years. I’ll remember my Gap Year, as I’m sure that you will.
Let’s remember that too much of a good thing, too quickly may NOT be wonderful.
Your and my encore-age journeys for fresh, springy steps and motion should be deliberate, measured, and safe.
Today’s Wall Street Journal column by Anne-Marie Chaker offered some easing reminders to get one’s MOJO back in our great outdoors. Her summary observations and recommendations are totally in-stride with KABOOMER themes:
Get your Rest
Eat Clean nutrients
Include resistance training, and
Add variety as a good Mix-It-Up.
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With the Day of Cupid in our rear-view sights, we can and should still relish those XXXOOO symbols for lovin’ spoonfuls:.
How about the OX paired letters? As in this new Chinese Lunar Year of the OX?
I learn new things every day, such as this is now the Year of the METAL OX, according to CNN.com Travel and fengshui expert, Thierry Chow. Wait wait for her prescient thoughts about syringes and movement – – –
“The metal element represents anything sparkly from jewelry to the needle of a syringe. So we can see a bigger emphasis on industries related to metal in 2021.
“The ox, …is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year.”
I am a big fan of 15-day Festivals to begin a New Year. Although as a Vietnam-era veteran, the synonym TET for Lunar New Year brings back unhealthy memories. This year’s Lunar Festival ends on February 26th – occasionally called the Chinese Valentine’s Day.
As I penned, this is a good time to consider Xs and Os, and sturdy, moving Oxen…
Why don’t we all party on to celebrate this NEW Year of Metal, successful syringe Vaccinations, and Movement as really GOOD medicine?
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What better day to pen healthy thoughts about Leche or Lait or Dugdh or Halav [or Milk] than today as National Milk Day?
America’s dairy farmers will love us more :).
True Dat: We humans are alone among mammals; consuming milk after our baby and early toddler phases.
Obviously, Mamma’s milk is a WHOLE FOOD with macronutrients, micros, and water to help a baby or toddler grow. Think of two key proteins: whey and casein. And carbohydrates. Plus vital CALCIUM. Consider the table of nutritional information here:
Three quick comments about those main proteins in milk:
Whey is quicker for humans to digest.
Casein is slower-acting.
Each has about the same replenishment merit after a KABOOMER’s athletic performance.
Sadly, some infants, youths, teens, and adults have trouble digesting natural milk. Our National Institute of Health suggests that 30 million to 50 million Americans may have this difficulty. Lactose intolerance from cow’s milk and possibly other dairy products can be problematic. If a human’s small intestine [“gut”] produces insufficient amounts of an enzyme called Lactase – bloating, gas, diarrhea, and other side effects happen when milk’s sugar isn’t absorbed. Oy.
Intolerance is NOT Equal!
We have more trouble with lactase production and digesting milk’s lactose as we age. Some ethnic groups have it tougher. Some unfortunate folks with digestional problems, perhaps Crohn’s Disease have sadder experiences with dairy foodstuffs. And, some folks enduring cancer treatments may also have higher
I worry if folks think that “substitute” milk – such as almond or soy “milks” are relied upon for macronutrients. These “healthy” substitutes usually lack the quality and quantity of protein macros that the real thing offers. Micros – generally – yes. Macros – not so much… Please be a canny label reader to know what you’re ingesting.
For the majority of baby boomers – Dairy products are wonderful nutrition. Think Bone Density, particularly for lady boomers. Think of Muscle metabolism. Think Energy Density of foodstuffs.
If you asked a National Team rower what is a near-perfect drink after a tough practice – you’d probably get the answer – Chocolate Milk. Guess what Koach Dave drinks after a tough session or between multiple daily workouts? Right you are.
You can choose a low-fat version of an excellent replenishment drink if wanted or needed. I enjoy my 2% fat chocolate milk – regularly. Low-fat milk has a great ratio of protein to carbohydrates. And, it tastes good to me.
What about raw, unpasteurized milk? I have trouble digesting raw milk. I believe that others, like author Mike Geary, can drink raw milk safely (without high alarm for bacterial infection). We got to now from forbears that drank raw milk before Louis Pasteur and Franz von Soxhlet did their “heated” magic 130 years ago.
Tuberculosis was a demographic killer!
My choice? I’ll stay with pasteurized milk that is WITHOUT added chemicals.
On the subject of other beverages: many folks have bought into a”DRY” Januaryfor possible health reasons. More power to those who choose to skip a social cocktail or a post-workout brew. Do Blue ZOME centenarians generally go DRY in their January months? I think not. The root question for each of us is this:
What is our motivation for imbibing?
If COVID and dark wintry days cause an adult to experience downward moodiness, then a Dry Month can help some skip alcohol and a coping crutch.
As Satchel Paige offered, moderate, moderate, moderate... I once read of an American centenarian’s approach:
Have one social drink a night. So make it a GOOD one :).
If you’re a podcast fan, here are some newaudio chats between some great hosts and yours truly.
Yes, the titles seem a bit eclectic.
Yet I’m still the same KOACH…
Aging Greatfully: Dispatch PAIN in the pASSt (Thank you Holley Kelley for a redux session)
Number Seven is the most popular number picked when folks are asked to name their FAVE… Pinball machines and dice games often celebrate LUCKY SEVENS…And there is even a ballad called LUCKY SEVENS by The Mechanism band:
“Well, the Lucky Sevens, they rule the streets
The dice are loaded an’ they play for keeps
The fire burns bright
In the cool, dark night
When the Sevens are in luck.”
Let’s ponder 7 Sevens with relevance for KABOOMERS on this ultimate day of a calendar year which many sources offer was horrible, awful, and tragic. Let’s create our own luck, good fortune and rule our streets as we play for keeps!
Unplanned pandemic deaths of both commoners and big-name personae added up to natural mortality causes to make 2020 a deadly numbers year. Since Thanksgiving, our great nation has said goodbye – every day – to mortal numbers that exceed either Pearl Harbor or 9/11/2001 World Trade Center deaths.
I tried to do my part with public service announcements in this weblog and in varied podcasts for HANDS, MASKS, and SPACING [H-M-S].
I suspect that many who dislike these personal privacy matters will queue up for vaccines just the same when their category is called upon?! Short term symptoms and long-tail awful afters make COVID-19 our once-a century plague. But I digress . . .
On this Seventh Day of Christmas – even if you can’t locate:
Credit: Matt Cook on Dribble
Our First Seven – let’s start with those “7 S” elements of your KABOOMER’s Physical Bank. Six pluses and one thief – STRESS.
Credit: KABOOMER: Thriving and Striving into your 90s
2. Seven #2 – The 7 Deadly Sins. Many boomers remember Gilligan’s Island as do I. One of 2020’s big names CoVID-19 deaths was Dawn Wells: the actress who played Mary Anne in that hit show. Do you buy into a linkage of 7 Gilligan’s Island castaways to the “Seven Deadly Sins” as fact? Even a trusted radio channel (NPR) argued for a dark side to this comedy.
Mary Ann represented ENVY as a Sin. Do you know what Koach Dave offers about this sin?
Don’tEnvy or covet other’s success or good fortune.
Do invest and gain your unique assets for your own physical bank. And, be grateful as you build your chart of accounts.
NPR writer, Lindsay Totte, made a key observation which reflects Tom Cahill’s “YOU VERSUS YOU” predicament which many find in themselves,
“…each of us has our own inner Gilligan, that sweet-natured, well-meaning part of us that
always sabotages us from getting what we really want.”
Perhaps we can ask ourselves 7 questions as we start the Roaring 20s tomorrow on 01/01/2021:
What do I really want?
What stands in my way from gaining that?
How can I look at the man or woman in the mirror as a Gainer? Note: This Gainer meaning comes sfrom the Cambridge Dictionary, rather than the Urban Dictionary! I’m not speaking of weight gain…
Am I committed to working on my livingto100 calculator?
Will I lower my fitness age to party past ninety?
Do I place as much focus on my Physical Bank accounts as I do on my fical 401(K) accounts?
Do I live a Stamininety mantra that MOTION is MEDICINE?
3. Third Seven (not to be confused with that regional bank – Fifth Third…)
Mimic Morpheus with about seven hours of restorative sleep. Reboot your Sleep habits with KABOOMER hacks, and/or check out credible Sleep Science!
4. Seven Characteristics can keep you STRONG, emotionally STRONG, to max out your Mind-Body-Alignment (what your Koach called “MBA”). Consider these 7 KABOOMER life skills that can help you and me in our activities of daily life:
c. Self Realization
f. Humor, and
g. Be Like CELEBS(see your Stress-not Chapter of KABOOMER for details).
5. Seven possible Epitaphs of Luminaries who departed us in 2020:
“In the standing on one leg with eyes closed test, men and women were able to hold the position for less than two seconds were three times more likely to die before the age of 66 than those who could hold it for 10 seconds or more”
f. Shoulder Girdle Strength –
g. Crunches or Bent LEg Situp (or equivalent Core exercises if a KABOOMER has lower back issues)
7. Seven Work(out) from Home Necessities
a. Sweatpants (the new office casual attire for Pandemics)
b. Non-BPA water bottles
c. Comfy and cozy slippers or wild socks
d. Get outside for your Vitamin D3 – whenever, wherever…
e. Get in touch with Nature
f. Take warm, Epsom-slat baths (adding essential oils if you desire) – 90 minutes before shutout time
g. Celebrate each daily orbit as best you can while acknowledging that you can’t change why bad things can happen to nice folks.
I wish I was in Pasadena for a Tournament of Roses spectacle tomorrow. Shucks. And, the Rose Bowl may be re-christened the Yellow Rose of Texas Bowl – Shucks again.
Tomorrow is a blessed WRAP! Peggy Noonan’s premier summary of a most horrible year can be read here. Yet, KABOOMERs are glasses-half-full types, and we NEVER WASTE CRISES…
Here’s to vaccines, public health, America’s common good, gratitude, and KABOOMing in our imminent New Year. And – here’s to your Significant leverage of MOST THINGS SEVEN (skipping ENVY as a Deadly Sin) to Party Past Ninety.
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Now, as you get it “just right” – enjoy GLOGG (the Swedish mulled wine), and/or try a Swedish “snapsvisor” drinking tune – for non-fermented Julmusts, or schnapps[snap], aquavit, or another Svenska adult beverage to warm your cheeks as our thermometers dip.
Advisory – if Eggnog is your Christmas warm-up of choice: remember the added sugar, raw eggs, and total KCAL when something with proof is added! Moderate and portion control – please…
I love Sweden – that northern exposure nation known for its:
I admired Sweden when her small patrol gunboats ushered “my” USN Frigate a little further beyond territorial limits. I admired the Swedes for their “Whiskey on the Rocks” denial of a Soviet Submarine in the Cold War that we boomers endured.
Sure, there isn’t a single factor in population mortality studies. Yet this Koach believes that lifestyle IS a longevity factor! Three+ years of living longer and better is another thousand rises-and-shines to make this world a better place- Right?
Call to Action: Go Get your outdoor-oriented, balanced low-fuss bonus of a THOUSAND days!
Swedes aren’t perfect (just check on the fate of the warship VASA). Yet, they love nature, excel in winter activities, and have Christmas customs which are near and dear to this Scotch-English admirer. Doesn’t Helan Gar sound more festive than “chug-a-lug” or “bottoms-up?” I’m not promoting big-headed binge drinking in the 212 days of XMAS. Rather, I am suggesting that singing and convivial party tunes are good for our mindsets, de-stressing, and constitutions… Note to self – Helen Gar my 4 oz low-calorie Eggnog as I check for coal in my stocking this Friday 🙂
Yes, Buts are verboten. We are blessed with cold-weather clothing that can be very affordable. Yes, AND winter moves are great moves. KABOOM.
Some of us, like me, have a slighter higher Neanderthal code in us – honest! There are indeed some downsides to our slightly higher Neanderthal roots (like being prone to depression). Speaking of age-and health-sapping depression – – – Swedes of Boomer Age have lower depression rates than do we Americans. Right! A lower incidence of depression, according to statista.com and NiH.gov sources, despite much longer winter nights in Scandinavia. One common note about elder depression in our comparative countries: Women are more prone to depression than us men. Oy.
Here’s to your”just right” Lagom in the healthy seasons ahead!
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As one who peeks at the Heavens and who occasionally clicks on astrology weblinks, I offer this rare occurrence as a feel-good Transformation. Thanks to wellandgood.com and wanderlust.com for enlightening me about this Conjunction junction!
“What’s especially interesting about this Conjunction is that it’s unfolding in an air sign, more specifically Aquarius. …This means that the underlying themes of the Aquarius Great Conjunction will be resilience, liberation, and replacing toxic systems with healthier, inclusive, and unifying alternatives,” Lettman says.
She predicts the Great Conjunction of 2020 will bring about karma-rooted developments; innovations in science, medicine, and technology; and a general step away from rigid perspectives and favor of forming our own paths.”
What’s NOT to like about the positive prospects for us KABOOMERs in this very rare Age of Aquarius? KABOOM for “Your Vision!”
With a shameless promotion, perhaps a KABOOMER almanac could be that ruminated and digested Book to which Francis Bacon referred:
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
As we approach this astrological, dawning Age of Aquarius, why not form your own path with a healthier lifestyle?
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As we anticipate a new dawning, Let Nothing You dismay!
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