1Mar 2017

Rising Rates of Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

A recent study just revealed a rise in the rate of colon and rectal cancer in those people under the age of 55. That includes Generation X and Millennials. Anyone born in the 1990s has twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as someone born in 1950s. Since screening for colon cancer is not typically recommended until someone turns 50, many of these cancers are being detected in advanced states, making them much harder to treat. At this point, the researchers claim that they cannot determine the cause of the rising rate of these colon and rectal cancers in this younger population. Doctors worry that too many of these people are ignoring the early signs of colon cancer, including consistent bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, blood in the stools, or weight loss. They are also concerned that too many people are ignorant of the medical conditions that are associated with a higher risk for these cancers. People with GI disorders are individuals with increased risk of these cancers. If you have inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, your risk of colon cancer and rectal cancer is significantly higher. If you have [...]

7Feb 2017

Sick and Tired of Our Post-Election Stress?

February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Since the election, there has been a constant, almost daily, stream of unexpected decisions, enormous conflict, multiple marches protests/ demonstrations, and subsequent chaos. For many people, it has reached a point of overload. They go to bed with their heads still spinning from the daily events, the evening news, or the cable talking heads. They yearn for a bit of relief, a few moments of peace, and a reduction in their own emotional turmoil.   I’ve always viewed life as shaped like an ice cream cone. You stand at the very bottom of the cone. Right above you, there is your family and closest friends. Above them, there are your classmates or your work cohorts. Above that larger group, there is your neighborhood and your community, all expanding outward. At the top of the cone, as you progress upward, there is our national and global world. Today, the top of the cone tasty like ice cream; it looks more and more like the ocean – with us caught in the perfect storm.   Each one of us can choose where we want to spend our time and effort in that cone. We can move up and down inside that cone, [...]

17Jan 2017

Millennials: Rising Above Economic Inequity

January 17th, 2017|4 Comments

I want to address the economic disparity between the millennials and the other generations in the United States. The millennials should receive a higher level of understanding of their financial straits, and the millennials deserve a much higher level of respect for how they are taking ownership of their lives, prioritizing their values in a far better fashion than most of us.   Everyone is aware of the economic inequity in our current world. There are the 1%, who are wealthy and living well, and then there are the other 99%, who are struggling with no improvement in their finances for decades. A recent article confirmed how the combined financial worth of the world’s 8 richest individuals is now equal to the total financial worth of half of the 7 billion people on this planet.  Yes, 8 individuals in our world have more money that half of humanity.   The impact of that financial disparity may be hardest on the millennials. The median household income for millennials is just $40,581. That is 20% less than the baby boomers when they were the same age. Yet, millennials are far better educated than their baby boomer counterparts. Clearly, in today’s world, higher [...]

3Nov 2016

The Kids Are Not All Right

November 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

Normally, I want to present my own original material. However, in the recent Time Magazine, there was a very informative article, titled “The Kids Are Not All Right”, written by Susanna Schrobsdorff. Every teenager and parent should read the article. But since many people do not have access to Time Magazine, I am going to highlight the key points in this blog.   In the past several years there has been an explosion of increased anxiety, increased depression, and the act of self-cutting in our teenage population. Research shows that there are around 3 million teens who have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. Further research reveals that there are over 6 million teens with anxiety disorder. In addition, for self-cutting, just the hashtag admissions of self-harm behavior have jumped to 2.4 million in the past year. Those statistics equate to a sizeable number of teenagers who are emotionally in turmoil.   In 90% of the cases the parents are totally unaware. On one hand, we live in a fast paced society where most parents only spend 4-20 minutes 1:1 with their teenager. The parents don’t leave work at the office; they bring it home. On the [...]

18Oct 2016

Are You Drifting? Dissatisfied? You Can Fix It!

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Everyone, from time to time, drifts away from his or her desired path. That is true for careers, marriages, relationships, finances, personal passions, hobbies, health, faith, etc. We all go astray. It is part of the chaos of life. But it can be corrected. It can also be prevented. You have to stop, take an inventory of your life, create a plan for the necessary changes, and then follow that plan toward a better future.   There are several fundamental starting points. You have to admit you spend more time planning your next vacation than you spend time planning the next 5 years of your life. You have to admit you waste time overwhelmed or distracted by the small events in your life, losing your focus on the bigger and more important components of your life. Lastly, you have to admit you settle, far too often, for something good as opposed to fighting for something great.   Now, how to combat those tendencies? How do you stop the current drift in your life? You have to pause, take a couple days off, reflect and re-evaluate, and then make an effort to create (and write down) a new Life Plan. For [...]