Did My Nuclear Perfusion Stress Test

Jun 18th, 2021 Health & Fitness 10 min read

I did my nuclear perfusion stress test yesterday. This is to check how open your coronary arteries are, at rest and under stress. Here’s a quick overview: This is the first part. But in my case it was seated, on a machine that rotates you very slowly, through about 45 degrees. It took about 7 minutes. This is the second…

Dietary fiber reduces brain inflammation during aging

Jun 14th, 2021 Health & Fitness 1 min read

As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may be a remedy to delay…

Staying Healthy To Be of Service

Jun 11th, 2021 Health & Fitness 4 min read

If you want to live life at its fullest, do everything possible to keep your body in vibrant health in order to give back to life a little of what it has given you– Eknath Easwaran (Words to Live By) The time spent on some of the things that promote good physical and mental health, like exercise and meditation, can…

Exercise Fights Off Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Jun 9th, 2021 Health & Fitness 6 min read

https://www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Treatment/Exercise/Neuroprotective-Benefits-of-Exercise Previously I described an inspiring video about Larry, who kept active by using a recumbent bicycle despite advance symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, so I was interested to see a new study that investigated how exercise helps with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. I learned about it on Clarence Bass’s site, his discussion is here. One of the main issues with…

Home Stretch To Exercise Stress Test

Jun 7th, 2021 Health & Fitness 6 min read

I’ll be having a treadmill stress test on June 16, a week from this coming wednesday. Today I did one of my last training sessions “peaking” for it. I’ll do one more in a couple of days, then “taper”, all of which is treating this upcoming challenge as if it were a race. This is looking up W. Dunne Ave,…

Keep Active, Even a Little, To Stave Off Disability

Jun 4th, 2021 Health & Fitness 5 min read

A recent study shows that even a little bit of physical activity makes it much less likely we will be physically disabled as we age. “Mobility disability” is defined by the authors as inability to climb a flight of stairs, or walk more more than a block. This would certainly lead to impaired quality of life. But the good news…

The “Old Goats” Are Back!

Jun 2nd, 2021 Health & Fitness 8 min read

I mentioned previously that I ride with a group called “South County Old Goats” that’s part of Almaden Cycle Touring Club. But that has been on hiatus during Covid. We started back up again a few weeks ago and it’s great to be out with friends again. I’ve ridden with some of them for more than 20 years. Today we…

Regenerative Grazing

May 31st, 2021 Health & Fitness 9 min read

When I started doing research on regenerative grazing on the internet I was surprised to see “regenerative grazing debunked” come up as a suggested topic. I thought why is this even controversial? It turns out some of the arguments in favor of it are controversial, especially how much carbon dioxide can soil building through better grazing practices take out of…

Local Ride in Nice Weather

May 28th, 2021 Health & Fitness 6 min read

The weather has been pretty nice lately, spring like and not too hot. But it has been windy enough to make biking challenging. My local group is back to riding together. We still try to stay “socially distanced” although all have been vaccinated. On a recent ride we went out to the end of Redwood Retreat road and and back,…