February 2014

Taking care of the back

The discs of the spine are the cushioning between each of the vertebrae.  To some extent they are like the shock absorbers in a car and protect the body when we cross rough terrain.  The disc is mainly water and, as we age, the disc loses bulk.  With reduced padding, nerves are exposed resulting in pain.  In our early teen years, and maybe into our 20’s and early 30’s, we can abuse our bodies with all sorts of physical activity, contact sports, jumping out of planes, performing with the Cirque de Soleil and other activities more befitting a Navy Seal.     As we age we can get away with less

Me and high blood pressure

I recently discovered that my blood pressure was elevated to 150 (systolic) over 85 (diastolic).  This is given the ominous definition of Stage 1 Hypertension.  My previous readings for all of my adult life were a classic 120 over 80.  What was happening with me?  I felt that I was doing the right things in life, was feeling fit and full of energy, was exercising regularly and had a good diet with not much animal fat.  I didn’t feel that I was stressed.  This should not be happening, especially since I had just come back from 16 days in Mexico.  For the first couple of day I went into a fun