I’m getting older (who isn’t?) and, as I do, I’m more aware of the effects of aging. But some of us age with few physical or mental problems while others fall apart. I’ve become more interested in what is commonly known as andropause. It’s a set of symptoms caused by male hormone disruption. It’s more common with aging but can, unlike menopause, occur at any age—even teenage boys can be in andropause. Many think that erectile dysfunction is synonymous with andropause. This isn’t true.
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Many people in Santa Cruz and beyond spend much of the day on a computer. The result can be wrist, forearm, shoulder, and upper back pain. Similar to my recommendations for lower back exercises, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has excellent recommendations for preventative “desk stretches.” I also have several handouts at my chiropractic office on this topic. Just come in and ask for one.
In addition, there is an extremely useful (and even fun) device I have sold to many satisfied
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Knee strength and stability is extremely important for everyone who walks on two legs. Tai chi is an excellent practice for strengthening your knees and improving balance, but not everyone can or wants to spend the time to learn or practice tai chi. Wall slides are a simple, safe, and effective way to strengthen your quadriceps muscles, more commonly referred to as “the quads.” This is the most effective way to protect the knees from injury and degeneration and to maintain and improve the
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An open letter by Mark Bernhard, T’ai Chi student (written in 2004)
While I was walking around watching and helping the beginning students with the postures last week I was struck by how hard you all are working and how focused everyone is. I also reflected on my first days and months in class and the frustration, puzzlement, and wonder of beginning practice. In the four years I have been a student at Santa Cruz T’ai Chi Ch’uan, I’ve seen many people come and go through their classes. After class
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Light is one of the oldest therapeutic agents.
Greek physicians frequently prescribed “heliotherapy.” The use of light continued unabated well into the 20th century, when it was largely supplanted by the advent of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication. Einstein first introduced the concept of a laser (Light Amplification by Stimulation Emission of Radiation) in 1916, but it was not until the 1960s that it came into medical use as a focused, high power beam with a photo-thermal effect–it vaporized tissue by intense heat. In 1967, however, a Hungarian
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