Are the concerns and warnings about osteoporosis being driven by the pharmaceutical companies’ commercial need for an ever-increasing pool of clients? A new study, just published in The New England Journal of Medicine, seems to suggest so. It concludes that bone loss and osteoporosis develop so slowly in most women whose bones test normal at age 65 that many can safely wait as long as 15 years before having a second bone density test.
“Bone density testing has been oversold,” said Steven Cummings, emeritus professor of medical epidemiology and biostatistics
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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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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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I give all of my patients who complain of back pain (and, as prevention, most of those who don’t) some type of exercise. There is no ideal set of exercises appropriate for everyone because no two backs are the same. Age, gender, body type, prior or existing injuries, goals, level of physical conditioning, personal preference, etc. prohibits any “one size fits all” recommendations. Any truly effective program requires personalized recommendations and periodic or frequent monitoring. Exercises that are necessary for an athlete who needs to perform specific
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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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