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Finishing Well

2014 is winding down.  How was your year?  I always look bad at Cline Eastwood referencing “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” to describe my life.  Some view that as a 2/3’s negative statement but really ugly is self defined.  Sometimes it might be bad.  Sometimes it might be good.  Life isn’t always pretty.  But when you finish well…even with the lack of style points making it a little ugly…you succeed.

I drove thousands of miles and even flew thousands near the end of 2013 in search of something.  In life we get caught up on that “it” component to make us rich, famous and happy.  “If I just had ((insert word)) then my life would take off.”

Consider one of my favorite actors and likely one you also appreciate: Robin Williams.

Sure he played “characters” but he also inspired.  He was rich, famous and I do think happy although he struggled with mental illness.  The “it” fact alluded him.  Or did it?  Maybe there really, truly is no such thing.  Maybe just maybe that “it” is really “you!”

What if really we are just tricking ourselves about our own existence?  What if we really did believe in ourselves?  What would happen if you suddenly believe you had all the tools in the world to be a success in life.  What if what you needed was more really a different perspective?  Maybe a blue or red pill if you will:

Time to unplug friends.  It is time to move beyond the shackles of our own self tyranny and move forward with a perspective of truth: we are enough!

I finished well.  I held on to hope, love.  God Bless and Happy New Year!

Our Society Is Diseased. These Powerful Retro Illustrations Will Show You Why.

John Holcroft is an illustrator who creates satirical illustrations of modern day life. Due to the brilliant way he tackles modern issues in his unique 1950s art inspired retro style, his pieces have recently started to go viral.
His work focuses on modern issues such as our reliance on Facebook to fulfill our egos, outsourcing, and the modern financial system. The end product is a highly accurate yet haunting series of illustrations that will make you think hard about the world we live in.

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5 things to help decrease holiday stress: a survival guide


The holidays are a great time of year to enjoy family, friends and holiday meals. It’s a time filled with things to do and places to go. For most of us, this busy time of year can also be stressful – and given the importance we place on family meals, it’s easy to overindulge in food and drink.

Know your limits when it comes to rich foods and alcohol – your body will thank you!

Here are five tips to minimize stress and stay healthy during the holidays.

1. Manage stress.

Stress affects our health. It can lead to anxiety and also trigger an immune response that makes us more vulnerable to disease. But the holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health. Don’t overdo it; pace yourself and don’t overcommit. And try to stay relaxed. Get plenty of sleep. (The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers advice on improving sleep.)

2. Avoid heartburn and GERD.

Heartburn and GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, can be avoided by staying away from eating large meals; avoiding or minimizing your intake of caffeinated beverages, alcohol and citrus drinks; staying away from your “trigger” foods, such as fatty or greasy foods; and by not eating late at night or just before bedtime.

3. Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation, if at all.

If you drink alcohol, one to two glasses per day has health benefits. Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger. Moderate drinking has been linked to improvements in cardiovascular health. Red wine, for example, contains flavonoids that have beneficial antioxidant properties.

According to the CDC, for men, “heavy drinking” is typically defined as 15 drinks or more a week. For women, it’s typically defined as 8 drinks or more a week. The long-terms effects of heavy drinking include significant health risks, so if you’re a regular drinker it’s smart to know and stay within set daily and weekly limits. Nearly 1 in 3 Americans drinks excessively, a recent CDC study found.

4. Handle and prepare food safely.

As you prepare holiday meals, keep yourself and your family safe from food-related illness. Few things are worse than illnesses during the holiday season. Simple steps from the CDC include:
Don’t cross-contaminate one food with another. Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs from other foods in your grocery cart, grocery bags and in your refrigerator, and be sure to use the plastic bags available in the meat and produce sections of the supermarket. Refrigerate promptly.
Use one cutting board for fresh produce and a different one for raw meat, poultry and seafood; never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.


5. Wash your hands often.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, rubbing them for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based wipe or hand gel.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.

Be well, stay well!

~ Pharmacist Andy

Andy Stergachis, Ph.D., R.Ph.

Andy Stergachis is the Director of the Global Medicines Program at the University of Washington in Seattle and a subject expert on public health and pharmacy-related topics.

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